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Captain Kangaroo 

Daily children's program hosted by Captain Kangaroo (Robert Keeshan).

Creator:

Bob Claver
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Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Robert Keeshan ...  Captain Kangaroo 962 episodes, 1955-1984
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Storyline

In the annals of televison, few children's programs ever made as much impact as this show. Hosted by Robert Keeshan (at one time, he played Howdy Doody's friend, Clarabell) from the appropriately-named Captain's Place, the Captain was so named because he always wore an overcoat with large, kangaroo-like pouches. Each show featured stories, skits, vaudeville acts, songs, games, and other educational activities. Captain Kangaroo's friends were Mr. Green Jeans (who always brought an animal to the show); Dennis, an apprentice handyman and do-it-all person; and Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit. Bunny was always mute, but made his point ever-so-cleverly, while Mr. Moose always tricked the Captain into allowing him to stand under a shower of pingpong balls. As the show got on in years, new features were added, including Uncle Backwards (a tape of some simple action, such as peeling an orange or building a doghouse, shown in reverse); "Picture Pages", a matching activity hosted by Bill Cosby; and ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Good news for parents! (and for children) Starting tomorrow at 8, CBS Television presents the gentlest children's show on the air as the kindly Captain Kangaroo recreates the private wonderland of childhood in his Treasure House. It is a "live" and enthralling hour-long program.

Genres:

Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Капитан Кенгуру See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1981-1982 and 1984) | (1957-1961) | (1955-1957, 1961-1981, 1982-1984)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1955-1967)| Color (1967-1993)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In September 1981, CBS shortened the hour-long show to a half-hour, briefly retitled it Wake Up with the Captain, and moved it to an earlier time slot; it was moved to weekends in September 1982, and returned to an hour-long format. Captain Kangaroo was cancelled by CBS at the end of 1984. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Scrubs: My Advice to You (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Puffin' Billy (The Captain Kangaroo theme)
by Edward White
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a question about a set of characters on the show
4 December 2009 | by bobbistruttSee all my reviews

I can recall a set of characters on Captain Kangaroo, and I wonder if anyone else does and remembers their names, since I can't find any reference to them. I remember CK moving books on his shelf and a family of mini people who lived in soup cans behind them. Does anyone else remember this or am I confusing my shows. I loved CK as a kid and I remember wishing he was still around for my kids when they were small. I remember pretty clearly all the other characters that are highlighted on the web sites and thought they were all pretty magical. Actually loved being sick as a kid so I could stay home and watch the line up of shows, Captain Kangaroo, Mr Dressup, Leave it to Beaver, The Flintstones and Bewitched and I Dream of Jeanie. It was a perfect day if Tomato soup and grilled cheese were on the menu! Anyhow if anyone else recalls the above I would be most grateful to hear it. Its funny how out of all the great characters, the soup people held my attention. I dismantled my mothers book case a couple of times hoping to find my own mini family somewhere behind all the books!


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