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Saturday, September 02, 2017
Saturday Morning Cult-TV Blogging: The Bugaloos "Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't."
‘Now You See ‘Em, Now you Don’t,” the Bugaloos attempt to work Sparky (Billy
Barty) into a new song. The result is “Gna Gna Gna Gna Gna.”
Peter Platter is so impressed with the
composition that he decides to work the Bugaloos -- with Sparky --into his
upcoming telethon show.
Bizarre (Martha Raye) gets winds of Sparky’s new sound, and wants to steal it
for herself. To do so, she forges
adoption papers, and takes Sparky as her own son.
is moved from Tranquility Forest to the Juke Box, and then forced to sing with
Bugaloos team up with an absent-minded professor/magician, who has developed a
magic wand that can create invisibility.
the Bugaloos are rendered invisible, so that they can infiltrate Benita’s home,
and bring Sparky home.
week, a beauty contest. This week, a telethon. And Benita Bizarre is once again
up to no good.
So, in other words, it’s
business as usual in Tranquility Forest in this installment of The
thing to note: I’ve enjoyed most of the songs on the series, thus far. This week’s song, “Gna, Gna, Gna, Gna, Gna”
is the ear-rattling exception.
it is in its entirety:
son watched this episode with me, and he will, to torture me, break out into
this song periodically. I love that
not the song.
point of interest this week is that The Bugaloos, while a fantasy, has
largely adhered to its own universe and rules of Physics. This week, however, a
magician can turn people invisible, which is a clear break from the standard format.
the break in format sets up another instance of the format: the last minute rescue
of a Bugaloo (or Sparky) from Benita Bizarre’s juke box. That pretty much happens every week.