Television Trivia/Guided Muscle


Tomrg61 wrote at 2007-07-11 23:28:48
Hi. I believe you are referring to HARECULES HARE. The cartoon was featured on the BEANY AND CECIL show. He was a "brainiac," and came up with some great inventions, one of which was the "Guided Muscle," which looked like an arm and a clenched fist-shaped rocket. Hope this helps.

Harecule Hare Fan wrote at 2007-07-15 08:18:09
His name is "Harecules Hare". I fondly remember that cartoon too "Time to launch your Guided Muscle, Guided Muscle." I just recently found a few web pages. Do a Google search for "Harecules Hare" sometimes written "Hare-cules Hare".

Terry wrote at 2007-07-19 00:21:20
My wife and I were just talking about old cartoons tonight and that very one came up. The main character was a rabbit I think and he always saved the day by building his Guided Muscle. I can picture him in my mind inside the muscle banging away till it was built. I really wish I could find more about it. I haven't seen it in probably 40 years.

rserocki wrote at 2007-08-21 00:31:46
I think this is from the Beanie and Cecil cartoon.

I also think he built a guided muscle when he was trapped in a canon that was about to go off -- he successfully made the canon into a guided muscle before the canon went off.

tony b wrote at 2007-09-20 03:58:08
glad to here someone else remembers this cartoon people think I'm nuts when I sing ragg mopp

DrGadget wrote at 2007-09-29 20:06:46
It wasn't The Mighty Hercules, and it wasn't that Road Runner cartoon either.  I think it was Roger Ramjet.  He finally did build the guided muscle.  

The guided muscle was a big gray metal missile that looked like a forearm and a fist.  It flew around smashing stuff.

And yes, I remember the jingle.

No luck finding it on YouTube or anything like that.  I also can't find the one where the dog spins the Wheel-O-Torture and keeps torturing that poor cat.

There were several tortures.  Among them was Happy Birthday and the cat kept saying, "No, not Happy Birthday.  Not Happy Birthday!"  And then finally the wheel landed on The Works.  And of course the cat began scream-sobbing, "Not The Works!  NOT THE WORKS!"

The Works was every torture there was.  And I think the dog somehow got sucked onto the conveyor belt to get tortured.  It's been a long time.

tom wrote at 2007-10-01 03:04:37
I am a little cloudy on this one but...hercules(a rabbit)was a mental giant(geek) he would get captured by a wolf or some other animal that wanted to eat him,he'd end up in a coverd dish ready for the stove,but before he got cooked he'd pull out his hammer,and bang out a muscle shaped rocket,he would wait for the countdown ,meanwhile making mathematical calculations ,using a computer ticker tape,then hurry hurry hercules time to launch your guided muscle ,count down 10 9 8 ...boom then the muscle would take out the offending animal I think it's one of bob clampetts cartoons,it was an addition to the beany and cecil cartoon

Rick wrote at 2007-10-20 16:03:41
The answer is Hare-cules Hare on the Beanie and Cecil show. I have tried to rent the dvd with no luck. I have not seen this in 40 years but the song and image is still with me.

P&J wrote at 2008-01-27 02:58:23
My wife and I both want to tell Mark that we, too, remember just what he's talking about, so don't think it's just your imagination.  We remember the jingle, remember the guided muscle, and we're totally hazy on everything else.  But maybe we'll find something eventually....

hbastedo wrote at 2008-02-10 13:07:44
Mark is right. I remember the cartoon. I think it was an extra or fill in cartoon on the Beanie and Cecil show. The character would get into trouble on each episode and have to build his guided muscle out of what ever he was trapped in by pounding out the shape, usually with a hammer. If I remember right he was a sort of a genius rabbit. This character has been driving me crazy for years as I am the only one who remembers it. Help.

53yearsold wrote at 2008-05-21 19:31:53
I remember singing the "Hurry Hurry Harecules" jingle as a kid while playing around in the neighborhood.  Man, that was a long time ago.  I also remember Bennie and Cecil's ragg mopp.  There was a little dog that came out and interrupted the song..wanting to sing something else...and Cecil kept telling him "it's not time yet," and the dog would go back thru a door from where he would appear. Finally,the dog got to add his tune.

Doc wrote at 2008-07-01 04:01:11
I too am looking for this one.  I believe it was one of the Cecil the Sea Monster cartoons.  Hurry Hurry Hecules, time to launch your guided muscle.  Hercules Rabbit I believe.

guiseppi wrote at 2008-10-24 04:00:06
I rememeber this cartoon also. The son was a brainiac rabbot with glasses and the dad was a body builder. the son was named hercules and would launch his "guided muscle" when needed. The dad was pretty much oblivious as I cn remember.

Les wrote at 2008-11-29 03:32:32
I just read the answers the have been given about the show with the flying maechanical arm.  This is great! I have been trying to think of the name of the show for a long time. I remember singing the song too..."Hurry, hurry Hercules".  Hercules Hare?  I had forgotten about a rabbit, or that it was part of the Beanie and Cecil Show, but I do remember Beanie and Cecil. In fact, I had a Cecil hand-puppet wash cloth.  This was one of my first memories, actually, when I was about 4 years old.

jmac74 wrote at 2009-01-09 05:19:17
RE: DrGadget writes on 2007-09-29 20:06:46

"Not Happy Birthday" & "Not the Works" is in the cartoon "It's Hummer Time" (yes I know but thats what it is called.)

Then there is "Early to Bet" which has "Not William Tell" and "NO not that not roll the barrel"

Both are on youtube.

kenny b wrote at 2009-03-04 04:12:35
the cartoon series was from Benie and Cecel the character was hercules hare who built the guided muscle.

goodyearbrat wrote at 2009-05-02 03:34:07
Oh yeah, Hercules and his guided muscle. Big muscle arm launches like a rocket to pummel the bad guys. Pan the boy satyr "Herc! Herc!" Another cartoon, same show, Rocket Rabbit or something like that. Cleveland tv.

LGMtank wrote at 2009-07-21 04:27:34
The character you are looking for is Harecules Hare, one of the odd characters in Bob Clampett's Beany and Cecil cartoons from the 60s. He was an egghead rabbit who invented the "Guided Muscle".

I've been trying to find video of this for a few years now.

Old Coot wrote at 2009-10-08 19:16:41
Yes, there was a cartoon character named Hercules who had to build his Guided Muscle.  I vaguely recall Hercules was a rabbit, as I remember him hopping, but I could be all wrong about that.  I do remember the jingle.

Dishonest John wrote at 2011-02-21 20:08:35
Harecules was a rabbit on "The Beany and Cecil Show" that ran as a short cartoon sequence between the main features.  Harecules would be placed in a precarious position by a predator, and, to the tune of "The Orpheus Can-Can" would manufacture his "Guided Muscle" from circumstantial components.  

"Da-da-da-da.... Hurry hurry Harcules!

Da-da-da-da.... Hurry hurry Harcules!"

The cartoon would then 'payoff' the expected predator punishment with a countdown and launch of the "Guided Muscle".  The weapon would move like a missle, then pause and act as a giant hand-and-arm with a face as an integral part of the fist.

SSgt Baloo wrote at 2011-04-07 21:51:17
ISTR seeing the same cartoon when I was 4 yr old. The character's name was "Hare-culese", a smart but physically unimpressive bunny who, when threatened, would build his "guided muscle" to a melody that sounded like part of the Can-Can song. The phrase was "Hurry, hurry Hare-culese". Upon completion, the G.M. would shoot at his antagonist and clobber him. I think it was on the Beany and Cecil show, but it's been almost 50 years so I hope you'll excuse my vague memory.

Confusedmo wrote at 2011-04-07 23:26:27
I don't have the answer, but I'm glad to know I'm not the only on plagued by the question. All I can recall is the phrase, " hurry, hurry Hercules" and it has been bugging me far

More than it should!

Bill B wrote at 2011-05-28 06:02:34
I remember this cartoon also but have never found anything on it. I think it may have been part of Felix the Cat or Beany and Cecil. It had a boy with a magic hammer, and a foe who wanted the hammer. He would get locked in something metal every episode then use the hammer to form a giant flying fist. the song had the sound of a hammer on an anvilding ding ding ding then the words Hurry hurry hercules...etc.

aduck wrote at 2011-07-20 17:08:33
I have a distinct memory of the Harecules Hare character (from Beany & Cecil) and his Guided Muscle...I remember him building it from the inside along with a song that has never left me and the lyrics: (music riff)"Hurry, hurry Harecules"(music riff)..."Time to build your Guided Muscle, Guided Muscllllle"...the music riff was a modified classical tune (Offenbach's Can-Can) much like Carl Stalling did in the Warner Bros. cartoons...another image that sticks out in my mind was the rabbit hopping and bouncing into an obstacle...he continued to bounce into the obstacle face-first unntil the Guided Muscle finally cleared the way for him to continue...

cjm wrote at 2015-05-28 20:18:37
Here is HARECulese hare with the giuded muscle

Nim wrote at 2015-08-22 14:29:06
The cartoon is on U-Tube. The title is "Harecules Hare and the Golden Fleecing".

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