Saturday Morning Cartoons: CAPTAIN CAVEMAN AND THE TEEN ANGELS

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels centers on the mystery-solving adventures of the Teen Angels—Brenda, Dee Dee and Taffy—and their friend Captain Caveman (or Cavey for short), a prehistoric caveman whom the girls discovered and thawed from a block of ice. The concept and general plot for the show was seen as a parody of Charlie’s Angels (which also aired on ABC). It also borrowed heavily from other Hanna-Barbera shows such as Scooby-Doo Captain_caveman-cavy-batand Josie and the Pussycats, among others. Captain Caveman’s powers include super-strength, a variety of useful objects hidden inside his fur, and a club that allows him to fly and from which pops out different tools he uses to fight crime. His trademark is his battle cry of “Captain CAAAAAVEMAAAAAAANNNN!” Captain Caveman’s voice was provided by Mel Blanc.

The first and second seasons were originally broadcast as segments on the package shows Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Scooby’s All-Stars from 1977 to 1979. Cavey and the girls also participated in sporting competitions as part of “The Scooby Doobies” team on the half-hour “Laff-A-Lympics” segment. In March 1980, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels were given their own half hour show with 16 new episodes combined with reruns from 1977–79. A total of 40 11-minute episodes were produced (16 in 1977–78, 8 in 1978–79 and 16 in 1980). Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio, one of their last productions to do so.

Captain Caveman, or “Cavey” for short (voiced by Mel Blanc), is the main character of the show. He is a caveman who is thousands of years old (his exact age is never disclosed). He can pull various objects from his long body hair that covers his body except for his nose, arms, and legs. He can also fly, but his flying power always seems to fail him at the worst possible moment. Sometimes he would attribute this mishap to an energy shortage (“Uh oh! Bad time for energy crisis.” CRASH!), which was a pun on the gasoline rationing shortages of the late 1970s. He speaks in stereotypical “caveman-talk”, replacing subject pronouns with their object equivalents and dropping articles w1G04t3xFsuch as “the” (for example, “Me know where bad guys are hiding.”), and often mumbles the nonsense phrase “unga bunga”. He also has a bad habit of occasionally eating large non-food objects in one gulp (i.e. bicycles, TV sets, safes, table lamps), and the Teen Angels occasionally have to stop him from eating potential clues that will help them to solve the mystery.

Dee Dee Skyes (voiced by Vernee Watson) is the brains of the Teen Angels, is the group’s sole African-American, and acts as their unofficial leader. Dee Dee and the rest of the Teen Angels found the frozen Captain Caveman and defrosted him. She wears her hair in an afro and usually wears a red turtleneck sweater with a blue skirt and red knee high boots. Both her dress style and her knack for solving mysteries make her similar to Velma Dinkley of Scooby Doo fame, while she also bears a resemblance to Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats.

Brenda Chance (voiced by Marilyn Schreffler) is a cowardly brunette who is always scared of the demons, monsters and phantoms that she encounters and The Teen Angels by Neal McCulloughalways tries to back out of a scary mystery. She usually wears a purple striped tank top and a pair of hot pink flared trousers with a white belt. She also acts as Dee Dee’s sergeant of the Teen Angels.

Taffy Dare (voiced by Laurel Page) is the blonde member of the group and Cavey’s girlfriend, renowned for her cry of “Zowie!” whenever she comes up with a plan (or “Another Daffy Taffy Plan” as Brenda and Cavey would call it) to catch the culprits. In spite of her usually zany plans, Taffy is actually very capable and clever. She has the ability to sweet-talk Caveman into acting as bait for her plans to capture the culprit. She usually wears a green dress with matching shoes. She also acts as Dee Dee’s second-in-command of the Teen Angels. It is revealed that Captain Caveman has a crush on her and vice versa.

Cavey Jr (voiced by Charlie Adler) is Cavey’s son who appears in The Flintstone Kids. He can fly just like his father, wears a blue hat, and has black dots for eyes. While he isn’t quite as powerful as his father, he is a lot smarter. Despite being a child, he has hair all over his body (even his grandmother does). It is unknown what became of Jr when his father got frozen.

Captain Caveman & the Teen Angels