The Robonic Stooges "Curly of the Apes" (found episode of Hanna-Barbara animated series; 1977)

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Title card for the episode.

Status: Found

Date found: 22 Oct 2022

Found by: mejo kallamthanam

The Robonic Stooges was an animated series created by Hanna-Barbara, that aired from 1977 to 1978 as part of The Skatebirds. The show revolves around the popular slapstick comedy act, The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard), who are now robotic crime-fighting superheroes. The entire series can be found online via full episodes on pirate websites and clips on YouTube, but one of the 32 episodes, "Curly of the Apes", was for a long time incomplete.


The premise revolves around The Robonic Stooges trying to stop an ivory poacher named "Tricker Mortis", who steals entire elephants. At one point in the episode, Curly ends up encountering some apes, hence the title. The apes then attempt to hook Curly up with one of the ape's daughters. After Larry and Moe rescue Curly from the apes, they all then stop "Tricker Mortis" by making a fake balloon elephant, which, by mistake, also carries them up.


For a long time, only the first two minutes of the episode were available online. The Robonic Stooges never had a home media release, but the rest of the series is fully available from its reruns on Boomerang, which are viewable on the internet.

On October 22nd, 2022, the episode was uploaded in its entirety by user "mejo kallamthanam."



3 episodes of The Skatebirds with the complete episode (Starts at 25:56).

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