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Captain Kangaroo 

Daily children's program hosted by Captain Kangaroo (Robert Keeshan).

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Bob Claver
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Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Robert Keeshan ...  Captain Kangaroo 978 episodes, 1955-1984
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In the annals of televison, few children's programs ever made as much impact as this show. Hosted by Robert Keeshan (at one time, he played Howdy Doody's friend, Clarabell) from the appropriately-named Captain's Place, the Captain was so named because he always wore an overcoat with large, kangaroo-like pouches. Each show featured stories, skits, vaudeville acts, songs, games, and other educational activities. Captain Kangaroo's friends were Mr. Green Jeans (who always brought an animal to the show); Dennis, an apprentice handyman and do-it-all person; and Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit. Bunny was always mute, but made his point ever-so-cleverly, while Mr. Moose always tricked the Captain into allowing him to stand under a shower of pingpong balls. As the show got on in years, new features were added, including Uncle Backwards (a tape of some simple action, such as peeling an orange or building a doghouse, shown in reverse); "Picture Pages", a matching activity hosted by Bill Cosby; and ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Good news for parents! (and for children) Starting tomorrow at 8, CBS Television presents the gentlest children's show on the air as the kindly Captain Kangaroo recreates the private wonderland of childhood in his Treasure House. It is a "live" and enthralling hour-long program.

Genres:

Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Капитан Кенгуру See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1981-1982 and 1984) | (1957-1961) | (1955-1957, 1961-1981, 1982-1984)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1955-1967)| Color (1967-1993)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the show's iconic nature, and enduring popularity, the series has never been officially released to home video/DVD or any streaming service. Very little film footage of the series remains, and what does exist was owned by Bob Keshan, and subsequently his estate, who have maintained a tight grip on their film holdings. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Ballad of the Betty Lou (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Puffin' Billy (The Captain Kangaroo theme)
by Edward White
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The Best Children's Program Based On Good Values
10 September 2006 | by emenonSee all my reviews

As a child growing up in the 1960's, Captain Kangaroo was a children's program, with good moral values. We are going to miss Bob Keeshan, who played him. Not to mention his farmer friend Mr. Greenjeans, played by Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum. They are both deceased. Captain Kangaroo had other characters. Mr. Baxter, Debbie Weems, Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather clock, Magic drawing board, the old time radio and lets not forget Mr. Moose, who always dropped ping pong balls, on the Captain. I wish they would release the fourth of July program on VHS and DVD Captain Kangaroo Americana. Tells the history about our nation. At the end of the program the Captain would say Have a nice day, be good to your Mother. I like the theme Puffin Billy, better than Good Morning Captain. One time he had Pearl Bailey, on his show. Bunny Rabbit kept playing Won't you come home Bill Bailey, so Pearl would give him a carrot. Overall I enjoyed this show as well as Bozo The Clown. You never can be a child again. We need more children's TV shows like this, with moral values.


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