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Mighty Mouse, the signature character of the studio.
Mighty Mouse, the signature character of the studio.

Terrytoons was an animation studio founded by Paul Terry. The studio, located in New Rochelle, New York, United States, operated from 1928 to 1968. Its most popular characters included Mighty Mouse, Gandy Goose, Dinky Duck, Deputy Dawg, and Heckle and Jeckle; these cartoons and all of its others were released to theatres under the studio's solitary Terrytoons banner by 20th Century Fox. Mighty Mouse film poster File links The following pages link to this file: Mighty Mouse Terrytoons ... Mighty Mouse film poster File links The following pages link to this file: Mighty Mouse Terrytoons ... Animation is the technique in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model unit (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result with a... New Rochelle is a city located in Westchester County in the US state of New York. ... 1928 was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Film poster from the 1940s used to advertise the Mighty Mouse cartoons. ... Deputy Dawg was originally a Terrytoons cartoon character featured on the animated television series of the same name from 1959 through 1972. ... Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ...

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History

Before Terrytoons

Terry first worked for Bray Studios in 1916, where he created the Farmer Al Falfa series. He then would then make a Farmer Al Falfa short for Edison Pictures, called "Farmer Alfalfa's Wayward Pup" (1917), and some later cartoons were made for Paramount Pictures. 1916 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... 1917 - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used from 1987 to 1995. ...


Circa 1921, Terry founded the Fables animation studio, named for its Aesop's Film Fables series, in conjuction with Amadee Van Beuren. Fables churned out a Fable cartoon every two weeks for eight years in the 1920s. In 1928, Van Bueren, anxious to compete with the new phenomenon of talking pictures, urged Terry to start producing actual sound films, instead of post-synchronizing the cartoons. Terry refused, and Van Bueren fired him. Almost immediately, Terry and much of his staff started up the Terrytoons studio. 1921 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Aesops Film Fables was a series created by American cartoonist, Paul Terry. ... Sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or primarily in North America as the Roaring Twenties. // Events and trends Technology John T. Thompson invents Thompson submachine gun, also known as Tommy gun John Logie Baird invents the first working television system (1925) Charles Lindbergh becomes the first person to fly... 1928 was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... A sound film (or talkie) is a motion picture with synchronized sound, as opposed to a silent movie. ...


During the 1940s and early 1950s

Through much of its history, the studio was considered one of the lowest quality houses in the field to the point where Paul Terry noted, "Disney is the Tiffany's in this business, and I am the Woolworth's." To that end, it had the lowest budgets and it was among the slowest to adapt to new technologies like sound (in about 1930) and Technicolor (in 1942), while its graphic style remained remarkably static for decades. This conservative attitude was aggravated by its inflexible release schedule which Paul Terry took pride for providing a new cartoon each week, regardless of the cost to the quality of the films. 1930 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Technicolor is a three-strip color film process pioneered in the 1930s by the Technicolor Corporation, a company created by the husband-and-wife team of Herbert and Natalie Kalmus. ... 1942 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Oddly enough, Terrytoons got three nominations for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film: All out for V in 1942, My Boy, Johnny in 1944, and Sidney's Family Tree in 1958. This class was known as Short Subjects, cartoons from 1932 until 1970, and as Short Subjects, animated films from 1971 to 1973. ... 1942 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Changing hands

The studio was sold outright by the retiring Paul Terry to CBS Films in 1955; 20th Century Fox continued to release the films. Fox put it under the management of UPA alumnus Gene Deitch, who had to work with even lower budgets. Deitch's most notable works at the studio were the Tom Terrific cartoon segments for the Captain Kangaroo television show. He also introduced a number of new characters, such as Sick Sick Sidney, John Doormat, and Clint Clobber. CBSs first color logo, which debuted in the fall of 1965. ... 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... The legacy of the United Productions of America animation studio, better known as UPA, has largely been forgotten in the wake of the animation renaissance of the 1990s; it has been overshadowed by the commercialization of Warner Bros. ... Gene Deitch (born August 8, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American Academy-Award winning independent animator and film director, based out of Prague. ... Tom Terrific was an early animated series on American television, presented as part of the Captain Kangaroo childrens television show. ... Captain Kangaroo was a childrens show which aired weekday mornings on CBS from 1955 until 1984, then moved to PBS until 1992. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ...


After Deitch was fired in 1958, Bill Weiss took control of the studio. Under his supervision, Heckle and Jeckle and Mighty Mouse went back into production. In addition, the studio began producing the Deputy Dawg series for television in 1960. 1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Deputy Dawg was originally a Terrytoons cartoon character featured on the animated television series of the same name from 1959 through 1972. ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The most notable talent at Terrytoons in the 1960s was animator/director/producer Ralph Bakshi, who got his start with Terrytoons in the 1950s and later helmed the Mighty Heroes series. Bakshi would later go on to direct "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures" in 1987. This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1960s. ... Ralph Bakshi (born October 29, 1938, in Haifa, Israel) is a director of animation and occasionally live-action films. ... Millennia: 1st millennium - 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the...


Post-history

After the departure of Bakshi after 1966, the studio basically petered out and finally closed in 1968; however, the film library was still regularly rereleased to theatres by 20th Century Fox. Fortunately for the studio, its existing cartoon library saw a long life in TV reruns. The Terrytoons cartoons (especially Mighty Mouse and Deputy Dawg) were syndicated to many local TV markets, and they were a staple of after-school and Saturday morning cartoon shows for over three decades, from the 1950s through the 1980s, until the television rights to the library were acquired by USA Network in 1989 and has hardly been used since. 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... An American family watching television in the 1950s. ... Saturday morning cartoon is the colloquial term for the typical television animation programming that was typically scheduled on Saturday mornings on the major American television networks since the mid 1960s. ... Millennia: 1st millennium - 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... The USA Network is a popular cable TV network based in the United States with about 87 million household subscribers as of 2003. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the 1970s, the CBS Films properties were spun off to create Viacom, which has been the company responsible for Terrytoons ever since. Fox, meanwhile, held the worldwide theatrical rights to Terrytoons until Viacom merged with Paramount Pictures in 1993. Today, Paramount handles the distribution of the classic Terrytoons library, although it has not been seen since it was withdrawn from television syndication in the 1980s. This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... Viacom (short for Video & Audio Communications) [pronunciation: pre-Redstone/pre-1987: vee-a-com; post-Redstone acquisition: vi-a-com] (NYSE: VIA), (NYSE: VIAB) is an international media conglomerate. ...


In 2002, the Terrytoons characters returned to television in an original commercial for cheese. A brand-new feature-length animated film featuring Terrytoons is now in development by Paramount and sister cable network Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon (Nick for short) is an American cable TV network for children. ...


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Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Mighty Mouse (858 words)
Even before the Terrytoons character's initial release, however, another character named Supermouse was in the works.
In part, this was due to a decision to team him with an earlier Terrytoons character, Oil Can Harry, the villain in a brief and unjustly forgotten series of "Mellerdramas" the studio did in the late 1930s.
It was also in 1945 that he joined the cast of Terrytoons Comics, which at the time was published by the company that would eventually become Marvel.
Terrytoons - definition of Terrytoons in Encyclopedia (464 words)
Terrytoons was an Hollywood animation studio founded by Paul Terry that operated from 1916 to 1968.
Eventually after the departure of Bakshi, the studio basically petered out in the late 1960s (by this time the Terrytoons company was sold to CBS Films), but the film library was still regularly rereleased to theatres by 20th Century Fox.
Today, Paramount handles the distribution of the classic Terrytoons library, although it has not been seen since it was withdrawn from television syndication in the 1980s.
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