Johnny Jupiter - Alien puppet character from the planet
Jupiter who communicated with Earth via interplanetary television
transmissions on the JOHNNY JUPITER/DUM/1953-54.
contact is Ernest P. Duckweather, an elderly janitor of a TV station (later
a young store clerk), who accidentally picked up Jupiter's wavelength
when tinkering with a television console. Johnny had a head shaped
like a peanut with a small antenna sprouting from the top of his
Speaking with a British accent, Johnny eavesdropped on the
planet Earth by monitoring Earth's television broadcasts. He
questioned our strange habits and customs.
television, Johnny informed us that on Jupiter television was used
for punishing children when they spent too much time reading books
or playing with slide rules.
Other alien puppets that talked with
Earth included B-12 (Johnny's colleague),
Major Domo, the chief of
the robots and Reject the Robot, a factory reject.
was a satire of Earth as seen through the eyes of the alien,
Johnny Jupiter. The
role of E. P. Duckweather was played by Vaughn Taylor and later Wright
Jerry Coopersmith (the series writer) and Gilbert Mach provided the voices
for the show. The hand puppets were animated by Carl Harms
and Philip (Gene) London.
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