Tooter Turtle was a simple reptile who yearned for fantastic adventures. He visited the forest home of his friend, Mr. Wizard the Lizard, whenever he wanted to try a new occupation or live the life of an historic figure. Mr. Wizard then indulged Tooter by magically transporting him through time and space.
Decidedly unqualified for his new position, Tooter always got more than he bargained for. Whether a lumberjack, prehistoric man or legendary outlaw, Tooter was in over his head. After a series of blundering misadventures, Tooter inevitably called on Mr. Wizard to return him to the present. From far off, Mr. Wizard complied with his magical chant, “Drizzle, Drazzle, Druzzle, Drome, time for this one to come home!” The story ended with Mr. Lizard reminding Tooter to be “just what you is, not what you is not. Folks that do this, has the happiest lot.”
Tooter Turtle was one of several segments on King Leonardo and his Short Subjects, which debuted in 1960 and ran for three seasons. Other four-minute segments on the show included The King and Odie and The Hunter, as well as a series of ninety-second stories featuring Twinkles the elephant. Two King and Odie segments bookended the other segments during each half-hour show.