The great days of the theatrical short subject were becoming something of a mere memory. The small screen was taking over most of the manpower which had driven the major studios’ creativity, and, working within the confines of drastically tighter budgets, they strived to bring to the home audience something roughly resembling their former glory – often dipping back into their tried-and-true bag of tricks for plots and gag ideas. We’ll explore some of these today in a wrap-up to the subject of skiing – together with those late “modern” theatricals that still strived to be theatrical big-screen entertainment on budgets more appropriate to the small screen.
Ski Chump Champ (Hanna-Barbera (H-B Enterprises), 3/23/59) finds Huckleberry Hound in a ski race versus recurring French-Canadian villain Powerful Pierre (in an unusual blooper, Don Messick as announcer introduces him as “Powerhouse Pierre”, though he is repeatedly called “Powerful” through the rest of the cartoon.) Pierre, repeatedly described as a “top sportsman”, starts things off by “accidentally” bopping Huckleberry with his ski pole before the starting gun, driving Huckleberry into the snow. The narrator compliments Pierre’s sportsmanship, observing that Pierre apologized after clobbering his opponent. Huck still manages to pass Pierre – but Pierre jumps onto the back of Huck’s skis, breaking the fourth wall to the audience with the observation that Huck doesn’t know that he “hitchhike”. “I do too”, replies Huck, “but shuckins, maybe he’s tired.” A low branch works the reverse of Fox’s trick on Crow in Plenty Below Zero, by bopping the big guy off the skis and leaving the little one.
As Huck maintains a lead, Pierre uses a roadside phone booth for skullduggery, phoning up the next phone booth down the hill. Huck stops to answer the ring. Pierre disguises his voice as a Mademoiselle Fifi, and asks Huck to hold the phone before conversing while she answers the door. Pieere zooms past while Huck waits on hold. But a moment later, Pierre is surprised to see Huck pass him – with the whole phone booth placed on his skis so he can continue to hold while racing. Pierre topples a balancing rock above Huck, but it slingshots back from an overhanging tree limb, and cracks Pierre like an egg shell. Pierre tries rocket power – and merely smashes through a tree trunk. He tries to get rid of Huck by borrowing the I’ll Be Skiing Ya gag of twirling Huck’s skis like helicopter blades. But Pierre is so busy watching Huck take off, he skis blindly into a sawmill – and emerges in two halves which fall apart in two directions. Finally, Pierre lassos Huck with a rope tied to a public address loudspeaker pole. Pierre zooms ahead to claim victory – but is stopped just short of the finish line by the pole snapping and the loudspeaker crashing down over Pierre’s head, as Huck crosses the finish line.
Lullabye-Bye Bear (Hanna-Barbera, 9/21/59) is an early Yogi Bear installment from The Huckleberry Hound Show, in the formative days of establishing Yogi’s relationship with Ranger Smith. Yogi has determined he’s going to find out what winter’s all about by staying awake to live it up the whole season. Of course, his hibernating instincts repeatedly get the better of him. One such climactic instance has Yogi scaling a snowy summit and donning a pair of skis. As he is about to launch himself off for a downhill run, he nods off and falls asleep standing up – and slips down the hill backwards (a la Goofy), still sound asleep. Below in the valley is the ranger’s cabin. Ranger Smith catches sight of the bear coming at full speed, and avoids a collision by opening the front and back doors of the cabin to let Yogi zoom through and out. But looking out his rear window, Smith reacts with dismay,”Oh no. I was afraid of that.” Behind the cabin is another hill, on which Yogi slides partway up, stops cold, then slides forward back toward the cabin. Rather than keep opening the doors, Smith tries a different defense – barricading the back door with everything in the cabin. Unfortunately, the heavy bear is a bit more than this strategy can handle. Yogi hits and hits hard – and each wall of the cabin in turn collapses like a house of cards, with the roof dropping on Smith and his furniture inside. (Oddly, this short was selected by Cartoon Network for a mini-short remake of about three minutes, in minimally 3D “Plush-o-Vision”- a true waste of time, especially since it’s missing the best gag of the cabin collapsing.)
Ski Jump Chump was a King Features’ Popeye TV Episode from approximately 1960, produced by Larry Harmon of Bozo fame and directed by Paul Fennell. Popeye has taken Olive out for a day on the slopes, but asks her: ”Ya sure ya knows how to ski?” “How do I know? I never tried”. replies Olive. Of course, she is rescued from her first collision with a snowdrift by Bluto, who’s doubling this time as French-accented Gorgeous Pierre, champion ski jumper. “Watch me fly like ze bird”, he boasts. Popeye replies, “I hope he lays a egg like ze chicken.” Bluto performs a graceful jump, without even using his ski poles. When Popeye tries it, Bluto jacks up the end of the ski jump at an angle so Popeye will crash into it. Popeye does, but knocks the end of the structure down on Pierre. “Two can play that sneaky game as cheap as one”, Popeye retorts. Next, a ski-race is scheduled, in which Popeye and Pierre both enter. “May the best man win”, Olive shouts. In almost bored nonchalance, Pierre replies, “Oh, I will, I will.” Gags for the race become rather routine, first borrowing “Alpine Anrics”’s rope across the path gag to trip Popeye up into a tree trunk. Popeye takes his spinach early, in the form of a pop-top can of spinach juice. Bluto tries Wile E. Coyote’s old “painted tunnel” gag, with as usual our hero going clean through it while Pierre crashes. Bluto uses a bent ski-pole as a hook to draw Popeye to him, and fisticuffs ensue in a fight cloud racing downhill on skis. The pair ski into one end of a hollow log – and come out the other end carried by a sleeping bear wearing Pierre’s skis. Unable to move from the bear’s grip, Popeye complains that “This is em-bear-askin’.” They cross the finish line together – and the bear is declared the winner. Pierre cries in a tantrum, “I was robbed”, while Popete consoles, “As Napoleon said, ya can’t wins ‘em all” – and miraculously transforms into a Napoleon outfit for the fade out.
Yogi Bear’s 1961 Disguise and Gals makes unusual use of a ski jump – during the off-season. Yogi is being pursued by two bank robbers who have infiltrated the park disguised as little old ladies, with a picnic basket loaded with bank loot. Yogi of course gets up to his neck in trouble pursuing his own favorite target – the picnic basket. The chase leads to a mountain cliff, where Yogi runs out onto the framework of a “ski slide” in summer. “Without snow, I don’t wanna go”, reacts Yogi. “Hold it, ladies”, he calls to his pursuers – but, as with the two curious dogs in “Snow Time For Comedy”, they collide right into him, and all three, picnic basket and all, take the plunge down the bare wooden framework, and up into the air. As Ranger Smith peruses the crooks’ Wanted poster, Yogi and the “ladies” make a crash landing through the roof of the ranger station. The basket’s contents fly out, and the crooks flip their wigs. Yogi’s capture is a “feather in his cap” – but, as he observes in the iris out, as the expression is taken literally , “I don’t think it does a thing for me.”
Case of the Cold Storage Yegg (Lantz/Universal, Inspector Willoughby, 6/18/63, Paul J. Smith, dir.), a theatrical, perhaps deserves a place in the cartoon Guinness Book of World Records, for the longest ski jump in cartoon history (only closely followed-up by the jump without skis of kangaroo Claude Hopper from the U.S. to Tokyo in Warner’s Hop and Go (1943)). Bank robber Yeggs Benedict is pursued through the frozen Himalayas by Willoughby. Willoughby makes his capture by using to his advantage a warning sign that advises of dangers from ice cracking. Instead of waiting for a happenstance, Willoughby deliberately starts a crack in the ice, which darts forward to pursue Benedict. Cornered at a cliff edge, Benedict hides in a hollow tree trunk. The crack comes up directly under the tree cracking the trunk in two – into a neat pair of skis for Benedict to slide down the canyon wall (a reworking of the source of Popeye’s skis in I-Ski Love-Sski You-Ski). He goes soaring over moguls and disappears over the horizon. Making a few unspeakably complicated mathematical calculations on a pad, Willoughby deduces that Benedict should make Sun Valley, Idaho by 0-400 – on Thursday! He hurries to hop a plane to beat him there. Meanwhile, Benedict is on a globetrotting jaunt, seeming to hit every landmark with a slope in it to continue his journey. He slides over the back of the sphinx in Egypt and up a pyramid wall to his next destination. He tips the tower of Pisa. Twists the spire of the Eiffel Tower. Sails through the clockworks of Big Ben (carrying gears with him on his back and a clapper than bongs him on the head). Lands in the Florida everglades and is almost eaten by an alligator. Intercepts a trio of female water skiiers, then soars up a water-ski ramp to his final objective – Sun Valley, where Willoughby neatly catches him in a large sack. “Congratulations”, he tells Benedict in the bag. “You have just brought the ski championship back to our country.”
Barney’s Winter Carnival, a 1963 Snuffy Smith episode for King Features from the Paramount studio, is nominally directed by Seymour Kneitel, but appears to be entirely animated in his usual warped off-model fashion by James (Jim) Tyer. Barney Google sees dollar signs in the snow of a freak winter storm that has hit Hootin’ Holler, and plans to stage every form of winter event in a snow carnival for quick profit. He decides to test out the ski slopes with Snuffy and Jughaid, using makeshift skiing equipment including farming pitchforks as ski poles – but quickly realizes his own claims of skiing prowess are just a bluff. He tries to talk them into taking a path that is almost flat – but Jughaid points out that the hill is the other way. While Google bluffs that such a course might be too much for beginners, Snuffy gives Barney a gentle push from behind with one finger, and Barney is off. He hits a curved incline, does a double backward somersault through the air, and lands back on the summit directly behind Snuffy into the snow. “That was right comical, Google”, Snuffy laughs. Barney replies, “Well now it’s your turn!”, and with his pitchfork prods Snuffy and Jughaid down the hill. They repeat the somersault move – except while Jughaid lands on the summit, Snuffy hangs upside down from the limbs of a nearby tree. After a fade out, Barney announces that their next step is to learn how to race between flags. “Are you ready”. He asks. “No!” reply Snuffy and Jughaid in unison. “Good”, says Barney, and pushes both of them down the slope. In standard frenetic Tyer action animation, Snuffy and Jughaid take out every pole on the hill, collide with each other, and bellyflop to the bottom. “Who won?”, asks Snuffy. “Why, it’s a tie. You’ll have to do it again”, states Barney. But Snuffy and Jughaid respond by both tossing their pitchforks at him, pinning him by his arms to a nearby tree. “Sore losers”, Barney grumpily retorts.
Ski-Napper (Lantz/Universal, Chilly Willy, November, 1964 – Sid Marcus, dir.) – deals with skis but no skiing. Set at St. Moritz lodge in the Swiss Alps (with the most impressionistic of establishing shots – a mountain range suggested solely by a white line tracing the peaks, with an occasional dab of snow on top), Chilly, after a night of roughing it against the bitter cold (which freezes not only his alarm clock and stove, but even his head, into ice blocks he nonchalantly breaks with his trusty ice pick), finds he is out of coal. Time to “borrow” some from his next door neighbors at the lodge. Inside, slowpoke Smedley, badgered by the lodge’s proprietor, begrudgingly engages in the task of polishing the lodge’s ski supply in anticipation of the tourist season. But his efforts are repeatedly interrupted by Chilly barging in, first trying to steal a pail of coal, then the lodge’s entire pot-bellied stove. When Smedley interferes, Chilly comes up with a source of alternative fuel. As Smedley polishes each ski, setting it against a window to dry, Chilly nabs it from outside, and chops it with an axe into firewood. Despite some predictable chasing, Smedley is caught by the boss with the splintered ski supply, causing the boss not only to fire Smedley, but chase him around the hills tossing the fractured boards at Smedley’s head. Smedley finally takes refuge in Chilly’s igloo, while outside, Chilly gathers up all the scattered boards, then brings them into the igloo to stoke a fire. Smedley comfortably settles in with Chilly in his bed, following the motto, “If you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em.”
The A-Tom-Inable Snowman (MGM/Chuck Jones, Tom and Jerry, 8/4/66 – Abe Levitow, dir.), finds the cat and mouse duo chasing in the Alps. (An intro scene deserves mention as a leftover which could have been included in the “Countdown to 2020″ articles – Jerry hides in an alpine lodge cuckoo clock – but when Tom manipulates the hands of the clock to force him to come out into his open mouth, Jerry replaces himself with a small bomb on the cuckoo platform, which Tom swallows – then burps smoke, as he discreetly mops his drooping lips with a handkerchief.) The credits unfold over the pair chasing on skis, with stylish change of lettering under the waves of snow left by their ski trails. Jerry skis downward into a rescue station. Tom follows, but after a scream tiptoes out on his ski points – as Jerry’s found a new friend and bodyguard in the form of a St. Bernard. Tom falls back on the old ploy from Fox and Crow’s Plenty Below Zero, placing his skis and their connected boots upside-sown in the snow to make the dog think he’s buried in a snowdrift. The dog is fooled, and finding no one under the boots, starts digging to find their owner, as if he will reach China. Jerry meanwhile is being chased around inside the rescue station. He darts out a door, but takes a quick right turn, while Tom comes barreling out – and falls off a cliff. Rolling into a snowball, he lands near where the St. Bernard is digging, the snowball flattening on the ground. The dog breaks the frozen cat out of the pancake that is the snowball, and attempts to stand the wafer-thin cat up while he opens his brandy barrel. But Tom topples – and cracks into shards as if made of ice. The dog merely sweeps the shards together, and pours a liberal dose of brandy on them. Tom materializes whole – and thoroughly pixilated. Jerry laughs heartily at Tom’s condition – but Tom’s blurred vision now sees five mice instead of one – all the more to satisfy one’s appetite. He gives stumbling chase after his rodent meal, but Jerry runs onto a frozen lake, with one hole cut in the ice. Tom’s blurred vision sees the entire lake covered with holes – so, rather than take any evasive action, he shrugs his shoulders to say “What’s the use” – and plunges right in.
Ski Sickness (Hanna-Barbera, 9/24/66), a Precious Pupp episode from the Atom Ant Show, has Precious’s master Granny Sweet entering a ski race at Suicide Slope. Granny gives her age upon registering for the race as “21 +” – that is, plus 50! Precious as usual succeeds in making enemies fast, angering race favorite Ace McGurk by bopping him with Granny’s skis, stealing McGurk’s hat, and flipping a ski pole at him so that the point hits where it hurts the most. As the race is about to start, Granny complains that the cold is chilling her chilblains. McGurk covers Granny and Precious in snow from his passing skis – so Precious joins the race to keep Granny out of trouble. Mcgurk changes signs pointing out the ski path, to send Granny toward a ravine. But Precious places a boulder in McGurk’s way to trip him up and land him upside down in the mouth of the ravine, his skis stretching across the ravine opening so that Granny crosses them as a bridge. McGurk covers Granny in snow again so she can’t see where she is going – and skis off a 2,000 foot drop. Precious follows her, carrying an umbrella, and uses the umbrella to parachute himself and Granny to safety – just over the finish line below.
Pink Streaker (DePatie-Freleng, Pink Panther, 6/27/75 – Gerry Chinitquy, dir.) is far from among the Panther’s best, and is largely a repetitious assemblage of standard gags of Mr. Big Nose getting knocked into the snow, crashing into tree trunks, jumping over chasms, and the inevitable ski jump – all tried and true tropes of the genre, which mostly fail to get the laughs. A handful of new gags bear brief mention. Pink orders hot coffee and donuts from a local stand. The coffee is frozen rock solid, and plops out of the cup onto Panther’s foot. The donut is also frozen and inedible. Pink tosses the donut over his shoulder – which of course rolls into a snowball and engulfs Big Nose on the ski slope. When the snowball comes to a stop in the middle of the ice pond, Pink uses his ski pole to trace a trap door in the side of the snowball which opens with a hinged squeak. Instead of the little man, he finds his donut – but it’s still frozen solid, so Pink tosses it away again. This time, it leaves a hole in the ice – which Big Nose immediately falls in upon exiting the snowball. Pink pulls him from the water, frozen in ice, and brings him into the ski lodge to warm in front of the fireplace. Big Nose begins to thaw – but instead of the ice sheeting away – he himself melts entirely, just like the Wicked Witch of the West. Pink looks for him under the throw-rug he was standing on, then wrings the water out of the rug itself – which drips out into the form of the little man again. Finally, in the ski-jump shot, an added touch has Pink and the little man continue their jump by skiing over the top of a passing jumbo jet.
The Ski Bunny (1975), from Hanna-Barbera’s largely non-violent mother’s-group-friendly revival of Tom and Jerry, really has no standout original gags worth mentioning, but at least tries to draw a little action out of a day in the mountains, with Tom, Jerry, and Spike (who breathes chilly puffs of steam in rhythm like he was an express train) in a bit of a competition of showing off for a seductive Southern-accented female cat who never stops gabbing and tossing around feigned compliments to get free skiing instruction, as a “poor little ol’ snow bunny”. After being led around by their noses for seven minutes by the sweet talking, and enduring many pratfalls, Tom and Jerry see the fickle bunny leaving with Spike, giving him the same old lines. They try a little retaliation by rolling a giant snowball at the pair, but it misses and rolls up a curved cliff back at them. Tom and Jerry are cornered against the wall of a chalet, but the snowball overshoots, hitting the roof instead of them. The two breathe a sigh of relief – until the roof’s entire coat of snow buries them in an avalanche for the fade out.
Road Runner’s Freeze Frame, the middle segment from Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales (1979), returns Chuck Jones to his element – but not necessarily the Road Runner to his. Courtesy of a book, “Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Roadrunners (But Were Afraid To Ask)”, Wile E. Coyote learns that Roadrunners hate snow and are easily caught in snowdrifts. By changing a few road signs, Wile E. sends Beep Beep up the wrong trail, to Snow Summit. There, among his weaponry, the coyote employs a pair of Acme jet propelled skis. They work fine until the snow depth increases, leaving Beep Beep and the Coyote continuing their chase with only the roadrunner’s tail and Wile E.’s ears visible above the snow. Beep Beep approaches three trees – and his tail feathers miraculously part as if going around the tree trunks on both sides. Wile E’s ears, however, do not part, as he crashes face first into the first tree. At the other end of the snowbank, his skis emerge and sputter to a stop, absent a rider.
In a second “skiing” gag of sorts, Wile E. Employs Porky Pig’s skiing cheat from “Alpine Antics”, sliding along upon the runners of a rocking horse steed, while using a second acme product – a Western lasso – as his weapon for roadrunner capture. Will Rogers, he is not – as his lariat gets entangled and hogties him in the saddle. The out-of-control rocking horse slides off a cliff, falling back to the desert floor far below, and landing on the rails of a railroad track. An approaching train sounds its whistle. The rocking horse springs to life, terrified, and jumps off its runners to gallop away over the horizon – leaving Wile E. alone to face the oncoming express, as he holds up a small sign reading, “Mommy”.
Popeye hits the slopes one more time, in The Ski’s the Limit (Hanna-Barbera, 9/16/78), this time without Bluto. To completely reverse things, Olive is now the skiing instructor, and Popeye the new pupil. Olive’s other protégé is Swee’pea, who on his first lesson can already ski circles around Olive. Popeye meanwhile can’t squeeze his skis and his snow parka out the skiing school door – so lifts the whole building to walk under the doorway. Swee’pea gets too enterprising, skiing in loops under a curved ledge with an accumulation of snow on top that appears about to collapse. Popeye attempts a rescue, but his resonant vocal tones start an avalanche. Olive and Swee’pea wind up in front of the oncoming snow, while Popeye catches up from behind. Olive and Swee’pea are about to run out of room at a cliff’s edge, but Popeye, having downed his spinach, spins his skis like helicopter blades (direct lift from “I’ll Be Skiing Ya”) to become airborne, then grabs a long picket fence and flings it in front of Olive, so that it forms a curved wooden ramp and shoots Olive and Swee’pea back to the waiting Popeye’s arms. The avalanche is still coming, but Popeye makes a snowball, and with spinach strength launches it uphill. It collides with a ten-pin like formation of trees and fells them, the logs forming a wall which stops the avalanche in its tracks. A pleased Swee’pea imitates Popeye’s laugh for the iris out.
Break a Leg (9/22/90), an episode of Garfield and Friends, focuses on another of Jon’s never-ending quests for a way to impress the babes – this time by hanging out in the lodge of a ski resort, full of attractive women, and spinning yarns about his skiing prowess (with the knowledge that the ski lift is out of order). Meanwhile, a chef pursues Garfield outside, but is tripped up by a sheet of ice Garfield creates from a bucket of water, and slides right into the chair lift mechanism, instantly fixing it. Jon does a spit-take with his hot cocoa, as he is now forced to carry out his boasts or lose his girl. Garfield repeatedly predicts a broken leg for Jon, and hands him a last will and testament to sign leaving everything to the cat. Jon at the last minute decides he’s not going through with it, but a sneeze from Odie behind him jolts Jon and Garfield over the crest of the summit and down the slope – with no ski poles. In a lift from Pudgy in Thrills and Chills, a tree directly in their path ahead uproots itself to leap into the air and let them pass unscathed. They fly off cliffs, ricochet off treetops, get catapulted by the chair lift ropes, and speed toward a mountain cabin.
Before impact, Garfield addresses the audience: “I’d like to say a few words about there being too much violence on cartoon shows!” They sail through the cabin’s front door, pass an old timer inside and confiscate a sandwich he is about to eat in the process, then exit out the back door. Observing the sandwich, Garfield states, “Oh, well. Might as well enjoy my last meal.” Bringing up the rear, Odie enters the cabin behind them, and steals the mattress from the old timer’s bed, which Odie uses as a toboggan to slide after the helpless skiers. Jon starts to believe he’s getting the hang of this – until he and Garfield fly off a ski jump. In a reference to the then-famous opening sequence of ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Garfield shouts, “Oh no! I’m living the agony of defeat!” But resourceful Odie zooms ahead, and manages to get the mattress underneath them for a bouncy landing into a snowdrift. Jon and Odie celebrate being alive, and even the girl is impressed, But the old timer shows up, angered that they not only stole his sandwich and his mattress – but that Jon’s flirting with his daughter! The old timer chases Jon, who runs out onto a frozen pond – with the inevitable crash. The last scene finds Jon in a local hospital – in traction with two broken legs and a broken arm. Garfield passes through the room with Odie pulling him on a dogsled, just long enough to tell Jon, “Told ya so.”
At least a couple Disney Afternoon shows also featured some skiing, albeit rather uninspired as to originality. Have Yourself a Goofy Little Christmas (12/5/92), from Goof Troop, briefly featured a bear in pursuit of the sledding cast getting sidetracked on a ski jump and skiing off same. “Snow Place to Hide” (10/22/96), from Donald Dick’s Quack Pack, mostly involved Donald dealing with his “green-eyed monster” of jealousy in the form of a fast-talking hipster wolf only Donald seems to be able to see, who keeps planting ideas in his head that Daisy is two-timing him. Donald tails Daisy as she seeks an interview with an international ski champion, which eventually leads to Donald entering a ski race to try to keep the skier from impressing Daisy with a trophy. Vainglorious reporter Kent Powers also enters the race in hopes of beating Daisy to her scoop interview. The three contestants engage in the usual downhill hijinks, but while racing/colliding in neck-and-neck fashion, all three are passed by a masked skier who takes the trophy. Daisy herself. Donald winds up in traction – and so does his jealousy monster, whom Donald finally defeats by painfully trapping him in a half-Nelson in his hospital bed.
Timon and Pumbaa’s Swiss-Missed (9/29/95) has been briefly reviewed in part 4 of my Countdown to 2020 articles on this website. While searching for the village clockkeeper whom Timon and Pumbaa have improperly talked into dodging his duties in favor of their “Hakuna Mutata” philosophy, Pumbaa dons a pair of skis, with Timon riding him “piggyback”. The clockkeeper, and a ‘ski bunny” he’s met and decided to marry, join Timon and Pumbaa for a brief but frantic ski race to reach and repair the village clock before the appointed hour of twelve. A few good gags are included in the sequence. Timon crashes headfirst Into two trees, knocking a chunk out of the mid-section of each tree-trunk. He passes a third tree without collision – but slams on the brakes, slides backwards up the hill, and shifts into forward gear again to plow into and take care of the tree trunk he missed. The pair encounter a bear relaxing in a hot tub – upsetting the tub from its heating element so that its water freezes into a large ice cube and klunks the bear. The clockkeeper and his intended ski through the door of a chapel, with Timon and Pumbaa following. The couple emerge from the back door in tuxedo and bridal veil, with strains of the wedding march heard on the soundtrack, while Timon and Pumbaa emerge dressed in bridesmaid’s gowns, complaining “Always a bridesmaid…Never a bride.” The four hit a slope and wind up riding on each other’s shoulders (a borrow from ‘Alpine Antics”), jumping off a cliff to land directly in the clock tower.
Several television cartoons and at least one theatrical were unavailable for internet review, a few of which definitely involved skiing, and others whose titles potentially suggest a connection. Sno’Ball Magoo apparently involves another ski trip for Mister Magoo, this time accompanied by his Asiatic stereotype houseboy Cholly. Bozo the Clown’s episodes include at least one confirmed title on the subject, Ski Lodge Hodge Podge (which to my recollection may have focused on a subsidiary character, Ali Kaht), and the additional Bozo’s Icy Escapade and Mill Pond Thrill Chill. I believe one of these got Bozo on skis, possibly pursued by either Big Shorty and Short Biggy or Slippery Bly, International Spy. Dick Tracy’s episodes include Snow Job, its precise subject matter unknown. Sadcat at Terrytoons, during the period of appearances by his “super alter-ego”, included the theatrical, The Abominable Mountaineers (9/1/68) – whether this was strictly mountain climbing or skiing too, I do not recall. Bonkers Bobcat, in the Raw Toonage days, included an episode called Ski Patrol with Bonkers in charge of rescues on the slopes. There’s no doubt other late ones I’ve missed – James Parten recently indicated to me that there was even a skiing episode in Hanna Barbera’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, which, on general principles alone, I refused to take the time to review. Your input on any of these latecomers is, as always, welcome.
We’ve reached the foot of the mountain, and an early thaw is setting in. We’ll set our sights on warmer pastimes for our next installment. Till then, chill.