With the Spring issue of Anorak being all about kindness, let’s step back to a time when parents hand-balled their children's etiquette lessons to loveable oddballs. Say hello to Mr Doo Bee, Mr Bungle and Chalky!
MR DO BEE - "Are you a Do Bee or a Don't Bee?"
Romper Room ran from 1953 to 1994. The kiddie cast spent the morning in an oversized classroom set with kindly hostesses giving pointers on what the world expected from them. Mr Do Bee the bumblebee mascot would visit and encourage the children to put on their Do Bee wings and turn those frowns upside down. The Do Bees featured on Romper Room with Miss Sally and you can catch them here.
MR BUNGLE "You shouldn't run in the lunchroom. Only Mr. Bungle would do that."
Mr Bungle the badly-behaved puppet appeared in the film 'Lunchtime Manners' in 1959. The very thought of being a Mr. Bungle alarmed Phil, so he made sure to keep his military-style hair neat, wash his hands with as much soap as he could fit into the palm of his hand, and queue politely in the school cafeteria. Lunchtime Manners was made by Coronet who produced educational shorts shown in schools from the 1940s to the 1980s.
CHALKY "I'm worried about you Larry. You need someone to give you some advice on how to become a regular guy."
Chalky the chipper stick-man appeared in the social guidance film 'Manners in School' in 1958. Larry, a cranky kid bursting with attitude, is told to clean the blackboard. He draws instead and one of his doodles comes to life, shocking Larry into taking a good hard look at himself.
All these vintage goodies are brought to you by Saskia Ericson.