CBBC Memories – Captain Caveman.

Captain Caveman (ABC, 1977-1980)

This is yet another Hanna-Barbera cartoon that I remember watching as a second generation viewer (there really were a lot of them), and once again, I saw this as part of The CBBC Breakfast Show strand in 1997, almost worth getting up too early for. What did this one have to offer? Captain Caveman is someone who is discovered in a block of ice, and he is then brought back to life.

He has been in that block for thousands of years, maybe even millions. Of course, he is rather hairy, and he does have some trouble adapting to the modern world. He is joined by a female trio called The Teen Angels, who it seems bear every resemblance to the cast of Charlie’s Angels, the action TV show that was popular around the time that this launched.

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It turns out that he is some kind of superhero, but after putting up with talking bears, squirrel spies, and the like, nothing appears to be that far-fetched now, if viewers liked those ideas, they might like this one. He also had a club, that he banged everywhere, and seemed to be magic too! And of course, he goes and saves the day to everybody’s delight, and somehow it conveniently takes him exactly seven minutes every time.

Another notable thing is that Captain Caveman was voiced by Mel Blanc, the man behind a thousand cartoon characters (or thereabouts). And he would often shout “Captain Caveman!!” as loud as he could, and as often as he could, you don’t really forget that. I thought that this was the only thing that he was able to say, but he did manage to grasp a few other phrases.

There were 40 episodes, which were sometimes credited as Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels, and this has to be the nosiest (and maybe silliest) Hanna-Barbera cartoon from this era. This was shown in CBBC in this country for about two decades, well into the 90s. But I don’t recall there being too many revivals, although all four main cast members competed on Scooby-Doo’s team in Laff-A-Lympics.

One thought on “CBBC Memories – Captain Caveman.

  1. Michael says:

    Hey there, i like Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels which features the voices of Mel Blanc, Laurel Page, Marilyn Schreffler and Vernee Watson as Captain Caveman, Taffy Dare, Brenda Chance and Dee Dee Sykes, respectively and they also appeared as part of The Scooby Doobies team in Scooby’s All-Star Laff-a-Lympics as well.

    So far, the only time the show was released was Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels – Bumper Edition which was released only on VHS by First Independent in the UK from 1997. And as such, when the show airs in Europe (including the UK), Australia and New Zealand, it airs high-pitched due to PAL speedup.

    Like i said before, PAL speedup happens to most US imports and movies which air in the UK, European countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and others, Australia and New Zealand such as Tom and Jerry, The Scooby-Doo Show, The Flintstones, Top Cat, Wacky Races, Looney Tunes, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Murder, She Wrote, Batman (1966 TV Series), Batman: The Animated Series, The Pink Panther cartoons (as well as the 1993 series of that said show), Star Trek (including TOS and TNG), Knight Rider, Airwolf, The A-Team and others, although i prefer them as well as The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show (1983), The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (1984) and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985) being in the NTSC pitch and speed better.

    Thankfully, this show is finally available on manufacture-on-demand (MOD) DVD in Region 1 as part of the Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection on 23rd July 2013 and on Boomerang’s streaming service (both with the original NTSC pitch and speed and in the USA only).

    On a side note, i think this show was shown on BBC One in the UK during the late 1970s and in the 1980s and was also shown on BBC Two in 1997, 1998 and 1999, respectively, although i think it was shown on Sky One for a time in 1990.

    Also, in the episode called “The Old Caveman and the Sea” which aired in 1980 in the USA, Taffy Dare Brenda Chance and Dee Dee Sykes appear wearing their bikinis.

    I think Taffy Dare gives Captain Caveman a kiss in some episodes of this show.

    Captain Caveman also even appeared in both The Flintstone Comedy Show (1980-1982) and the Flintstone Kids (1986-1988) as well with Mel Blanc reprising his voice-acting role as Cavey IIRC.

    What are your thoughts about this show anyway?

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