Thunderbolt first appeared on TV as a puppet character on "Thunderbolt the Wondercolt," a 1952 kids' TV puppet show that was written, created, produced and the puppet manipulated by Bob Clampett.
Like The Adventures of Bullwinkle and Rocky before it, this show was originally a puppet show (called "Time for Beany", 1950-1953), and became an animated cartoon.
It is said that Albert Einstein never missed an episode of the puppet version of this show.
This episode has a scene portraying a "face-off" of cartoon legends as Beany tries to outwit Dishonest John. Watch quickly, and you'll see caricatures of characters including Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig.
Thunderbolt The Wondercolt Production Information
Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.
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