Milton the Monster
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The Milton the Monster Show
Genre: Animated Cartoon
Created by: Hal Seeger
Directed by: Hal Seeger
Voices of: Bob McFadden, Beverly Arnold (uncredited)
Country of origin: United States
Original language(s): English
No. of seasons: 1
No. of episodes: 26
Producer: Hal Seeger
Running time: 30 minutes
Production company: Hal Seeger Productions, in association with the ABC Television Network
Distributor: CBS Television Distribution
Original channel: ABC
Picture format: Color
Original release: October 9, 1965 - September 8, 1968
Milton the Monster, also called ''The Milton the Monster Show'', is an American animated cartoon TV series that ran on ABC from October 9, 1965, to September 8, 1968. It was produced and directed by Hal Seeger.
The series starred Milton the Monster, a Frankenstein looking monster with a flat topped, seemingly hollow head which emitted various quantities of white steam or smoke based on his mood or situation. He was created by mad scientist Professor Montgomery Weirdo and his assistant Count Kook, who lived in a haunted house on Horror Hill. Milton is a smiling, good-natured fellow, thanks to the Professor having used too much ''tincture of tenderness'' as explained in the opening theme of each individual Milton the Monster segment. Milton was created not of individual body parts, but rather in a mold from such liquids as ''essence of terror'' and ''sinister sauce''. Out of fear of his creation destroying him, Professor Weirdo intended to add just a touch of the aforementioned ''tincture of tenderness'' to the mold, but Count Kook bumped the Professor's elbow, resulting in too much of the tincture being added to the mix. Milton's voice, which was based on the southern accent used by Jim Nabors in his television role as Gomer Pyle, was provided by Bob McFadden who also provided voices for Professor Weirdo's resident monsters: Heebie - a skull faced, top hat wearing ghoul with a Peter Lorre voice and Jeebie - a slow witted, cyclopian, hairy green creature with a single sharp tooth that was often used to open soda cans
Professor Weirdo's nemesis was Professor Fruitcake, another mad scientist who lived in a castle on an opposite hill. Professor Fruitcake's major creation was Zelda the Zombie. Other characters in the series included Fangenstein, a biker monster apparently inspired by Marlon Brando, his sidekick Abercrombie Zombie, and Professor Weirdo's aunt, the witchy Aunt Hagatha.
Other features on the show included:
Fearless Fly, starring an insect super hero similar to Hanna Barbera's Atom Ant. One of the most popular segments of the Milton the Monster Show, Fearless Fly was, in reality, Hirem, an ordinary housefly who, whenever danger threatens, ducks into a nearby matchbox, dons a red sweater and, in a reversal of Clark Kent, changes into the superhero Fearless Fly by putting on a pair of super high powered glasses which ''provided millions of mega tons of energy through the sensitive muscles in his head''. FF, according to the opening, is more powerful than a speeding rocket and faster than a beam of light. No flypaper can hold him and no insecticide can stop him. Fearless Fly's sole weakness is losing his glasses, which happens in most of the episodes. To bring the point home, Hirem bemoans his fate by telling the audience, ''My glasses! Without them, I'm helpless!'' His chief nemesis is the 900 year old Fu Manchu inspired Dr. Goo Fee and his sidekick Gung Ho. Occasionally, Milton the Monster's Professor Weirdo makes an appearance to threaten Fearless Fly. Specifically, the episodes ''Fearless Fly meets the Monsters'' and ''The Spider Spiter''. The ''Fearless Fly meets the Monsters'' episode appears to be an early pilot for Milton the Monster. We see Professor Weirdo creating a monster similar to Milton. The same tincture of tenderness mishap occurs, but this creature's name is George. He basically looks like Milton, but with the Frankenstein Monster's hairstyle, has a deeper voice that sounds nothing like Jim Nabors, and a scar across his forehead. Heebie and Jeebie are present, but have different voices. Heebie's voice sounds more like Jeebie's, while Jeebie's design is basically unchanged except that he has a full set of fangs, instead of just a single sharp tooth, and that his voice sounds like that of Peter Lorre. Also present is a robot that appears to be an early version of Mechanical Mike, a character who appears in the Milton the Monster episode, ''Monster Sitter''. The actual Milton the Monster makes a brief cameo in the episode ''Ferocious Fly'', as a mirage Hirem hallucinates while lost in the desert. When Fearless Fly is in the guise of Hirem, he hangs out at the Sugar Bowl with his girlfriend Flory (not Flora, as cited in other reference sources). Hirem's chief antagonist at the bistro is the bullying Horsey the Horsefly. Flory's voice was provided by the uncredited Beverly Arnold. Bob McFadden usually provided all of the voices, including the female ones, such as the seductive Lady Deflyah.