Saturday Morning Lobotomy

In today's episode of Clutch Cargo, Paddlefoot the dog goes to outer space. It aired in 1959, a couple years after the flight of Sputnik 2 and its canine inhabitant, Laika.

Wikipedia says,

the show was the first to use the "Syncro-Vox" optical printing system, superimposing live-action human lips over limited-motion animation or even motionless animation cels. To further cut costs, Syncro-Vox was supplemented with other time- and money-saving tricks. Movement was simulated not by animation but in the real-time movement of the cel itself. Other live-action shots were superimposed as a means of adding a certain degree of realism and to keep production costs down. For example, footage of real smoke was used for explosions.

Don't touch that dial, kiddies. It's time for another abominable cartoon/live action hybrid, The New Adventures of Huck Finn:

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