The Beagles

Presented on CBS in September 1966, this obvious takeoff on the Beatles name only lasted one season. The Beagles were two animated dogs, Stringer and Tubby, whose identities were built roughly on the tried and true comedic antics of Abbott & Costello and Laurel & Hardy. The series' premise involved the canines being put into various adventures instigated by their manager, Scotty, where the duo would learn a valuable lesson that they would base a song around. The show was produced by Total Television, the creators of Underdog and Tennessee Tuxedo. While the cartoon only lasted two years (including a brief appearance on ABC), an album was released on Columbia's budget label, Harmony, in 1967, featuring mock Chad & Jeremy songs, including "Looking for the Beagles," "Be the Captain," "Humpty Dumpty," and "Thanks to the Man in the Moon." This rare soundtrack album was re-released on limited-edition CD in 1995 with We're the Banana Splits. While the music has been retrieved, unfortunately the cartoon itself has been lost. ~ Al Campbell

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