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'''The Fantastic Funnies''' is a one-hour special on comic strips produced by [[Bill Meléndez]] and [[Lee Mendelson]]. It first aired on May 15, 1980 on [[CBS]].
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'''The Fantastic Funnies''' is a one-hour special on comic strips produced by [[Bill Meléndez]] and [[Lee Mendelson]]. It first aired on May 15, 1980 on [[CBS]]. It is not to be confused with the short-lived Filmation series The Fabulous Funnies.
   
 
The special features live action segments- with Loni Anderson hosting as well as Charles Schulz (''Peanuts''), Dik Browne (''Hagar the Horrible''), Hank Ketcham (''Dennis the Menace''), Johnny Hart (''B.C.''), and other comic strip creators interviewed- and animated sequences- showcasing comic strips, among them ''Peanuts'', ''Hagar the Horrible'', ''B.C.'', ''Broom Hilda'', and ''Doonesbury''.
 
The special features live action segments- with Loni Anderson hosting as well as Charles Schulz (''Peanuts''), Dik Browne (''Hagar the Horrible''), Hank Ketcham (''Dennis the Menace''), Johnny Hart (''B.C.''), and other comic strip creators interviewed- and animated sequences- showcasing comic strips, among them ''Peanuts'', ''Hagar the Horrible'', ''B.C.'', ''Broom Hilda'', and ''Doonesbury''.

Revision as of 13:16, May 30, 2020

Title card for the "Garfield" segment on the special.

The Fantastic Funnies is a one-hour special on comic strips produced by Bill Meléndez and Lee Mendelson. It first aired on May 15, 1980 on CBS. It is not to be confused with the short-lived Filmation series The Fabulous Funnies.

The special features live action segments- with Loni Anderson hosting as well as Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Dik Browne (Hagar the Horrible), Hank Ketcham (Dennis the Menace), Johnny Hart (B.C.), and other comic strip creators interviewed- and animated sequences- showcasing comic strips, among them Peanuts, Hagar the Horrible, B.C., Broom Hilda, and Doonesbury.

Loni Anderson introduces Garfield as a "newcomer", being only 2 years old at the time. The strip is represented with a brief animated scene in the special. The segment includes adaptations of comic strips from (in order of appearance) June 21, 1978, July 2, 1979, August 2, 1978, July 21, 1978, and May 12, 1979.

Garfield hisses at Snoopy, Daisy, Fred Basset, and Marmaduke

Characters

Major Characters

Minor Characters

  • Mouse

Trivia

  • The Garfield segment in this special is the earliest official animated feature of Garfield.
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