Teri Silver is a journalist, commercial copywriter, editor, broadcast anchor, and Public Relations Specialist.
Oh, those Saturday mornings when we couldn’t wait to get out of bed and turn on the television -- it was cartoon time! But before televisions became a part of American life, cartoons were shown to audiences in movie theaters. Remember all of the cartoons you loved as a kid? Let’s take a trip back in time for a look at some great old cartoon memories!
Early Animation Inventions
Although optical toys can be traced back to the 17th century, many animation inventions came about in the 1800s, including the Taumatrope (1826); a spinning disc with different images on each side, suspended and pulled between two twisted strings) and the Phenakistoscope (1832); a series of still drawings on a disc moving against another disc with holes in it. The viewer saw moving figures, much like an old-fashioned “flip book.” The Zoetrope (1867) and the Praxinoscope (1878) were among other animated-picture machines that cropped up through the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In 1891, famed inventor Thomas Alva Edison introduced the Kinetoscope, essentially a lighted box containing photographs that spun quickly on a reel. In 1895, the Cinematograph, a sort of camera-projector, was patented by Louis and Auguste Lumiére.
Before There Was Dialogue: Silent, Music-Dubbed and Live Action Cartoons
Several short clips are credited with being “firsts” in the world of animation:
Fantasmagorie (Émile Cohl, 1908), Little Nemo (Winsor McCay, 1911), Gertie the Dinosaur (Winsor McCay, 1914), Bobby Bumps and the Stork (Earl Hurd/Bray Studios, 1916), Krazy Kat (George Herriman, 1916) and Koko the Clown (Max Fleischer, 1917).
Felix the Cat, the first character-driven series of animated cartoons, began as Feline Follies in 1919 -- becoming very popular during the 1920s. Although many were later created in color, the Felix cartoons faltered financially in the 1930s, partly because of poor economic times but also because of legal issues over ownership rights. Felix the Cat cartoons later “found their voice,” and were brought back to movie theatres in the mid 1930s. The cartoons were aired on television, starting in 1953.
- Fantasmagorie (Émile Cohl: 1908)
- Bobby Bumps and the Stork (Earl Hurd:1916)
- Felix the Cat - The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg (1936)
Let There Be Sound
Dialogue! The year 1927 changed everything in film production -- synchronized sound was featured in movies with the first live-action “talkie” picture, The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson. Because synchronized sound for motion pictures was a hit with movie-going audiences, film producers had to create voice-movies in order to stay competitive. The silent-film era was over. Sound was here to stay, and cartoon animation followed the trend.
Trolley Troubles, starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (1927)
Walt Disney Productions
Before there was a Walt Disney Productions company, there were two animators working on a series of projects. Walt Disney and his animator partner, Ub Iwerks, created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in 1927. Disney and Iwerks signed a contract to distribute Oswald through Universal Pictures, but the first cartoon, Poor Papa, was rejected because of poor quality. Disney and Iwerks then created Trolley Troubles, which became very popular.
In 1928, Disney wanted more money for the Oswald cartoons, but Universal’s Charles Mintz wanted to decrease the feature’s budget. He put Disney’s animators on contract and gave Walt Disney an “either or else” ultimatum. Because Universal Pictures, not Walt Disney, owned the Oswald series, Disney and Iwerks walked away. They finished their contractual obligations on Oswald and began creating the cartoon that would become Mickey Mouse. In May of 1928, Walt Disney Productions produced what was originally a silent short called Plane Crazy, featuring Mickey Mouse.
Steamboat Willie, also featuring Mickey Mouse and considered to be Disney’s first animated sound cartoon, was released in 1928. Plane Crazy was reintroduced in 1929. The Disney company, with a sound-synchronization process called Cinephone, produced a number of sound cartoon shorts in the 1930s, most of them featuring Mickey Mouse. Along with sound came the ability to create animation in color through a process known as Technicolor. Many colorful Disney cartoons came along in the 1930s, including the popular The Three Little Pigs in 1933.
Steamboat Willie, starring Mickey Mouse (1928)
Disney Feature-Length Animation
In the 1930s, Walt Disney Studios also began creating feature-length animation; releasing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. During the next decade, Walt Disney produced Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942). After the end of World War II, Disney released Song of the South (1946) -- this film combined live-action with animation. The Disney version of the classic Cinderella came out in 1950, followed by Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955) and Sleeping Beauty (1959).
Looney Melodies and Merrie Tunes. No, Wait, It’s …
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. In the beginning, Warner Bros. Studios, with Bosko as the main character in this animated short, released Sinkin’ in the Bathtub (1930). (Bosko, created by Leon Schlesinger Productions, was drawn as a human-animal type character with minstrel-like features). Bosko would star in 39 Looney Tunes (also spelled as Looney Toons) segments.
When the creators of Bosko left the company, Warner Bros. hired animator Isadore “Friz” Freleng -- the man later credited for bringing that “wascally wabbit” Bugs Bunny to life. From 1931 through 1969, Merrie Melodies (featuring Bugs and his friends) included musical soundtracks to better promote the cartoons. Along with Bugs Bunny, Warner Bros. cartoons within the “Golden Age of Animation” featured the characters of Porky Pig, the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck, Pepé Le Pew, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird and Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn and many other favorites.
Pantry Panic starring Woody Woodpecker (1941)
Walter Lantz Cartoons
Walter Lantz Productions created a few popular characters but perhaps none so much as Woody Woodpecker, which was introduced in Andy Panda’s cartoon called Knock Knock.
Several artists recorded Woody Woodpecker’s voice tracks, including: Mel Blanc (speaking: 1940 - 1941; trademark laugh: 1940 - 1949; "Guess Who" line: 1940 - 1972); Ben Hardaway (speaking: 1941 - 1949); Danny Webb (speaking 1941 - 1942); Kent Rogers (speaking: 1942 - 1944) and Grace Stafford (Also Known As Mrs. Walter Lantz) (speaking: 1950 - 1972, 1990).
Chilly Willy (penguin) and Homer Chicken are also among the popular cartoon characters created by Walter Lantz productions.
In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree: Screen Song (1929)
Inkwell Studios/Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios
Founded in 1921 as Inkwell Studios, brothers Max and Dave Fleischer renamed the company Fleischer Studios before introducing what is considered by some historians to be the first synchronized-sound cartoon in the late 1920s; a short animated feature called My Old Kentucky Home. The company also produced a series of silent-era shorts including Out of the Inkwell, which featured Max Fleischer’s invention called the Rotoscope (a device which projected film through an easel and glass plane drawing board). The film projection image was traced on paper with new drawings that advanced with the film’s frames.
During the 1920s, the Fleischer brothers developed a series of short animations called Car-Tunes, using the Bouncing Ball to lead theater audiences in sing-alongs. During the 1930 and 1940s, Fleischer Studios is credited with bringing Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor, Superman and Koko the Clown to movie houses’ big screens.
Heckle and Jeckle: The Intruders (1947)
More Great Old Cartoons of the 1930s, 1940s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s
- Alvin and the Chipmunks (Bagdasarian/Format Films, 1961)
- Aqua Man (Filmation, 1968)
- The Archie Show (Filmation, 1968)
- Astro Boy (Tezuka, 1952)
- Casper the Friendly Ghost (Reit-Oriolo/Famous Studios, 1939)
- Deputy Dawg (Terrytoons, 1962)
- Droopy (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1943)
- Fat Albert (Cosby/Filmation, 1972)
- The Fantastic Four (Hanna-Barbera, 1967)
- The Flintstones (Hanna-Barbera, 1960)
- Flip the Frog (Celebrity Pictures/Metro Goldwyn-Mayer, 1930)
- George of the Jungle (Ward/Scott, 1967)
- Gulliver’s Travels (Fleischer Studios/Paramount, 1939)
- Heckle and Jeckle (Terrytoons/20th Century Fox, 1946)
- Huckleberry Hound (Hanna-Barbera, 1957)
- The Jetsons (Hanna-Barbera, 1962)
- Magilla Gorilla (Hanna-Barbera, 1963)
- Mighty Mouse (Terrytoons,1942)
- MotorMouse & AutoCat (Hanna-Barbera, 1970)
- Mr. Magoo (United Productions of America, 1949)
- Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey (Hanna-Barbera, 1959)
- The Pink Panther (DFE Films, 1964)
- Rocky & Bullwinkle and Friends (Ward/Anderson/Scott, 1959)
- Roger Ramjet (Pantomime Pictures, 1965)
- Ruff & Reddy (Hanna-Barbera, 1957)
- Snagglepuss (Hanna-Barbera, 1959)
- Scooby Doo (Hanna-Barbera, 1969)
- Space Ghost (Hanna-Barbera, 1966)
- Speed Racer (Trans-Lux, 1967)
- Super President (DePatie-Freleng, 1967)
- Tennessee Tuxedo & Chumley (Total Television/Leonardo Television Productions, 1963)
- Tom and Jerry (Hanna-Barbera/MGM, 1940)
- Top Cat (Hanna-Barbera, 1961)
- Underdog (Biggers/Stover/Harris/Covington, 1964)
- Yogi Bear and Boo Boo (Hanna-Barbera, 1958)
Other Saturday Morning (live action) Favorites
- The Banana Splits (Hanna-Barbera, 1968)
- The Bugaloos (Krofft, 1970)
- Gumby and Pokey (Clokey Productions, 1953)
- H.R. PufnStuf (Krofft, 1969)
- Here Come the Double Deckers (Booth/Jones, 1971)
- Land of the Lost (Krofft, 1974)
- Lidsville (Krofft, 1971)
- Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (Krofft, 1973)
Thank you for accessing this piece; I hope you have found what you're looking for!
If you would like to make a comment/request below, please understand that vague memories are hard to target without a time frame (years presented), location, production company/director/vocal talent/cell artist, character name, or any other more specifically identifying feature.
Some cartoons were created by, or released through, local television stations; those animated shorts were not (necessarily) syndicated. It is possible that your local TV stations will have some information in their archives or city histories. Your hometown library and historical societies are good places to start for researching local productions.
Again, thank you so much for your interest -- keep on 'tooning!
Questions & Answers
Question: Do you know the name of an old cartoon, I think it was black and white, where there was a boy who was trying to shoot some birds with his rifle, and then he does shoot one and feels bad about it?
Answer: I regret that I cannot help you with this. I have published your question, though, in the hopes that someone can offer a solution (in the comment section of this piece).
Question: Where can I buy Heckle and Jeckle DVDs that are compatible with Australian DVD machines?
Answer: You can't -- from any legal source, that is. To the best of my knowledge, Heckle and Jeckle cartoons are not on any DVD releases from Terrytoons (Paul Terry Animation) or its current owner. Supposedly, on Amazon, there a few of the cartoons on compilation Terrytoon sets with other animated character shorts (for streaming availability) but they are not always available. There may be a few H & Js on "classic cartoon" sets -- I've seen a few on VHS in secondary markets -- but whether or not they are fit for Australian units is something I couldn't tell you. Your best bet right now is YouTube, but keep checking Amazon and IMDB for later Made On Demand possibilities.
Question: I’m 70 years old, one of my favorite cartoons as a little girl was about the sunshine people & these dark mean people. The people would sing. Can you help?
Answer: There was a 1935 cartoon short called The Sunshine Makers; the Sunshine Gnomes would "fight" with the Blue Devils of Melancholy, they were all about sadness and misery. The cartoon was created for Borden's Dairy, so the gnomes bottled the "sunshine" (milk) and then sprayed it all over the unhappy critters to convert them unto happy little bluebirds. Give it a Google and see if this strikes a chord in your memory.
Question: I remember a cartoon character named Biscuit. Do you know what cartoon that was?
Answer: There are a couple I've come up with; one was a dog named Biscuit who was a semi/regular in the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip, and another of a racehorse named Tea Biscuit that was a feature in a Porky Pig cartoon (Porky and Tea Biscuit).
Question: What cartoon had a mobster fox in a pinstripe suit?
Answer: One thing I did find that struck me as similar to what you described is a live-action animated film called Coonskin (1975; Bakshi Productions). It has a fox, rabbit and bear that are involved in organized crime. Because of racial overtones, the film was later re-released under a different name.
Question: I remember watching a Disney-like cartoon special. I think it was for Mother's Day. It featured different animals with their young, and was narrated. I can hear the male voice in my head but cannot find it anywhere. The animations were very similar to Bambi. I just want to hear that voice. Can you help me figure out who the narrator is?
Answer: It actually sounds like it could be a Looney Tunes piece (with a Mel Blanc narration) but without my being able to see the images or hear what's in your mind, I cannot say for sure. I don't have enough information to search for any of this (dates, years, producer/studio, etc). I suggest doing an LT search with those keywords and seeing if the images that pop up can strike a chord with what you remember.
Question: Can you help me identify a cartoon I saw on TV in the 1950s that probably was from the 40s? I remember it as a bouncing ball cartoon that was geared toward not making fun of people from immigrant backgrounds. I'm afraid I don't remember much beyond a line that went like: "Don't make fun of people whose names end in "o" or "ski," they're just the same as you or me." I've been looking for it forever.
Answer: Well, you can try this link, it's from a blog I found that has something along the lines of what you're thinking of:
Although I am not familiar with this cartoon series, perhaps this path is one to follow for you to find the clip from your memory. Good luck!
Question: In the early 60's, I remember a rather primitive black and white cartoon with mice or cats fighting and no dialogue, just music. It was on very early. Do you know what that cartoon series was?
Answer: I wish I could see the characters in your memory but it may have been a very early production of Tom and Jerry, which began in the 1940s in black & white. The two characters rarely spoke. This series was pretty violent for a kids' cartoon, by today's standards.
Question: Can you name a black and white cartoon with the refrain, "I’m happy when I’m sad?”
Answer: This was not created in black and white but there was a cartoon short released in 1935 called "The Sunshine Makers." In it, there is a sung line that says "we're happy when we're sad, we're always feeling bad ..." It was an RKO Pictures release in Technicolor. Give it a Google, the clip is online.
Question: What was the name of the cartoon small bird in a nest that would scream loudly and scare Sylvester? It's not Tweety. I think it was red.
Answer: Within all the Sylvester & Tweety cartoons, there were a number of outside characters that made appearances. If you are able to track down the name and release date of the episode in which you saw this red bird character, and perhaps its episode number, I'll try to track down some information on the storyline. Not all characters actually had names, however.
Question: Can you tell me about a vintage black and white cartoon from the early 1950s with a spaceman riding a unicycle?
Answer: It may be that you are remembering Colonel Bleep; it was actually the, or one of the, first color tinted cartoon(s) made for television; 1957-1960. Colonel Bleep had a bubble-like helmet with a propeller; he rode a unicycle throughout space. The series produced 104 episodes, but only about half of them are known to exist still.
Question: I am trying to track down an early cartoon where the characters sang, "The sun! The Sun! We love to see the sun!"? It wasn't in that one about the sun makers from Bordens.
Answer: Sorry, but I would need more information to do a resource dig. Even so, most sources do not catalog particular scenes or cels within a cartoon. You might try your local library to begin a research plan, or local TV station you saw it on to see if it's in their archives (If the cartoon wasn't syndicated). I've published your memory here in case another reader may know the answer.
Question: My kids and I used to watch a cartoon from the 40’s or 50’s, and it had a rooster singing a song with the lyrics, “two left feet, two left feet, how can you dance with two left feet?” What is the name of this cartoon?
Answer: The only cartoon rooster I know of from that era is Warner Bros.' Foghorn Leghorn, who starred in 29 cartoon shorts from 1946 to 1963. I spot-checked a few of them, but you can Google it to read the synopsis of each story; ol' Foghorn was known to sing a line or two in some of them. If what your memory is yielding isn't from a Warner or other large studio production, perhaps your local TV station archives or librarian could help in your search.
Question: As a child, I remember seeing a black and white cartoon with a room full of elephants and donkeys screaming at each other saying “I accept it, and I reject it.” Our current political situation makes me think of that cartoon. Are you familiar with this cartoon?
Answer: I believe you may be thinking of a Betty Boop cartoon called "Betty Boop for President." (1932/Dave Fleischer). In this seven-minute animated short, Betty Boop sings and runs against "Mr. Nobody" ... the House of Representatives is portrayed by elephants and donkeys. Fleischer, who directed the Popeye cartoons, remade this script into "Olive Oyl for President," where Olive presents a proposal and the two parties ... well, you know what they do. I did find some Betty Boop clips on YouTube, but for some unknown reason right now, I cannot get anything to work. You can give it a try -- the BB short is also listed on IMDB.
Question: Can you find the name of a cartoon I saw in the 1960's? It was in color and in English. It was a Frenchman complaining about the hole in the road and every time there was a parade, the sanitation truck would hit the hole and dump garbage on the street.
Answer: This animated short is called La Petite Parade.
It is a Modern Madcaps cartoon from 1959. You can find it on YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiQLEjeTxWg.
I love this one, so happy to find again ... thanks! t
Question: Q. T. Hush, it was a detective cartoon. What information do you have on it?
Answer: Q. T. Hush was produced by a company called Animation Associates; there were 100 3 1/2 minute shorts in color (rare for that time frame), the first one premiered in September of 1960. Detective Q.T. Hush was voiced by actor Dallas McKennon. The series lasted one season.
Question: What was the name of the chubby girl with a short blonde bob that hung out with Little Lulu?
Answer: You may be thinking of Gloria Darling. She has short wavy blonde hair and wears a pink ruffled dress. She's the only character friend of Little Lulu with blonde hair (that I know of). The character of Annie Inch is drawn as more chubby, but she has short black hair.
Question: Will these old-time cartoons ever return? Children and adults would surely enjoy them.
Answer: Well, yes and no. With animated features' networks available on various cable/satellite/internet channels, some of these great cartoons may surface, now and then -- even on "regular" networks! And if you go to YouTube, you'll find a lot of old memories. Some are available on DVD or can be downloaded from sources like Amazon and IMDB. But many of these great old cartoons do not fit into today's society; we are now more cognizant of potentially racist and sexist profiles. Thus, it's unlikely that networks will play what they think would cause a red flag -- or a slew of negative social media posts. Still, we can watch and share and enjoy these wonderful cartoons with a click of the mouse (and not have to wait until Saturday mornings).
Question: I remember cartoons displaying "The Modern Home," which was narrated by perhaps Ed Herlihy. I'd love to watch this and more like it. Can you identify it?
Answer: I have a vague memory of this cartoon, but I don't believe anything like it was narrated by Ed Herlihy. He did do some voice-overs that were not credited. Mel Blanc is more likely the "Man of a Thousand Voices" as he did so many for Looney Tunes, Hannah-Barbera and other distributors (mostly uncredited). One thing I did find is something produced by Chuck Jones (and voiced by Mel Blanc) called "Dog Gone Modern." (1939). The synopses (from IMDB) says " The Two Curious Puppies visit a model home with a panoply of modern inventions, including an annoying robot that sweeps up anything that touches the floor." It's a Merrie Melodies piece (Warner Bros.) -- give it a Google and see what you come up with.
Question: Can you tell me the title of this cartoon? Mel Blanc would say "quiet" and the characters are two mice.
Answer: Although I do not know what's in your memory, there are a couple of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies' animated shorts that come to mind; they are voiced by Mel Blanc. Hubie and Bertie were mouse characters first introduced in 1943 -- Mel Blanc gave voice to Hubie from 1946-1951. There were also two cartoons with characters called "Babbit and Catsello" ... one of them was "A Tale of Two Mice." Mel Blanc voiced Catsello from 1942-1946.
Question: What cartoon had the devil in the white nightgown?
Answer: Apple Andy was a cartoon short produced by Walter Lantz and released in 1946. It featured a song specifically written for it, called "Up Jumped the Devil with the White Nightgown." In this cartoon, Andy Panda comes across an apple orchard with much signage that says Do Not Pick the Apples. The typical Devil-vs.-Angel dilemma occurs but when the devil tricks Andy into eating green apples (that were painted red), Andy gets sick and starts to see things in his dream, including an apple singing "Up Jumped the Devil in the White Nightgown."
Question: Was there a cartoon about an Indian boy and his donkey?
Answer: There may be many Indian characters from years gone by, but the only two I know of are these ... one was from a 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon called "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt." Not sure if there is a donkey in this one but the short features Bugs Bunny reading the story of the Song of Hiawatha when the Indian character tries to lure our rascally rabbit into a stew pot. The other is a sweet 1937 Walt Disney (Mickey Mouse's Silly Symphony) 9 minute-plus short called "Little Hiawatha," where an Indian boy tries to hunt down some big game to "prove his worth." He gives up on that idea and ends up becoming friends with all of the forest creatures. Give them both a Google to see if anything strikes a chord in your memory.
Question: There's a cartoon with squirrels in it, and they're singing about saving for the harvest. Do you have any leads?
Answer: You can find a list of cartoon squirrels online; some are from the 1920s-1970s. Some of these cartoon squirrels you know are definitely not all that musical, such as "Rocky the Flying Squirrel," and some characters made appearances in other features that would not have specifically been credited. If you know the time frame, it may help in your search.
Question: My mother is looking for a cartoon from the mid-70s, about two birds making a wedding cake on a country farm?
Answer: The image you're describing does not strike a note, sorry. Your account of it actually reminds me of Walt Disney's Cinderella, where the bluebirds are making Cinderella's (first) ballgown; it's so frilly, with trim that looks like frosting on a wedding cake. As for your mom's particular memory, perhaps one of my readers can help (with an answer in the comments section).
Question: In the old Disney cartoons, there were "apologizing chipmunks." What were their names?
Answer: Walt Disney's cartoon chipmunks were Chip and Dale, also written as Chip n' Dale. Their names were a take-off of the 18th-century cabinetmaker (Thomas Chippendale). I don't remember them being so apologetic to each other, but they were certainly very polite. They made their first appearance onscreen in 1943 but became more notable.characters in 1947.
Question: What was the name of the old cartoon where the characters were hillbillies?
Answer: There were a lot of hillbilly characters on a number of old cartoons. "Deputy Dawg" (Terrytoons) may have something that jars your memory. "Hillbilly Bears" was an animated short series from Hanna-Barbera included in the Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel show (1965-1967). Of course, the most famous hillbilly character was probably Li'l Abner (Al Capp/United Features Syndicate) -- a syndicated comic strip found in many newspapers of decades past. There were also a few Li'l Abner animated shorts released.
Question: I just heard a familiar voice on an episode of The Lone Ranger, and learned that the actor's name was Robert Shayne. I think his voice was featured from a cartoon of the past, maybe from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. But so far, Shayne's name did not come up in the credits. Do you know if Robert Shayne ever voiced a cartoon? Or who, perhaps, his sound-alike might be? His is a very distinctive voice and it just took me back.
Answer: I remember Robert Shayne from his role in Christmas in Connecticut (starring Barbara Stanwyck), but of course, he had a long career as an actor in various movie and TV roles. He also voiced a number of roles that were not credited, so I can't say whether any of them were cartoons (specifically in the several seasons of the Rocky & Bullwinkle show). I did check the cast lists for those cartoons; Robert Shayne was not on them.
Question: Who was the character "Fat Stuff"?
Answer: "Fat Stuff" was a supporting cartoon character for a 1930's comic strip called "The Adventures of Smilin' Jack," ... it was an aviation-based strip that ran in the Chicago Tribune from 1933-1973. "Fat Stuff" was a Hawaiian character often seen in various strip panels.
Question: I know this is painfully vague but it's all I can remember of it: some type of cartoon (movie, I think) I saw in the 80s (early 80s?) which involved some type of hunter hunting and killing hippos -- which I recall really upset me as a young child. That's all I can remember of it, other than the hippos trying to escape but dying and going into the clouds (at least in one scene?) I've thought about it over the years but no one seems to know or remember anything like it. How can I find this cartoon about a hunter and hippos?
Answer: Yikes! I don't know of any particular children's cartoons with such a disturbing plot, but then, animation has certainly changed beyond the 1970s. Upon a search of your memory, I came up with something along this line: The Moomins (Finnish) are computer generated animals -- hippos; there is an episode that has a character called a "groke" that kills everything it touches. There are a number of these hippo-based pieces; you can do a Google or YouTube search to see if these characters are what's in your memory ... but, it sounds like it's better off forgotten!
Question: My siblings and I remember a cartoon with a scene showing fish dancing and a radio voice over saying that there was a storm coming. The fish keep on dancing and then the voice on the radio gets much louder and says "I SAID..." We can't remember anything else about it. I remember it being black and white. Do you have any ideas?
Answer: There is a cartoon short that is actually a live-action animated piece called "Alice's Day at Sea." It is a 1924 black & white clip from Disney, back when they were working with combining the two elements (that later brought us the original Mary Poppins). In the cartoon segment when Alice goes under water after a storm, there are fish dancing and other elements of a dream) but the clip I've seen has no audio at all; it may be that way when placed online. Give it a Google and see if it matches anything in your memory.
Question: I remember an animated film that featured a child in a fantasy setting who is trying to return home. The was a gnome-like character with a candle in his head. At one point, they hide from redcaps (the folklore monsters). The villain threatens to boil his minions in oil if they fail to capture the kid. At the end of the movie, the candle gnome says "make sure you have an extra supply of candles." Have you heard of anything like that?
Answer: In short, no, but I came up with a possibility: Faeries (1981). Its plotline has something to do with candles worn on the head, but you would have to check it out to see if anything in it is what you remember. I am not all that familiar with cartoon animation past the 1970s unless it was within a widespread feature film (like the Disney flicks).
Question: Recently, I came across a cast iron hood ornament, labeled "Dr. YAK," by the seller. It appears to be a Yak in human clothing, in a downhill racer skiing position. His coat tails are flowing out behind him, and his hands look like they could have held ski poles. He does have horns on his head. Can you identify this?
Answer: If this is a character from an animated cartoon short from the '20s-'70s, I'm not familiar with it, sorry. There was an Australian-Canadian produced series (2002-2003) that featured a Yak family, perhaps you can research that, it was called Yakkity Yak.
Question: Where can I watch or buy Heckle and Jeckle, and Space Ghost?
Answer: For Heckle and Jeckle, the short answer is -- you can't, at least, I've not found any "official" DVD releases from Terrytoons (Paul Terry Animation) or its current owner. They did have some Terrytoons compilations (which included the mischievous magpies) through Amazon for streaming, but they are not available at this time. (Will they come back? You might check Amazon, from time to time). I love H & J too; I remember having old movies of their cartoons that we watched on a projector. The good news is that there is a selection of Heckle and Jeckle on YouTube; give it a search!
Space Ghost is available through Amazon. If you buy it, review the manufacturing information carefully, as it could be a "Made on Demand" disc, instead of one released by Warner Bros. Home Video (which no longer produces them, I believe.
© 2014 Teri Silver
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on August 14, 2020:
Hi, Dale, thank you for your question. From what you're describing, I also think it *could* be a Fleischer piece, but without more information, I cannot track it. Max Fleischer produced hundreds of cartoon shorts, a list is here on the IMDB page ...https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0281502/. Perhaps an image will strike a chord in your memory. Good luck! t
Dale Swift on August 11, 2020:
I am 73, born in 1947. I fondly recall old black and white cartoons that had only music, no dialogue, and I think the music was strictly classical, but I could be wrong. As I recall, there was such detail in the events depicted. Unless I am mistaken, there were ones with little mice going to work in factories, insects preparing for a wedding, and they were just wonderful in their animated storytelling. In looking over the pages here, I am guessing they were cartoons by Max Fleischer, but I don't see any of the kind I am describing. Can you nail these down? I guess the time period I saw them would have been 1949 -1955 or so.
Johnmangiardi on July 17, 2020:
I am also 70. There was a black and white cartoon on TV in the 50’s where the sunshine men battled the shadow men every day. I think it predates the Sunshine Makers color cartoon (1935). They got in particular trouble when they hid behind a building corner and had nowhere to go when the shadows turned the corner.
Can you recall this?
PPJones on July 15, 2020:
Peanut1, I believe I know the cartoon you are looking for. It was a Max Fleischer cartoon created in 1936. The name is really "Somewhere in Dreamland" and it's about two poor siblings who gather wood in a cold city.
PPJones on July 14, 2020:
There was this cartoon I used to watch in the 80's, but I think it is a lot older than that! I strongly believe it was a Disney cartoon but I could be wrong. Anyway, it was a color cartoon that showed a cowboy in love. The girl he was in love with used a really big victorian skirt, and in the end, she end up falling, and the spring (?) in her skirt takes her up to the moon, leaving the cowboy alone forever.
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on May 04, 2020:
Hi, Rick. Although I cannot speak to your memory, there were animated features created at Leon Schlesinger Productions (Merrie Melodies before Warner Bros.) that used vocal groups to imitate the Mills' Bros. sound, which was popular in the 1930s. One such cartoon was called Streamlined Greta Green. It could be that any of these groups sang the lyrics to the cartoon you remember, so you might search on YouTube for something similar. Because you saw it on PBS, I suggest you start with their archives or historians. Good luck!
Rick Hendra on May 01, 2020:
Not a comment, but a question if I may (not sure where else to ask it): do you or anyone recall a cartoon based on a song by the Mills Brothers, that takes place in outer space? It was wild animation. I saw it on PBS, I believe, in the 70's, but I've been unable to Google it or find it since in the discography of the Mills Brothers. It's not much to go on, but it's all I got...
CrazyCatladyBooks on April 28, 2020:
In the late 50s and 60s, WTOP in DC ran the Ranger Hal series. He ran cartoons from assorted studios, including Popeye and Woody Woodpecker. He ran one that was a multipart series featuring 7 (5?) Chinese brothers, who used their supernatural abilities to overcome evil. The artwork was superb, with the people looking more like live action than cartoons. Can anyone help? I would love to share this with my grands and great grands.
Peanut1 on April 26, 2020:
Hello, my boyfriend and I are trying to remember the name of a cartoon from around the 1930s. He had an idea which was 'Somewhere in Dreamland,' That was close but not quite! I believe it is in black and white. A women who looks similar to Olive Oyl, and a factory/convert-belt what is making chocolates? Two young kids in the film. Any help would be great!
Mehjabeen abidi on April 24, 2020:
I’ve been searching a cartoon that I use to watch in the 80’s there was of playdo type characters. Playdo blobs. They would “slide” to walk and looked like a pear. it was a playdo family. In my memory I recall hanna barbera but I could be totally off.
rcolcock on March 17, 2020:
I may have requested this years ago, but I am still searching for a cartoon titled (or re-titled) A FOX GETS CAUGHT. I has no voices but only classical music. A fox enters a cottage or gate house and pursues a rooster. The rooster prances around a picture and the fox pounces, but gets caught in the picture and falls in a nearby well. This cartoon I only remember seeing on TV until about 1960
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on January 24, 2020:
Hi, Karon, I cannot help you but I've published your memory for others to see, and comment if they have an answer. t
Karon Brown on January 22, 2020:
Hi. I am trying to find the name of a cartoon that was aired on my local TV station in the 80s but I am not sure if the cartoon was created in the 1970s or the 80s. I remember that the main character was Toby. He lived in a town/village with his family. One day the town/village had a visitor, probably an alien. Toby was the only resident who wasn't charmed by the visitor who hypnotised everyone else and they become "robotic". The visitor is heard calling "Toby, Toby" to get him to join the others.
Do you have any idea which cartoon it is? Thanks.
Laura MD on December 21, 2019:
I am looking for a black and white cartoon from the 20s or 30s? It had 2 dolls that came to life and danced under the christmas tree singing a song 'what's in the box? What's in the box? Gotta find out whats in the box..wooo wooo'.
My sister and I have been searching and searching.. any help is appreciated!
dcclviii on December 09, 2019:
I've been looking for the title or artist of an animated short that I believe ran in-between shows on perhaps PBS or some channel, where it was a simple black and white line illustration animation of a man and he would morph into different shapes and swallow his face or head after he sneezed. It was very surreal or "trippy".
I was a kid in the 80's so it was around then but might have been from earlier, I'm not sure. Thanks for any info! Love reading these comments!
Eulate on November 15, 2019:
There's a trailer of Disney cartoon with fishes and an octopus playing upbeat music dressed in fancy music band clothes. They all wear the characteristic round flat hat with red and white stripes, a red bow tie & a red & white jacket with red and white stripes on white shirt. I think the band is Charleston's time but I don't know. Can anyone tell which movie are those cartoons from?
DancingFlame on November 03, 2019:
Wonderful to see so many animation/cartoon fans. Cartoons take me to a nice space. --- I'm slowly finding clips that half a century ago were part of my life. One eludes me still, and the memory of it has the following imagery:
I remember a clip with 'dancing flames / ballet of flames'; I remember an 'up-beat' bouncy melody - reminiscent of Disney perhaps, and the animation reminiscent of Fantasia (also perhaps). The clip shows a ballet of individual flames in a 'chorus line' all dancing and moving along, and from memory down a staircase or similar (from left to right) - it is in colour, with the flames being in vivid red, orange and yellow, background rather dark-ish and indistinct, but inside a structure of sorts. They are ‘anthropomorphized’ flames (a ballet of many individual ‘cute’ identical dancing flames) that perform a choreographed dancing movement (down a stair-like incline?) to music, hopping and swaying, in a dark-ish setting (a cave perhaps?)
I've spent days and weeks looking at cartoons from Betty Boops Hot Mama, the various 'Fire Brigade' cartoons by Disney, or Warner Bros, etc, to and including 'Watership Down', and many in between - I cannot find the ballet of flames - definitely colour, definitely animated, flames definitely anthropomorphic, music definitely 'toe-tapping', or at least lively...and my search has been going on for a number of years now. Maybe it belonged to a 'feature movie' and was a deleted segment ... I watched it probably in the late 1970s or early 1980s perhaps in Europe, perhaps in New Zealand (I lived in both locations) - but it was of an earlier era, perhaps 1940s or 1950s. ... At least I am getting reacquainted with a lot of fond memories. :-) Many thanks for any tips on where I could dig and look next ...
George Bouwens on October 21, 2019:
In the 60's as I was growing up in the Long Beach CA area, and I watched a rarely broadcast black and white cartoon about a bowl that produced an endless supply of ice cream. I think it was from Europe. It was about an old couple who found a bowl that would fill with ice cream and not stop. I recall that because of their greediness and taste for ice cream it started making ice cream and the couple could not stop it until the ice cream covered the whole country. Somehow this explained why the country, I don't recall if the cartoon mentioned the country, was always covered with snow. So I figure one of the Scandinavian countries? I know this sounds goofey but I remember it to this day. Does any body know this cartoon and where I could see it ?
mamasangel on October 18, 2019:
I have a question, about an old cartoon, either from the 30's, 40's, or 50's. It's about a mother horse or goat, trying to get her baby to eat his hay by putting a sugar cube in the middle. The baby notices this and takes out the sugar cube, for which he's scolded. So the baby horse (or goat) sulks off and eats everything; and tries to eat a car horn. I would love to see this cartoon again, but can't remember the name of it. If anyone could help me, i would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
Beeebo on September 17, 2019:
Does anyone remember a cartoon from either the 40s or 50s; it had a theme song that went "sunshine, sunshine," and one of the main characters was a happy bee. My mom remembers it from her childhood & how it always made her feel happy. Thanks for any info !!!
Jeannie Lohmeyer on September 02, 2019:
Does anyone remember a cartoon from the 50s where an elderly couple hobble up to what looks like two porta potties and enter a time reversal machine? They proceed to have their hair done, their skin de-wrinkled and their bodies reshaped. When they exit, they look young and sexy, and strut off together. I was fascinated with it!
inquisitivia on August 09, 2019:
Bugging me for months, and google isn't helping me.
When I was a kid, in the 90s, staying at a friend's house...there was a Vhs with older cartoons. Things like King Cole and such. Elves helping the shoemaker.
The one that I liked the most was of I THINK....kids going to bed. They lay and go to sleep. The paintings in the room...while the kids are asleep..kinda come to life.
I BELIEVE that there were like wood elves or something...and that there was a court hearing of sorts also. All through song for the most part.
Bill Shadle on August 02, 2019:
I remember a one of a kind black and white cartoon. There is a house floating on the flooded world. There is a child in the house. The house floats to different scenes. There is no voice, but there is delightful music throughout. Does anyone remember this cartoon, and the name?
RobertafromHenry on July 31, 2019:
I was responding to Ellis, but hit wrong button. So. this is part 2 of the answer. If memory serves, the wristwatch cartoon was part of the Captain Sailorbird show, I believe this one was shown in 1960. Captain Sailorbird just introduced cartoons from Europe and Russia, retooled for the US market. All TV's were black and white back then, so that's how I saw it. So this is really a noon-answer answer.
RobertafromHenry on July 31, 2019:
Ellis (from 2 years ago),
I was also looking for this cartoon; thanks for mentioning that it was a Dr's and acrobat's watches! I remember the acrobat watch was walking on a tightrope, fell, and then the doctor watch performed open "heart" surgery and got her going again.
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on July 16, 2019:
Mr. Dickinson, I have published your memories in case anyone can offer some insight. While I cannot be sure, you may be thinking about a Japanese cartoon called "Astro Boy," where, in a futuristic world, robots interact with humans. It was pretty popular in the 1960s, as I recall from my own childhood. Google "Astro Boy cartoon" to see if any images strike a note. Good luck!
Mr P Dickinson on July 11, 2019:
Hey I got brain damage and can't remember much just bits I know there were in color but what year and I looked your lost as show me me that I forgot but the two I need help one was about a robot boy in who it was weird like I remember ish that he goes into a bigger robot and he helps people that all I can remember. Second it's about two pelicans or toucans that rides a bike and I think there was a snail that sang or see when they going some were going or just the one time I know sed you take the high road and will take the low road but don't know if he says the whole thing if you can help with one or both that would make my day
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on June 29, 2019:
I cannot help you, but I've published your memory in case another reader has any ideas. Good luck!
boneless on June 29, 2019:
hey there! this is such a long shot but it’s been bothering me for nearly 10 years & im so desperate. it was an older animated video (guessing 50’s-70’s) with a male narrator that showed various optical illusions of sorts. i specifically remember stars being drawn inside of stars, & they talked about how a piece of paper can only be folded in half a few times, but if you did it enough you could reach the moon. blew my tiny mind!
Dale Goodyear on June 08, 2019:
Years ago, in a movie theater that played old classics, they had a cartoon before the feature. It was about a little girl playing outside who gets caught in a sudden snowstorm. The imagery of the cartoon gets increasingly bizarre (hallucinatory), until at the very end you see the little girl dead on the ground and an angel gathering her soul in her arms and taking her to heaven. (Not a cheery cartoon!)
I'm sure I remember the MGM logo at the end. Also it used a famous classical piece for the final scene, probably by Chopin.
It had a 1930s look to it, though it could have been early 1940s, I suppose.
Does anyone know this cartoon? If you ever saw it, you likely wouldn't forget it, it's so poignant (I was weeping at the end).
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on May 26, 2019:
Sorry, that's not striking a note. Perhaps someone can chime in, here.
JOAN KOLESAREK on May 24, 2019:
When I was a kid in the 50s, there was a cartoon on every now and then with a French Chef making a wedding cake assisted by birds and other animals. Do you recognize this? I think it was probably very old even then.
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on April 18, 2019:
I can't help you with these queries but I have published them in case another reader can offer some insight.
Osquitar on April 17, 2019:
(1) I watched a b/w 40's cartoon in the late 50's showing Hitler trying to fly a plane and this flea in the cockpit kept out-smarting him. What was the name of the cartoon?
(2) Another, was a color cartoon of 50's of roosters in a barnyard and one of the roosters pecking the ground finds a worm, but says: "I can't eat him. He looks like Frankie Sinatra"!!! What cartoon was this???
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on November 26, 2018:
I'm glad you were able to satisfy your curiosity, and because I couldn't resist, I took a look. Very disturbing and definitely not a cartoon for children. For me, it's like the media stories of hippo poachers. Now, let the nightmares begin ... :-)
Mels234 on November 25, 2018:
Hi Terry.. I asked the question about the cartoon with the hunted hippos and while your suggestion wasn't quite it, while searching your suggestion in youtube I also ran through the sidebar for other hippo-related cartoons and I finally found it! There was even the very scene uploaded there that I had recalled as upsetting to me. It was called "Hugo the Hippo". You are correct: it was pretty disturbing (and weird) for a cartoon. Thank you for your help!!!
PinkBossLady on April 09, 2018:
Omg Thanks Tracy YOU found it!! Nashman2018 I just watched the video I felt like a kid again,lol
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on April 09, 2018:
I have published Tracy's answer, but because it contains an outside link, I don't know if this platform will allow me to keep it there. I will run it by the Brass, but in the meantime, enjoy!
Tracy on April 09, 2018:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5qmfjm I think this is what you are talking about nashman2018. Goo Goo Goliath from 1954
PinkBossLady on April 08, 2018:
Hi Nashman, I think I know the cartoon you are talking about I remember that too!!! I’m going to try to search for you
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on March 05, 2018:
Hello, thank you for your comment. I cannot accommodate your memory but I have published it here -- you never know what readers may come up with!
nashman2018 on March 05, 2018:
hello, looking for a cartoon I watched in 70's as a rerun, I would say it was made though in 50's-60's. It was a narrated story about man and wife having first baby, bring home baby and as its grows it grows exponentially, in a matter of months its a 20 foot tall baby that appears to be like 9 months old, the setting on the cartoon looks to be a suburban white man and wife in theyre standard suburb home of the 50's or 60's.One scene the dad is bathing is huge overgrown 6 month old in the backyard with the water hose. Any thoughts? This was on now and then on Saturday mornings, could be a Warner cartoon but not sure, if no one here knows, how would one find out if this cartoon still exists out there? Thanks
Pete from Chicago on February 10, 2018:
Looking for TV cartoons from the 1940s, 50s, or 60s that featured a location in the snowy north country.
Karen Tubbs on February 02, 2018:
Looking for a cartoon where women was always after man
tedcragulets on January 25, 2018:
thanks for finding my favoite cartoon as a kid. ruff and reddy
Christine Glosl on December 24, 2017:
Looking (desperately!) for a tv cartoon from the 40s-50s that was about a bunch of mice who were making a wedding cake. Anybody have a recollection of this cartoon?
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on December 21, 2017:
Thank you for reading my article on cartoons. Although I cannot accommodate your memory, perhaps what you're looking for is a Hannah-Barbera feature. Check with your local library; perhaps the research librarian can lead you to the right path. Good Luck!
Mehjabeen A on December 20, 2017:
In the 80’s I used to watch this cartoon of playdo “people”. No talking. Only sound. And they could transform themselves into any shape or object etc. Hanna..something or Hanna b. Weere theproducers
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on November 17, 2017:
Hello, thank you for your note. While I have not focused on newspaper comic strips, there was a strip in the 1940s called Krazy Kat, which had a cat of undeterminable gender (it was noted as either male or female) and his/her love for a mouse called Ignatz. Comic strips were mostly syndicated but there were also some presented regionally, so you might want to check the archives of this particular newspaper to see if the information still exists. Also, the Library of Congress has a cartoon section for comic strips; I cannot add the link here but do a search for Library of Congress Cartoon America. Their librarians may be able to give you more information. Good luck!
Anne on November 16, 2017:
Back in the 1940s there was a cartoon in fhe Sunday "funnies" of a large female cat in love with a skinny little mouse. Any idea what it wad called.
Jenny on October 16, 2017:
Trying to find out some info about something my husband says his Mum called her brother when he was tormenting her.
She called him Moz (Mos) which referred to "the ugliest pig in the world" and it stuck as his nickname. Was curious to find out what the programme or book was that this came from....
anyone have any ideas? mind you he's 66 and his mum would be 91 now had she survived!!
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on September 30, 2017:
Hi, Rick.... I suggest contacting used bookstores online -- Alibris comes to mind but there are others. I have had luck in finding titles from obscure memories, because the merchants can do a special search on a program geared for these titles, which include keywords. (I would think the cartoon keywords would come up in a number of selections). As always, I invite our readers here to add their knowledge of whatever they think might help in everyone's search. t
Rick on September 30, 2017:
Looking for a book from the 7o's about great cartoon characters.
It was around 10 x17 in size. Each page had a full page devoted to characters from Gertie the Dinosaur, Popeye, Bosko, Looney Tunes, Mr Magoo, Pink Panther, Gerald Mc Boing Boing, Betty Boop. The cover was orange with various characters floating on the cover. I can't remember the name and its driving me crazy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Maria on September 26, 2017:
Decades ago, I saw an old black and white cartoon of a little girl expected to practice playing a violin, but she ties the bow to a dog's tail, so it sounds like she is playing it as the dog wags the tail. She falls asleep, where she has instruments and musical notes chasing her with the song lyrics that I remember "Music, can't live without music, can't escape when you got music following you." I am trying to find it, but I do not know the title. Does anyone recognize it?
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on August 16, 2017:
Hi, Sue, thank you for your comment. I cannot accommodate this memory but perhaps one of our readers has seen this cartoon?
Sue on August 13, 2017:
I am trying to find an old cartoon that had characters that were like fireballs, but animated as if human. I don't know how old but I watched as kid in late 60s and early 70s, thinking it just had music, no voices, and these Fire characters were unique to me... not sure if originally in color or not.
Ellis on July 23, 2017:
Do you have any information about a black and white cartoon featuring two wristwatches? One is a Doctor's watch and the other is an Acrobat's watch. I would have seen the airing of this in the mid 60's on, but I am uncertain of the creator of the dating of the cartoon.
Matt from Ohio. on May 07, 2017:
I'm now 50. The majority of my Saturday tv watching was in the 1970s. The depth and variety (literally) back then was amazing as I think about it. Race cars, sleuths, a variety of live action shows. Superheroes. You name it. Martial arts. People who flew in bird clothes. Some prescient shows about future technologies. A little bit of everything. Someone who went from being a kid to an adult and back again.
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on April 21, 2017:
I can't think of it at the moment, but I have a memory of something like that too, and now it's "buzzing" around in my head. Readers, can you help us out here?
gottaloveme on April 20, 2017:
I got a picture in my head of an old cartoon character who has flies in and out of his mouth when he speaks. Does anyone have a recollection of this? Can you help me get this out of my head?
christy2741 on February 08, 2017:
Awesome article! Lots of good information I never knew. Thanks for sharing!
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on November 07, 2016:
Hi JD... I did some checking but could not come up with anything under that character name. Records kept on many old shows are kind of scarce (and many shows were locally produced). I suggest you contact the station(s) you heard or watched the shows on (if they are still in business). They may have something in their archived files.
TeriSilver on November 06, 2016:
Hi, JD, I've done some searching but nothing is coming up, sorry. If it was locally produced, you might want to ask the station you saw it on, there may be something in their archives. (But local stations are hit or miss as to whether they've archived everything in those earlier eras, and many have undergone management and location changes, too).
JD on November 05, 2016:
Hi Teri, about 1955, there was a cartoon shop either on radio or tv, where one of the characters was always calling the older character "Cap'n Fatty". Any ideas?
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on October 14, 2016:
Hi, Chris, I wrote a long post with some info, but the post did not publish -- I cannot recreate it. I do not know if the info is what you're looking for, or can help in any way, but, unfortunately, there was nothing specific as to what you've described here. You might want to research Schlesinger; Leon Schlesinger studios eventually became Warner Bros, later, in the early '30s. There is also an animated page on a Berkley (edu) library website. Good luck in your search!
TeriSilver on October 14, 2016:
Hi, Chris, although I can't say what you're looking for is in the following link (I didn't have a chance to look through it) but I found this page from the Berkeley library to be interesting in the amounts of information it has on animated films and shorts.
Also, this page: http://www.esnarf.com/4420k.htm (do the pieces you have look like this?) Perhaps the page owner has more info on them, *you can find the link to the left of the page at the bottom). It seems, though, that these pieces would have been manufactured later than the 1920s.
I can't say if there is a connection but Leon Schlesinger (Leon Schlesinger Studios -- it became the beginning of Warner Bros. in the early 1930s) may be a starting point for your research.
Chris on October 11, 2016:
Teri, I have a question you might be able to help with. I recently purchased a series of small scrolls that include Tarzan, Little Red Riding Hood, and other popular stories. They were produced by Schelsinger NY in the 20s but no one know what they are. They are about 6 inches long and unroll to reveal the cartoon. Any ideas? Thanks!
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on June 08, 2016:
Hi, Ed, I cannot say that I know exactly which show you mean but there was a piece called “Space Patrol” produced in the early 1950s (through around 1955) that focused on “future solar system security in the year 3000 A.D.” The story line centered around a planet called Terra. In this live action program, the Space Patrol, with Commander Buzz Cory and his crew, fight against space criminals that somehow threaten the solar system. This program was originally produced at about 15 minutes long, and aired in the Los Angeles market on a local station until ABC picked it up in syndication (from 1950-1955). After it went into to syndication, it probably did show in the Chicago area. I think there were about 800 episodes; my guess is viewers saw a lot of “good vs evil” in outer space-land. Ring a bell?
Ed on June 07, 2016:
Does anybody know the name of a cartoon show about good space people battling bad space people. It was on Chicago TV during the late fifties. There may have been a character named Black or Dark something. he may have had a hood.
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on May 31, 2016:
Carlos, that rings a bell for me, too. Heckle and Jeckle always had those mischievous grins.
Carlos miguel ordoñez on May 30, 2016:
Might be my grandpa watch that my grandpa is 1938 means he watch the Heckle and Jeckle
mike on May 21, 2016:
Hi does anyone know of a character cartoon that was kinda bad memory forgive me, he had like a black mask not zorro but he was a devilish guy hiding in the shadows little with a top hat.
Teri Silver on May 17, 2016:
I have a vague "it strikes a note" feeling I've seen what you're talking about, but it would have been many, many years ago. I could not find anything that it could be from, but I'm wondering if this clip was part of an educational program that was produced for classroom use. Sorry I could not be of any help. t
Momofthree on May 13, 2016:
I am trying to find a cartoon that I saw as a kid that was probably made in the 1940s- it was in color about the industrial progress in the US. I just remember it had a narrator and he talked about the development of super highways and the cartoon showed the highways being poured like batter. Anyone else remember this and where I can find it?
sparksfiend on November 19, 2015:
Let's not forget the shot-lived Scooby Doo rip-off, The Funky Phantom.
Max Wong from Singapore on November 05, 2014:
God I miss Popeye The Sailorman!
peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 23, 2014:
i love all of them, too bad, can't see these cartoons anymore, these are far better than now
Teri Silver (author) from The Buckeye State on July 13, 2014:
Thank YOU! I am always pleased when "Kids" like you read and enjoy these little flashes of history. You can find a lot of these great old cartoons online. Remember, though, times have changed since they were produced so don't be surprised if some seem truly outdated, based on what people's attitudes were at the time. Social conscience was very different. Thanks again, keep on "tuning!"
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on July 12, 2014:
Great article! I was born in 1993 so I don't recognise most of these, but I remember watching the Looney Tunes cartoons, Popeye and Tom and Jerry as a kid on the Boomerang channel! Thank you for that interesting journey through time :)