King Leonardo and His Short Subjects

King Leonardo And His Short Subjects

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King Leonardo and His Short Subjects

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King Leonardo and his Short Subjects was an animated cartoon series released in 1960 by Total Television (which would later rename itself Leonardo Productions after the main character of this show), sponsored by General Mills.

Characters and story

The show focused on Leonardo the lion (voiced by Jackson Beck), who was the inept yet well-meaning king of the fictional African nation of Bongo Congo. Leonardo was assisted in his adventures by a mild-mannered skunk named Odie Cologne aka "Odio Cologne" (voiced by Allen Swift impersonating Ronald Colman), an ironic play on "Eau de Cologne".

King Leonardo's incompetent brother Itchy (voiced by Swift) attempts to overthrow Leonardo and rule the kingdom himself along with his friend, gangster and leader Biggie Rat (voiced by Beck impersonating Edward G. Robinson). Biggie would often employ the help of an evil German inventor named Professor Messer (voiced by Beck, whose character's last name is German for "Knife") and even obtain help from Biggie's sister Carlotta.

Episodes of "The King and Odie" that were exclusive to Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales had Biggie Rat and Itchy Brother employed by Mr. Mad (voiced by Norman Rose), a mad scientist with a domineering personality (easily cowing even the strong-willed Biggie) and his own nefarious plans for Bongo Congo, not to mention a creepy echoing voice. The title was a play on a king ruling over his "subjects", along with the common term...
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