Monday, March 09, 2009

I Dream of Jeannie Opener

I used to watch I Dream of Jeannie as a kid, along with Gilligan's Island, Green Acres, McHale's Navy, Petticoat Junction, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Flying Nun, Bewitched, and whatever other syndicated reruns were playing on Channel 2 in Denver, Colo. I watched every episode over and over again, cross-legged on the basement floor, a bowl of Quisp in front of me. Thank goodness that by the time I was in junior high school I had discovered Jack Kirby, Don Martin, Basil Wolverton, Robert Crumb, Philip Jose Farmer, Vaughan Bodé, Frank Frazetta, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Richard Brautigan, Kurt Vonnegut, Abbie Hoffman, the Whole Earth Catalog, Cheech and Chong, National Lampoon's Radio Dinners, Lester Del Ray, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Brunner, Carl Barks, and so TV fell by the wayside.

Now, when I happen to catch a one of these '60s and '70s programs on TV, it's clear to me that they stink. Nevertheless, many of the opening sequences to the shows are quite good, with catchy jingles and well-designed animation.

The opener for I Dream of Jeannie tells a little story without any words, and I've always loved the sound of the smoke escaping from the bottle.