|Ali Assassin, from "Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp"|
|Back in the day us kids would sit around the TV on Saturday mornings and watch cartoons and other kid TV shows like "The Hudson Brothers", "H.R. Puffinstuff", "Land of the Lost" and one of my favorites, "Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp". Talking chimps driving cars and playing in a band.. Yer killin me!|
Lancelot Link and all the other characters were chimpanzees wearing people clothes who were made to smack their lips (probably with peanut butter) to make it look like they were talking. Then they would dub in voices and a script to coincide with the smacking lips. On the show Lance was a secret agent spy who was always bumbling around trying to foil some nefarious plot by the bad guys. Kind of like "Get Smart" or "Pink Panther" without the SAG pay scale.
The particular bad guy character whom I have dubbed "The Most Un-PC Kid's TV Show Character Ever" is from an episode from Season 1 "There's No Business like Snow Business" which first aired on December 31, 1969. Ali Assassin. I don't know his bird's name. No, Ali was not a terrorist nor an assassin, just a run-of-the-mill diamond thief.
I can't even imagine a kid's show these days featuring either talking chimpanzees wearing clothes, or worse yet, a talking chimp dressed up like a Saudi prince with a fake mustache hanging out in a tent plotting crime with a bird perched on his shoulder.