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Dastardly And Muttley

This was the show with many names. Most people know it as Stop The Pigeon, some just called it Dastardly and Muttley, but in fact (and I’m sure someone will tell me if I’m wrong), it was actually called Dastardly & Muttley in their Flying Machines.

Meet the Vulture Squadren, headed up by Dick Dastardly, and his (only in it for himself, unless a medal was on offer) sidekick Mutley. Completing the team were also Zilly, who was afraid of everything and god only knows how he managed to get out of bed in the mornings, and Klunk who was in charge of inventing their thingy-me-bobs, which are better known to you and me as the contraptions that were used to catch the pigeon. They may have actually had a chance of using them, however, if only anyone could understand what Clunk was saying. Zilly was the only one that could understand him, but he was usually hiding somewhere.

Their mission was simple: Catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon, who was a carrier pigeon used to deliver secret documents or something or other (if anyone actually knows who they were being delivered to, please let me know). Simple task you would have thought. The think that you are forgetting is the team in charge of catching the feathered friend was headed up by Dick Dastardly, and well, the rest of the team leaves a lot to be desired as well.

The General was always hot on their tail though, wanting to know the latest developments on the capture of said pigeon. How did the General contact them? I hear you ask. Since their job was to catch the pigeon, they should in theory spend most of their time in the air. Well, it’s thanks to modern technology and telecommunications… No, not a mobile phone, but a normal phone that obviously had a very very long extension lead on it. No matter where Dick was, whether he be flying, falling, or just generally trapped under the steaming wreckage of one of Clunks inventions, the General could always call Dicks old-fashioned phone to utter abuse.

This is yet another Hanna-Barbera classic, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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