Tom Slick (TV series)
Tom Slick in the Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper
Tom Slick is the cartoon star of a series of shorts that aired within the half-hour animated television series George of the Jungle (ABC, 1967). It was the work of Jay Ward Productions, the creators of Rocky & Bullwinkle and other satiric animated characters. Seventeen six-minute episodes were made.
Freckled, grinning, all-American racecar driver Tom Slick (voiced by Bill Scott) competes in various races with his trusty vehicle, the Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper. He is accompanied by his girlfriend Marigold (voiced by June Foray) and his elderly mechanic Gertie Growler (also voiced by Bill Scott). The two women do not always get along well. A recurring antagonist is the evil Baron Otto Matic (voiced by Paul Frees), and the Baron's stupid lackey Clutcher (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Frank Fontaine), whom the Baron has a penchant for hitting across the head with a monkey wrench.
A running gag throughout the series is that the Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper can be converted into virtually any type of racing vehicle, often looking nothing like the original vehicle itself. Various episodes show the Grease-Slapper as a train, stock car racer, drag racer, racing balloon, swamp buggy, submarine, even a miniaturized skateboard.
As the theme song is sung, Tom's Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper suddenly "hops" out of control off a road and into a barnyard occupied by farm animals. Tom is knocked momentarily unconscious with a chicken sitting on top of his head as he drives straight into a brick wall. But he miraculously gets out of the sudden pandemonium as his car falls apart in mid-air and suddenly falls back together again. The car then jumps onto (and off) a stone fixture bearing Tom Slick's name and gets back on the road as Tom waves his hand and smiles.
The theme song's lyrics are as follows:
- Tom Slick. Tom Slick.
- Let me tell you why
- he’s the best of all good guys.
- Tom Slick. Tom Slick.
- In the Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper, once he’s on your tail,
- he won’t quit
- you know there’s no such word as "fail"
- to Tom Slick.
- Tom Slick.
Tom Slick in the comics
List of Tom Slick episode titles and dates
|1||"The Bigg Race"||1967-09-09|
|3||"Send In a Sub"||1967-09-23|
|5||"The Great Balloon Race"||1967-10-07|
|6||"I Was Railroaded"||1967-10-14|
|7||"Dranko the Dragster"||1967-10-21|
|8||"The Cupp Cup Race"||1967-10-28|
|11||"Double Cross Country Race"||1967-11-18|
|12||"The Apple-less Indian 500"||1967-11-25|
|14||"Cheap Skate Board Derby"||1967-12-09|
|15||"The Badyear Blimp"||1967-12-16|
|16||"Swamp Buggy Race"||1967-12-23|
|17||"Mack Buster Trophy"||1967-12-30|
- Scott, Keith (2014). The Moose That Roared: The Story of Jay Ward, Bill Scott, a Flying Squirrel, and a Talking Moose. Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-4668-6743-7.
- Eury, Michael (2017). Hero-A-Go-Go: Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, & Culture of the Swinging Sixties p. 217. TwoMorrows Publishing. ISBN 978-1-6054-9073-1.
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