ABC Saturday Superstar Movie

Saturday Morning

Synopsis of Saturday Morning Show

Like the title suggests, this show had everything: comedy, adventure, and science fiction Saturday morning fare in the form of hour-long animated movies.

Some of the movies were simply failed pilots of cartoon shows based on popular prime-time series like Nanny & The Professor, Lost In Space, and The Mini-Munsters. Others were hour long pilots of cartoon series that would eventually end up on ABC's regular schedule, such as The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island, Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Island, Yogi's Ark Lark, and Popeye and the Man Who Hated Laughter. Some original movies were produced for the series, including a two-part version of Oliver Twist and Willie Mays and The Say-Hey Kid, which featured the famous ball player lending his own voice to his animated likeness.

Other notable segments included Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies, Robin Hoodnik, Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection, The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park, Tabitha and Adam Meet the Clown Family, The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters, The Red Baron, That Girl in Wonderland, and Luvcast U.S.A.

ABC Superstar Saturday Movie was also significant because it was the first anthology series comprised of original cartoons for a network.

Release History

9/9/72 - 8/31/74 ABC

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Television Cast

Willie Mays Himself
Nanny Juliet Mills
Professor Richard Long

Other Saturday Morning Links

Abbott and Costello A Little Curious A.J.'sTimeTravelers AAAHH!!! Real Monsters ABC Afterschool Special The ABC Weekend Special Ace Ventura: Pet Detective The AddamsFamily(90's) The AddamsFamily(70's) Adventures in Numbers and Space The Adventures of Aquaman The Adventures of Batman & Robin The Adventures of Blinky Bill The Adventures of Cyclone Malone The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda The Adventures of Gulliver The Adventures of Hoppity Hooper The Adventures of Hyperman The Adventures of Kit Carson The Adventures of Lariat Sam The Adventures of Pow Wow The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin The Adventures of Robin Hood The Adventures of Superman The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin The Adventures of T-Rex The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers The Adventures of the Little Koala The Adventures of the Little Prince Alf (animated) Aliens in the Family All Dogs Go To Heaven: The Series All That All-New Dennis the Menace The All-New Mickey Mouse Club The All New Popeye Hour Alvin and the Chipmunks (The Chipmunks) The Alvin Show Amazin'Adventures The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk The Amazing Three The Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan American Bandstand Anatole Andy'sGang Annie Oakley The Angry Beavers Animals, Animals, Animals Animaniacs Animorphs Are You Afraid of the Dark? Arthur The Archie Comedy Hour Archie'sFunhouse The Archie Show Ark II Around the World in 80 Days Arthur and the Square Knights of the Round Table Astro Boy Atom Ant Atom Ant / Secret Squirrel Show Attack of the Killer Tomatoes