Western Animation / Cool McCool

Cool McCool: Danger is my business.

Cool McCool (1966-1969) was an Affectionate Parody of Super Spy adventures. It was created by Al Brodax, the man responsible for both the animated Beatles series and Yellow Submarine, and Bob Kane, co-creator of Batman.

Cool was a secret agent working at Secret, Incorporated. His chief was called simply Number One, who would send him out against such evildoers as the Owl; Jack-in-the-Box; hat-themed Mad Scientist Dr. Madcap and his green-haired henchwoman, Greta Ghoul; the serpentine Rattler, and Hurricane Harry. Cool tended to defeat his foes through dumb luck, but no matter how well he did against his rogues' gallery, afterward he'd mess things up with Number One, causing Number One to eject Cool from his office.

Each episode had two Cool McCool adventures sandwiching one adventure about his father, Harry McCool. Harry and his brothers, Dick and Tom, were a trio of Keystone Kops-style police officers.

Cool McCool provides examples of:

  • All Your Powers Combined: Although the bridges between Cool McCool's adventures and those of his dad have all the villains teaming up against our hero, "College Of Crooks," the second Cool McCool adventure in the show's final episode, is the only actual story to feature the entire rogues' gallery.
  • Animal Motifs: The Owl hoots when he laughs and can fly with the help of two real owls clutching his shoulders. The Rattler, despite having arms and legs, prefers to slither about on his belly, has a forked tongue and a weakness for snake-charming music.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: The title character's own name would seem to lampshade this trope.
  • Badass Mustache: It even doubles as a telephone.
  • Bald of Awesome: Harry McCool.
  • Blow You Away: Hurricane Harry.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: The episode title "Will The Real Coolmobile Please Stand Up?"
  • Comic Trio: Harry McCool and his two brothers.
  • Catch Phrase: "Danger is my business," "That will never happen again, Number One," and "When you're right, Number One, you're right."
    • After ejecting Cool from his office (via the roof), Number One would often chuckle and say "Love that boy..."
  • Cool Car: The Coolmobile can fly and come to Cool 's bidding . . . with varying results.
  • Da Chief: Number One sends cool out on his missions
  • Department of Redundancy Department: A lot of jokes run like this: someone will say something in fancy or elaborate terms, then say the exact same thing in plain English.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The Owl is constantly barefoot.
  • The Faceless: Number One. Normally, all one would see of him was one or both arms sticking out from a large chair. One time Cool accidentally sets off a bomb that blasts Number one up to the ceiling, and we get to see the chief's rotund body and wildly-kicking legs in addition to his arms — but his head is imbedded in the ceiling and thus still unseen!
  • Fat Bastard: Hurricane Harry. Especially when inflated.
  • Girl Friday: Number One's secretary, who appropriately enough, is named Friday.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Tom's schtick is that (in his unintelligible, mumbled fashion) he correctly predicts that one day some fantastic thing (usually related to the torture the Villain of the Day is wreaking upon them) or device will be commonplace and everyone will love it. His brothers naturally scoff at this.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The intro sequence with Cool nonchalantly shrugging off multiple attempts by his enemies to kill him makes him seem more like your typical capable, unflappable secret agent than the parody thereof he really is.
  • One Steve Limit: Both Cool's dad and one of his archenemies are named Harry. Since Cool and his dad's segments are totally separate, you don't really notice.
  • Spy Fiction: Parodied affectionately.
  • Theme Naming: Harry and his two brothers.
  • Three Shorts: Basically this series followed the ABA format: A was Cool while B was Harry.
  • The Unintelligible: Tom, since only Harry could understand him.
  • Verbal Tic: Cool has a habit of speaking in spoonerisms.
    • Jack-in-the-Box utters phrases with wobbly, drawn-out syllables and almost everything he says is accompanied by his signature laugh ("Arh-arh-arh!").
  • Villainous Harlequin: Jack-in-the-Box.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Dr. Madcap's hats often contained weapons such as guns or anvils.