THE SKATEBIRDS seemed to be a Forgotten TV show the year after it went off the air.
Back in 1979 or 1980, I found a board game. It was THE SKATEBIRDS game. Yet, I had never heard of THE SKATEBIRDS. What was this show, and why was there a board game of it?
I bought it, and thought it was a fun game. But I had never seen the show.
THE SKATEBIRDS was a Hanna-Barbera production that aired on CBS from 1978 to 1979. Essentially a reworking of the previous Hanna-Barbera series THE BANANA SPLITS, the show featured costumed characters introducing a mixture of animated cartoons as well as live action shorts.
They were made up of three birds, all on roller skates. Scooter was a penguin, Knock-Knock a woodpecker, and Satchel, a Pelican. Scatman Crothers voiced Scat Cat, a roller skating cat who was out to get them.
Among the cartoons was that unforgettable take on THE THREE STOOGES known as THE ROBONIC STOOGES. I'm sure everyone always wanted to see the Three Stooges as robots. Other cartoons featured WONDER WHEELS, WOOFER AND WHIMPER DOG DETECTIVES and the live action MYSTERY ISLAND.
I did eventually catch the show when it was repeated on Sunday mornings in a half hour version. It also has run on USA and the Cartoon Network in recent years.