Western Animation / Milton the Monster

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He blows his stack when he flips his lid. Although he's a monster, he's just a big kid.

Hal Seeger created this Animated Anthology in the 1960s for ABC. The show was to have debuted in September 1964, but it was delayed until October 1965. Its run ended in September 1968.

Milton was a lovable, friendly monster who only superficially resembled Frankenstein's Monster. His voice was based on Jim Nabors' Gomer Pyle from The Andy Griffith Show. Milton was created by Professor Weirdo and his assistant, Count Kook, in their laboratory atop Horror Hill. His loveable personality had been the result of a lab accident during his creation. Professor Weirdo, in his haste, accidentally added too much tenderness and Milton was the result.

Because Milton was so good and lovable, Professor Weirdo and Count Kook spent many sleepless nights plotting ways to evict him from the castle. Also living in Weirdo's castle atop Horror Hill were two other creatures, Heebie the ghoul and Jeebie the hairy cyclops, who joined in the adventures. Voice talent included Bob McFadden, Dayton Allen, Larry Best and Beverly Arnold.

The Milton the Monster Show had the following supporting segments:
  • Fearless Fly told the story of Hiram, a meek insect who became a superhero when he put on special glasses.
  • Flukey Luke was about a cowboy hero whose Indian sidekick, Two Feathers, spoke with an Irish accent.
  • Muggy-Doo, Boy Fox was about a foxy con artist who was originally portrayed as a cat in a 1963 Paramount theatrical cartoon, "Boy Pest With Osh" (which in turn was based on a comic book Hal Seeger drew in the early 1950s).
  • Penny Penguin was about a bratty little penguin girl and her parents.
  • Stuffy Durma was about a millionaire hobo.


This series provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Human: Count Kook has the dress sense and accent of a typical vampire, but it's never made clear if he is one. Or if he's actually a count, for that matter.
  • Animated Anthology
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Penny Penguin.
  • Comically Small Demand: One episode has Professor Weirdo's arch-nemesis Professor Fruitcake take control of him with a voodoo doll, and threaten to kill him unless he is paid...$100! Weirdo is too stubborn and cheap to pay up, and by the end of the episode Fruitcake settles for $5.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation
  • Dumb Is Good: Too much Tincture of Tenderness made Milton good natured. It is not known if it resulted in him being a dimwit as well.
  • Expository Theme Tune: Both the series overall and Milton's segments had these.
  • Expy: Fatty Karate is basically a fly version of Karate.
  • Limited Animation
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Weirdo as well his rival Professor Fruitcake.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Humorously inverted with Professor Weirdo after Milton rises. He is shocked and horrified because he created something good. Which for him means that he did something very wrong.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Milton talks like Jim Nabors. Heebie's voice resembles Peter Lorre's.
  • Playing with Fire: Milton's head emits smoke, and he can shoot fire from it when needed.
  • Poke the Poodle: Despite being more "evil" than Milton, this is about as bad as Heebie and Jeebie got. Apart from that one time that they tried to feed Professor Weirdo, on Kook's prompting to their alligator and then to a carnivorous plant.
  • Rags to Riches: Stuffy Durma's backstory.
  • Simpleton Voice: Milton has that kind of voice.
  • The Starscream:
    • Count Kook makes several less than subtle attempts to dispose of Professor Weirdo and replace him as the head of the household. Examples include abandoning him to be buried alive when he was supposed to dig him out and talking Heebie and Jeebie into revolting.
    • Gung Ho attempts to dispose of Doctor Goo Fee on several occasions.
  • Yellow Peril: Doctor Goo Fee and his sidekick Gung Ho.

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