Thursday, December 16, 2010


To my bitter disappointment, I wasn’t able to make it to the screening last week of the new big-screen version of Yogi Bear. But the movie, opening Friday, has me thinking about Hanna-Barbera cartoons, & in particular one of the pleasures of the late-Boomer era, Jonny Quest. The great half-hour adventure show was a treasure trove of monsters—everything from pterodactyls to Yetis to deep-sea freaks to daddy-longlegs robots to plodding mummies to giant crabs. But…

Monster-of-the-Week: of the most memorable of the worthy company that menaced Dr. Quest, Race, Bandit & the boys was this week’s honoree, the shapeless, cyclopean, electricity-craving banshee known as the Invisible Monster, even though it becomes visible (& slightly endearing) when it’s pelted with bags of paint…

You can watch the wailing horror’s Waterloo in the episode’s thrilling conclusion, here.

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