But if you were a fan of Captain Kangaroo and any of those first three staples of the show — Mr. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather Clock — then you are also a fan of Cosmo Allegretti.

You are watching: What was the bears name on captain kangaroo

Whether you know it or not.

You will remember the many lovable characters and segments that were created, or voiced, or puppeted by Cosmo Allegretti.

See …

Allegretti started on Captain Kangaroo as a set painter but eventually created and voiced many of the puppets that made the show special.

In an interview with the Miami Herald Allegretti said, “They told me,” ‘You look too tough for a children’s show. You’ll scare the kids.'”

But having studied art in college his artistic skills were too good not to use him fully on the show.

For starters, Allegretti created, voiced, and puppeted Mr. Moose, who amused me to no end as a child! You just knew Captain Kangaroo was going to get ping pong balls dropped on his head whenever Mr. Moose showed up.

It was super good clean fun, and I always waited excitedly to see if the Captain would suffer two ping pong ball droppings in one skit.

Bob Keeshan holds a carrot above Mr. Bunny Rabbit. (Photo by  John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Allegrett also created and puppeted Bunny Rabbit (surprise, I know, given the intro here).

Now, I didn’t say he voiced Bunny Rabbit but that is because Bunny Rabbit did not speak. And although he did not speak he was still able to somehow trick Captain Kangaroo out of carrots that he kept in his pocket.

Bunny Rabbit also got Mr. Moose into all kinds of trouble and just plain got away with stuff on the show. For a little fella who did not speak, he sure got others to speak a lot for him. Plus, how cute are his little glasses?

Another ongoing character on Captain Kangaroo was Dancing Bear. Guess who was inside that costume … go ahead, I’ll wait.

No, it wasn’t Marlon Brando, stupid. It was Cosmo Allegretti.

Dancing Bear had all kinds of lessons to teach us, and of course, he danced. Who doesn’t love a dancing bear? (Ranger Smith, maybe? The bear’s human dance partner? I don’t know …)

The Cosmo genius didn’t stop there, either.

Here are some other characters that Cosmo created or voiced: Grandfather Clock, the Magic Drawing Board, Miss Frog, Mr. Whispers, Rollo the Hippopotamus, Cornelius the Walrus, and Uncle Ralph.

In the end, Cosmo did get his face on the show when he created Dennis the Apprentice.

Dennis was sort of a strange little character, but he was a fitting coming-out party for a guy who just wanted to be a quiet and gentle part of a classic television show like Captain Kangaroo.

Given that, I wonder how Cosmo Allegretti felt about all those decidedly unquiet and ungentle ping pong balls!

(If you love Captain Kangaroo, then you probably love our article on Picture Pages, click here.)

(affiliate links)


Vintage Captain Kangaroo doll 19 inches tall
Captain Kangaroo's Merry Merry Christmas - OG VG+ vinyl LP still in shrink
CAPTAIN KANGAROO 45rpm EP: The Erie Canal + 3 (Wonderland, 1966) (New w/Pic Sl)
Captain Kangaroo - Tells Just So Stories
VTG Captain Kangaroo "Flicker Eyes" Green Plastic Cup 1960s Robert Keeshan Promo
MAGNET Television Captain Kangaroo 1960s Green Jeans Dancing Bear Bunny Moose
Captain Kangaroo / Bob Keeshan - 45 RPM Record & Picture Sleeve - Early 1970's?
Captain KANGAROO 1959 punchout book UNUSED Treasure House ORIGINAL
Posted in Television

Article By : Blair Solo
80s Fashion Trends: From Short Shorts to Neon Everything
80s Disney Cartoons: A Dark Decade with a Strong Ending
Groovy Old TV Shows from the 70s You Might Not Remember
How a Nylint Truck … and Dad … Taught Me a Lesson
A Scooby-Dum Higlight Reel, in 7 Parts
These Far-Out 1970s Inventions Rocked the World
Vintage Baby Dolls of the 1970s: Groovy Little Mini-Me’s
The 25 Most Successful 1980s Canadian Rock Bands

Post navigation

How Old Is Dudley Moore?
7 Reasons Moby Books Illustrated Classics Sparked a Mother-Son Feud

4 thoughts on “Captain Kangaroo: What Do Mr. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, & Grandfather Clock Have in Common?”

Freja Hammer says:
January 20, 2020 at 12:13 am

Cosmo Allegretti appeared as Mr. Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose (both of which he also created), Dennis the Apprentice, Willy, Miss Frog, Mr. Whispers, Dancing Bear, Grandfather Clock, and Uncle Ralph; he was the voice of Aniforms puppet TV Fred (a live-action on-screen puppet that appeared behind the blackboard in the Treasure House), and was the artist behind the Magic Drawing Board From left: Dancing Bear, Bunny Rabbit, Captain Kangaroo, Grandfather Clock, Mister Moose, and Mister Green Jeans.

See more: How Long Is Cocktail Shrimp Good For In The Fridge, How Long Is Shrimp Cocktail Good In The Fridge

Comments are closed.

Recent Posts

Search for:

Recent Posts



report this ad
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume you're OK with that.Ok