…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 58)

Well, it’s about time you show up, Goofy!  What have you been doing; goofing around?  Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the rest of the gang are long gone!

Considering Goofy’s clumsiness and ineptitude, I’m not at all surprised that he showed up so late—or showed up at all!

Here’s the scoop on the dog:  Originally dubbed Dippy Dawg, Goofy was conceived as a one-shot Disney character, but proved to be such a big hit that he made regular appearances in Disney short films.

According to Pinto Colvig, the original voice artist for the character, Goofy was inspired by a “grinny, half-baked village nitwit” from his hometown of Jacksonville, Oregon.

The long-eared dog is a bit of a hick with his southern drawl and slapstick style of comedy.  His interests include sports, movies, fishing, road trips, adventures, games, camping, barbecues, parties and dancing.  He also enjoys spending time with his son, Max, and he loves food.  (Who doesn’t?)

There are some things Goofy doesn’t like, especially his own clumsiness and Max’s stubbornness.  He also dislikes loneliness, heights, waterfalls, and rejection.

Since you don’t like waterfalls, Goofy, you better hang a left and head out the back way, because the golf course waterfall is just up ahead, and the Sun City Peachtree entrance has a big waterfall! 

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 57)

Uh-oh!  Yogi Bear’s sidekick, Boo Boo, is carrying one of the “pic-a-nic” baskets that Yogi snatched away from some inattentive campers, and Ranger Smith is hot on his trail!  That’s too bad, because it really wasn’t Boo Boo’s fault.  He likes to do the right thing and keep Yogi from doing things he shouldn’t do, but he has a difficult time trying to keep Yogi out of trouble.  Ranger Smith will be very disappointed!

Boo Boo has been very loyal to Yogi and has been by his side since the “Yogi Bear” segment of The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958.  When Yogi was given his own series in 1961, Boo Boo went with him.

As for Ranger Smith, the former US Army soldier oversees Jellystone Park and makes sure nobody (or no bear) is breaking the rules.  Wanting to protect both the campers and wildlife, the park ranger greatly disapproves of Yogi stealing food from the visitors.  As a result, he has a grudging respect for Yogi and can never quite decide if he should send Yogi off to a zoo or not.  Although their relationship is quite antagonistic, they are also friends, so if serious trouble were to befall one of them, the other, out of sheer guilt, usually attempts to rescue them.

In this case, Boo-Boo got caught in the middle, poor little bear!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 56)

Yogi Bear wandered away from Jellystone Park to join us here at Sun City Peachtree!  He must have sniffed out the “pic-a-nic” some residents were having.  He is a grizzly bear after all, and when there’s food around, a hungry grizzly bear will find it!

Not your typical bear, Yogi can be seen stylin’ a green hat and white collar with a green tie.  Hanna-Barbera Productions made sure he looked his best when they debuted the bear in 1958 as a supporting character in The Huckleberry Hound Show.  The fashionable bear became so popular that he was even more popular than Huckleberry Hound!  As a reward, he got his own show in 1961.

Like many Hanna-Barbera characters, Yogi’s personality and mannerisms were based on a popular celebrity.  Yogi was inspired by Art Carney’s Ed Norton character on The Honeymooners.

The plot of most of Yogi’s cartoons centered on his antics in the fictional Jellystone Park, which is based on Yellowstone National Park.  The bear’s sidekick, Boo-Boo Bear, would accompany him on his frequent quests to steal picnic baskets from the campers at the park.  That didn’t sit well with Ranger Smith, the park ranger, and Yogi’s girlfriend, Cindy Bear didn’t approve of his behavior either.

It didn’t matter what Ranger Smith or Cindy thought, though.  As Yogi would say, “I’m smarter than the av-er-age bear!”

Yogi had other catchphrases, too, such as “Hey, Hey, Hey!”  My favorite was, “Hey there, Boo-Boo!”

Watch for Yogi at a “pic-a-nic” near you!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 55)

Well, aren’t they a couple of cuties!  Pebbles Flinstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble are playing together on the Sun City Peachtree bench. 

Pebbles is the daughter of Wilma and Fred Flinstone, and Bamm-Bamm is the adopted son of the Flinstones’s best friends Betty and Barney Rubble.  She was born at Bedrock Rockopedic Hospital on February 22, 10,000 B.C., according to the February 22, 1963 edition of TV Guide; however, most versions of the animated show say it was more like 1,000,000 B.C.  Just a minor discrepancy…

Don’t you just love the bone in Pebbles’s hair?  That’s her standard hairdo, compliments of her fashion-diva mom, Wilma.  As a preteen, Pebbles wasn’t into fashion, but she was an excellent baseball player, which led to a misadventure involving her dad Fred in the prime-time special, The Flinstones:  Little Big League.

By that time, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm had begun dating, and she was getting him and their friends into various misadventures.  Sound familiar?  Yeah, she was taking after her dad by getting into schemes that would inevitably backfire.

Pebbles best friends are Moonrock Crater, Wiggy Rockstone, and Penny Pillar.  They all attended Bedrock High School.  In the hallways, you could often hear Pebbles exclaim, “Yabba-Dabba-Doozie!” which was similar to her dad’s favorite catchphrase, “Yabba-Dabba-Doo!”

As an adult, Pebbles pursued a career in advertising, married Bamm-Bamm, and moved with him to Hollyrock.  They had fraternal twins, Chip and Roxy.

Meanwhile, back when Pebbles was a baby, Betty and Barney found an adorable little fella on their doorstep.  Who would abandon such a cutie?  As soon as he could talk, he was known for shrieking, “Bamm-Bamm!  Bamm, bamm, bamm!” 

The tyke hangs onto his club like other babies drag around their blankets.  He has quite the powerful swing with that thing, so watch out!  At least he is careful around Pebbles, because it was love at first sight during their first play date.  He even helped her learn how to walk.

As a teenager, Bamm-Bamm acquired a “cave buggy,” a prehistoric version of a dune buggy.  This is how he and Pebbles got around town for their dates out.  His interest in automobiles led him to become a mechanic; however, he had other career interests as well.

The love birds grew up and ultimately tied the knot in Rock Vegas where Pebbles’ parents were married.  Their reason for moving to Hollyrock was so Bamm-Bamm could pursue his true goal of becoming a screenwriter.

Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm, and their children Chip and Roxy lived happily ever after!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 54)

Meet the Rubbles!  You read a little bit about Wilma and Fred Flinstones’s best friends in my previous two posts.  They came to Sun City Peachtree to join their friends for a round of golf, so I thought I would let you get to know them better.

Hmmm, it just occurred to me how appropriate it is for the Flinstones and Rubbles to be visiting as painted rocks, because they are, after all, residents of Bedrock, and they are from the Stone Age.  As you can probably conclude, they will be playing golf by hitting golfrocks with their golfclubs when their golf game commences.

Anyway, back to the Rubbles, they have been the Flinstones’s best friends since they all worked at that resort when they were young. 

“Betty” is just a nickname for Barney’s wife.  She was born Elizabeth Jean Rubble and is the adoptive mother of their son Bamm-Bamm.  If you have ever watched the 1950’s television series The Honeymooners, you might see the similarities between Betty’s personality and that of Trixie Norton, wife of Ed Norton on the series.  This was deliberate as the Flinstones and Rubbles personalities and relationships were based on the two couples in that old-time comedy.

Betty spends most of her time socializing with Wilma Flinstone, and the two will often pair up to bail their husbands out of whatever scheme of Fred’s has landed them in trouble.

Bernard Matthew “Barney” Rubble is Betty’s height-challenged husband.  If it weren’t for Fred, he wouldn’t be getting into so much trouble.  Fred’s always on the lookout for get-rich-quick schemes, though, and Barney allows himself to get roped in, because he and Fred are best friends.  As a result, he sometimes loses his patience with Fred.

Considering all of Fred’s schemes that Barney has to put up with, he is a really good friend to Fred and the much more jovial, easy-going, and good-natured one of the two pals.  He is also a very caring and devoted husband and father; and, he is quite a respectful, noble, responsible, and understanding guy.

The Flinstones daughter Pebbles and the Rubbles son grew up together, got married, and had children; so, I wonder if they’re all tagging along for that game of golf.  I haven’t seen them yet, but you never know!  Stay tuned…

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 53)

“WilllmAAAA!!”  That ear-piercing shout you just heard was Fred Flinstone calling out for his wife Wilma.  He’s yelling for her to get out of the rain!  “Oh, Fred.”  That’s Wilma’s typical response whenever he yells at her like that.

Wilma Anna Flinstone is quite the stylish one, wearing a string of pearls (rocks?), fashionable dress, and that gorgeous red hair up combed up in a bun.  Red lipstick completes the look. 

The daughter of Pearl Slaghoople, Wilma is the mother of Pebbles Flinstone and the grandmother to Roxy and Chip Rubble.  Her best friends are next door neighbors, Betty and Barney Rubble.

Wilma and Betty go back a long way.  As young adults, they worked as cigarette girls/ waitresses at a resort.  That is where they met and fell in love with their future husbands, Fred and Barney, who were employed as bellhops.

Fred proposed to Wilma, and they tied the knot in Rock Vegas.  He sure married up, because his wife is the serious, strong-willed, level-headed one in the marriage.  When Fred gets himself into trouble with his ill-fated schemes, Wilma always comes to his rescue and bails him out.

When they got hitched, Wilma became a housewife and developed some awesome cooking and baking skills.  One of her specialties is Gravelberry Pie—the recipe for which she eventually sold to the Safestone supermarket chain. 

In addition to baking and cooking, Wilma’s other homemaking duties include keeping house with such prehistoric aids as a baby elephant vacuum cleaner and pelican washing machine. 

Outside of the home, Wilma enjoys shopping and volunteering for various charitable and women’s organizations in Bedrock. 

When Pebbles was a teenager, Wilma and her best friend Betty both got hired as reporters by one of Bedrock’s newspapers (make that, news-slabs), the Daily Granite.  Their boss was Lou Granite.

After Pebbles grew up and left home, Wilma and Betty became entrepreneurs and started a successful catering business, “Bone-Appetite”.  I’m sure it was a relief to get out of the house and away from all of Fred’s yelling!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 52)

“Yabba-dabba-doo! 

Flinstones, meet the Flinstones

They’re the modern Stone Age Family

From the town of Bedrock

They’re a page right out of history…”

I can still hear that toon in my head after all these years!  That’s the beginning of The Flinstones theme song from the Saturday cartoon that my brother and I watched on Saturday mornings when the weather was too nasty to go out to play.  (Of course, in Southern California, that doesn’t happen very often.)

Meet Fred Flinstone, the patriarch of the Flinstone family.  He is married to Wilma, and they have a cute little girl named Pebbles.  You can find them in the town of Bedrock, although they have had different addresses.  Mostly, they can be found at 345 Cave Stone Road.

You’ll know Fred is around when you hear him belt out “Yabba-dabba-doo!”  He’s a loud-mouthed and offensive, constantly scheming ways to improve his family’s working-class lot in life, often with unintended results.

Fred’s obstinate and ill-tempered personality was based on Ralph Kramden from the 1950s television series The Honeymooners and Chester A. Riley from The Life of Riley.  That temper comes out when his immature best friend Barney bugs and pesters him, which makes him frequently mad and aggravated.

The better side of Fred’s personality is that he is mainly friendly, kind-hearted and selfless.  He’ll even go out of his way to help someone.  Fred is also a very caring and loving husband and father.

To support his family, Fred began his working career as a “bronto-crane operator” at Slate Rock and Gravel Company.  Once Pebbles and Barney’s kid Bamm-Bamm became teenagers, Fred and Barney left the company to become officers on the Bedrock police force.  Both returned to their old jobs working for Mr. Slate, once their kids grew up and left home.

Fred’s interests include bowling, playing pool, poker, gambling (he has a serious gambling problem), playing golf, coaching baseball, and lounging around the house.  Although he is a good bowler, he never cold beat Blowhard Sandstone.  Too bad, because Blowhard is more obnoxious than Fred!

Inventing is another one of Fred’s hobbies, although his inventions always tend to backfire.  Take “412up” for example.  The horrible soft drink he created was intended to cure hiccups but instead caused invisibility!  Yikes!!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 51)

Wow!  A blast from the past!  Seeing Winnie the Pooh instantly took me back to my second grade classroom where I celebrated my birthday with my classmates.  My mom made this cake for me of Winnie holding onto his red balloon and being lifted off the ground. My dad took this picture at home before school:

Mom brought the cake to class for the party, and my classmates loved it!  I was so proud of her and this cake—still my favorite birthday cake EVER.  It is one of my favorite childhood memories, and I even remember what I got for my birthday that year:  KerPlunk.  For some reason, I really wanted that game, and it was at the top of my wish list.  I was one happy kid!

When I was a child I loved teddy bears, so Winnie was naturally one of my favorite cartoon characters.  What’s not to like?  Pooh is absolutely adorable!

Although Walt Disney Productions licensed certain film and other rights to the Winnie the Pooh characters in 1961, the cuddly fictional teddy bear was created by English author A.A. Milne.  Early animated films, from the 1930’s to the 1960’s that Disney produced were based on several of the original stories my Milne and artwork by E.H. Shepard.

In 1977, Winnie made the big screen starring in Disney’s animated feature film The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh.  The movie included three separate stories that were originally produced as featurettes:  Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974).  Those were classics! 

Winnie went on to star in more Walt Disney Productions, including a live-action TV series, an animated series, and more films.  The bear is also a common sight at all of the Disney Parks, but he is usually seen with his pals Tigger (the tiger) and Eeyore (a donkey).  Occasionally, Piglet tags a long, and he’s quite the cutie! 

The friendly bear is a real kid-pleaser, especially at Disney Paris where he has his own show called “Winnie the Pooh and Friends too!”  Winnie also has his very own float in Disney Magic on Parade.

Like several of Winnie’s pals at Disneyland, he earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he was the fourth Disney character to do so after Mickey Mouse, Snow White, and Donald Duck.

To know Winnie is to love him.  Pooh is stuffed with fluff, and due to his obesity, he bursts at the seams every now and then.  That’s no biggie to the bear though; he just fixes himself up and moves on—mostly to collecting honey.  His tree house in Hundred Acre Wood is filled with jars and jars of honey, which he harvests from beehives throughout the day.

When Pooh’s “Poo-koo-clock” rings in the morning, the rotund bear rises and shines, ready to do his “stoutness exercise,” which is an ironic attempt to gain weight, rather than loose it.  The remainder of his day is spent collecting honey or paling around with his buddies.  His favorite friend is Christopher Robin, and they have a very special bond.

Winnie (named after Winnipeg, Canada) isn’t the brightest bear, and he can be quite naïve and absent-minded, but he is a sweetheart with a heart of gold.  That’s what I loved most about him!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 50)

Pluto!!  I’ve been waiting to see if Mickey Mouse’s pooch would follow the scent trail to the Sun City Peachtree bench.  He’s such a cute canine, isn’t he?  Mickey once said, “Aw, you’re just a mutt,” but I don’t care what Mickey says.  He’s an adorable bloodhound, and the mouse is lucky to have him!

The hound first appeared with Mickey on the screen in The Moose Hunt in 1931, so he has been Mr. Mouse’s loyal companion for a very long time.  1934 was the year Pluto made it big, though.  In the short Playful Pluto, there was a scene in which Pluto gets stuck to flypaper and must figure out a way to escape his plight, all with no dialogue.  His facial expressions and antics told the entire story without a word!

Pluto the Pup has a knack for conveying emotion through pantomime, which made him very popular.  As a matter of fact, his prominence in Disney shorts eventually surpassed even that of Mickey’s, with several cartoons dedicating more screen time to Pluto despite headlining as a Mickey picture.  In 1937, the pooch was given his own cartoon series beginning with Pluto’s Quin-puplets.  Way to go, Pluto!

In addition to Pluto’s Quin-puplets, Pluto has a son by the name of Pluto Junior.  Evidently, Fifi the Peke was Pluto’s mate in one film, but Dinah the Dachsund is his girlfriend in others.

Like most dogs, Pluto likes bones, meat, treats, sleeping, stretching, playing fetch, running, hunting, walks, and receiving belly rubs.  He also has a love for licking faces, so watch out!

More than anything or anyone, Pluto loves Mickey, and he is the mouse’s best friend and sidekick.

On the flip side, there are some things Pluto doesn’t like at all:  Cats (especially Minnie’s cat, Figaro!), fleas, dogcatchers, baths, pests, and rodents.  He also feels bad when he upsets Mickey and Minnie.  Don’t take him ice skating either, because he doesn’t like that ice!

These days, Pluto keeps just as busy as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy as one of the six leading characters of the Walt Disney Company.  Between films, television, printed media, video games, souvenirs, and the group of Disney Parks; Pluto is a very popular pooch! 

In fact, the pup is so busy with all those appearances that he sometimes doesn’t take the necessary time-out breaks in a private manner.  On the Walt Disney Studios lot, there is a curb dubbed “Pluto’s Corner.”  On the curb is a hydrant, while Pluto’s footprints can be seen on the pavement.  Only three footprints are visible, meant to indicate that Pluto (oops!) took a restroom break in that spot.  Well, Pluto, if you need to take a break during your visit to Sun City Peachtree, we have several hydrants located in more discreet locations around the ‘hood.

Meanwhile, Pluto, thanks for being my 50th little random acts of kindness blog posts!  Come by my house, and I’ll give you a great big belly rub!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 49)

Awww, isn’t that nice?  Mickey Mouse’s sweetie has come to join him for a visit to Sun City Peachtree!  Minerva Mouse, better known as “Minnie” is probably keeping an eye out on her beau, making sure he isn’t getting into trouble.  She’s a no-nonsense gal, after all.  Bullying, thievery, lying, and fighting are just something Minnie won’t put up with; so, if there is any chance of Mickey or his pals getting into it, she’ll put a stop to it.

This is what Minnie is about:  She’s struggling to make it as a musician, singer, and songwriter; so, those are her passions in life (besides Mickey and her pet dog Fifi and Figaro, her kitten.  There is also Frankie the canary and Hoppy the kangaroo!  I can’t forget about them.  She also cares a lot for her best friend, Daisy Duck.

Besides music, Minnie’s interests include fashion (especially large hair bows!), shopping, children, flowers, movies, dancing, stage performances, gardening, cooking, and painting.  She also likes to stop by and visit her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame once in a while; however, she’s usually too busy at Disneyland and Disney World to fit it in her schedule.

Minnie’s calendar started getting packed back in 1988 when she had her first starring role in the television special Totally Minnie.  Since then, she has endured as one of Walt Disney Company’s most popular and significant characters.  She has headlined several of her own cartoons with a lot of spunk and that sweet demeanor, so she is one busy mouse!

In 2018, Minnie earned that Hollywood Walk of Fame star for her contributions to animation.  Recently, her passion for fashion as landed her appearances at New York Fashion Week and the Fashion Awards in Los Angeles!  In addition, she now serves as the figurehead of the Rock the Dots apparel and merchandise promotions, because she is often seen rocking the polka dots with her hair bows and flapper dresses.  She just loooves those polka dots!