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Buzzy, the Funny Crow

Buzzy the Funny Crow
Buzzy the Funny Crow first appeared in animated form in the Famous/Paramount cartoon, “Stupidstitious Cat”, which also starred Katnip. He went on to appear in eight cartoons from 1947-1954.

Like Herman and Katnip, as discussed last issue, Buzzy never had his own comic book series. His only starring appearance was in "Harvey Hits" #18. He also appeared in "Harvey Comics Hits" #60 and #62, as well as "Famous TV Funday Funnies" and the "Paramount Animated Comics" and "TV Casper and Company" series. These appearances were usually just filler as the character never caught on. The "Harvey Hits" issue is difficult to find for this reason, no one bought it.

Buzzy just faded out into Harvey Comics oblivion, although the animated cartoons were shown for many years on the various incarnations of the Casper TV show. An unfortunate turn of events occurred when Jeff Montgomery first syndicated the cartoons on the "Casper and Friends" series. Buzzy’s voice was changed! Though Buzzy was voiced originally by Jackson Beck, who also voiced Bluto in the Popeye series, his dialect was not considered politically correct by the 1990s. Unfortunately, the voice change altered any passion the original voice had. As with Herman and Katnip, save for a short-lived Worldvision tape in the 1980s and some public domain tapes, Buzzy is not available on home video.

Currently, Buzzy appears revoiced on Fox Family Channel's "The Harveytoon Show" and has appeared in "The Harvey Magazine".

The following is a listing of all of Buzzy the Funny Crow’s animated adventures as listed in Jeff Lenburg’s "Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons":

  • 1. Stupidstitious Cat (with Katnip) (4/25/47): Directed by Seymour Kneitel.
  • 2. Sock-a-Bye Kitty (with Katnip) (12/2/50): Directed by Seymour Kneitel.
  • 3. As the Crow Lies (6/1/51): Directed by Seymour Kneitel.
  • 4. Cat-Choo (with Katnip) (10/12/51): Directed by Seymour Kneitel.
  • 5. The Awful Tooth (5/2/52): Directed by Seymour Kneitel.
  • 6. Better Bait Than Never (6/5/53): Directed by Seymour Kneitel.
  • 7. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (4/16/54): Directed by Seymour Kneitel.
  • 8. No Ifs, Ands or Butts (12/17/54): Directed by Isadore Sparber.

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