Carlton Your Doorman (Rare Animated Special; 1980)
|A still from the special; Carlton is on the right.|
In 1980, MTM Productions created a half-hour animated special, Carlton Your Doorman, based on the popular recurring unseen character from The Mary Tyler Moore Show's spin-off, Rhoda.
Carlton Your Doorman, being now the focus in a visual medium, was depicted as a lazy but well-meaning dimbulb doorman.
The special featured "Carlton's daily habits, including flirting with joggers and making the rounds of local watering holes".
In a reference to its show of origin, some of the mail Carlton drops in the special reads 'Morgenstern', Rhoda character's last name.
Lorenzo Music voiced the Carlton character and also produced this show, as he did many of the MTM series in that era.
It was directed by Charles Swenson and Fred Wolf, who would later be known in the 1980s for producing many popular animated children's shows such as the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
Lorenzo Music would famously be known for voicing Garfield in the 1980s, Peter Venkman in The Real Ghostbusters, and Tummy Gummy in Disney's Gummy Bears.
This special was seemingly only broadcast once. It seems to be now DVD sold as a 100$ DVD on Toonarific.
A commercial for the special has surfaced on YouTube (thanks to user98787), along the first minutes from an individual VHS recording (thanks to 2ombieboy) and a MTM Productions logo from the special (thanks to LogicSmash).