FANTASY ISLAND | WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

By Wednesday, August 13, 2014 38 , , Permalink

Come with me, let me take you back to a favorite television show of mine – Fantasy Island. Anyone watching prime time television from 1977 to 1984, has got to remember this series.

Ricardo Montalbán played “Mr. Roarke” the enigmatic overseer of a mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean (they never really said “where” exactly). People from all walks of life could come and live out their fantasies, albeit for a price.

Known for his white suit and cultured demeanor. He was initially accompanied by an energetic sidekick Tattoo, played by Herve’ Villechaize.

Tattoo would run up the main bell tower to ring the bell and shout “The plane! The plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the beginning of each episode. This became an unlikely catchphrase because of Villechaize’s spirited delivery and French accent (he actually pronounced it, “De plane! De plane!.”)

As each visitor exited the plane, Roarke would describe to Tattoo the nature of their fantasy, usually with a cryptic comment suggesting the person’s fantasy will not turn out as they expected. Roarke would then welcome his guests saying: “My dear guests, I am Mr. Roarke, your host. Welcome to Fantasy Island”…

Mr. Roarke had a strong moral code, but he was always merciful. He usually tried to teach his guests important life lessons through the medium of their fantasies, frequently in a manner that exposed the errors of their ways. He always made it quite clear he was powerless to stop a fantasy once it began and guests would have to play them out to their conclusion.

I always liked that show!

Similar to my revision of Hansel and Gretel, somebody “eventually” comes along and tries to rewrite the classics. Television series are no exception:

 Here’s my version 

When you come to visit, you can expect to be greeted by Doodle Dad and Harley…

“My dear guests, I am Doodle Dad, your host. Welcome to Doodleville”…

So similar it's scary huh?

So similar it’s scary huh?

Thanks for reading. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna get “spoken to” about this one…

6a0120a678c547970b0177446542bd970d-800wi

This post is part of the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. Take a look at other Blog Hop posts by clicking below!

38 Comments
  • Sheila and Finnley
    August 13, 2014

    Have you taught Harley to say de plane, de plane? He and doodle dad sure make the white suit look sassy!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 13, 2014

      If only I could Sheila – I would certainly try to audition on the next season of AGT – BOL

  • MyDogLikes
    August 13, 2014

    hehe, how silly!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 13, 2014

      You’re welcome! I’m happy “my dog likes!” Thanks for stopping by!

  • DashLilly
    August 13, 2014

    I was wondering where you were going with this opening! Hahahaha I am laughing. That is a great photo!!! Doodle Dad as Mr. Roarke and Harley as Tattoo. That is fabulous!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 13, 2014

      Hey Dash & Lilly – I was afraid I might have some readers that didn’t remember/know the show – that’s the reason for the intro. Glad you liked it, glad I made you laugh too!

  • Talent Hounds
    August 13, 2014

    Looks fab!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 13, 2014

      Thanks Talent Hounds!

  • Amanda
    August 13, 2014

    Doodle Dad is looking sharp in that suit! … And Harley is a pretty handsome man too! You are a lucky Doodle Mom. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 13, 2014

      Amanda – I feel lucky everyday 🙂 He’s a neat guy, and Harley is such a Doodle Bug…

  • Miley
    August 13, 2014

    That is classic! Da plane, da plane! BOL! Great shot!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 13, 2014

      Talk about a catchy phrase going viral!!!!

  • Pamela
    August 13, 2014

    I looooooved Fantasy Island when I was a kid. I had such a crush on Ricardo Montalban.

    I’ll try hard not to crush on Mr. Doodle Dog. I don’t want to get in trouble here.

    But he does look quite nice in that white suit. 😉

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 13, 2014

      Pam, you are too funny. I’m already in trouble once Doodle Dad sees what I posted BOL 🙂 Mr. Roarke was kinda dashing though….

  • Emma
    August 13, 2014

    How perfect! Mom says they watched that show every Friday night at 9pm and loved it. Very cute idea!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 13, 2014

      Thanks Emma, it seems to have been a favorite of many!

  • Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats
    August 13, 2014

    OMD! I had no idea where you were going with then, and then I laughed my rear off.

    That was hysterical and adorable at the same time.

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 13, 2014

      So glad you liked it Susan. I had a blast writing it. Come back again 🙂

  • Golden Woofs: Sugar
    August 13, 2014

    🙂 LOVE the hat. Golden Woofs

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 14, 2014

      He is truly a hat kind of guy Sugar!

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    August 14, 2014

    They match quite nicely!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 14, 2014

      That’s what I thought too – however, Doodle Dad didn’t think so… BOL

  • Jenna Drady
    August 14, 2014

    hahaha! thatès great!
    I was born in 85, so I never did watch this, but have heard tons about it though!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 14, 2014

      Jenna, for the era in which it aired, most people born a little earlier than you tuned in like people now tune into “reality television” It was a popular show for about 10 years.

  • Robin
    August 14, 2014

    I like your version better! Harley is much cuter than Tattoo 🙂 I bet he does a good job of making your fantasies come true too – as long as it involves fun doodle things.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 14, 2014

      I agree Robin, Harley to me is much cuter than Tattoo 🙂 and thanks to Harley I am living my fantasy, every day….

  • Ann Staub
    August 14, 2014

    Haha! That is too funny! I actually don’t think I’ve ever seen that TV show before, but I wasn’t born until 1984 anyways =X Still, I’ve watched a lot of old shows. My dad is always watching some classic on TV. Now I might have to watch it.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 14, 2014

      Ann, if you ask your dad about the show and then show him the blog post, he will crack up.

  • Mark @ DBDT
    August 14, 2014

    Great photo! I don’t think I have ever watched Fantasy Island.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 14, 2014

      Hey Mark, it was definitely “the show” during it’s time, but come to think of it – unlike other shows, this one didn’t get a whole of “re-run” play. Oh well.. But I’m happy you like the photo. Take care 🙂

  • Jan K
    August 14, 2014

    Great imitation…..I love it!! I don’t think I ever missed that show, at least for the first few years it was on anyway.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 14, 2014

      I can remember Jan, before DVR’s and such, everything came to a complete stop when that show came on…. Ahhhh the simple way of living 🙂

  • Jackie Bouchard
    August 14, 2014

    Haha! Love it! (And love your last line.) We used to watch that show all the time! I think I’d rather visit your version though than see Mr. Roarke & Tatoo!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 14, 2014

      Jackie, if I can ever get him to pose in that suit again with Harley I would write an entire episode!

  • jansfunnyfarm
    August 16, 2014

    We think Doodle Dad and Harley make the perfect updated version of the Fantasy Island hosts.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 19, 2014

      Why thank you Jan – Surprisingly, he laughed at himself, so it was worth posting! Thanks for stopping by…

  • Tiffany
    August 28, 2014

    I’m STILL laughing!! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 28, 2014

      Please don’t bring this up to your father LOL – It took almost three days before he would speak to me again 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *