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A Grimm Story Of An Overdue Book (1990) Season 1 Episode 113- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures Cartoon Episode Guide A Grimm Story Of An Overdue Book

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>Hanna-Barbera Studios, Orion Television Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment
  • Hanna-Barbera Studios, Orion Television Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment
  • Animated Characters: Bill S. Prestone, Ted Logan, Mary Jane, Rufus, Detective Logan, Vice Principal Ryan, Missy-Mom, Deacon.
  • First Aired in 1990.
  • Episode Number: 113
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Season: 1
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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Based on the Movie Screen version with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. William "Bill" S. Preston, Esquire and "Ted" Theodore Logan live in the unprecedented town of San Dimas California, They travel back and forth through time in their most excellent time machine phone booth! They meet up with the outstanding historical people including The Short Dead Dude (Napoleon), The Frood Dude (Freud), The Pool Game (Marco Polo), The Salad Dressing Dude (Caesar) and many more. They also play in their triumphant band called the Wyld Stallyns.

So some executive is sitting over at Hanna-Barbera playing air guitar to a Van Halen record, when suddenly, it hits him: "Dude! We could seriously make a most bodacious cartoon of those Bill and Ted dudes!" Then he and another executive look at each other and simultaneously say, "Excellent!" then burst into manic air guitar solos.

Okay, it may not have happened exactly like that, but a Bill & Ted cartoon certainly seemed like a sure thing. The main characters were already teenagers, and there was no need to put them in a more fantastic setting (a la Gilligan's Planet or Partridge Family: 2200 A.D.), since their time-traveling phone booth could carry to any place and time they chose.

In fact, little changed from the film version to the animated one. Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves reprised their roles as Bill and Ted, and George Carlin returned as Rufus, their mentor from the future. Bill and Ted were still struggling high school students in San Dimas, California, and Rufus still gave them clues as to where in history they could find the answers they needed.

The show continued the interaction with historical figures-Julius "The Salad Dressing Dude" Caesar, Wolfgang Amadeus "Wolfman" Mozart, and many others-taking the teens to several historical spots in each half-hour episode. A new plot twist was the boys' helping keep history in its place (building the Sphinx, inspiring Henry Ford to build the first car, etc.) The show also carried on the film's cheeky attitude toward history, with episode titles like, "This Babe Ruth ?Babe' is a Dude, Dude!"

For the second season, DIC took over production and the show moved to Fox. Reeves, Winter, and Carlin left the show and were replaced by the stars of Fox's new live-action primetime Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. The new episodes introduced a "Squint" phone booth that could take Bill and Ted into literature, television shows, and (after shrinking them) inside the human body. The new show had trouble catching on, and after one more season, Bill and Ted were history.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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One of the Wyld Stallyns has lost a library book, a copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales, which is now very much overdue. So it is up to Bill & Ted (and their most excellent time-travelling phone booth) to get the original Brother Grimm to write them a new...  (read more)

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