A question created when I was looking up _The Odd Couple_


All right, so Wikipedia brought me to this article about The Oddball Couple

It’s a mid-70s DePatie-Freleng cartoon …

It’s a Saturday Morning Cartoon version of The Odd Couple

The Oscar character is a dog named Fleabag. He’s voiced by Dick Dastardly actor, ventriloquist, and artificial-heart pioneer Paul Winchell

The Felix character is voiced by … yyyyyyyyyyes, it says Frank Nelson.

Did I make this up and slip it into Wikipedia as a gag and then forget?

Screenshot of Wikipedia's article about The Oddball Couple, a short-lived 1975 cartoon version of The Odd Couple, containing a picture of the title card and a paragraph describing the series.
I mean, yes, it looks convincing. That mossy-mold background for the title card is SUCH a DePatie-Freleng touch that it makes me suspicious. If this were really done in the 70s they’d sometimes get their style wrong. Also, Wikipedia says that Fleabag and Spiffy shared a secretary named Goldie Hound. At some point just having the mountain of evidence becomes suspicious.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

9 thoughts on “A question created when I was looking up _The Odd Couple_”

  1. While on the topic of Frank Nelson….I know Jack Benny had many running jokes, but was one of them having a troop(?) of penguins waddle across the stage? Reason I ask is I just watched two of his NBC specials and they both had a spot with a group of penguins waddling by Jack at one point.
    I just didn’t remember that as one of his bits.

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    1. I don’t remember penguins specifically. But there was a running thread in the late-30s/early-40s about Jack Benny having his private zoo. I think that joke pretty much whittled down to Carmichael the Polar Bear, whom Rochester wanted even less to do with. Possibly it’s a riff on that, with penguins being way easier to deal with on-camera than polar bears could be?

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  2. Kudos to you,Professor,this opening credits sequence you made is very convincing although I gotta admit I recognize the Spike Jones effects record you used in the background. I’m almost ready to believe that “That Girl” cartoon was legit. When you prank Wikipedia you go full throttle!

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    1. Sounds much more like Frank Nelson to me. I’m afraid my own voice sounds more like I seem to be getting my lines wrong, but you can’t pin down just what is off about it.

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    1. Seems like a plausible pun, sure. Um … Is this something from The Oddball Couple? I haven’t actually seen any of the show because I’m a little afraid that you or I or someone we know made it up and slipped it in as a prank and I don’t want to know how much work we put in to faking it.

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