Colonel Bleep was the first color cartoon ever made for television, created by Fran Noack and written by Robert D. Buchanan. note It features the titular Colonel, an extraterrestrial from Futura, protecting and serving Earth with the aide of his two cadets, Squeek and Scratch (a cowboy puppet and a caveman, respectively). They often meet opposition from Doctor Destructo or other villains.
The show was originally syndicated in 1957 as a segment on Uncle Bill's TV Club. 104 episodes were produced, but only 35 are known to survive today.
Colonel Bleep provides examples of:
- Black Knight: This one's from Pluto.
- Episode Title Card
- Flight: Bleep has this via futomic energy.
- Limited Animation: As was typical of TV cartoons of the era.
- Living Toys: Squeek is a cowboy puppet brought to life.
- Public Domain Animation: The copyright of the show lapsed in 1985. The production company had closed down in 1970.
- Raygun Gothic: The visual design is heavily inspired by the futuristic Googie designs popular at the time.
- Rogues Gallery: Recurring enemies include Doctor Destructo, the Black Patch, and the Black Knight of Pluto.
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: How Scratch's presence in the present day is explained.
- Space Pirates: The Black Patch
- The Speechless: Squeek is incapable of speech.
- Super Strength: Scratch possesses this.