was the first color cartoon
ever made for television
. It was created by Robert D. Buchanan
, and was filmed by Soundac
. The show was originally syndicated in 1957
as a segment on Uncle Bill's TV Club
. 104 five-minute episodes were produced. Of these episodes, slightly fewer than half are known to survive today.
The show took place on the fictitious Zero Zero Island, where the Equator
meets the Greenwich Meridian
. There, Colonel Bleep, an extraterrestrial lifeform
from the planet Futura, protected Earth
with the help of his deputies, Squeek (a mute cowboy puppet
boy) and Scratch (a caveman
of great physical strength who was awakened from a sleep of several thousand years by an atomic explosion). Colonel Bleep, like all of his fellow Futurans, could manipulate butonic energy
in a variety of ways; for instance, to propel himself through space (inexplicably, on a unicycle), or as an offensive weapon. The amount of butomic energy Colonel Bleep could absorb at any given time was finite, and in several episodes he runs out of energy and becomes vulnerable.
Their usual nemesis was a dark and mysterious hooded figure called Dr. Destructo, who could typically be found in his flying saucer and seemed to have no lower half. Other than that oddity, he was kind of a very-limited-animation, early version of Darth Vader
. Other regular villains included The Black Knight and Black Patch (a space pirate).
The animation in the show was extraordinarily limited, as was... Read More