|Also known as||Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kids|
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Release||September 8 –|
December 1, 1973
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on NBC from September 8, 1973, to December 1, 1973. The series title is a play on the name of the unrelated 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The character's music group is called the Sun Dance Kids.
Similar to both Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and Josie and the Pussycats on CBS, the show depicts the adventures of the titular teen pop group. The band consists of 4 heartthrobs: Butch Cassidy (lead vocals and lead guitar); mini-skirted blonde beauty Merilee (tambourine); sensible Stephanie, nicknamed Steffy (bass guitar); and curly-haired Wally (drums). Accompanied by Wally's dog Elvis, these popular rock stars lead double lives as government-backed crime-fighters.
The teens are advised by a supercomputer named Mr. Socrates, who is (somehow) violently allergic to dogs. When the group meets with Mr. Socrates in his lair for their latest assignment, Elvis is always told to stay outside. Yet Elvis always ends up inside the lair, by his own ingenuity and/or by Wally's forgetfulness. Elvis's mere presence causes Mr. Socrates to sneeze and go haywire; Mr. Socrates then sends the group out of the lair, and off to their assignment. Butch, designated as "Sundance 1", wears a special communicator-ring which keeps him in contact with Mr. Socrates.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Scientist"||September 8, 1973|
|Butch and the kids must help smuggle a scientist out of a foreign country while dodging a colonel.|
|2||"The Counterfeiters"||September 15, 1973|
|A motorcycling baron in Latvania seems to be the source of counterfeit money, so the kids are sent to investigate.|
|3||"One of Our Ships Is Missing"||September 22, 1973|
|The kids are booked on a cruise ship that has been targeted by boat thieves and their captain.|
|4||"Double Trouble"||September 29, 1973|
A young prince has been kidnapped and replaced by a lookalike. The Sun Dance Kids must expose the impostor and catch the kidnappers.Note: This episode mentions a number of real-life artists and songs, including "Woodstock" by Joni Mitchell and "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie.
|5||"The Pearl Caper"||October 6, 1973|
|The kids go off to Honolulu to locate stolen pearls and the pearl thieves.|
|6||"The Gold Caper"||October 13, 1973|
|London calls as Butch and the kids try to find the mastermind behind a gold smuggling ring.|
|7||"Road Racers"||October 20, 1973|
|The Grand Prix Cross-European race in Venice is the setting for a diamond theft and Butch and the kids are sent to investigate.|
|8||"Hong Kong Story"||October 27, 1973|
|While entertaining their fan club in Hong Kong, the Sun Dance Kids must foil the robbery of a priceless jade statue.|
|9||"Operation G-Minus"||November 3, 1973|
|The kids must recover a stolen anti-gravity device from a toy expo in Munich.|
|10||"Orient Express"||November 10, 1973|
|The kids must deliver an important document to Paris on the Orient Express. To complicate things, Mr. Socrates has been taken over by an enemy agent.|
|11||"The Parrot Caper"||November 17, 1973|
|A parrot who knows an important formula must be delivered to Switzerland.|
|12||"The Super Sub"||November 24, 1973|
|The kids must recover a hijacked experimental super submarine from the Caribbean.|
|13||"The Haunted Castle"||December 1, 1973|
|The kids travel to the British Isles when Wally inherits a castle from a distant relative. However, Wally's castle seems to be haunted.|
On January 15, 2013, Warner Archive released Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.
The series is also available at the iTunes Store.