Western Animation: Uncle Croc's Block

"Who's our Star Time guest for today, Uncle Croc?"

Charles Nelson Reilly, already a fixture on the CBS version of Match Game, was the crocodile-suited star of this three-month Filmation series on ABC, a parody of the Animated Anthology programs with live presenters that were in nearly every major TV market in the 1950s and 1960s. Reilly's co-stars were Alfie Wise as Uncle Croc's sidekick, Rabbit Ears, and Jonathan Harris as the director, Basil Bitterbottom. The show was such a flop that ABC told Filmation to never sell them another show. Ironically after ABC canceled Uncle Croc's Block, they replaced it with Filmation's 1970 show The Groovie Goolies.

The three animated segments were:
  • "Fraidy Cat", about a nervous alley cat visited by the ghosts of his eight previous lives;
  • "M-U-S-H", a canine parody of M*A*S*H whose title expands to "Mangy, Unwanted, Shabby Heroes", and
  • "Wacky and Packy", in which a caveman and his pet mammoth are transported to 20th-century New York.

Live-action segments included guests such as Steve Exhaustion, the $6.95 Man.

Uncle Croc's Block provides examples of: