Angst on a Shoestring

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Afternoons in my childhood



Wee Willie Webber, back in the day

Growing up during the 70's in Philly, was a great time in my television history. Every afternoon, I would race home from school and tune into Channel 17, WPHL. Our cartoon host, Bill "Wee Willie" Webber, had -the- best lineup. Though the exact order of times are hazy, I was in anime heaven.


Prince Planet flies off to another adventure
Prince Planet was the first I remember. A b&w show produced by Dentsu advertising and K Fujita Associates, Prince Planet was part of the Universal Peace Corps and on Earth incognita. With the help of his Earth friends, his mission was 'To fight evil and cruelty whenever and wherever it affects the planet Earth'.


Kimba, The Real Lion King

Kimba. I loved this show. As soon as it would come on, we'd sing:
Kimba (Kimba) Kimba (Kimba) Kimba (Kimba) Kimba (Kimba) Who lives down in deepest darkest Africa?
Who's the one who brought the jungle fame?
Who's the king of Animals in Africa?
Kimba the white lion is his name! When we get in trouble and we're in a fight
Who's the one who just won't turn and run?
Who believes in doing good and doing right?
Kimba the white lion is the one! He's the greatest leader, there's no doubt of it.
He's the one we count on night and day.
When there's danger he can get us out of it--
Kimba the white lion leads the way!

Created by anime genius, Tezuka Osamu,
Kimba was born in the wild, stolen away by an evil hunter who slays his father, Caesar. Caesar was a great leader who wanted the animals of the jungle to co-exist in peace with man. His mother, Snowene was captured to shipped off to a circus and she gave birth to Kimba. She teaches Kimba about his father and his beliefs. But on the journey, which was by ship, a huge storm hits and leaves Kimba the lone survivor. With the help of the ocean's fish and his mother, guiding him home as a spirit in the sky, he makes it home. He is determined to put into practice the teachings of his father.

This is not a finished post, as I still have more shows to add. But to keep you busy, GBR, I have some places for you to visit.
Kimba W. Lion's Corner of the Web
Glen Johnson's 60's Anime


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