The Adventures of Brother Buzz (1963)

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Created by Dolores Kent, the talking bee Brother Buzz was introduced as a character in serialized stories before becoming a San Francisco radio drama in the mid-'20s. Although Brother Buzz's radio adventures ended in 1940, the character was adopted as the mascot for the Latham Foundation, a pioneering organization for the respectful treatment of animals. Representatives of Latham travelled to schools and civic organizations equipped with Brother Buzz storyboards to tell nature stories and to promote Humane Education -- for animals and all mankind. A newly designed marionette version of the character showed up on San Francisco TV station KPIX in 1952. Kinescopes of the weekly, 30-minute The Adventures of Brother Buzz were placed in national syndication in 1963, sent out primarily to local public-TV outlets. An animated PBS version of the show was discussed in the late '60s, but never came to fruition.