THE ROOTIE KAZOOTIE CLUB
lf you’re a baby-boomer kid like me, who grew up watching television in the l950’s you’ll remember the name Rootie Kazootie almost as well as you know your own name. It’s a memory flash to our childhood past, and images of a by gone era, lost and forgotten in time, when puppets and their human hosts first dominated the Saturday morning air waves, all at the start of what would become known as the Golden Age of Television.
At the height of the Rootie Kazootie craze in this country, the kids, adults and even comedians of the time found themselves mimicking the show’s fresh, slangy use of the English language with terms like- yesirootie, nosirootie, gosharootie and absotootie—-each one making English teachers flinch Even today, Rootie-isms are in many ways a permanent part of our American slang, without us knowing, and originated with Steve Carlin, Rootie's creator.
The exclusive DVD collection of Rootie Kazootie shows have been restored from the personal collection of its creator Steve Carlin. TVDAYS.com represents the copyright & trademarks of Rootie Kazootie show and the programs characters being offered for License.
Rootie Kazootie Warehouse
Rootie Tootie Thanksgiving Special Part 1
Rootie Kazootie Show
Rootie Kazootie Show Western Day
Rootie Kazootie Club – Missing Polka Dottie’s Dots
The show’s characters included the all—American boy himself, who as the opening song says " is filled with Zip and Joy, he’s "Rootie Kazootie", a cross between Pinocchio and the yet—t o—be-born Beaver Cleaver, who could be anything he wanted to with the help of his magic Kazootie, a kazoo capable of performing magic feats.
And what would a little boy be without his faithful dog, GALA POOCHIE PUP, his cute girlfriend POLKA DOTTIE, who always dressed in Polka Dots, the villain POISON ZOOMACK, whose sole aim in life is to steal Rootie’s magic Kazootie, and EL SQUEAKO MOUSE, the great Mexican Catador, who dressed like a turn—of-the-century boxer and hated cats.
The two human hosts were the talented chief rooter Big Todd Russell, who sang songs and played games with the kids in the studio gallery, while his sidekick Mr. Deedle Doodle, actor John Vee dressed like a Keystone Cop from the silent film era, was the policeman—magician and provided comic relief. Just as memorable, and what makes the show the classic, were the Littleputin puppets created by the brilliant Paul Ashley, and the now legendary voices of Naomi Lewis (the voice of Rootie) and puppeteer John Milano (voice of Gala Poochie, Poison Zoomack and El Squeako the Mouse).
In the upcoming digital book version of The Rootie Kazootie show I’ve scanned all the Golden Books, Comics, Illustrations, Press releases and scripts from the Carlin collection for you to enjoy all over again. If you remember the show, or were on any of the live kid shows back in the day, let me know about it.
I’ll be offering some of the books, comics and masks on my e-bay site, so check it all out will they last. Email for updates: VIDRES@AOL.com