Daws Butler plays almost two dozen Hanna-Barbera characters offering three dozen messages to kids about safety in a very strange LP album package.
“HEAR-SEE-DO” HANNA-BARBERA RECORD OF SAFETY
Featuring 36 Original Soundtrack Recordings
“Hear, See Do” Records (Pickwick) BRMC-1 (12” 33 1/3 RPM / Mono)
Released in 1973. Created by Pickwick International for Baker Rhodes Marketing. Executive Music: Hoyt Curtin, Ted Nichols. Produced in Support of the National Safety Council’s Accident Prevention Program. Running Time: 31 minutes.
Underscore Music by Hoyt Curtin and Ted Nichols from The Flintstones, The Jetsons, The Yogi Bear Show, The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Alice in Wonderland, Top Cat, The Magilla Gorilla Show.
Voices: Jean Vander Pyl (Wilma Flintstone); Daws Butler (Quick Draw McGraw, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, Snagglepuss, Peter Potamus, Touché Turtle, Dum-Dum, Magilla Gorilla, Barney Rubble, Wally Gator, Dixie, Fred Flintstone, Huckleberry Hound, Boo-Boo, Ricochet Rabbit, So-So, Lippy the Lion, Augie Doggie, Yakky Doodle, Super Snooper, Elroy Jetson).
Wow! So many characters PLUS actual Hanna-Barbera TV soundtrack background music (supporting the album cover’s claim)! How could this miss?
Selections: “The Safe Way to School,” “Don’t Ride with Strangers,” “How to Ride a Bike,” “Obey the Safety Patrol,” “Walking Where No Sidewalks Exist,” “Lock Car Doors,” “Don’t Take Chances,” “Don’t Throw Stones,” “Don’t Play with Strange Animals,” “Walk, Don’t Run,” “Don’t Play with Matches,” “Keep Arms Inside Car and Bus,” “Be Careful on Skateboards,” “Be Careful with Knives, Scissors and Sharp Objects,” “Keep Toys Off the Floor,” “Don’t Run with Things in Your Mouth,” “Store Poisons Properly,” “Green Means Go, Red Stop,” “Safety at Night, Wear White,” “Play in a Safe Place,” “Enter and Leave Cars on Curb Side,” “Wet Hands and Electricity Don’t Mix,” “Never Stop from Behind Parked Cars,” “Cross Street at Corners,” “Watch for Cars in Driveways,” “Fasten Seat Belts, Don’t Stand Up,” “Never Swim Alone,” “Stop, Look, Listen,” “Use Lights and Reflectors on Bicycles,” “Don’t Play in Streets,” “Look Both Ways Before Crossing Streets,” “Correct Signals for Riding a Bike,” “Don’t Ride Double on a Bike,” “Remove Skates Before Crossing Streets,” “Don’t Run Around Swimming Pools,” “Prevent Forest Fires.”
Well, in some ways it’s very collectible for H-B fans because of the music, some of which never appeared on any HBR records. And it features Jean Vander Pyl as the original Wilma Flintstone—with Daws Butler as his originals: Quick Draw McGraw, Yogi Bear, Snagglepuss, Peter Potamus, Wally Gator, Dixie, Huckleberry Hound, Lippy the Lion, Augie Doggie and Elroy Jetson.
Students of animation voice work might well enjoy hearing one of the masters showing how much skill and acting is involved in doing voices, as opposed to just sounding funny. His Lippy the Lion is simply not the same as Peter Potamus, even though they both have roots in the voice of comedian Joe E. Brown. Speaking of Lippy and Peter, this is the sole vinyl appearance of Daws Butler as these characters, as well as Wally Gator.
Jean Vander Pyl does several selections as Wilma, but strangely there is no appearance of Pebbles, even though the tiny tot is seen in the visual materials included in the album package.
This album was either a TV call-in product or a direct mail item, or both. It follows all the principals of direct marketing, including the sense that there is a lot of “value added” with the purchase. You get 36 “original soundtracks” on a high-fidelity long-playing record! A coloring book with pictures that go with each safety message! A special folio showing all the characters in their safety messages to use as a guide for coloring! But wait! There’s more! You also get an oversized wall poster, for more coloring fun!
If only the album was as entertaining as it could have been. Each character message is more like a public service announcement that a song or a story. Perhaps the idea of making all scripts into Seuss-style rhymes was an attempt to make it more playable, but it would have been much better to have a few original stories with the characters that had the safety messages woven throughout.
The 1965-66 Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Series mixed and matched actors and characters with carefree abandon, but this album goes even further by putting Daws Butler in what must have been an uncomfortable situation of performing Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Touché Turtle, Dum-Dum, Ricochet Rabbit, So-So, Boo-Boo, and Yakky Doodle. He does a particularly good Magilla; his Yakky sounds like Blabbermouse. It had to be a ticklish situation as all the other actors were around at the time, but these things do happen and budgets can be an issue.
Certainly little money was spent on decent graphics. The artwork looks like it was done with a K-Tel E-Z Tracer and some character model sheets. There is no regard for proportion or position. Even the mediocre Columbia 1977 HBR reissue covers were a little better, though not by much. It only serves to emphasize how good the original HBR LPs were, for both the album art and the recordings.
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“Hanna-Barbera Record of Safety”
It’s a very interesting thing to hear, especially with Daws Butler doing so many voices for one album. He sure was a trouper. The music is always pleasurable, of course.