Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines (CBS 1969 with Paul Winchell and Don Messick)

Another spin-off from Wacky Races (The Perils of Penelope Pitstop was the first), Dastardly and Muttley somehow traveled back in time to star in this World War I-era comedy. Interestingly enough, the antagonists were the principal characters this time around.

The moustachioed Dastardly and the snickering pooch Muttley flew all types of biplanes in an effort to stop the American carrier pigeon, Yankee Doodle, from crossing enemy lines. Aiding Dastardly and Muttley (and just as often getting in their way) were the two inept Vulture Squadron mechanics, Klunk and Zilly.

Although it was never made clear exactly what enemy country Dastardly was protecting, it is entirely possible that the bad-guy duo, members of the Vulture Squadron, was inspired by the German aviators of the first World War.

Not to be outshone by his human counterpart, Muttley had his own two-and-a-half-minute segment in which he fantasized in a Walter Mitty-type fashion about being the hero of the war.

Also notable was the show’s theme song, “Stop That Pigeon,” which repeated those three words over and over, until they must have been in the heads of every viewer. Many people grew up thinking that the song’s title was actually the name of the show.

FYI: Only two actors, Paul Winchell and Don Messick, did the voices for all the characters on the show.

Release History 9/13/69 – 9/4/71 CBS

Sub Categories animated action/adventure comedy

Studio Hanna-Barbera

Dick Dastardly … Paul Winchell
Muttley … Don Messick
The General … Paul Winchell
Klank … Don Messick
Zilly … Don Messick