Captain Kangaroo was an American children’s television series that aired weekday mornings on the CBS TV network for nearly 30 years, from October 3, 1955, until December 8, 1984, making it the longest-running nationally broadcast children's television program of its day. In 1986, the American Program Service integrated some newly produced segments into reruns of past episodes, distributing the newer version of the series until 1993.
The show was conceived and the title character was played by Bob Keeshan, who based the show on “the warm relationship between grandparents and children.” Keeshan’s Captain Kangaroo had a loose structure, built around life in the “Treasure House” (later known as “The Captain’s Place”) where the Captain (the name “kangaroo” came from the big pockets in his coat) would tell stories, meet guests, and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both humans and puppets. Keeshan performed as the Captain more than 9,000 times over the nearly 30-year run of the show.
The Dancing Bear Animal Dominoes, Featuring Captain Kangaroo was copyrighted by Robert Keeshan and manufactured by E. E. Fairchild Corporation in the late 1950s. This card game is played similarly to the standard domino tiles game, but it includes two Wild Cards. Two instruction cards come along with the game, providing rules for various versions of dominoes.
This card game is in excellent vintage condition. The box cover has a playful image of the dancing bear along with an encircled illustration of Captain Kangaroo. The box has minimal edge wear. The domino cards are beautifully illustrated and are free of tears, creases and frayed edge. The instruction cards have minimal yellowing to them.
The Dancing Bear Animal Dominoes, Featuring Captain Kangaroo card game is ideal for young children who have begun to identify different animals and colors. It makes for a fun pre-school game that parents can play with their children. And, for those who collect vintage games, this card game is also an excellent addition to such a collection.