Bantering with Elroy
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
I loved the Jetsons. We had some fun with them, but really enjoyed playing with Elroy’s voice. I think because it was created by Daws Butler, who did many famous characters in our favorite cartoons. Elroy was voiced as a cherubic imp in the series, but we tried to write him as though he was ‘off camera’, world weary, and a slight bit jaded.
So when we had him in a scandal – like having a love child with Velma from Scooby Doo, or trying to sell something to the DJ’s that wasn’t quite right, it was fun to play with. Usually Astro was involved, swearing up a storm, with Elroy apologizing for him with something more politically correct than ‘Grass Roll’ and ‘Kung Fu’.
Here’s 2 segments from our 1987 release ‘Stays Funny… Even in milk!’
First up – Elroy tries to throw his weight around.
That one we basically did as an ad-lib to tie together segments on the tape. I forget how we ended up segwaying from blackmail to a 180 degree extortion attempt, but we rolled with it.
Next up – a song duet that was almost on Dr. Demento – we signed the releases for it, but I don’t think it ever made it on the air. Elroy & Astro sing Rolf Harris’ classic tune.
Another ad-lib where Pat played the guitar while we both sang. A few years earlier I did a duet with Astro and Barbra Streisand singing ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ so I think that’s why we thought of a duet with Elroy. Enjoy!