Welcome to the almost-weekend. It’s Funshine Friday time and today we jolt your memories by presenting in its entirety, A Doonesbury Special.
A Doonesbury Special originally aired on NBC on November 27th, 1977. This 25-minute animated version of the famed comic strip was written by its creator, Garry Trudeau and directed by Trudeau along with John and Faith Hubley (The Electric Company).
Here’s a Wikipedia chunk on the special:
“In 1977, Trudeau wrote a script for a 26-minute animated special. A Doonesbury Special was produced and directed by Trudeau, along with John Hubley (who died during the storyboarding stage) and Faith Hubley. The Special was first broadcast by NBC on November 27, 1977. It won a Special Jury Award at the Cannes International Film Festival for best short film, and received an Academy Award nomination (for best animated short film), both in 1978. Voice actors for the special included Barbara Harris, William Sloane Coffin, Jr., Jack Gilford and Will Jordan. Also included were two songs ‘sung’ by the character Jimmy Thudpucker (actually actor/singer/songwriter/producer James Allen ‘Jimmy’ Brewer), entitled ‘Stop in the Middle’ and ‘I Do Believe’, also part of the ‘Special’.”
I was a huge Doonesbury fan as a kid and watched this at age 11 when it first aired. I hadn’t seen it again (until I re-watched it today) in over three decades. Rejoin Zonker, Mike and friends and refresh your humor bone below.
Previously on Funshine Friday: (Bicentennial Week) Mind-Blowing Bicentennial Cartoon, ’200′ (1975)