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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids was a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1973 for NBC. Similar to both Scooby Doo, Where Are You! and Josie and the Pussy Cats, the show depicted the adventures of a teenybopper rock group, led by heartthrob Cassidy, who, while eluding fans, worked undercover with his bandmates as a team of teenage crime fighters (Butch, Merilee, Stephanie, Wally, and Wally's dog Elvis), solving mysteries and apprehending criminals.
The teen musical sleuths were advised by a supercomputer named Mr. Socrates, who, strangely enough, was highly allergic to the fleabag Elvis. So when the group visited Mr. Socrates for their latest assignment, Elvis was always made to stay outside the lair. But in each episode, either Elvis would find his own way in, or Wally, forgetting Mr. Socrates' allergy, would for one reason or another bring Elvis into the lair. Either way, Elvis' presence would cause the supercomputer to violently sneeze, blowing the group out of the lair and off to their assignment (in one episode the mere mention of Elvis' name aggravated Mr. Socrates' allergy!).
Cassidy (designated as "Sundance 1") wore a special ring with a hidden communicator to keep in contact with Mr. Socrates from afar. When they performed their music, Butch sang and played lead guitar, Merilee played tambourine, Stephanie was on bass guitar and Wally was the drummer.
The series title is a word-play on the title of the unrelated 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Micky Dolenz, formerly the drummer and most commonly used singer of The Monkees, provided the voice of Wally, drummer for The Sundance Kids.
The series provides examples of:
- Fake Band
- Five-Man Band
- Groupie Brigade
- Master of Disguise: Merliee
- Mission Briefing
- Named After Somebody Famous: Elvis and Mr. Socrates.
- Notable Commercial Campaigns: In an ad comparing the Cartoon Network "Cartoon Cartoons" with regular cartoons, I.M. Weasel disses this show with "This......is in color".
- Once an Episode: Wally bringing Elvis before Mr. Socrates.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax
- Shoe Phone: Butch's ring.
- Sneeze of Doom: Mr. Socrates
- The Spymaster: Mr. Socrates
- Team Pet: Elvis
- Teen Superspy
- You Meddling Kids