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'''''Famous Studios''''' (renamed Paramount Cartoon Studios in 1956) was the animation division of the film studio Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures from [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1942]] to [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1967]]. Famous was founded as a successor company to FleischerStudios, after Paramount acquired Fleischer Studios and ousted its founders, Max and Dave Fleischer, in 1941. The studio's productions included three series started by the Fleischers—{{Popeye}} the Sailor, [[SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman]], and Screen Songs—as well as LittleLulu, CasperTheFriendlyGhost, HermanAndKatnip, BabyHuey, LittleAudrey, and the anthology {{Noveltoons}} series.

Unlike the Fleischer Brothers, this studio proved to be a mere shadow creatively to their work as the films produced gradually declined into largely formulaic kiddie stuff. This especially applied after their original characters like Casper were sold to Creator/HarveyComics and production budgets were slashed. There was a momentary ray of hope in 1964 when comic book veteran Howard Post assumed control with some creative films along with ShamusCulhane, but they soon left after internal conflicts. Eventually, Creator/RalphBakshi was hired in 1967, but he barely got going with his vision when Paramount's new corporate owners, Gulf+Western, began shutting the shorts department down.

With that, Paramount's involvement in animation came to a close until they became the distributor of Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in 2006 who soon [[GrowingTheBeard hit its artistic stride]] with great new animated feature films like ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Then in 2011, Paramount distributed the Oscar winning hit, ''{{Rango}}'', with {{ILM}} producing and Paramount decided to reenter the animation game once again, with their first project to be a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''.

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!!Theatrical short subjects series:
* {{Popeye}} the Sailor (inherited from FleischerStudios, 1942 – 1957)
* [[SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman]] (inherited from FleischerStudios, 1942 – 1943)
* {{Noveltoons}} (1943 – 1967)
* LittleLulu (1943 – 1948)
* LittleAudrey (1947-1958)
* Raggedy Ann: Appeared in two shorts made by the studio: "Suddenly It's Spring" (1944), and "The Enchanted Square" (1947).
* ScreenSongs (1947 – 1951; originally produced by Fleischer Studios 1929 – 1938)
* CasperTheFriendlyGhost (Initially appeared in three Noveltoons short subjects, graduated to a standalone series from 1950 – 1959)
* BabyHuey (1950-1959)
* Kartunes (1951 – 1953)
* HermanAndKatnip (1952 – 1959)
* Modern Madcaps (1958 – 1967)
* Jeepers and Creepers (1960)
* The Cat (1961)
* Swifty and Shorty (1964 – 1965; originated in 1963 as Ralph and Percy)
* Honey Halfwitch (1965 – 1967)
* Merry Makers (1967)
* Go Go Toons (1967)
* Fractured Fables (1967)

!!Television series:

* Segments of ''Popeye'' (1960 – 1962; outsourced from King Features)
* Segments of ''FelixTheCat'' (1958 – 1961; outsourced from King Features and Trans-Lux)
* ''The New Casper Cartoon Show'' (1962 – 1963, produced for Harvey Films)
* Segments of ''King Features Trilogy'' (1963 – 1965; outsourced from King Features)
** Twelve of the Paramount-produced shorts in this series were released theatrically in 1962 under the title ''Comic Kings''
* The Mighty Thor segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes'' (1966; outsourced from Grantray-Lawrence Animation)

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!!Tropes:

* BlackComedy: When their shorts aren't being lighthearted and sentimental, they can be downright mean spirited and nasty in their humor, which in turn is aided by how violently the gags in shorts like HermanAndKatnip are played out.
* BloodlessCarnage / FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Arguably the most prominent aspect of the cartoons. Herman and Katnip and Baby Huey cartoons in particular have some of the most painful-looking violent gags in any cartoon ever.
* CatchPhrase: Katnip's "Dat sounds logical!"
* CleverCrows: Buzzy Crow, who is usually paired with dimwitted Katnip Cat. Katnip tries to eat Buzzy as some form of cure for something, so Buzzy fools him into trying some other "cures", resulting in AmusingInjuries.
* EndlessWinter: The cartoon ''Suddenly It's Spring'' from 28 April 1944 features Raggedy Ann pleading with Old Man Winter to relent, so that the sun may shine upon her owner, who lies abed dying from lack of sunlight.
* FleetingDemographicRule: The rationale behind the re-made Popeye shorts.
* LimitedAnimation: The "Modern Madcaps" series, an attempt by Famous to transition into the then-hot {{UPA}} style of animation.
* PublicDomainAnimation: a decent number of their cartoons (especially Popeye) have entered the Public Domain and are free to view online.
* ShotForShotRemake: Many of their Popeye shorts were blatant remakes of earlier Fleischer ones.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: In "Sheep Shape", when the wolf sees the singing senorita, he does a WildTake, and has two soda bottles he was holding [[FreudWasRight erupt in a mountain of fizz.]]
* SpinOff: ''Herman and Katnip'' originated from ''Noveltoons''. Additionally, ''Honey Halfwitch'' was spun off from the ''Modern Madcap'' short "Poor Little Witch Girl".
* StrictlyFormula: The studios cartoons are notorious for how formula-driven they were, although part of this was the result of Paramount's frugal budgets and explicit forbidding of the studio taking artistic risks--this was an attempt to prevent the studio from going through another financial meltdown like what had happened with the two Fleischer Studios features. Lee Mishkin, an inbetweener for the studio, even has a quote about it:
-->''"I think the problem lay in the attitude of the management. The bosses would go to screenings with a list of all the gags in a film on a clipboard. They'd put a check after each gag that got a laugh and use it in the next picture. If a gag got a laugh in three pictures in a row, it became a standard and they'd use it in every picture after that. They had a real nuts-and-bolts approach to making films."''
** It is important to note that by the 60's, when ShamusCulhane got on board with the studio, they deliberately started leading the studio in a more anti-formulaic, experimental direction, with shorts like "My Daddy The Astronaut" (notably designed to [[StylisticSuck look like a child drew the whole film]], with a kid narrating it and the soundtrack all done by harmonica), "The Plumber" and "TheOperaCaper", but by then it was too little, too late.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Done in "Sheep Shape".
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'''''Famous Studios''''' (renamed Paramount Cartoon Studios in 1956) was the animation division of the film studio Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures from [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1942]] to [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1967]]. Famous was founded as a successor company to FleischerStudios, after Paramount acquired Fleischer Studios and ousted its founders, Max and Dave Fleischer, in 1941. The studio's productions included three series started by the Fleischers—{{Popeye}} the Sailor, [[SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman]], and Screen Songs—as well as LittleLulu, CasperTheFriendlyGhost, HermanAndKatnip, BabyHuey, LittleAudrey, and the anthology {{Noveltoons}} series.

Unlike the Fleischer Brothers, this studio proved to be a mere shadow creatively to their work as the films produced gradually declined into largely formulaic kiddie stuff. This especially applied after their original characters like Casper were sold to Creator/HarveyComics and production budgets were slashed. There was a momentary ray of hope in 1964 when comic book veteran Howard Post assumed control with some creative films along with ShamusCulhane, but they soon left after internal conflicts. Eventually, Creator/RalphBakshi was hired in 1967, but he barely got going with his vision when Paramount's new corporate owners, Gulf+Western, began shutting the shorts department down.

With that, Paramount's involvement in animation came to a close until they became the distributor of Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in 2006 who soon [[GrowingTheBeard hit its artistic stride]] with great new animated feature films like ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Then in 2011, Paramount distributed the Oscar winning hit, ''{{Rango}}'', with {{ILM}} producing and Paramount decided to reenter the animation game once again, with their first project to be a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''.

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!!Theatrical short subjects series:
* {{Popeye}} the Sailor (inherited from FleischerStudios, 1942 – 1957)
* [[SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman]] (inherited from FleischerStudios, 1942 – 1943)
* {{Noveltoons}} (1943 – 1967)
* LittleLulu (1943 – 1948)
* LittleAudrey (1947-1958)
* Raggedy Ann: Appeared in two shorts made by the studio: "Suddenly It's Spring" (1944), and "The Enchanted Square" (1947).
* ScreenSongs (1947 – 1951; originally produced by Fleischer Studios 1929 – 1938)
* CasperTheFriendlyGhost (Initially appeared in three Noveltoons short subjects, graduated to a standalone series from 1950 – 1959)
* BabyHuey (1950-1959)
* Kartunes (1951 – 1953)
* HermanAndKatnip (1952 – 1959)
* Modern Madcaps (1958 – 1967)
* Jeepers and Creepers (1960)
* The Cat (1961)
* Swifty and Shorty (1964 – 1965; originated in 1963 as Ralph and Percy)
* Honey Halfwitch (1965 – 1967)
* Merry Makers (1967)
* Go Go Toons (1967)
* Fractured Fables (1967)

!!Television series:

* Segments of ''Popeye'' (1960 – 1962; outsourced from King Features)
* Segments of ''FelixTheCat'' (1958 – 1961; outsourced from King Features and Trans-Lux)
* ''The New Casper Cartoon Show'' (1962 – 1963, produced for Harvey Films)
* Segments of ''King Features Trilogy'' (1963 – 1965; outsourced from King Features)
** Twelve of the Paramount-produced shorts in this series were released theatrically in 1962 under the title ''Comic Kings''
* The Mighty Thor segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes'' (1966; outsourced from Grantray-Lawrence Animation)

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!!Tropes:

* BlackComedy: When their shorts aren't being lighthearted and sentimental, they can be downright mean spirited and nasty in their humor, which in turn is aided by how violently the gags in shorts like HermanAndKatnip are played out.
* BloodlessCarnage / FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Arguably the most prominent aspect of the cartoons. Herman and Katnip and Baby Huey cartoons in particular have some of the most painful-looking violent gags in any cartoon ever.
* CatchPhrase: Katnip's "Dat sounds logical!"
* CleverCrows: Buzzy Crow, who is usually paired with dimwitted Katnip Cat. Katnip tries to eat Buzzy as some form of cure for something, so Buzzy fools him into trying some other "cures", resulting in AmusingInjuries.
* EndlessWinter: The cartoon ''Suddenly It's Spring'' from 28 April 1944 features Raggedy Ann pleading with Old Man Winter to relent, so that the sun may shine upon her owner, who lies abed dying from lack of sunlight.
* FleetingDemographicRule: The rationale behind the re-made Popeye shorts.
* LimitedAnimation: The "Modern Madcaps" series, an attempt by Famous to transition into the then-hot {{UPA}} style of animation.
* PublicDomainAnimation: a decent number of their cartoons (especially Popeye) have entered the Public Domain and are free to view online.
* ShotForShotRemake: Many of their Popeye shorts were blatant remakes of earlier Fleischer ones.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: In "Sheep Shape", when the wolf sees the singing senorita, he does a WildTake, and has two soda bottles he was holding [[FreudWasRight erupt in a mountain of fizz.]]
* SpinOff: ''Herman and Katnip'' originated from ''Noveltoons''. Additionally, ''Honey Halfwitch'' was spun off from the ''Modern Madcap'' short "Poor Little Witch Girl".
* StrictlyFormula: The studios cartoons are notorious for how formula-driven they were, although part of this was the result of Paramount's frugal budgets and explicit forbidding of the studio taking artistic risks--this was an attempt to prevent the studio from going through another financial meltdown like what had happened with the two Fleischer Studios features. Lee Mishkin, an inbetweener for the studio, even has a quote about it:
-->''"I think the problem lay in the attitude of the management. The bosses would go to screenings with a list of all the gags in a film on a clipboard. They'd put a check after each gag that got a laugh and use it in the next picture. If a gag got a laugh in three pictures in a row, it became a standard and they'd use it in every picture after that. They had a real nuts-and-bolts approach to making films."''
** It is important to note that by the 60's, when ShamusCulhane got on board with the studio, they deliberately started leading the studio in a more anti-formulaic, experimental direction, with shorts like "My Daddy The Astronaut" (notably designed to [[StylisticSuck look like a child drew the whole film]], with a kid narrating it and the soundtrack all done by harmonica), "The Plumber" and "TheOperaCaper", but by then it was too little, too late.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Done in "Sheep Shape".
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21st Jun '14 9:45:09 PM TheBeanerItWas
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* BlackComedy: When their shorts aren't being lighthearted and sentimental, they can be downright mean spirited and nasty in their humor, which in turn is aided by how violently the gags in shorts like HermanAndKatnip are played out.
1st May '14 5:28:56 PM SciFiMs
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* CleverCrows: Buzzy Crow, who is usually paired with dimwitted Katnip Cat. Katnip tries to eat Buzzy as some form of cure for something, so Buzzy fools him into trying some other "cures", resulting in AmusingInjuries.
28th Jan '14 11:31:07 PM Surenity
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* FleetingDemographicRule: With the Popeye shorts.

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* FleetingDemographicRule: With The rationale behind the re-made Popeye shorts.
30th Oct '13 4:54:35 AM TheBeanerItWas
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Unlike the Fleischer Brothers, this studio proved to be a mere shadow creatively to their work as the films produced gradually declined into largely formulaic kiddie stuff. This especially applied after their original characters like Casper were sold to Creator/HarveyComics and production budgets were slashed. There was a momentary ray of hope in 1964 when comic book veteran Howard Post assumed control with some creative films, but he soon left after internal conflicts. Eventually, Creator/RalphBakshi was hired in 1967, but he barely got going with his vision when Paramount's new corporate owners, Gulf+Western, began shutting the shorts department down.

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Unlike the Fleischer Brothers, this studio proved to be a mere shadow creatively to their work as the films produced gradually declined into largely formulaic kiddie stuff. This especially applied after their original characters like Casper were sold to Creator/HarveyComics and production budgets were slashed. There was a momentary ray of hope in 1964 when comic book veteran Howard Post assumed control with some creative films, films along with ShamusCulhane, but he they soon left after internal conflicts. Eventually, Creator/RalphBakshi was hired in 1967, but he barely got going with his vision when Paramount's new corporate owners, Gulf+Western, began shutting the shorts department down.



** It is important to note that by the 60's, when ShamusCulhane got on board with the studio, they deliberately started leading the studio in a more anti-formulaic, experimental direction, with shorts like "My Daddy The Astronaut" (notably designed to [[StylisticSuck look like a child drew the whole film]], with a kid narrating it and the soundtrack all done by harmonica), "The Plumber" and "TheOperaCaper".

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** It is important to note that by the 60's, when ShamusCulhane got on board with the studio, they deliberately started leading the studio in a more anti-formulaic, experimental direction, with shorts like "My Daddy The Astronaut" (notably designed to [[StylisticSuck look like a child drew the whole film]], with a kid narrating it and the soundtrack all done by harmonica), "The Plumber" and "TheOperaCaper"."TheOperaCaper", but by then it was too little, too late.
30th Oct '13 4:53:35 AM TheBeanerItWas
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** It is important to note that by the 60's, when ShamusCulhane got on board with the studio, they deliberately started leading the studio in a more anti-formulaic, experimental direction, with shorts like "My Daddy The Astronaut" (notably designed to [[StylisticSuck look like a child drew the whole film]], with a kid narrating it and the soundtrack all done by harmonica), "The Plumber" and "TheOperaCaper".
30th Oct '13 4:50:10 AM TheBeanerItWas
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* LimitedAnimation: The "Modern Madcaps" series, an attempt by Famous to transition into the then-hot {{UPA}} style of animation.
21st Aug '13 12:51:19 PM MarkLungo
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Unlike the Fleischer Brothers, this studio proved to be a mere shadow creatively to their work as the films produced gradually declined into largely formulaic kiddie stuff. This especially applied after their original characters like Casper were sold to HarveyComics and production budgets were slashed. There was a momentary ray of hope in 1964 when comic book veteran Howard Post assumed control with some creative films, but he soon left after internal conflicts. Eventually, Creator/RalphBakshi was hired in 1967, but he barely got going with his vision when Paramount's new corporate owners, Gulf+Western, began shutting the shorts department down.

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Unlike the Fleischer Brothers, this studio proved to be a mere shadow creatively to their work as the films produced gradually declined into largely formulaic kiddie stuff. This especially applied after their original characters like Casper were sold to HarveyComics Creator/HarveyComics and production budgets were slashed. There was a momentary ray of hope in 1964 when comic book veteran Howard Post assumed control with some creative films, but he soon left after internal conflicts. Eventually, Creator/RalphBakshi was hired in 1967, but he barely got going with his vision when Paramount's new corporate owners, Gulf+Western, began shutting the shorts department down.



* SpinOff: ''Herman and Katnip'' originated from ''Noveltoons''. Additionaly, ''Honey Halfwitch'' was spun off from the ''Modern Madcap'' short "Poor Little Witch Girl".

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* SpinOff: ''Herman and Katnip'' originated from ''Noveltoons''. Additionaly, Additionally, ''Honey Halfwitch'' was spun off from the ''Modern Madcap'' short "Poor Little Witch Girl".



* WholesomeCrossdresser: Done in "Sheep Shape".

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* WholesomeCrossdresser: Done in "Sheep Shape".Shape".
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16th Aug '13 12:03:36 PM Regulas314
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* PublicDomainAnimation: a decent number of their cartoons (especially Popeye) have entered the Public Domain and are free to view online.
28th May '13 5:55:17 PM Disney23
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* SpinOff: ''Herman and Katnip'' originated from ''Noveltoons''. Additionaly, ''Honey Halfwitch'' was spun off from the ''Modern Madcap'' short "Poor Little Witch Girl".
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