Friday, February 15, 2013

W. Watts Biggers 1927–2013

Co-creator of the 1960s animated canine superhero Underdog, William Watts “Buck” Biggers passed away on February 10 at the age of 85. In 1959, Biggers and artist Chet Stover established the animation studio Total Television, which created a number of characters including Tennessee Tuxedo, Go Go Gophers, and Klondike Kat before folding 10 years later. 

Between 1965 and 1984, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade featured a giant Underdog balloon as part of the festivities. In 2007, the super beagle was adapted into a live-action film starring  Jim Belushi and Peter Dinklage with Jason Lee providing the voice of the four-legged crimefighter.

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