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Philbert, the show that never was - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 11th 2007 9:01AM

philbertIn 1963, shortly before the Warner Bros. Animation Studio closed down, Friz Freleng created a pilot for ABC called Philbert. The series, a mix of animation and live-action, featured actor William Schallert (The Patty Duke Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Gunsmoke, Get Smart) as a newspaper cartoonist who lives with Philbert, the character from his comic. ABC never picked up the pilot, so it was repackaged as a theatrical short instead. If you own the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 3, then you own the theatrical version of Philbert, which is included with the set.

Animation historian Jerry Beck provided audio commentary for the short, and has posted a rough clip of the original television pilot on Cartoon Brew. The pilot was directed by Richard Donner (Superman, The Goonies). Freleng directed the animation. I've also placed it here for your enjoyment. It definitely has a very "'60s sitcom" feel to it, and it's neat to see the cartoon character holding and interacting with objects in the real world.

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How fabulous! I do love William Schallert. And the interaction is terrific--"Light me." Heh. Thanks for sharing--I'll have to get the Looney Tunes collection with this.

January 11 2007 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hahaha! Very, very interesting. I never saw any cartoon movie that old.

January 11 2007 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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