Cool McCool

Cool McCool
Cool McCool title card.jpg
Opening titles
Format Animation
Created by Bob Kane
Al Brodax
Starring Bob McFadden
Chuck McCann
Carol Corbett
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26 (half hours)
Production
Running time 3 episodes per half hour (30 minutes with Commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 10, 1966 – August 30, 1969

Cool McCool was an animated series that ran on NBC from September 10, 1966 to August 30, 1969 with two episodes per show, running to 40 episodes in all. It was created by Bob Kane – most famous as the creator of Batman – and produced by Al Brodax for King Features.

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Synopsis

Riffing off the then-popular genres of superheroes and James Bond spy adventures, Cool McCool featured the adventures of a hip, trenchcoated spy, who – as on the contemporary TV show Get Smart – defeated villains despite being comically inept. Villains included the Rattler, Hurricane Harry, Greta Ghoul, the Owl, Jack-In-The-Box and Dr. Madcap. McCool's boss was known as Number One, although his face was never seen onscreen; only his arms and a cigar were visible behind his chair (a reference to another contemporary spy show – The Prisoner, which featured a spy looking for Number One who ran the prison he found himself in). Number One's secretary was Friday, a dumpy girl who had an unrequited crush on the secret agent. McCool had three catchphrases: "Danger is my business!" "When you're right, Number One, you're right," and (after bungling something) "That will never happen again."

The show also featured a Keystone Kops-style segment featuring the adventures of McCool's father, Harry McCool. Harry was supported by his brothers Dick and Tom. Only 20 Harry McCool episodes were made, each one sandwiched between the two Cool McCool episodes per show.

Cast

Cool and Harry were voiced by Bob McFadden, while most of the other voices were supplied by Chuck McCann. Carol Corbett provided the voice of Friday. McFadden modeled McCool's voice after comic legend Jack Benny.

Characters

  • Cool McCool: A secret agent who defeats villains with his powerful skills. He is a mighty secret agent who can be bumbling sometimes. His mustache tingles when there's danger lurking about and can also be used as a telephone. A running gag in the series is that after the end of each mission, Cool would do something that would make Number One mad, thus causing him to get ejected. His catchphrases are "Danger is my business!", "When you're right, Number One, you're right" and "That will never happen again." He is voiced by Bob McFadden.
  • Harry McCool: Cool's police officer father who appears in a sandwiched Harry McCool cartoon. He, along with his brothers; Dick and Tom, were the members of the Komedy Kops. Like his son, he is voiced by Bob McFadden.
  • Number One: Cool's off-screen boss. Whenever Cool does something really stupid, he always ejects him out of the headquarters. His appearance is just possibly his arm that has a black suit, wearing a diamond ring and holding a cigar, making his appearance possibly taken off of Al Brodax, the show's co-creator. It was revealed that he is married since in the series finale, Cool destroyed his wife's anniversary gift. Voice of Chuck McCann .
  • Friday: Number One's secretary who has a crush on Cool. She is mostly a klutz. She is voiced by Carol Corbett.
  • Breezy: Cool McCool's sidekick at the age of 10-12. He always helps Cool when he is in need and comes along with him on some missions. He has a buck tooth. He rarely appears in the episodes. Voice of Chuck McCann.

Villains

  • The Owl: An owl-themed old supervillain who is the headmaster of the College of Crooks. He lives in a cave, sports female owl henchwomen, and has owl pets. He is the first villain that Cool McCool encounters in the series and he is always seen walking bare-footed. He is a parody of The Penguin. He is voiced by Chuck McCann.
  • The Rattler: An anthropomorphic snake with a passion for art. He has the ability to control plants and also adores plant life. He can also wield shotguns and bombs and falls for the snake charmer. His catchphrase is "seize him". He is the Professor of Body in the College of Crooks. He is a parody of The Riddler. He is voiced by Chuck McCann.
  • Dr. Madcap: A wacky supervillain with the ability to command his hats. Although he adores his hats, he also loves Greta Ghoul, his wife, who is sad since he spends more time on the hats than her, so he commands the hats to give Greta presents to make her happy. He is a parody of the Mad Hatter. His characteristics are similar to his parodied counterpart. He is a professor of science. He is voiced by Chuck McCann.
  • Greta Ghoul: Dr. Madcap's wife. She doesn't feel much appreciated or loved by her husband in some episodes and speaks with a Transylvanian accent. She is a green color-schemed woman whose personality is similar to a ghost. She is voiced by Carol Corbett.
  • Hurricane Harry: An overweight supervillain who can create mighty gusts of winds to blow Cool away. He speaks in a deep voice and a lisp. He still lives with his mother or fiancée named Bellows Belle, who wheezes when speaking. Unlike the others, he is a parody of most criminals under the name Hurricane in the Marvel Comics. He is voiced by Chuck McCann.
  • Jack-in-a-Box: A supervillain who is joker themed that hides in a jack-in-a-box to scare and attack people. His weapon is his shotgun and a bomb. His residence is in the circus and his pets are lions. Whenever he talks, he says a sound or word that are similar to that of jack-in-a-box sound effects and or music (like popping out sounds). He is a parody of The Joker. He is voiced by Chuck McCann.

Episode list

Show 01

Cool McCool in "The Big Blowout"

Harry McCool in "The Phantom of the Opera House"

Cool McCool in "Fine Feathered Fiends"

Show 02

Cool McCool in "If the Hat Fits... Watch It"

Harry McCool in "Horsehide and Go Seek"

Cool McCool in "The House that Jack Built"

Show 03

Cool McCool in "The Odd Boxes Caper"

Harry McCool in "The Vaishing Shoehorns"

Cool McCool in "Garden of Evil"

Show 04

Cool McCool in "Rocket Racket"

Harry McCool in "Here's Pie in Your Eye"

Cool McCool in "Queen's Ransom"

Show 05

Cool McCool in "The Big Brainwash"

Harry McCool in "The Woodchopper"

Cool McCool in "Shrinking the Slinker"

Show 06

Cool McCool in "The Box Fox"

Harry McCool in "Gym Dandy"

Cool McCool in "Bagging the Windbag"

Show 07

Cool McCool in "Will the Real Cool Mobile Please Stand Up"

Harry McCool in "Big Top Cops"

Cool McCool in "Owl on the Prowl"

Show 08

Cool McCool in "Sniffin, Snoozen, and Sneezen"

Harry McCool in "The New Car"

Cool McCool in "How Now Foul Owl"

Show 09

Cool McCool in "Caps and Robbers"

Harry McCool in "Three Men on a House"

Cool McCool in "The Romantic Rattler"

Show 10

Cool McCool in "Jack in the Boxer"

Harry McCool in "Fowl Play"

Cool McCool in "Love is a Gas"

Show 11

Cool McCool in "Who Stole my 32 Secret Agents?"

Harry McCool in "The Jet Set, Yet"

Cool McCook in "The 500 Pound Canary Caper"

Show 12

Cool McCool in "Fun and Games"

Harry McCool in "McCool Jazz"

Cool McCool in "Mother Greta's Wrinkle Remover"

Show 13

Cool McCool in "The Shombrero Affair"

Harry McCool in "Dog Tired"

Cool McCool in "The Moon Goon"

Show 14

Cool McCool in "Two Fats and a Fink"

Harry McCool in "High Jokers"

Cool McCool in "Rockabye for Rattler"

Show 15

Cool McCool in "High Jacker Jack"

Harry McCool in "Time Out"

Cool McCool in "The Wind Goddess"

Show 16

Cool McCool in "Hot McHot"

Harry McCool in "Monkey Dizziness"

Cool McCool in "A Growing Problem"

Show 17

Cool McCool in "Oh Say Can You Seed"

Harry McCool in "Green Dragon"

Cool McCool in "What Goes Up... Must Come Down"

Show 18

Cool McCool in "Birds of a Feather Flop Together"

Harry McCool in "A Lot of Ballooney"

Cool McCool in "The Box Popper"

Show 19

Cool McCool in "Owl's Well That Ends Well"

Harry McCool in "Goat Chaser"

Cool McCool in "A Tree is a... Tree?"

Show 20

Cool McCool in "The Whistler's Mommy Case"

Harry McCool in "In the Dough"

Cool McCool in "The College of Crooks"

DVD & VHS

Rhino Records

  • Cool McCool Collection – 2003 DVD oop

Hollywood DVD

  • Cool McCool: How To Catch a Crook – 2003 UK PAL DVD oop
  • Cool McCool: Danger is My Business / G-Force – 2004 UK PAL DVD oop
  • Cool McCool: Danger is my Business / Felix the Cat – 2004 UK PAL DVD oop

Best Film & Video Co

  • Cool McCool: Shooting the Breeze – 1990 VHS oop
  • Cool McCool: Grime & Punishment – 1990 VHS oop
  • Cool McCool: How to Catch a Crook – 1990 VHS oop

BCI Eclipse

  • Animated All Stars vol 1 – 2006 2DVD – (2 Cool McCool episodes)
  • Cool McCool: The Complete Series – 3DVD March 13, 2007

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