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Tooter Turtle is a cartoon about a turtle that first appeared on TV in 1960, as a segment of the King Leonardo and His Short Subjects program. "Tooter Turtle" debuted on NBC, on Saturday, October 15, 1960, and ran for 39 original episodes through July 22, 1961. These episodes were later rerun as backups on other cartoon shows, but no more original episodes were made.


The plots followed the same general format. Tooter (voiced by Allen Swift) calls on his friend Mr. Wizard the Lizard (voiced by Sandy Becker), an anthropomorphic lizard wearing a wizard cone hat, a robe, and pince-nez eyeglasses. Mr. Wizard lived in a tiny cardboard box at the base of a tall tree. The introductory segment had Tooter knocking on the cardboard box, having "another favor to ask." From inside the box, Mr. Wizard would shrink Tooter small enough to enter through the box's front door and invite him in. Mr. Wizard has the magic to change Tooter's life to some other destiny, usually sending him back in time and to various locales.

As Tooter is fulfilling his destiny, Mr. Wizard narrates the story. When Tooter's trip finally became a catastrophe, Tooter would request help with a cry of "Help me, Mr. Wizard, I don't want to be X any more!" where X was whatever destiny Tooter had entered. Mr. Wizard would then rescue Tooter with the incantation, "Drizzle, Drazzle, Druzzle, Drome; time for this one to come home." Then, Mr. Wizard would always give Tooter the same advice: "Be just what you is, not what you is not. Folks what do this has the happiest lot."

Episode list

(Every Saturday from Oct 15, 1960 to July 22, 1961)

  • Two Gun Turtle
  • Tailspin Tooter (Plane Failure)
  • Sea Haunt
  • Highway Petrolman (Road Block-Head)
  • Knight of the Square Table
  • Mish-Mash-Mush (Panting for Gold)
  • The Unteachables (The Lawless Years)
  • Kink of Swat (Babe Rube)
  • One Trillion B.C. (Dinosaur Dope)
  • Olimping Champion (Weak-Greek)
  • Stuper Man (Muscle-Bounder)
  • Buffaloed Bill (Custard's Last Stand)
  • Moon Goon (Space Head)
  • Robin Hoodwink (Thimple Thief)
  • Steamboat Stupe (Captains Outrageous)
  • Railroad Engineer (Stupefied Jones)
  • Quarterback Hack (Pigskinned)
  • Drafthead (Overwhere?)
  • Lumberjack (Topped)
  • Jerky Jockey (Kenducky Derby)
  • Fired Fireman (Hook And Batter)
  • Sky Diver (Jump, Jerk, Jump!)
  • Tuesday Turtle (Private Pie)
  • Snafu Safari (Trackdown Tooter)
  • Anti-Arctic (North Pole Nuisance)
  • The Master Builder (Rivet Riot)
  • Taxi Turtle (My Flag Is Down)
  • Slowshoe Mountie (One, Two, Buckle My Snowshoe)
  • Duck Haunter
  • Bull Fright (Olay Down)
  • News Nuisance (Sub Scribe)
  • The Sheep of Araby (Beau Geste Goes West)
  • Waggin' Train (California Bust)
  • Anchors Awry (Nautical Nut)
  • Vaudevillain (Song and Dunce Man)
  • Rod and Reeling (Field and Scream)
  • The Man in The Blue Denim Suit (Hay! Hay!)
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