TV Special Tonight!: NBC’s Laugh Busters

On this TV Special Tonight, we’ll be looking back at a product of a bygone era. Saturday morning cartoons on the broadcast networks are rare enough these days, but today, we’ll be revisiting something even harder to find these days: the Saturday morning preview special.

Today we'll be tracking down the elusive Saturday morning network preview special. A creature which, due to corporate network greed and an ever expanding cable TV juggernaut, has been hunted to near extinction.

Today we’ll be tracking down the elusive Saturday morning network preview special. A creature which, due to corporate network greed and an ever expanding cable TV juggernaut, has been hunted to near extinction.

This will (hopefully) be the first of several SatAM preview specials that we’ll be covering here. It’s Friday night. You’re all hopped upon Pop Rocks and you’re both bummed that school has started up again but at the same time, you’re stoked because the usual broadcast network prime time drivel is being preempted so that the network can give you a small taste of the animated kid-vid brain rot that you’ll be indulging in the following morning. Then one night, specifically on September 8, 1984 at 8:30 PM, you discover this:


Before we dig in, I feel a little background information is needed in order for all the Millenial types who weren’t alive during this period to understand what the Idiot Box was like during this time. You see, back then, there were only 3 networks (this was B.C., Before Cable, and even before FOX), and each of them had their own unique approach to the Saturday Morning Preview Special:

ABC typically put the most into their specials, usually framing them as a glitzy variety show with tons of musical numbers and special guest stars (“Wow. Kristy and Jimmy MacNichol again!!“) or setting them at Kings Dominion.

CBS was often the most laid back about theirs, not advertising them and keeping the production values and effects to a minimum. “Tune in and watch…you know, if you feel like it.”

NBC’s specials, more often than not, told a story. Nothing along the lines of Wuthering Heights, mind you, some thinly and clumsily put-together plot involving one of more of the “stars” that were working on the network at the time. Their guest star roster usually never went beyond whoever was on the NBC lot who they could convince to stick around for an extra day of shooting, and the specials would usually be built around a then-hot TV show or movie genre. Laugh Busters was no exception: its’ title was (no prizes for guessing) a takeoff on Ghostbusters, which was a huge hit the summer of that same year, but the that’s where the similarities between Columbia Pictures blockbuster and this special end, so if you were expecting to see Mr. T, Simon the Chipmunk and Hefty Smurf laser blasting specters with proton packs, you’re in for a disappointment. Now, on to the “story”:

Laugh Busters starts with the making of the actual special itself (whoa, meta!), featuring all of NBC new cartoon characters as well as the Smurfs, Spider-Man, Mr. T, Alvin & the Chipmunks, and the cast of Going Bananas, a Hanna-Barbera produced live-action show about an orangutan named Roxana Banana who gets superpowers after being zapped by a UFO (we are not making this up).


Incidentally, we wanted to cover Going Bananas in the Retro Bin, but we weren’t able to find enough information on it. there are no clips or footage to be found anywhere, and the show doesn’t even have an entry on Wikipedia. Just process that for a second: Going Bananas was so bad that the internet rejected it. Anyways, the director in charge of the special, D.W. (not Arthur’s sister!) is suddenly confronted by an evil wizard played by the same actor, named Gargelmore.

Oh, that's funny. The villain's name is Gargelmore. It's like Gargamel, but not. NBC's writing staff mustve stayed up all night dreaming up that name.

Oh, that’s funny. The villain’s name is Gargelmore. It’s like Gargamel, but not. NBC’s writing staff mustve stayed up all night dreaming up that name.

“Actually we wanted Gargamel himself to be the villain of this special, but when we asked Paul Winchell if he’d mind doing an extra voice acting job for us for free, he told us to go jump in the lake. Go figure.”

Garglemore’s Evil Plan (TM) is to destroy NBC and put an end to laughter once and for all, because it seems he’s allergic to laughter (write this down, because its a plot point). And I though my allergy to dust mites was embarrassing.

  • STEP 1: Ruin an NBC SatAM preview special.
  • STEP 2: Eliminate all laughter from the world.
  • STEP 3: Profit???

If Garglemore really didn’t want to laugh, he could’ve just sat through a Small Wonder marathon.

To put his scheme into motion, Gargelmore enlists the aid of the Gritz Brothers, Hank and Hubie. Since we know none of you saw Going Bananas, the Gritz Brothers were the Bulk & Skull-esque baddies from that show. They were 2 sloppily dressed con artists sharing a single brain, and Hank had most of it.

Incidentally, Hank Gritz was played by the late James

Incidentally, Hank Gritz was played by the late James “1987 Shredder/Uncle Phil” Avery.

Idly, one wonders exactly why the Gritz Brothers agreed to assist Gargelmore. What did Hank & Hubie stand to gain from eliminating laughter from the world? Did Gargelmore promise them free hot dogs for life? A shiny new Volkswagen Beetle? Backstage passes to any Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert? The mind boggles.

To further show us all how eeeeeeeeeeeeevil he is, Gargelmore kidnaps the Smurfs, one of NBC’s biggest draws (not just on Saturday morning, but on the network as a whole; seriously it was them, Mr. T, Gary Coleman and Johnny Carson, that was it). The kidnapping happens off-screen of course. You know how much action scenes cost?

How did Garglemore do it? Magic or budget restraints, potato, po-tah-to.

How did Garglemore do it? Magic or budget restraints, potato, po-tah-to.

The Gritzes are instructed to keep the rest of NBC’s “stars” from getting to the special, which is being taped in Beautiful Downtown Burbank. Hank and Hubie spend the rest of the special devising Wile E. Coyote style traps for the other characters.

Thankfully, actor Thom Bray (aka Murray “Boz” Bozinski from NBC’s then hit action show Riptide, aka the only actor from Riptide who was willing to show up to do this thing) and his sidekick the Roboz (as we understand it, the robot only showed up due to a clause in his contract that stated that he had to go everywhere Boz goes) arrive on the scene to set things right. They end up helping to track down the missing stars and cartoon characters starting with Spider-Man, then starring in Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.


Animated Spidey gushes to himself (courtesy of episode footage from Amazing Friends with new dialogue inserted over it) about how thrilled he is to be on NBC’s Saturday morning lineup as he web-slings from his home in New York City all the way to Burbank, California (no, really, that’s what he does) to the tune of Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Heart of Rock and Roll” What??

“I just swung in from New York, and boy, are my arms tired!” Seriously, I need like a gallon of water and a ton of Icy Hot, stat!”

However, the Gritz Brothers are waiting for him, and trap the Wall Crawler on a giant piece of ACME Fly Paper. (No we’re not kidding.) When Spider-Man goes splat, he magically changes from a cartoon to live-action. This is going to happen a lot in this special; apparently it takes place in the same weird toon-to-live-action space warp that was present in Hanna-Barbera’s All-Star Comedy Ice Review.


Boz and Roboz somehow detect this (that must have been one heck of a GPS Boz installed in him) and calls some honky-tonk bar in the middle of One Horse, USA where then Diff’rent Strokes child actor Danny Cooksey (who’d go on to be the voice of Montana Max, Milo Kamalani and Jack Spicer and play Bobby Budnick on Nickelodeon’s Salute Your Shorts) is performing “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys” (we don’t know why either). Also in attendance are the cast of another NBC SatAM show, Kidd Video and Alfonso Ribero, still riding high off of the popularity of his memorable Pepsi cola commercial in which he co-starred with the too-famous-to-appear-in-this-special Michael Jackson. This was prior to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, by the way, so we won’t be making any Carlton jokes here.

Carlton Dance Gif

OK, maybe one.

Danny answers Boz’s distress call and agrees to help, though being just a kid, he needs a ride. Boz enlists KITT from Knight Rider to lend a hand. They couldn’t get the Hoff to appear in this special ’cause he’d want money, but William Daniels does voice KITT here, though he goes uncredited. Evidently Mr. Daniels is OK with voicing a talking car in an action show, but voicing a talking car in a SatAM preview special might damage his credibility as an actor. KITT and Danny rescue Spider-Man (who’s still a live-action guy in a costume, by the way) and the Gritzes turn their attention to their next targets, Kidd Video. Kidd Video was a short-lived Saturday morning live-action/animation hybrid about a faux teen rock band who get sucked into a cartoon world, that’s all you need to know about it, aside from the fact that the band’s fairy friend Glitter was voiced by a young Cathy Cavadini, who’d go on to provide the voice of Blossom on The Powerpuff Girls.

The Gritzes literally send a rolling rock (rock & roll, get it?) hurtling towards the band, knocking the Kiddmobile from Animation Land to the real world (what the heck was that rock made of, anyway?). With their van wrecked, the only logical thing for the band to do is what else? Perform a musical number! Specifically, the show’s theme, “Video to Radio”. Somehow Roxana Banana, the orangutan from Going Bananas is listening to this performance on the radio, despite there being no transmitters or microphones around where Kidd Video are stranded, and the GB gang ride to the band’s rescue in their RV. Did we mention the main characters on Going Bananas lived in an RV?

Here’s where things start to get weird. (Yeah, this is where it starts to get weird.) The Gritz Bros. board a train carrying Dave Seville and the singing chipmunks (actually a clip from one of that season’s Alvin and the Chipmunks episodes with original dialogue inserted to fit the “plot” of the story. At least NBC was able to get Ross Bagdasarian Jr. to read the lines). Hank & Hubie steal the Chipmunks’ tickets, somehow (we don’t get to see them do it) so they’ll get kicked off the train. Sure enough, when the train’s conductor (who’s played by a live actor), wants to see Alvin and company’s tickets, they can’t produce them, and so the animated Alvin, Simon and Theodore magically transform into over sized costumed mascots when they’re thrown off of the train. There’s that weird dimensional warp again! Thankfully, they aren’t marooned for very long. Boz flies over in the Riptide helicopter (named the “Sreaming Mimi”) to rescue the Chipmunks before they have to resort to eating each other.

Yeesh! What sort of vitamins has Dave been feeding those guys?!

Yeesh! What sort of vitamins has Dave been feeding those guys?!

Next up, the animated Mr. T and his band of gymnasts from their cartoon series arrive a meet only to discover

Yes, a trap by the Gritz Brothers, who are attempting to steal their van. Curiously, Mr T. only appears in animated form in this special. Why couldn’t NBC get the real Mr. T to show up here? Mr. T was on everything on NBC at that time! Did he have something better to do? Was somebody making a sequel to D.C. Cab?

Of course, you don’t dare cross Mr. T, and naturally once he catches on to what they’re trying to do he gives chase. Though, again since Mr. T is only in cartoon form here and the producers couldn’t afford rotoscope, we’re treated to an amazing scene featuring the animated T chasing down the live-action Gritz Brothers, relying on Mr. T’s incredible jump-cutting powers.

When Mr. T finally corners the Gritzes and forces them to hand over the keys, we see somebody's arm come into shot. I can imagine how that went down: some NBC exec went over to the Gold's Gym across the street, found some buff dude lifting weights and said to him

When Mr. T finally corners the Gritzes and forces them to hand over the keys, we see somebody’s arm come into shot. I can imagine how that went down: some NBC exec went over to the Gold’s Gym across the street, found some buff dude lifting weights and said to him “We’d like to borrow your arm for this TV special we’re shooting.”

Next up is Pink Panther and Sons.

Hey! Do you remember the wild and wacky misadventures of the Pink Panther's 2 young sons and their friends? Neither do we.

Hey! Do you remember the wild and wacky misadventures of the Pink Panther’s 2 young sons and their friends? Neither do we.

To stop them, the Gritz Brothers paint a tunnel onto a huge boulder as Pinky and Panky’s cartoon selves ride towards them on a bicycle. Anyone who’s ever seen a Road Runner cartoon in their lives knows what happens next: The weird space dimension thing kicks in again, changing Pinky to a live-action guy in a costume, Panky mysteriously disappears and Pinky rides harmlessly through the fake tunnel as if it were real. When the Gritzes try to give chase, they smack headlong into the boulder. Cue the Waw-waws.

If Chuck Jones didn't get a royalty check for this gag, he should have.

If Chuck Jones didn’t get a royalty check for this gag, he should have.

The next to last show to be targeted is Snorks. This time Hank and Hubie learn that the Snorks entire undersea civilization runs on steam (don’t ask how they found this out; Wikipedia wouldn’t come into existence for another couple of decades), so they take control of one of NASA’s inter-continental ballistic missiles (sure, why not?) with a remote control and crash it into the sea sealing off an underwater volcano. We then switch to animation, where the Snorks remove the missle from the volcano, foiling yet another Gritz plan.

“I’m only going to say this once: stop dumping crap into my oceans, or you’ll be sorry! This ain’t ‘Robot Chicken’. I’m the flippin’ King of the Sea! I’ll kick your ass!”

Finally, the special saves the network’s biggest hit, Smurfs, for last. Papa Smurf, the only Smurf who wasn’t captured by Gargelmore, arrives on the scene, as Generic Smurf assures his fellows, “Papa Smurf is gonna save us!” Papa confronts Gargelmore in his lair and notices the guy’s trying hard not to laugh. (He’s allergic to laughter, remember?) Papa Smurf tosses a magic formula he’s concocted at Gargelmore, causing him to evaporate into thin air. So that’s how this conflict is finally resolved: in the bluntest terms, Papa Smurf kills Gargelmore. Yes, this is something that happened.

“Hey, that’s how I roll. You mess with my boys and you face the wrath of Big Papa! That’s how we do things in the Smurf Village! Represent!”

With the “threat” gone, the entire cast, save for Thom Bray and the guy in the Pinky costume (they must’ve just figured enough was enough) get together on a stage and boogie down to a sound-alike of Ray Parker Jr,’s Top 20 hit “Ghostbusters”.

“Who am I gonna call? My attorney! Hello, lawsuit!”

OK, Laugh Busters was a little bit hokey (OK, a LOT hokey) and the budget for this special could be used to fill a thimble, but still there’s a certain campy charm to it, like most Saturday morning preview specials. If nothing else, it’s a fun romp to riff on, MST3K style. If you can manage to find it on VHS somewhere (sadly, little to none of these specials exist on DVD), give it a watch. One thing’s for sure, in the fall of 1984, NBC’s pride (not to mention their age) was showing.

Toons & Tunes: Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Intro

This week, the Nostalgia Critic (Doug Walker) made a Top 11 list of his favorite TV show openings. One opening that I’ve always liked that Doug didn’t mention was this one; the opening theme to The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, an animated space Western series created by Robert Mandell and the Gaylord Entertainment company that ran in syndication between 1986 and 1989. This series isn’t easy to find now, but the shows’ opening was very cool.

2 Funny: Sidekick Elevator

So Snarf from Thundercats and Orko from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe walk into an elevator and…well, see for yourself. Enjoy Robot Chicken‘s “Sidekick Elevator”.

-Personally, I’ve always preferred Orko, since he could at least do magic.

The Retro Bin: Fonzie and Friends (1980, 1981)

Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about the laws of the universe. Among them:

  • The tide is inevitable.
  • For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction
  • TV stars are much more fun when they’re turned into cartoons
A good example of the latter would be when ABC was riding high on the success of Gary Marshall’s Happy Days and decided to air a Saturday morning cartoon based on the franchise titled Fonz and the Happy Days Gang.

Can you dig it? I knew that you could.

Fonz and the Happy Days Gang was produced by Hanna Barbera studios and debuted on ABC and ran from 1980 to 1982. Actors Henry Winkler (Fonzie), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) and Don Most (Ralph Malph) reprise their roles from Happy Days. The shows’ premise has Fonzie, Richie and Ralph, along with an original character, Fonzie cut-up dog named Mr. Cool (voiced by the legendary Frank Welker) having wacky adventures while traveling through various eras in a time machine owned by a girl from the distant future named Cupcake (voiced by Didi Conn, perhaps best known as Frenchy from Grease) trying each week to return to the gang’s own time, 1957, Milwaukee. All of this is explained in the shows’ intro, which was narrated by Wolfman Jack.

The episodes followed a predictable formula: The gang would travel to a different era and have a run in with the local weirdos (including King Arthur and Merlin in Camelot in one episode. Camelot is a work of fiction and not part of history, but whatever…), Richie and Ralph would panic. Mr. Cool would engage in some comically stupid shtick. Cupcake would use her 25th century magic, which more often hindered than helped the situation (more on this later), and Fonz would use his powers of cool to save the day and romance whatever young woman would be on the scene at the time. In fact, Fonzie’s coolness was downright super natural in this series. He could fix anything just by hitting or kicking it,  everything that is, except for the time machine, which would routinely send the gang to the wrong destination in every episode. Just like the Professor on Gilligan’s Island, Fonzie could seemingly do anything, except take himself and his friends home.

Now time to indulge in a bit of Talkin’ Nerdy: It was hard to know exactly what to make of the character of Cupcake. All we knew about her was that she apparently owned the time machine (how she came into possession of the device is anyone’s guess) and that she was from the distant future. Yet she had these magical powers. Was Cupcake a witch? Was she an alien? Do all humans evolve to have magical powers in the future, or was Cupcake in some way unique? Not a single one of these points was ever addressed on the show. Perhaps Cupcake’s magic was the result of scientists genetically modifying tomatoes too much. Who knows?

Fonz and the Happy Days Gang apparently did pretty well in it’s initial season, since it was renewed for a 2nd season. During this time, ABC and Hanna-Barbera produced another animated series based on one of Happy Days‘ spinoff series, Laverne and Shirley. The series was titled Laverne & Shirley In the Army (although the “In the Army” part never appeared on the shows’ title cards) and it debuted on ABC in 1981.

Be all that you can be, and many viewers chose to be somewhere else when this cartoon was on!

Here’s the shows’ intro

The series was loosely based on one episode of the live action L&S titled ‘You’re In the Army Now”, in which L&S join the army and are ordered around by a tough drill sergeant named Lavinia T. Plout (played by Vicky Lawrence).  H-B execs must’ve said “We love it! But let’s replace Vicky Lawrence with a pig!”
Yes, that’s right. The shows’ premise had L&S having wacky adventures in the army while constantly being at odds with their commanding officer, a talking pig named Squealy (voiced by Ron Palillo, who’ll be forever known as Horshack from Welcome Back Kotter), who was constantly threatening to report L&S to his commanding officer Sgt. Turnbuckle, who was mentioned more often than seen. Penny Marshall (Laverne) and Cindy Williams (Shirley) reprise their roles for the cartoon.


“Where’s our cartoon? We was on dat sitcom since day one! An’ then we get passed over for a talkin’ pig?!? What the what,man?!”

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding Laverne & Shirley in The Army (it was posed at least thrice on YouTube) was “Why was L&S’ commanding officer a pig?” I’m guessing that this was still during that time when network executives thought that the presence of an animal character instantly made a cartoon seem more appealing to kids. Apparently, Hanna-Barbera really liked the idea of a cartoon about wacky WACs because over on CBS, The All New Popeye Hour was renamed to The Popeye and Olive Show (which ran for only a half hour) and featured a regular segment titled “Private Olive Oyl” which had Olive and Alice the Goon serving in the army for who knows what reason and driving their commanding officer, one Sgt. Bertha Blast (voiced by Laugh-In‘s Jo Ann Worely) bonkers on a daily basis. Both ideas were inspired by the 1980 movie Private Benjamin starring Goldie Hawn.

Private Olive Oyl

Private Olive Oyl. Yes, this was a thing that actually happened. Someone thought of this. Someone greenlit it, and someone put it on the air.

Anyway, Fonz and the Happy Days Gang ran for 2 seasons. L&S’ 1st season was Fonz’s 2nd season. The following year, an additional 8 episodes of L&S in the Army aired as part of another series which sported one of the longest titles for a Saturday morning cartoon ever: The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour. In these episodes, L&S were joined by Fonzie and Mr. Cool, who were now working in the auto maintenance department of L&S base. There was no final episode of Fonz and the Happy Days Gang where the gang was returned to their own time, but we can assume by this series that Fonzie and Mr. Cool eventually made it home, although the whereabouts of Richie, Ralph and Cupcake were unknown. Either they, like Fonzie, successfully made it back to 1957 Milwaukee or the 3 of them shacked up together in a harem in ancient Baghdad. The mind boggles. Meanwhile, on the live action sitcom Happy Days, Ron Howard and Don Most had left the show. Ron Howard would go on to become a famous movie director, while Don Most would go on to voice Eric the Cavalier on CBS’ Dungeon & Dragons. Ironically, the in universe explanation of why Richie and Ralph were no longer on Happy Days was the 2 of them had joined the army (although both actors returned for Happy Days‘ series finale).  Having Squealy and Mr. Cool together in the same cartoon must’ve blown the needle off of the Annoying Meter, and having a talking animal appearing with a non talking animal pet was just…bizarre. As previously stated, there were only 8 episodes of Laverne & Shirley with Fonzie (the other 5 weeks were reruns of L&S’ 1st season), so I tend to think of this season as Season 1.5 rather than season 2. This series was a co-production between H-B and Ruby Spears (the Mork & Mindy cartoons were produced by Ruby-Spears).

All of these shows were gone from ABC’s Saturday morning schedule the following season. Both series resurfaced (in reruns) on the Pat Roberston owned Family Channel (formerly the Christian Broadcasting Network – CBN) and ran on weekday afternoons under the umbrella title “Fonzie and Friends”, with Fonz and the Happy Days Gang running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Laverne and Shirley in the Army running Tuesdays and Thursdays (FAM didn’t air any of the L&S episodes with Fonzie for whatever reason. Perhaps it was felt that Fonzie’s green army pants clashed with his treademark leather jacket. Who knows?). Fonz and the Happy Days Gang turned up one more time in 1999 as part of TV Land’s short lived Saturday morning program block “Super Retro Vision Saturdays”.

The trend of doing SatAM cartoons based on live action prime time sitcoms seems to have petered out, although one can only imagine what things would be like if networks were still making cartoons based on their popular prime time shows.


Sheldon: A Saturday morning cartoon about us? I suppose that I’d be open to that idea, provided that we wouldn’t be saddled with some annoying, unrealistic non-human comic relief mascot.

Leonard: We’ve already got one of those, Sheldon.

Sheldon: You’re referring to Wolowitz, correct?

Leonard: No comment.

Retroville: Where’s the Cap’n?

For years, sea captain Horatio Magellan Crunch has mystified the public by somehow making his eyebrows float on his hat and sailing the seas aboard the good ship the S.S. Guppy with his crew of 4 children: Alfie, Brunhilde, Dave and Carlyle, as well as canine first mate Seadog (insert your own ‘sea-man’ joke here) encountering various exotic weirdos and just generally being Quaker Oats Company’s cereal pitchman extraordinaire. (The papers stating which naval regiment Crunch actually served under seemed to have mysteriously “vanished” somewhere around the Cape of Good Hope, according to rumors. Well, that’s his story and he’s sticking to it.)

Then, one fateful day in 1987, the good Cap’n just…disappeared. Since no corporation should ever pass an opportunity to turn crisis into profit, Cap’n Crunch’s going missing sparked a huge promotional campaign and a tie-in sweepstakes. It also gave birth to this, a music video (???) written by Rick Derringer, the man responsible for the Hulk Hogan ditty “I Am a Real American”.

Wow. Just wow. I wish I had some crackers right now, so all of this 1980’s cheese wouldn’t be going to waste.


Aaaaanyway, it was eventually revealed that the Cap’n was in outer space, doing battle with some alien race known as the Soggies, sentient globs of wet milk under the leadership of…THE SOGMASTER!
If this galactic despot were to succeed, then BREAKFAST WOULD BE DOOMED.
“Dooming breakfast?? Man, and people say I come up with some lame schemes. Hey, Krang! You gotta hear this! This shmuck wants to ruin breakfast! What a tool, am I right??”
Eventually, the Soggy threat was defeated, partially due to the heroic efforts of the Cap’n, but mostly by heavy rain. The Soggy army simply dissipated and their plans went down the drain, quite literally, while the Sogmaster himself simply rusted.
“That’s what you get for buying that cheap knockoff armor from Sharper Image. Next time, buy Stark. It costs a little more, but it’s worth it!”
The whole “Cap’n Crunch went into space to save the planet and breakfast (chuckle!) from evil aliens” story makes for some good PR, but there was actually another reason for the Cap’n’s shrouded journey: he also saw this as an opportunity to ‘lose’ his young crew on some uncharted asteroid, so’s he could get Child Labor Services off his back. Apparently, it’s OK to employ children to work in your tobacco fields, but it’s not cool to hire kids under 10 to tote your bails, travel the uncharted seas and do battle with hairy, skeevy pirates who don’t wear shoes.
Hmmm, I think I’ve seen their pictures on a milk carton recently.