The Many Credits of Ronnie Schell

ronnie_schellAre you ready for a walk down “half-remembered cartoons from the 80’s” lane? Join me as we look at some of the many credits of Ronnie Schell.

Who is Ronnie Schell? (If you don’t know, don’t feel bad. Before doing the research for this post, I had no idea either.) Ronnie Schell is an actor, comedian, and voice-over artist who has been working in showbiz since the 1950’s. He’s 81 as of this post and still active in the industry. Here’s a link to his IMDB page for a full list of his credits, but I want to focus on his voice-over work from the 80’s.

You may be familiar with the Smurfs (little blue creatures who were magical and lived in constant danger of being eatern by a wizard, not too far off from my childhood, actually). Well, Ronnie did some voices for them. None of the main characters, but random other ones.

rick_the_raccoonYou probably don’t remember Shirt Tales though. If memory serves (which it usually doesn’t), the Shirt Tales were animals that wore shirts. They were special shirts. They had writing on them that would change with each situation and/or emotion that the animal had. I think they fought crime somehow. I guess I really don’t remember much. Sorry about that. Anyway, Ronnie did the voice for Rick Raccoon.

In all honesty, I had quite a few of Pound Puppies stuffed animals.

If you don’t remember Shirt Tales, you may not remember Pound Puppies. This cartoon focused on the lives of dogs that were either on their way to the pound, or from the pound. The main antagonist for the series was the dog catcher, and the protagonist was Cooler. Cooler than what? I don’t know. His name was “Cooler”.

What I think is really funny about the 80’s was the fact that ANYTHING could be made into a cartoon. Smurfs was the only one that had any creative merit as it existed in story form before it was made into a cartoon. Shirt Tales was created by a greeting card designer and its characters were featured on greeting cards prior to becoming a cartoon. And Pound Puppies was inspired by a series of plush toys. Let’s not even mention shows like G.I. Joe or He-Man (oops, I just did).

Anyway, we all have to take work as it comes to us, occaisionally regardless of artistic integrity. In the end, you may be able to say that you worked in the industry you wanted for your whole life. Congratulations Ronnie Schell! Keep up the good work! You are an inspiration to creative types everywhere, even if they don’t know your name.

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100 Word Challenge | Yellow

I took some liberties with the prompt. Yellow, in addition to being a vibrant color and a weakness of The Green Lantern, can also portray and idea of fear. Imagine that our main character is afraid of heights and it fits the prompt. Forgive me if that is too much a stretch for you.

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The masked bandit stepped tentatively onto the cable, steadying himself against the pole before taking hold of the top wire.

I hate heights.

Any other day, he’d be asleep in his nest of a bed, dreaming. But not today.

No. Today he shimmied across the expanse toward the house he once called home, evicted before he could move his stolen goods. Today was as good as any.

Twenty more steps.

Birds scattered, leaving a slick hazard that made his hands slip on the wire.

I’ll definitely be washing these later.

Ten steps to go.

I hope no one is watching me.

I am a Raccoon’s Neighbor.

A raccoon moved in next door. My family lives next to an office building and the roof vents on that building have been damaged for some time. A couple of weeks ago, I was taking the dog out early in the morning when I looked over and saw a raccoon standing on the office building roof. It seemed that he was on his way to bed though, because he lumbered up the roof and disappeared into the roof through the damaged vent.

I told my wife about the incident at breakfast and my daughter overheard. She was enthralled by the idea that a raccoon lived next door. She kept going to our kitchen window, staring at the roof and saying, “I see the Raccoon? The raccoon will come out at six o’clock?” I’m not even sure that she knows what a raccoon looks like, being that they aren’t usually featured in the animal picture books (which place higher importance on animals one might find in a zoo like lions and zebras).

I don’t know what her deal with six o’clock is, by the way. It must be the time when things happen with animals, because it’s not the first time she’s mentioned it.

The next morning, around six in the morning, I woke up to the sound of scraping metal from outside the window nearest the office building. Sure enough, my daughter was right about the six o’clock, but wrong about the coming out. It was going back to bed for the day.

Weeks passed without seeing our new neighbor when my wife spotted him from the window as we were making our way to bed. I grabbed the camera to prove that I’m not crazy. Sorry about the poor quality image. Everything was kind of dark.

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Now, I’m not sure what to do about my new neighbor. Should I tell the people in the office building so they can be charging it rent, or should I leave it to its own nocturnal devices?