Wednesday, 17 December 2014
39 The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
First watched : Uncertain
Like Felix the Cat this was another rarely glimpsed ITV treat. I loved it but probably only got to see two or three episodes.
Having more in common with Dr Who and C.S. Lewis than Mark Twain, this was Hanna Barbera's first attempt at blending actors with animated figures in 1968. Huck, Tom Sawyer and their friend Becky are out walking when Huck is accosted by the terrifying Injun Joe who is seeking revenge for Huck testifying against him at a murder trial. The trio flee into a cave where they stumble into caroon other worlds from history, myth or literature and have to get involved. The villain in each scenario bears a strong resemblance to Injun Joe.
Though sniffed at by critics steeped in Twain the series had a winning combination of imagination, excitement - the kids were always in some form of peril in addition to being far from home - and technical accomplishment. It was probably too rich a blend for it to be extended to a second series but it's been regularly re-run as a feature in Banana Splits so successive generations of kids have been able to enjoy it.