The VikingsThe Vikings (1967) - Abbott & Costello Cartoon Episode Guide by Dave Koch
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- Hanna-Barbera Productions, RKO General, Jomar Productions
- Animated Characters: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello.
- First Aired in 1967.
- Running Time: 5 minutes.
- Season: 1
Cartoon Production Information:
The most remarkable feature of the series was the fact that Bud Abbott provided his own voice. At the time, Abbott was very ill and owed a pretty sum of money to the IRS, so the job was something of a godsend for him. Sadly, years of smoking and a 1964 stroke had ravaged Abbott's voice so badly that he retained little of his original slick, smooth-talking tone. Stan Irwin provided the voice of Lou Costello, the comedian having died of a heart attack in 1959.
Though the show has taken some flack from Abbot & Costello purists, the animated Abbott & Costello does hold the distinction of being one of the first cartoons based on real people, an honor shared with 1965's The New 3 Stooges and 1966's Laurel and Hardy.
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