Colonel Bleep (partially found animated TV series; 1957-1960)

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Top Row: Colonel Bleep, Bottom Row (left to right): Squeak and Scratch.

Status: Partially Found

Colonel Bleep is an American animated science fiction television series. The series was created by Robert D. Buchanan and Jack Schleh and was produced by Richard H. Ullman Inc and Soundac. The show was best known for being the first animated TV series produced in color. Its original air run lasted from 1957 to 1960 and went through reruns until approximately 1971.


The series starts with the titular character who hails from another planet called Futura. As an interplanetary intelligence agent for the Futura High Command, Colonel Bleep is assigned to investigate signs of trouble across the universe, including the distant planet Earth. On Earth, Bleep begins his exciting adventures with two unlikely companions: Squeak the child-like puppet and Scratch the powerful caveman. As a puppet Squeak was once a theater actor until he vowed to work for Bleep as a space deputy. The puppet lacks a mouth, which prevents him from speaking (despite there being a few episodes where Squeak could talk). Regardless, Squeak is filled with curiosity as of most little boys. For Scratch, he once fell asleep throughout the evolution of mankind and did not wake up until the day of the first nuclear explosion (July 16th, 1945), blowing him "right out of the past and into the present." While Scratch may lack in brains he makes it up in muscle with the help of his super strength and his spiked wooden club. Together the three main characters represent the three-time phases: Colonel Bleep of the future, Squeak of the present, and Scratch of the past. These heroes live in their headquarters on Zero-Zero Island and the three vow to work together as they try "to maintain right and justice throughout the vast galaxies of the universe."

Throughout the series, various episodes are based on a certain element.

  • Travelogue Episodes: Episodes where the main trio travel across different planets and places on Earth.
  • Zero-Zero Island Episodes: Episodes revolving around the characters' adventures on their home island.
  • Villainous Episodes: Episodes revolving around sinister plots made by the following antagonists: Dr. Destructo, The Black Knight of Pluto, Bruto the Black Robot(often referred as the Black Robot), and Black Patch the space pirate.
  • Space Patrol Episodes: Episodes that involve flying space scooters and the giant starship called the Trav-a-Lab.


Colonel Bleep was created by Robert D. Buchanan and Jack Schleh. It was also produced by Soundac and Richard H. Ullman Inc.[1] The show was originally titled The Adventures of Colonel Bleep and was originally designed to be an animated quiz show, which featured cartoon episodes, quizzes, riddles, and other interactive content.[2] The show would be hosted by a TV star of a variety of children's shows such as Bob Lawrence, who played the role of Captain Star during a wraparound for The Colonel Bleep Show. According to Schleh, he did not have any money to produce the show, so he hired a newscaster named Noah Tyler, who took the role as the show’s narrator. However, Tyler did voice all of the characters whenever they spoke, although they were mostly silent. The art style of the show was heavily influenced by the mid-century art style and Googie architecture. However, this style was rather simplified due to the studio having a limited budget.

Originally the show was supposed to last for 52 episodes, but it later expanded to 78 and eventually 100,[3] much to the dismay of the creators. Although it is assumed that the actual number of episodes lasted up to 104.

The show was first syndicated on television on September 1957, but the show was first copyrighted in 1956. The show was sponsored by several food companies: Loblaw’s Food Stores, Table Queen Bread, International Shoe, 7-11 Markets, Foremost Dairies, Spaulding Bakeries, Pinemount Daries, and Maypo Cereal.[4]

About Soundac

Soundac itself was an animation studio formed in 1951 and founded by Bobby Nicholson, who left the company to work on The Howdy Doody Show. Buchanan replaced Nicholson as the new president of the company.[5] The studio originated in Buffalo, New York but it later moved into Miami, Florida and Hollywood, Florida.[6] While Soundac is best known for producing Colonel Bleep, it is also known for producing other game shows such as Musical Tune-O, Watch the Birdie, and Dollar Derby. The company also created another animated series titled Mighty Mister Titan, which relates to fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. The studio also created animations for two interstitial series: The Weather Man and Colorskope. Soundac is also known for producing over 4,000 animated commercials, but only a small portion of these commercials remain today. Production in Soundac lasted as late as 1981, but it is unknown when the studio closed down.


A large portion of Colonel Bleep episodes had been left missing. It is believed that when Soundac closed down, all of the studio's materials were being stored in a van including master tapes, artwork, and other equipment. Car thieves had stolen the van and it was never retrieved or restored since. This claim has not been confirmed at this time.

Despite the mysterious disappearance, 14 episodes were released on VHS by Streamline Pictures and is said that all of the other episodes in its master film were stored in a warehouse in Texas for decades and were "not intact enough to be restored." It also said that replicated films of these episodes were found during an auction.[7] Later on, another company called Alpha Video restored 20 more episodes on DVD while F.H.E Entertainment released one episode, titled "The Treacherous Pirate," into a complication film titled Speed Racer: The Movie (aka The Speed Racer Show). This was the only episode to be visually restored at the time and the only one to be released on Laserdisc and in movie theaters. In 2018 and 2019, a YouTuber by the name of ToonTracker released 9 episodes on YouTube, but they were sepia-toned compared to the others. A kinescope reel of a children's program titled Cartoon Express, featured the episode title of Squeak and the Black Knight.

Another lost episode titled The Malicious Mailman was found by film archivist Sarah Smith in 2023. The episode would eventually be released by Multicom Entertainment Group, Inc. under The Archive Website.[8]

There have not been any other episodes found as of 2023.

As of 2023, the series has fallen under public domain due to a failure of copyright renewal on December 31st, 1985.

Found Episodes

Although there are about 100 to 104 episodes, only 45 are known to survive.

# Episodes
1 Col. Bleep’s Arrival on Earth
2 The Uncharted Island
3 The Earth from Outer Space
4 Building an Island Base
5 Scratch and the Sea Serpent
6 Squeak and the Terrible Termite
7 The Runaway Rocket
8 Man Hunt on the Moon
9 Scratch and his Feathered Friend
10 Shadows of Suspicion
11 The Prehistoric Present
12 The Magnetic Menace
13 The Ingenious Invention
14 The Relentless Rain
15 Danger Below
16 War in Robotland
17 Nightmare
18 Exposed
19 Dangerous Holiday
20 Satellite of Death
21 The Invisible Gorilla
22 The Treacherous Pirate
23 The Ghastly Ghost
24 Ball of Fire
25 The Falling Star
26 Space Station X-1
27 Test of Friendship
28 The Lunar Luger
29 The Pirate Plot
30 The Killer Whale
31 Ice Demons Attack
32 A Windy Knight
33 The Rusty Robots
34 The Firebomb
35 The Bat and the Bottle
36 Tunnel in Space
37 The Greedy Gorilla
38 Fire Water
39 The Wicked Web
40 The Evil Eye
41 The Treacherous Trio
42 The Hypnotic Helmets
43 Winner Take All
44 Knight of Death
45 The Malicious Mailman

Lost Episodes

As of 2023, there are 21 missing episodes with their titles found, whereas the other titles are currently missing.

# Episodes
1 The Incredible Icemen
2 The Mechanical Twin
3 Squeak and the Black Knight
4 Scratch and the Sputnik
5 Traffic Jam in Space
6 The Missile and the Moonmites
7 The Magnetic Moon
8 The Martian Mine
9 In Days of Knights
10 Terror that Ticks
11 The Magic Lamp
12 The Terrible Sleep
13 The Big Thunder
14 The Dubious ???
15 The War Game
16 The Spell of Doom
17 The Sinister Statue
18 The Double Disguise
19 The Big Picture
20 The Sinister Shortcut
21 Battle of the Aces




"Col. Bleep’s Arrival on Earth"

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