Saturday, May 8, 2021

This Day in TV History: Mayday for Mother!

40 years ago tonight, NBC led off the evening with a cartoon Mother's Day special: Dennis the Menace in Mayday for Mother.  In it, the scamp struggles to create the perfect gift for his mom.

The DePatie-Freleng production was the first animated appearance of the then-30-year-old comic strip character. Creator Hank Ketcham is the credited writer, and the cast includes Joey Nagy as Dennis, Kathy Garver as Alice Mitchell, Larry D. Mann (Yukon Cornelius) as Henry, and a young Nicole Eggert as Margaret!

Dennis returned in 1986 in his own syndicated daily cartoon series from DIC, and I have a feeling he will make his way onto the podcast eventually.  For now, enjoy one of the few Mother's Day animated specials of the era!

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