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Noveltoons (late 1955-1967)
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Before Warner Bros.՚ Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies went downhill in the 1960s, there was a similar decline in quality for its Paramount/Famous Studios rival series.
Genre: Comedy
"Slapstick"
Running Time: 5-9 minutes
Country: United States
Czechoslovakia (Gene Deitch-directed shorts)
Release Date: October 14, 1955 – June 1, 1967
Created by: Famous Studios (1955-56)
Paramount Cartoon Studios (1957-1967)
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Famous Studios (1955-56)
Paramount Cartoon Studios (1956-67)
Harvey Films (1955-62)
Starring: Mae Questel (1955-61)
Cecil Roy (1955-63)
Jack Mercer (1955-65)
Jackson Beck (1955-61)
Eddie Lawrence (1956-65)
Dayton Allen (1958-67)
Bob McFadden (1960-67)
Corinne Orr (1960-67)
Episodes: 82


Noveltoons is a series of cartoons produced by Paramount Pictures' Famous Studios from 1943 to the end of the studio during 1967.

The series was known for bringing to life characters from Harvey Comics, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Herman and Katnip, Little Audrey, and Baby Huey.

It was the successor to the Color Classics series produced by Fleischer Studios. Several Noveltoons feature characters originated in Color Classics.

This series was also similar to Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, in that it features several recurring characters with one general title.

While most of the Noveltoons from 1943 to 1948 received positive reception, and most of the Noveltoons from 1949 to mid-1955 received mixed-to-positive reception, the shorts from late 1955 to 1967 received a mixed-to-negative reception from animation buffs, critics, and audiences alike due to Paramount's takeover of Famous Studios and layoffs and budget cuts bought throughout.

This article will be talking about the shorts from "Little Audrey Riding Hood" up to "Robin Hood-winked".

Filmography

1950s

1955

  • "Little Audrey Riding Hood" (Kneitel/Reden; October 14; with Little Audrey; first short in this era; first short to feature the updated title design and opening fanfare)
    Audrey brings a cake to Grandma’s house only to discover a burglar in her home.
  • "Kitty Cornered" (Tendlar/Taras; December 12; one-off)
    Snardley, a crooked butler, plots to kill Kitty Kuddles, a wealthy cat.

1956

  • "Sleuth but Sure" (Tendlar/Reden; March 23; with Tommy Tortoise and Moe Hare; final short that was fully animated)
    Tommy Tortoise tracks down Moe Hare who just escaped from prison.
  • "Swab the Duck" (Tendlar/Reden; May 11; with Baby Huey)
    Huey wants to play “pirate”.
  • "Pedro and Lorenzo" (Tendlar/Reden; July 13; one-off)
    A story about a Mexican boy named Pedro and his pet bull Lorenzo.
  • "Sir Irving and Jeames" (Kneitel/Eugster; October 19; one-off)
    A rich, pampered mustachioed dog Sir Irving and his harried butler Jeames, who only wants to discuss his pension.
  • "Lion in the Roar" (Kneitel/Eugster; December 21; one-off)
    Louis The Lion practices for his future role as King of The Jungle.

1957

  • "Pest Pupil" (Tendlar/Reden; January 25; with Baby Huey; last Noveltoon cartoon to bear the Famous Studios name in the credits)
    Huey gets expelled from kindergarden and requires a private tutor.
  • "Fishing Tackler" (Sparber/Golden; March 29; with Little Audrey)
    A truant officer follows Little Audrey on her fishing trip.
  • "Mr. Money Gags" (Sparber/Eugster; June 7; with Tommy Tortoise and Moe Hare; the final appearance of Tommy Tortoise and Moe Hare in the Golden Age of American Animation)
    Tommy goes to the big city and runs into Moe the Gyp Hare.
  • "L'Amour the Merrier" (Kneitel/Eugster; July 5; with Renoir the Matchmaker; also his first appearance)
    Renoir the Matchmaker tries to match Hector the Garbage collector with the Princess Louise.
  • "Possum Pearl" (Kneitel/Johnson; with Possum Pearl; September 20; a character spun off from the Popeye the Sailor short, Hill-billing and Cooing)
    Man-hungry musical hillbilly gal Possum Pearl sets her sights on an burglar named “Slippery Sam” looking for a hide out.
  • "Jumping with Toy" (Tendlar/Pattengill; October 4; with Baby Huey)
    The Fox disguises himself as Santa Claus, so he can get Baby Huey.
  • "Jolly the Clown" (Kneitel/Eugster; October 25; one-off)
    Jolly the Clown and Ellsworth Elephant get kicked out of the Big Top by a cruel ringmaster.
  • "Cock-a-Doodle Dino" (Sparber/Golden; December 6; one-off)
    A dinosaur egg falls off a truck and into the nest of a farm chicken – who raises the dino “Danny” as her own.

1958

  • "Dante Dreamer" (Sparber/Eugster/Barbetta; January 3; one-off)
    Little boy Dante day-dreaming himself a knight fighting a fire breathing dragon.
  • "Sportickles" (Kneitel; February 14; one-off)
  • "Grateful Gus" (Tendlar/Harriton/Tafuri; March 7; Final cartoon directed by Dave Tendlar)
    A crooked bank teller steals money from his bank only to be hounded by panhandler Grateful Gus.
  • "Finnegan's Flea" (Sparber/Johnson; April 4; one-off)
    A bartender recounts the story of Finnegan and his singing flea.
  • "Okey Dokey Donkey" (Sparber/Eugster/Barbetta; May 16; with Spunky; the final appearance of Spunky in the Golden Age of American Animation)
    Spunky the Donkey falls in love with Marilyn, a merry-go-round horse.
  • "Chew Chew Baby" (Sparber/Johnson; August 15; one-off; final cartoon directed by Isadore Sparber)
    An American tourist in Africa invites an African cannibal to Cincinnatti to "meet" his friends.
  • "Travelaffs" (Kneitel; August 22; one-off)
  • "Stork Raving Mad" (Kneitel/Tafuri; October 3; one-off)
    A baby doesn’t want a stork to deliver him.
  • "Dawg Gawn" (Kneitel/Johnson; December 12; with Little Audrey; the final appearance of Little Audrey in the Golden Age of American Animation)
    While on her way to school, Little Audrey tries to protect her dog, Pal, from a dog catcher.

1959

  • "The Animal Fair" (Kneitel; January 30; one-off)
  • "Houndabout" (Kneitel/Johnson; April 10; one-off)
    Julius the dog decides to be human for a while.
  • "Huey's Father Day" (Kneitel/Johnson; May 8; with Baby Huey; the final appearance of Baby Huey in the Golden Age of Animation Animation)
    Baby Huey attempts to do all of Papa’s chores for him on Father’s Day to disastrous results.
  • "Out of This Whirl" (Kneitel/Johnson; November 13; with Kozmo the Space Kid (well known as Proto-Kozmo); also his first appearance; first Noveltoon produced and filmed in Eastmancolor; final short that was released in 1950's; last Noveltoon in original 1950-59 Harvey Films package)
    A flying saucer lands in a housewife’s backyard and its martian inhabitant named Kozmo is mistaken for her son.

1960s

1960

  • "Be Mice to Cats" (Kneitel/Pattengill; February 5; with Skit and Skat; also first appearances of both; first short that was released in 1960's)
    Skat is chasing a Skit and his Texas grandfather.
  • "Monkey Doodles" (Kneitel/Tafuri; one-off)
    A stork gets confused and delivers a baby gorilla to a human family – and a human baby to a gorilla family.
  • "Silly Science" (Kneitel/Klein; one-off)
  • "Peck Your Own Home" (Kneitel/Johnson; one-off)
    A woodpecker who keeps a man from sleeping.
  • "Counter Attack" (Kneitel/Pattengill; with Skit and Skat)
    Skat is chases Skit through a novelty store.
  • "Turning the Fables" (Kneitel/Spector; with Mortimer Tortoise and the Hare; also first appearances of both)
    Mortimer and Hare are uranium hunters trying to beat each other to the Claims Office.
  • "Munro" (Deitch; outsourced to Rembrandt Films in Czechoslovakia; one-off) Academy Award winner.
    A rebellious little boy Munro who is accidentally drafted into the United States Army.
  • "Fine Feathered Fiend" (Kneitel/Johnson; one-off)
    So he can become a brave, an indian chief’s son goes after an eagle’s feather for his bonnet.
  • "The Planet Mouseola" (Kneitel/Waldman; with Skit and Skat)
    Skit fools Scat into thinking he’s from another planet.
  • "Northern Mites" (Kneitel/Tafuri; one-off)
    Two mischievous penguins play with the supplies on an Arctic supply ship, despite the efforts of a harried watch dog.
  • "Miceniks" (Kneitel/Johnson; with Skat)
    Jazz playing beatnik mice try to elude Skat from the country.

1961

  • "The Lion's Busy" (Kneitel/Taras; one-off)
    Sir Reginald Tweedledum IV is sent to Africa to kill an animal and uphold a family tradition.
  • "Goodie the Gremlin" (Kneitel/Taras; with Goodie the Gremlin; also his first appearance)
    Goodie undoes all the mischief and mayhem caused by the other Gremlins.
  • "Alvin's Solo Flight" (Kneitel/Tafuri; with Little Lulu; first appearance of Little Lulu since 1948)
    Tubby and Lulu try to enjoy the beach while looking after little Alvin who grabs some balloons and floats away.
  • "Hound About That" (Kneitel/Taras; one-off)
    A fox teases a near-sighted dog.
  • "Trick or Tree" (Kneitel/Reden; one-off)
    A stubborn woodpecker is preventing the construction of a new super-highway.
  • "Cape Kidnaveral" (Kneitel/Waldman; one-off)
    Specs and his two friends, Chub and Goop, build a moon rocket.
  • "Turtle Scoop" (Kneitel/Tafuri; with Mortimer Tortoise and the Hare; last appearances of both)
    Photo-journalists Mortimer and Hare have to get a picture of a missile launching pad – or they will get fired.
  • "Kozmo Goes to School" (Kneitel/Tafuri; with Kozmo the Space Kid)
    Kozmo is picked up by a truant officer and sent to school – where he does battle with a bully.

1962

  • "Perry Popgun" (Kneitel/Reden; one-off)
    Perry Popgun decides to visit his girlfriend, a nightclub singer named Goldie, who is involved with three suspicious "bears".
  • "Without Time or Reason" (Kneitel/Taras; with Swifty and Shorty)
    Crooked jeweler Ralph/Swifty tries to sell Percy/Shorty a timepiece.
  • "Good and Guilty" (Kneitel/Reden; with Goodie the Gremlin)
    Goodie the Gremlin is on trial for doing good deeds.
  • "T.V. or No T.V." (Kneitel/Spector; with Swifty and Shorty; last Noveltoon in 1959-62 Harvey Films package)
    Ralph/Swifty is a crooked TV repairman who swindles Percy/Shorty with his lousy service.
  • "Anatole" (Deitch; outsourced to Rembrandt Films in Czechoslovakia; one-off)
    Anatole the mouse becomes taste-tester and a vice-president of the cheese factory.
  • "Yule Laff" (Kneitel/Taras; with Goodie the Gremlin and Santa Claus: second and final Noveltoon appearance of Santa following 1947's "Santa's Surprise"; the first short in the library owned by Paramount)
    Goodie tries to stop the Gremlins who are invading the North Pole and heckling Santa Claus.
  • "It's for the Birdies" (Kneitel/Tafuri; one-off)
    A gopher is collecting all the golf balls at the golf course.
  • "Fiddlin' Around" (Kneitel/Tafuri; with Mike the Masquerader; final appearance of Mike in the Golden Age of American Animation)
    When a musician borrows a million dollar violin, the insurance company sends their agent “Gumshoe” to help protect it from criminal Mike the Masquerader.

1963

  • "Ollie the Owl" (Kneitel/Tafuri; with Ollie Owl; also his first appearance)
    After Ollie gets his “Junior G-Man” detective kit in the mail, he stumbles into a bank robbery and gets kidnapped by the robber.
  • "Good Snooze Tonight" (Kneitel/Taras; one-off)
    Snoozer must stay awake to keep a wolf away from his flock.
  • "A Sight for Squaw Eyes" (Kneitel/Reden; one-off)
    A native-american mother wants her daughter (Minnie Cha-Cha) to get married to a rich man.
  • "Self Defense...for Cowards" (Deitch; outsourced to Rembrandt Films in Czechoslovakia; one-off)
    In a series of vignettes, we see how to “win” a barroom fight by using such tactics as going limp, garlic breath, screaming, etc.
  • "Gramps to the Rescue" (Kneitel/Reden; with Skit and Skat; last appearances of both)
    Skat tries to get Gramps back to Texas with a phony telegram about striking oil.
  • "Hobo's Holiday" (Kneitel/Reden; one-off; final Screen Song cartoon)
    A hobo riding the rails gets off in the town of Utopia.
  • "Hound for Pound" (Kneitel/Tafuri; one-off)
    A dog with no license is given a chance by the dog catcher to find himself a new home.
  • "The Sheepish Wolf" (Kneitel/Tafuri; one-off)
    A wolf gets a job as a sheepdog.
  • "Hiccup Hound" (Kneitel/Pattengill; with Goodie the Gremlin; last appearance of Goodie the Gremlin in the Noveltoon series)
    When the gremlins give a dog a bad case of hiccup, Goodie tries to cure the problem.

1964

  • "Whiz Quiz Kid" (Kneitel/Taras; with Ollie Owl; second and final appearance of Ollie Owl; final cartoon released in Seymour Kneitel's lifetime)
    TV executives come up with a kid’s quiz show with questions they believe no one can answer – until they meet Ollie the Owl.
  • "Laddy and his Lamp" (Kneitel/Taras; with Laddy and Ali Presto; first appearance of both)
    Laddy wants his genie, Ali Presto, to give him a model airplane.
  • "A Tiger's Tail" (Kneitel/Taras; with Laddy and Ali Presto; second and final appearance of both; last cartoon directed by Seymour Kneitel)
    Laddy and Ali Presto go on a hunting safari.
  • "Homer on the Range" (Post/Pattengill; one-off; first Noveltoon directed by Howard Post)
    Homer Ranger is sent to protect Sierra Susie from cattle rustler Cy Winder.

1965

  • "Horning In" (Post/Reden; with Silent Knight and Stanley; also their first appearances before being moved to Honey Halfwitch)
    Sir Cedric Sorehead plots to steal the magical Horn of Plenty from King Artie.
  • "A Hair-Raising Tale" (Post/Reden; one-off)
    Sheldon and Tinker go to a patent attorney about Tinker’s latest invention: a hair growing tonic.
  • "The Story of George Washington" (Mendelsohn/Post/Eugster; with Jacky; also his first appearance; Based on Mendelsohn’s comic strip, Jacky’s Whacky World)
    Jacky tells the story of George Washington.
  • "A Leak in the Dike" (Mendelssohn/Post/Taras; with Jacky; the second and final appearance of Jacky in the Golden Age of American Animation; Based on Mendelsohn’s comic strip, Jacky’s Whacky World)
    Jacky tells the story of Holland and how he saved Amsterdam (“Amster-darn”) from a flood.
  • "Tally-Hokum" (Post/Taras; one-off)
    Hangdog goes on a fox hunt for Moxie Foxie.

1966

  • "Op, Pop, Wham, and Bop" (Post/Taras; one-off)
    Museum of Way-Out Art guard Ffat Kat chases hungry Rat Ffink around the latest installation
  • "Sick Transit" (Post/Pattengill; one-off)
    Slow-moving motorist Roadhog is in the way of the hot-rodding Rapid Rabbit
  • "Space Kid" (Kneitel/Post/Silverman; with Kozmo the Space Kid; the final appearance of Kozmo the Space Kid in the Golden Age of American Animation; planned by Seymour Knietel and finished by an uncredited Howard Post; last Noveltoon directed by Howard Post)
    Kozmo comes back to Earth and ends up minding an infant for its mother – quieting all noise making on the city street with his ray gun.
  • "Geronimo & Son" (Culhane/Harriton/Beckerman; one-off; first Noveltoon directed by Shamus Culhane)
    Native American Geronimo, who has never shot an arrow, is forced to compete in an archery competition.

1967

  • "The Trip" (Culhane/Beckerman; one-off)
    An office worker on vacation, an ocean cruise, falls overboard and becomes a castaway – soon befriending a native gorilla on a desert island.
  • "Robin Hood-winked" (Culhane/Eugster; with Sir Blur; the final appearance of Sir Blur (who previously appeared in Modern Madcaps) in the Golden Age of American Animation; very last Noveltoon ever produced after the studio closed down; final cartoon directed by Shamus Culhane; only short to use the 1967-present MPAA logo on the opening credits)
    When Sir Blur wins the election for Sherriff, the King orders him to capture Robin Hood.

Why This Era Isn't a Novelty

  1. Awful and weak writing from the new writers.
    • It wouldn't help as a quarter of the old writers either left (Larz Bourne) or were mostly demoted to regular animators (I. Klein, Irv Spector).
      • With the majority of the 1960-61 works were almost entirely written by both Jack Mercer and Carl Meyer (who would leave shortly after 1961).
        • While Irv Spector and I. Klein did occasionally write around this period, it was only a few and they would eventually leave Paramount shortly after.
  2. The familiar title card sequences (such as the Noveltoons jack-in-the-box intro and the original Little Audrey intro) were changed to be more simplified and have weirder typography, particularly with the Noveltoons intro used in 1964-65.
    • Speaking of the title card, the opening fanfare was also changed as well; while it still sounded pretty catchy, it isn't as good as Sammy Timberg's opening fanfare.
  3. Extremely slow pacing for most of the shorts, making the jokes fall flat or drag out for too long.
    • Just like Herman and Katnip and Tom and Jerry (Gene Deitch Era), it rely more on gratuitous over-the-top violence instead of slapstick.
      • As with most of the Noveltoon shorts from the previous years, most of the gags remain to be predictable and overused, while also rather violent and realistic.
  4. Limited stock sound effects, which got worse during the 1967 cartoons. "The Trip" is most infamous for the limited amount of sound effects used.
  5. The characters' designs became much more simplistic, angular, and rigid which also suffer thick outlines. Little Audrey, Baby Huey, Spunky, Moe Hare, and Tommy Tortoise got impacted by this the most.
  6. Most of the new characters introduced in this era (most notably Professor Schmaltz and Kozmo the Space Kid) come off as bland, annoying, or rip-off traits of other characters from more popular studios. By 1959, due to Paramount selling their better-known characters such as Casper and Little Audrey to Harvey Comics, almost all of the characters are one-offs (besides Little Lulu), giving them no room for character development.
    • To replace the characters, several rip-offs were made, most notably Goodie the Gremlin, who is a rip-off of Casper, Skit, and Skat, who are even worse rip-offs of Herman and Katnip (which in return are rip-offs of Tom and Jerry), and Mortimer Tortoise and the Hare, who are rip-offs of Tommy Tortoise and Moe Hare.
  7. While not as much as Modern Madcap, this era lacks originality, as many of the shorts (especially Seymour Kneitel's shorts) in this era rip off previous Famous Studios cartoons or even material from other studios:
    • "Mr. Money Gags" is a rehash of the 1956 Bugs Bunny cartoon "Barbary Coast Bunny".
    • "Sportickles" is a rehash of the 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon "Sport Chumpions".
    • "Huey's Father's Day" is a rehash of the 1953 Baby Huey cartoon "Huey's Ducky Daddy".
    • "Silly Science" is a rip-off of the 1953 Looney Tunes cartoon "There Auto Be a Law".
    • "Counter Attack" is a rip-off of the 1954 Herman and Katnip cartoon "Of Mice and Menace".
    • "Homer on the Range" is a rehash of the 1961 Tom and Jerry cartoon "Tall in the Trap".
    • "Turtle Scoop" is a rip-off of the 1955 Snapper cartoon "News Hound".
    • "Space Kid" is a space-style rehash of the 1933 Popeye cartoon "Sock-a-Bye Baby".
    • "Be Mice to Cats" is a rip-off of the 1956 Herman and Katnip cartoon "Mouseum".
    • "Miceniks" is a rip-off of the 1956 Herman and Katnip cartoon "Mousetro Herman".
    • "The Sheepish Wolf" is a rip-off of the Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf cartoons of Looney Tunes, as well as the 1942 Looney Tunes cartoon of the same name.
    • "Travelaffs" is a rip-off of the Tex Avery travelogue cartoons of Merrie Melodies.
  8. While the animation doesn't look too bad for the early cartoons of 1955-57, it did take a nosedive starting with Baby Huey's "Jumping With Toy"; and became extremely poor in 1959.
    • The animation quality from 1959 onwards is heavily resemblant of most television cartoons at that time, and is a severe downgrade from other cartoons at the time (even comparing to the UPA's Mr. Magoo (60's series) and The Dick Tracy Show, the Format Films and early Warner Bros.-Seven Arts cartoons of Looney Tunes).
      • After 1958, budget cuts were also made towards the coloring process, resorting to cheaper alternatives, such as Paramount ceasing the use of the more superior three-strip Technicolor color process in favor of cheaper color processes such as Kodak's Eastmancolor. While not necessarily a bad thing, most of the cartoons in this era suffer from dull, dark, or washed-out colors.
  9. Overuse of Native American stereotyping in these cartoons, to the point where it isn't funny and comes out as tasteless, though it's was toned down during 1965-66 cartoons.
    • In comparison, most other theatrical cartoons (such as Looney Tunes) of the time either didn't use these stereotypes or used them at a minimum.
  10. Most of the shorts' endings can range from dark (like "Kitty Cornered"), strange (like "Chew Chew Baby"), odd (like "Dawg Gawn") to downright terrible (like "Huey's Father's Day"), bland (like "Lion in the Roar"), or unfunny (like "A Sight for Squaw Eyes").
  11. After 1960-61, the majority of the old voice actors, with the exceptions of Jack Mercer, Allen Swift, Eddie Lawrence, (Mercer and Lawrence would leave Paramount by 1965), and Cecil Roy (Roy would leave Paramount by 1963), all departed from Paramount's work.
    • This would lead to new voice artists coming in such as:
      • Dayton Allen (in "Grateful Gus")
      • Bob McFadden (in "Miceniks")
      • Corinne Orr
        • While not bad voice artists, around this period, some of the voice actings started becoming an occasional hit or miss.
  12. Not as much Modern Madcap, Numerous bad or mediocre shorts scattered everywhere during this era like:
    • "Huey's Father's Day" (which ended Baby Huey's career at Paramount on a sour note)
    • "Travelaffs"
    • "Jumping With Toy"
    • "Fishing Tackler"
    • "Lion in the Roar"
    • "A Sight for Squaw Eyes"

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The animation was good until 1957, but then looked okay until 1959.
  2. Passable music from Winston Sharples, especially in "Mr. Money Gags" and "Sick Transit", despite downsizing its studio orchestra.
    • Likewise, many of the title tunes remain catchy, such as the ones used.
  3. Despite the downfall in quality, the Little Audrey cartoons, the Moe Hare and Tommy Tortoise cartoons, and Little Lulu cartoons (who returned for two brief appearances in 1961 and 1962 after a long absence from 1949-1960) got impacted the least from the downsizing.
  4. Besides Professor Schmaltz and Kozmo the Space Kid, Some of the characters are still likable, such as:
    • Little Audrey
    • Tommy Tortoise and Moe Hare
    • Goodie the Gremlin (despite being a rip-off of Casper)
    • Renoir the Matchmaker
    • Jacky
    • Spunky
    • Baby Huey (except for his last apperance in "Huey's Father Day")
    • Little Lulu
    • Sir Blur
  5. The series did slightly improve when Both Gene Deitch and Howard Post took over the direction of the studio following the passing of veteran director Seymour Kneitel, although this improvement is rather small and Gene Deitch just directed 3 shorts in this series.
    • However, the cartoons would have more creative plots and slightly less predictable gags.
      • It got much better once Shamus Culhane helped take the Noveltoon in a different direction and made the last few of the shorts treat limited budget livability into a unique asset.
  6. There are still a decent amount of good shorts (usually those with the classic cast early in this era or storyboarded by Irv Spector). They include:
    • "Little Audrey Riding Hood" (which started this era on a high note)
    • "Kitty Cornered"
    • "Sleuth but Sure"
    • "Swab the Duck"
    • "Pedro and Lorenzo"
    • "Sir Irving and Jeames"
    • "Pest Pupil"
    • "Grateful Gus" (which ended Dave Tendlar's career on a decent note)
    • "Finnegan's Flea"
    • "Okey Dokey Donkey" (which ended Spunky's career at Paramount on a good note)
    • "Chew Chew Baby" (which ended Izzy Sparber’s career on a good note)
    • "Dawg Gawn" (which ended Little Audrey's career at Paramount on a good note)
    • "Mr. Money Gags" (which ended Moe Hare's and Tommy Tortoise's careers at Paramount on very high notes)
    • "L'Amour the Merrier"
    • "Munro"
    • "The Lion's Busy"
    • "Alvin's Solo Flight"
    • "Anatole"
    • "Hobo's Holiday"
    • "A Leak in the Dike"
    • "Sick Transit"
    • "Space Kid"
    • "Geronimo & Son"
    • "The Trip"
    • "Robin Hood-winked" (which ended the this era on a decent note)

Shorts With Their Own Pages

Trivia

  • Very few cartoons in this era have been released to home media. Most of the Noveltoons that were sold to Harvey Comics ("Little Audrey Riding Hood" until "T.V. Or No T.V." with exceptions of Munro and Alvin's Solo Flight) were released to DVD using their prints from The Harveytoons Show, which often lack their original titles and endings, are played at PAL speed, and few of the cartoons appear to be unrestored with upgraded color hues (much like the dubbed versions of Looney Tunes cartoons). On the other hand, "Space Kid" is the only cartoon in this era that wasn't sold to Harvey Comics to be restored for a Paramount DVD (in this case, the DVD release of the 1982 Nick Nolte/Eddie Murphy film 48 Hrs).
  • Paramount signed a three year deal with Kodak for printing the cartoon release prints in their Eastmancolor process. This began with the final Noveltoon release of 1959, Out Of This Whirl (which is also the final cartoon in the original Harveytoon package). Paramount would return to Technicolor printing in late 1963 in Whiz Quiz Kid.

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