Mr. Wizard - Magical Lizard (dressed in sorcerer's
hat and robes) featured as a part of the Saturday morning cartoon KING LEONARDO
AND HIS SHORT SUBJECTS/ABC/1960-63.
Mr. Wizard the Lizard lived in the woods at the base of a tree. He was often
visited by Tooter the Turtle (who wore a straw hat, collar and necktie). Tooter
visited because he wanted to satisfy his curiosity on a number of subjects. So
with a wave of his arms, Mr. Wizard would send Tooter Turtle through time or
space to experience what it was like to be a gunfighter, knight, police officer
or sailor. By the end of his adventure Tooter realizes (like Dorothy in the
Wizard of Oz) that there's no place like home and being a simple turtle.
When Tooter cries "Help, Mr. Wizard!", the lizard sorcerer proclaims his magical
chant: "Drizzle, Drazzle, Druzzle, Drome, time for this one to come home!" When
Tooter arrived safely back, Mr. Wizard advises him: "Be what you is, not what
you is not. Folks that what is, is the happiest lot."
TRIVIA NOTE: In the sci-fi flick The Matrix (1999), when Neo (Neanu Reeves) is
calling to get extracted from the Matrix, he says, "Mr. Wizard get me the hell
out of here!"
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