Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels was an animated cartoon show that aired from September 10, 1977, to June 21, 1980.  The series follows the mystery-solving adventures of the Teen Angels—Brenda, Dee Dee and Taffy—and their friend Captain Caveman (or Cavey for short), a prehistoric caveman and superhero whom the girls discovered and thawed from a block of ice.  The show combined elements of Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and even Charlie’s Angels. Captain Caveman’s voice was provided by none other than cartoon voice over legend, Mel Blanc.

Captain Caveman’s powers include super-strength, a variety of useful objects hidden inside his hair, and a club that allows him to fly and from which pop out different tools he uses to fight crime. His trademark is his battle cry of “Captain CAAAAAVEMAAAAAAANNNN!”

 

The series features the following four main characters throughout its run:

Captain Caveman, or “Cavey” for short (voiced by Mel Blanc), is the protagonist of the show, billed as “the world’s first superhero.” He is a caveman who is millennia-old (his exact age is never disclosed, although in an episode he is carded by a doorman who is unsure Cavey is old enough to let in, to which Captain Caveman responds, “I’ll be 2 million next month.”). He can pull various objects from his long body hair that covers his body except for his nose, arms, and legs. He can also fly, but his flying power always seems to fail him at the worst possible moment. Sometimes he would attribute this mishap to an energy shortage (“Uh oh! Bad time for an energy crisis.” CRASH!), which was a reference to the gasoline rationing shortages of the late 1970s. He speaks in stereotypical “caveman-talk”, replacing subject pronouns with their object equivalents and dropping articles such as “the” (for example, “Me know where bad guys are hiding.”), and often mumbles the nonsense phrase “Unga Bunga”. He also has a bad habit of occasionally eating large non-food objects in one gulp (i.e. bicycles, TV sets, safes, table lamps), and the Teen Angels occasionally have to stop him from eating potential clues that will help them to solve the mystery.

Dee Dee Skyes (voiced by Vernee Watson) is the brains of the Teen Angels and acts as their unofficial leader. Dee Dee and the rest of the Teen Angels found the frozen Captain Caveman and defrosted him. She wears her hair in an afro and usually wears a red turtleneck sweater with a blue skirt and red knee-high boots. Both her dress style and her knack for solving mysteries make her similar to Velma Dinkley of Scooby-Doo fame, while she also bears a resemblance to Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats. She is misidentified as Brenda in the opening credits. Though some sources give the family name of both Dee Dee and her uncle Frank as “Sykes”, their name is given as “Skyes” in the episode “The Fur Freight Fright”, which featured Frank and his company “Skye’s Furs”. Her adaptation in the 2020 film Scoob! as Blue Falcon’s assistant (voiced by Kiersey Clemons) also introduced herself as Dee Dee Skyes, and she is listed as such in the closing credits.

Brenda Chance (voiced by Marilyn Schreffler) is a nervous brunette who is always scared of the demons, monsters, and phantoms that she encounters and always tries to back out of a scary mystery similar to that of Shaggy Rogers, but always ends up getting captured or the short end of the stick. She wears a purple striped tank top and a pair of hot pink flared trousers with a white belt. She also acts as Dee Dee’s sergeant of the Teen Angels. She is misidentified as Dee Dee in the opening credits.

Taffy Dare (voiced by Laurel Page) is the blonde member of the group, renowned for her cry of “Zowie!” whenever she comes up with a plan (or “Another Daffy Taffy Plan” as Brenda and Cavey would call it) to catch the culprits, has a distinct, flirtatious, childlike persona and a New York-influenced/Southern accent. In spite of her usually zany plans and ditziness, Taffy is actually very capable and clever. She has the ability to seduce Caveman into acting as bait for her plans to capture the culprit. She wears a green dress with matching shoes. She also acts as Dee Dee’s second-in-command of the Teen Angels. It is revealed that Captain Caveman has a crush on her and vice versa.

On July 23, 2013, Warner Archive Collection released Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels: The Complete Series on manufacture-on-demand (MOD) DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection

And yes…Captain Caveman has his own Official Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/CaptainCavemanTVShow/

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