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The Land Of The Lost (1948) – Noveltoons Theatrical Short

The Land Of The Lost

The Land Of The Lost

#CotD: “The Land Of The Lost” is the first of three cartoons that Famous Studios did based on this story.

The Land Of The Lost (1948) – Noveltoons Theatrical Short

Billy and Isabel are fishing and catch Red Lantern the talking fish, who takes them to the “Land of the Lost” at the bottom of the sea. The wise old fish shows them the Knives of the Square Table and Tableland, where all the lost dishes and spoons sing and play. Billy finds his lost jackknife.

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The Stupidstitious Cat (1947) – Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon

The Stupidstitious Cat

The Stupidstitious Cat

CotD: Buzzy’s debut film was in “The Stupidstitious Cat” an obvious parody of Jack Benny (as the cat) and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson.

The Stupidstitious Cat (1947) – Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon

Buzzy uses superstitions against the cat that caught him.

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Little Red School Mouse (1949) – Noveltoons Cartoon Series

Little Red School Mouse

Little Red School Mouse

CotD: Famous Studios “Little Red School Mouse” was a Noveltoon from 1949.

Little Red School Mouse (1949) – Noveltoons Cartoon Series

In class, a mouse doesn’t know what a cat is, so he brings one back to school to show everyone. Of course the cat wants to eat the plump teacher and all the students!

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The Crystal Brawl (1957) – Popeye the Sailor Cartoon Series

The Crystal Brawl

The Crystal Brawl

CotD: Famous Studios moved toward a thicker ink line and more limted animation with “The Crystal Brawl“.

The Crystal Brawl (1957) – Popeye the Sailor Cartoon Series

Bluto tricks Olive into a date, taking her to see a fortune teller at a fair- actually Popeye in disguise. The fortune being foretold shows the truth about Bluto’s intentions towards Olive. After the “fortune teller” gives Olive bad news about Bluto, she chooses Popeye.

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Funderful Suburbia (1962) – Modern Madcaps Theatrical Cartoon Series

Funderful Suburbia

Funderful Suburbia

CotD: Toward the end of Famous Studios, “Funderful Suburbia” was a Modern Madcap directed by Seymour Kneitel.

Funderful Suburbia (1962) – Modern Madcaps Theatrical Cartoon Series

A family tries to live in the suburbs, but it can’t take the traffic jams, household problems and shopping difficulties, so it moves into space!

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The Henpecked Rooster (1933) – Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Henpecked Rooster (1933) - Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon

The Henpecked Rooster (1933) - Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Herman the mouse first appeared in the Noveltoon “The Henpecked Rooster” before being paired with Katnip and getting his own series.

The Henpecked Rooster (1933) – Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

So who’s the boss in this relationship? It isn’t hard to tell as the whip is cracking and this desperate fellow is planning a rebellion with the help of a little mouse. Maybe it isn’t such a good idea, but this poor guy is ready to try anything.

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Hep Cat Symphony (1949) – Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

Hep Cat Symphony (1949) - Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon

Hep Cat Symphony (1949) - Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Fleischer Studios became Famous Studios in the early 1940′s, and Seymour Kneitel directed “Hep Cat Symphony” in the continuing NovelToons series.

Hep Cat Symphony (1949) – Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

The hep cat in Tin Can Alley finds the mouse symphony orchestra practicing next door a constant disturbance to his jazzy jive. Dressed as the Pied Piper, he pipes them away, but the mice call the final tune.

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The Friendly Ghost (1945) – Noveltoons Theatrical

The Friendly Ghost (1945) - Noveltoons

The Friendly Ghost (1945) - Noveltoons

CotD: First shown theatrically as a Noveltoon, “The Friendly Ghost” introduced Casper the Friendly Ghost who later got his own series, and television show.

The Friendly Ghost (1945) – Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

Casper runs away from home and the other ghosts there to explore the world and make friends. After unintentionally scaring away several different animals, he decides to end it all by laying on the railroad tracks in front of a speeding locomotive. Failing that, two children, Bonnie and Johnny, find him crying on the tracks and befriend him.

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Quick On The Vigor (1950) – Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series

Quick On The Vigor (1950) -  Popeye the Sailor

Quick On The Vigor (1950) - Popeye the Sailor

CotD: Similar to Max Fleischer’s “King Of The Mardi Gras”, “Quick On The Vigor” was one of Famous Studios less original cartoons…

Quick On The Vigor (1950) – Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series

Popeye takes Olive to the amusement park. She falls for strongman Bluto, and he has eyes for Olive. Feeling threatened, Popeye needs to prove his manliness. Bluto locks Popeye in a safe and takes Olive “for a ride.” “You keep your hands to yourself… that’s what you are,” says Olive, who gets stuck on the roller coaster. There’s a fourth party involved… a can of a certain vegetable. If these two can get together, the whole film may take off in a different direction.

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Ship A-Hooey (1954) – Herman and Katnip Theatrical Cartoon Series

Ship A-Hooey (1954) - Herman and Katnip

Ship A-Hooey (1954) - Herman and Katnip

CotD: A classic from the Herman and Katnip series, “Ship A-Hooey” was released early in the series, around 1954 ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/15943-Ship_A-Hooey.html

Ship A-Hooey (1954) – Herman and Katnip Theatrical Cartoon Series

Mice are on a ship when they see a drifting raft in seeming distress. When they throw out a rope, Katnip the pirate climbs aboard. He invades their ship. They take to his raft to escape, but Herman has other plans and tries to recapture his ship from Katnip.

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