Western Animation: The Robonic Stooges
The brain trust 2.0.The Robonic Stooges
is a half-hour Saturday Morning Cartoon
from 1978. The show is — well, Exactly What It Says on the Tin
. The Three Stooges
receive The Six Million Dollar Man
treatment in one of the strangest animated adaptations
ever. It originally aired as an extra segment on The Skatebirds
, but got its own half-hour timeslot, with edited reruns of Clue Club
, that lasted 16 episodes. Junk dealers Larry, Curly, and Moe bumble around as crime-fighters with special bionic powers, who get instructions from their exasperated boss, Agent 000.
- Animated Adaptation
- Brain in a Jar: Dr. Brainly's brain.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": L for Larry Fine, M for Moe Howard and C for Curly Howard. And that included the transition sequence (the LMC wipe where each crest opened up and the C shattered to introduce the next scene).
- Catch Phrase: In unison: "Robonic Stooges... awaaaaaayyy!!!"
- Or when Triple 0 appears, any one of them will pipe up, "Oh-oh, it's 0-0-0!"
- Either/Or Title: The final episode was "Stooges, You're Fired." Reference sources have the episode with the Either Or title "The Day The Mirth Stood Still."
- Leitmotif: The Stooges' most used theme song, "Three Blind Mice," is used in the opening titles and sporadically in the episodes when they appear.
- No Fourth Wall: Zig-zagged in "Jerk and the Beanstalk": The Stooges are faced with dealing with a giant moth, so out at sea, Moe calls for the animators to turn the moth into a giant fish. They turn it into a shark.
- Not Quite Starring: Sadly enforced by that time — none of the original Stooges were alive in 1978.
- Only Sane Man: Agent 000, though it's very sorely tested.
- Projected Man: Agent 000
- Shout-Out: In "Dr. Jekyll and Hide Curly", Dr. Jekyll turns the backs of the Stooges' heads into evil Hydes. Using a chemistry set, they try to make an antidote. On the first try, they turn the backs of their heads into the Marx Brothers.
- In another episode, Scooby-Doo appears in a page of a paint-by-numbers coloring book. In yet another, Woofer and Wimper from Clue Club are seen on wallpaper.
- Take Over the World: Stock villain motivation, in particular, Professor Cluck.
- Title by Number: When the segment broke off from Skatebirds to become a separate show, it was renamed The Three Robonic Stooges.