You know what made Peter Potamus so entertaining? Well, mildly entertaining, at the very best. Anyway, what made him so cool was that he had a time-travel cartoon that DIDNâ€™T try to teach you anything! Nearly every cartoon that had time-travel as a major plot-point used it as a front for supplemental education. Back to the Future the Series, Flint the Time Detective, Peabody & Sherman, Bill & Tedâ€™s Excellent Adventures, Times Squadâ€¦the list goes on!
But not Peter Potamus, no sir. Sure, he might tell you a date or something and give you a vague idea of when pilgrims hunted turkeys and wore those stupid hats, but nothing blatantly educational. The writers really just used the time-travel angle as a means for Peter to get his skull caved-in in new environments. One day heâ€™d be eaten by a dinosaur, another day heâ€™d be riddled with arrows by screaming Indians, and still another day heâ€™d be hung from the gallows by a mob of Puritans believing him to be a witch. His little monkey pal never lifted a finger to help him, either.
Additionally, Peter Potamus was much like Ricochet Rabbit in that he had a super power. He called it his â€œHippo Hollerâ€ or his â€œHippo Howlerâ€ or something equally lame and predictable. Essentially, he could scream real loud and cause peopleâ€™s ears to bleed uncontrollably.
Peter Potamus also didnâ€™t give a damn about â€œtime paradoxesâ€ or â€œpreserving the chrono-streamâ€ or garbage like that. Heâ€™d go back in time, get into a fight with some Knight of the Round Table, blow his head off with his patented hippo-scream and BAM! John Cleese suddenly ceases to exist. Peter Potamus didnâ€™t play by anybodyâ€™s rules, least of all Godâ€™s.
Peter Potamus can currently be seen on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law airing on Cartoon Networkâ€™s Adult Swim line-up. Despite being obscure and never very popular, and has managed a brand new catchphrase; â€œDidja get that thing I sentcha?â€
Is this the beginning of a Peter Potamus-resurgence? I hope not.