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1st Jul '13 3:54:16 PM MarkLungo
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->"[[SelfDeprecation Disney is the Tiffany's in this business, and I am the Woolworth's.]]"
-->--Paul Terry summing up Terrytoons in a nutshell.

One of the more obscure studios from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, '''''Terry Toons''''' was the animation division of [[TwentiethCenturyFox 20th Century Fox]]. It was founded by former {{Van Beuren|Studios}} employee Paul Terry. It produced classic cartoon serials such as WesternAnimation/MightyMouse and {{Heckle and Jeckle}}.

Animation historians and modern animators (with occasional exceptions like Leonard Maltin and JohnKricfalusi) are hostile towards this studio and its output, writing off these cartoons as cheaply produced garbage only worth a footnote in their books. This is HilariousInHindsight because Paul Terry was considered the ''Dean of Animation'' in the 20's and 30's period of animation; even ''Creator/WaltDisney'' looked up to him and hoped to make cartoons as good and funny as his. Also, thanks to an online resurgance of the cartoons, not only on youtube but many classic animation blogs and websites, the cartoons are slowly gaining a loyal fan following, particularly among modern animators.

The animation was crude, but it had its merits: from the beginning it was [[BuffySpeak cartoony]] and lively, and the cartoons had good pacing and crisp visual jokes. Jim Tyer and Carlo Vinci in particular made some creative, wild animation in these shorts, which helped contribute to their popularity back when they were popular.

Terry himself didn't care how these cartoons were drawn or animated as long as the animators met their quota. There were and are many, many cartoons from this studio, but most of them (even the good ones) haven't gotten much airtime since the end of TheDarkAgeOfAnimation.

This was the debut studio of ''three'' major animation stars: [[NoteworthyDisneyStaff Bill Tytla of Disney fame]], Joseph Barbera of HannaBarbera before he went to {{MGM}}, and Creator/RalphBakshi, who joined the studio in [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation its twilight years.]]

These cartoons were also a big influence on anime legend OsamuTezuka.

Now has a [[Characters/TerryToons Character Sheet.]]
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!!Series Made By This Studio:
[[index]]
* Farmer Alfalfa
* WesternAnimation/MightyMouse
* Gandy Goose and Sourpuss
* WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle
* WesternAnimation/TomTerrific
* Dinky Duck
* Deputy Dawg
* WesternAnimation/{{Hashimotosan}}
* Hector Heathcote
* WesternAnimation/SidneyTheElephant
* WesternAnimation/JamesHound
* Oil Can Harry
[[/index]]
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!!Tropes Related to This Studio:
* AmbiguouslyGay: Gandy Goose. This was even parodied in ''MightyMouseTheNewAdventures''.
* AnimatedAnthology: "Mighty Mouse Playhouse" is potentially the TropeMaker for WesternAnimation clip show re-airings of old cartoons.
* DeadHorseTrope: The shorts would frequently parody melodramas of the day, a genre that is only remembered ''because'' of its many parodies.
* DerangedAnimation: Any scene done by Jim Tyer, arguably Terry's top animator.
* HighOnCatnip: One oneshot short, "Catnip Capers", is about a cat who goes through a DisneyAcidSequence after sniffing some catnip.
* LimitedAnimation: One of the most prominent and early users of this.
* LongRunner: Despite the low budgets, total reliance on formula, and rushed animation, the Terrytoons enjoyed a ''very'' long, healthy lifespan, lasting from 1929 all the way up to 1968, where they were finally forced to close up shop on account of theatrical cartoons becoming all but completely unprofitable by that point--only the WalterLantz cartoon studio was able to outlast Terrytoons with their shorts, by four measly years. And even that wasn't enough to kill them--the Terrytoons enjoyed an equally healthy lifespan on TV for decades, with Mighty Mouse Playhouse pioneering the concept of [[AnimatedAnthology recycling old theatrical cartoons for reairing on TV.]]
* RecycledScript: A lot of the shorts.
* {{Retool}}: After Paul Terry sold the studio to CBS they hired Gene Deitch to take over as the creative director. Deitch, who himself had very low opinion of Terry's outputs, proceeded to change everything, from getting rid of the old characters in favor of the new (removing the likes of ''Mighty Mouse'' and ''Heckle and Jeckle'' in favor of ''Clint Clobber'' and ''Sidney the Elephant''), changing the design style to a more contemporary UPA style, hiring new personnel (WITHOUT firing old ones, amazingly enough), and more. It's agreed that the cartoons produced during this era are genuinely good.
** It didn't last long. Bill Weiss took over the studio after Terry sold it to CBS, and he wasn't warm to the idea of Terrytoons becoming a rennaisance animation house. It was said he wanted Deitch fired from day one, so after Deitch did leave, Weiss chose to fall back on the same old same old, only on TV budgets.
** After the studio shut its doors, Bill Weiss commissioned two pilots for CBS: ''Sally Sargent'' and ''The Ruby Eye Of The Monkey God,'' both farmed out to the Fred Calvert studio. Neither pilot sold, but the Calvert studio did animate two commercials with Mighty Mouse hawking Zestabs children's vitamins.
* StrictlyFormula: Paul Terry was the kind of guy who liked to play it safe and cared little to nothing for innovation, with his shorts often relying on plots, jokes and formulas long after other cartoons had stopped using them. One short with Gandy and Sourpuss even had a plot very similar to "Mickey's Trailer," ''a full decade'' after that cartoon had been aired in theaters! Worse yet, he waited till 1938 to switch to color, and if it hadn't been for Fox forcing him to raise the quality of his cartoons in the late 30s and 40s, he would have stuck to making cartoons as simple as early 30s cartoons.
** As Ralph Bakshi once quipped: "Why do you need another Terrytoons, with a cat chasing a mouse, in 1956?"
* WithFriendsLikeThese: The relationship between Gandy Goose and Sourpuss the Cat. Animator JohnKricfalusi claimed that their relationship was part of what inspired the relationship between RenAndStimpy.
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->"[[SelfDeprecation Disney is the Tiffany's in this business, and I am the Woolworth's.]]"
-->--Paul Terry summing up Terrytoons in a nutshell.

One of the more obscure studios from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, '''''Terry Toons''''' was the animation division of [[TwentiethCenturyFox 20th Century Fox]]. It was founded by former {{Van Beuren|Studios}} employee Paul Terry. It produced classic cartoon serials such as WesternAnimation/MightyMouse and {{Heckle and Jeckle}}.

Animation historians and modern animators (with occasional exceptions like Leonard Maltin and JohnKricfalusi) are hostile towards this studio and its output, writing off these cartoons as cheaply produced garbage only worth a footnote in their books. This is HilariousInHindsight because Paul Terry was considered the ''Dean of Animation'' in the 20's and 30's period of animation; even ''Creator/WaltDisney'' looked up to him and hoped to make cartoons as good and funny as his. Also, thanks to an online resurgance of the cartoons, not only on youtube but many classic animation blogs and websites, the cartoons are slowly gaining a loyal fan following, particularly among modern animators.

The animation was crude, but it had its merits: from the beginning it was [[BuffySpeak cartoony]] and lively, and the cartoons had good pacing and crisp visual jokes. Jim Tyer and Carlo Vinci in particular made some creative, wild animation in these shorts, which helped contribute to their popularity back when they were popular.

Terry himself didn't care how these cartoons were drawn or animated as long as the animators met their quota. There were and are many, many cartoons from this studio, but most of them (even the good ones) haven't gotten much airtime since the end of TheDarkAgeOfAnimation.

This was the debut studio of ''three'' major animation stars: [[NoteworthyDisneyStaff Bill Tytla of Disney fame]], Joseph Barbera of HannaBarbera before he went to {{MGM}}, and Creator/RalphBakshi, who joined the studio in [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation its twilight years.]]

These cartoons were also a big influence on anime legend OsamuTezuka.

Now has a [[Characters/TerryToons Character Sheet.]]
------------------------------
!!Series Made By This Studio:
[[index]]
* Farmer Alfalfa
* WesternAnimation/MightyMouse
* Gandy Goose and Sourpuss
* WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle
* WesternAnimation/TomTerrific
* Dinky Duck
* Deputy Dawg
* WesternAnimation/{{Hashimotosan}}
* Hector Heathcote
* WesternAnimation/SidneyTheElephant
* WesternAnimation/JamesHound
* Oil Can Harry
[[/index]]
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!!Tropes Related to This Studio:
* AmbiguouslyGay: Gandy Goose. This was even parodied in ''MightyMouseTheNewAdventures''.
* AnimatedAnthology: "Mighty Mouse Playhouse" is potentially the TropeMaker for WesternAnimation clip show re-airings of old cartoons.
* DeadHorseTrope: The shorts would frequently parody melodramas of the day, a genre that is only remembered ''because'' of its many parodies.
* DerangedAnimation: Any scene done by Jim Tyer, arguably Terry's top animator.
* HighOnCatnip: One oneshot short, "Catnip Capers", is about a cat who goes through a DisneyAcidSequence after sniffing some catnip.
* LimitedAnimation: One of the most prominent and early users of this.
* LongRunner: Despite the low budgets, total reliance on formula, and rushed animation, the Terrytoons enjoyed a ''very'' long, healthy lifespan, lasting from 1929 all the way up to 1968, where they were finally forced to close up shop on account of theatrical cartoons becoming all but completely unprofitable by that point--only the WalterLantz cartoon studio was able to outlast Terrytoons with their shorts, by four measly years. And even that wasn't enough to kill them--the Terrytoons enjoyed an equally healthy lifespan on TV for decades, with Mighty Mouse Playhouse pioneering the concept of [[AnimatedAnthology recycling old theatrical cartoons for reairing on TV.]]
* RecycledScript: A lot of the shorts.
* {{Retool}}: After Paul Terry sold the studio to CBS they hired Gene Deitch to take over as the creative director. Deitch, who himself had very low opinion of Terry's outputs, proceeded to change everything, from getting rid of the old characters in favor of the new (removing the likes of ''Mighty Mouse'' and ''Heckle and Jeckle'' in favor of ''Clint Clobber'' and ''Sidney the Elephant''), changing the design style to a more contemporary UPA style, hiring new personnel (WITHOUT firing old ones, amazingly enough), and more. It's agreed that the cartoons produced during this era are genuinely good.
** It didn't last long. Bill Weiss took over the studio after Terry sold it to CBS, and he wasn't warm to the idea of Terrytoons becoming a rennaisance animation house. It was said he wanted Deitch fired from day one, so after Deitch did leave, Weiss chose to fall back on the same old same old, only on TV budgets.
** After the studio shut its doors, Bill Weiss commissioned two pilots for CBS: ''Sally Sargent'' and ''The Ruby Eye Of The Monkey God,'' both farmed out to the Fred Calvert studio. Neither pilot sold, but the Calvert studio did animate two commercials with Mighty Mouse hawking Zestabs children's vitamins.
* StrictlyFormula: Paul Terry was the kind of guy who liked to play it safe and cared little to nothing for innovation, with his shorts often relying on plots, jokes and formulas long after other cartoons had stopped using them. One short with Gandy and Sourpuss even had a plot very similar to "Mickey's Trailer," ''a full decade'' after that cartoon had been aired in theaters! Worse yet, he waited till 1938 to switch to color, and if it hadn't been for Fox forcing him to raise the quality of his cartoons in the late 30s and 40s, he would have stuck to making cartoons as simple as early 30s cartoons.
** As Ralph Bakshi once quipped: "Why do you need another Terrytoons, with a cat chasing a mouse, in 1956?"
* WithFriendsLikeThese: The relationship between Gandy Goose and Sourpuss the Cat. Animator JohnKricfalusi claimed that their relationship was part of what inspired the relationship between RenAndStimpy.
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4th Jun '13 8:44:00 PM Willbyr
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One of the more obscure studios from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, '''''TerryToons''''' was the animation division of [[TwentiethCenturyFox 20th Century Fox]]. It was founded by former [[VanBeurenStudios Van Beuren]] employee Paul Terry. It produced classic cartoon serials such as WesternAnimation/MightyMouse and {{Heckle and Jeckle}}.

Animation historians and modern animators (with occasional exceptions like Leonard Maltin and JohnKricfalusi) are hostile towards this studio and its output, writing off these cartoons as cheaply produced garbage only worth a footnote in their books. This is HilariousInHindsight because Paul Terry was considered the ''Dean of Animation'' in the 20's and 30's period of animation; even ''WaltDisney'' looked up to him and hoped to make cartoons as good and funny as his. Also, thanks to an online resurgance of the cartoons, not only on youtube but many classic animation blogs and websites, the cartoons are slowly gaining a loyal fan following, particularly among modern animators.

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One of the more obscure studios from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, '''''TerryToons''''' '''''Terry Toons''''' was the animation division of [[TwentiethCenturyFox 20th Century Fox]]. It was founded by former [[VanBeurenStudios Van Beuren]] {{Van Beuren|Studios}} employee Paul Terry. It produced classic cartoon serials such as WesternAnimation/MightyMouse and {{Heckle and Jeckle}}.

Animation historians and modern animators (with occasional exceptions like Leonard Maltin and JohnKricfalusi) are hostile towards this studio and its output, writing off these cartoons as cheaply produced garbage only worth a footnote in their books. This is HilariousInHindsight because Paul Terry was considered the ''Dean of Animation'' in the 20's and 30's period of animation; even ''WaltDisney'' ''Creator/WaltDisney'' looked up to him and hoped to make cartoons as good and funny as his. Also, thanks to an online resurgance of the cartoons, not only on youtube but many classic animation blogs and websites, the cartoons are slowly gaining a loyal fan following, particularly among modern animators.
24th Apr '13 10:20:29 AM VPhantom
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This was the debut studio of ''three'' major animation stars: [[NoteworthyDisneyStaff Bill Tytla of Disney fame]], Joseph Barbera of HannaBarbera before he went to {{MGM}}, and RalphBakshi, who joined the studio in [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation its twilight years.]]

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This was the debut studio of ''three'' major animation stars: [[NoteworthyDisneyStaff Bill Tytla of Disney fame]], Joseph Barbera of HannaBarbera before he went to {{MGM}}, and RalphBakshi, Creator/RalphBakshi, who joined the studio in [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation its twilight years.]]
31st Aug '12 6:34:47 AM Stanislav
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Terry himself didn't care how these cartoons were drawn or animated as long as the animators met their quota. (He often remarked, "Disney is the Tiffany's in this business; I am the Woolworth's.") There were and are many, many cartoons from this studio, but most of them (even the good ones) haven't gotten much airtime since the end of TheDarkAgeOfAnimation.

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Terry himself didn't care how these cartoons were drawn or animated as long as the animators met their quota. (He often remarked, "Disney is the Tiffany's in this business; I am the Woolworth's.") There were and are many, many cartoons from this studio, but most of them (even the good ones) haven't gotten much airtime since the end of TheDarkAgeOfAnimation.
21st Aug '12 12:44:34 PM Prinzenick
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Animation historians and modern animators (with occasional exceptions like Leonard Maltin and JohnKricfalusi) are hostile towards this studio and its output, writing off these cartoons as cheaply produced garbage only worth a footnote in their books. This is HilariousInHindsight because Paul Terry was considered the ''Dean of Animation'' in the 20's and 30's period of animation; even ''WaltDisney'' looked up to him and hoped to make cartoons as good and funny as his.

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Animation historians and modern animators (with occasional exceptions like Leonard Maltin and JohnKricfalusi) are hostile towards this studio and its output, writing off these cartoons as cheaply produced garbage only worth a footnote in their books. This is HilariousInHindsight because Paul Terry was considered the ''Dean of Animation'' in the 20's and 30's period of animation; even ''WaltDisney'' looked up to him and hoped to make cartoons as good and funny as his.
his. Also, thanks to an online resurgance of the cartoons, not only on youtube but many classic animation blogs and websites, the cartoons are slowly gaining a loyal fan following, particularly among modern animators.
21st Aug '12 12:43:05 PM Prinzenick
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* HighOnCatnip: One short is about a cat who goes through a DisneyAcidSequence after sniffing some catnip.

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* HighOnCatnip: One short oneshot short, "Catnip Capers", is about a cat who goes through a DisneyAcidSequence after sniffing some catnip.
7th Aug '12 3:57:28 PM Stanislav
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Terry himself didn't care how these cartoons were drawn or animated as long as the animators met their quota. There were and are many, many cartoons from this studio, but most of them (even the good ones) haven't gotten much airtime since the end of TheDarkAgeOfAnimation.

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Terry himself didn't care how these cartoons were drawn or animated as long as the animators met their quota. (He often remarked, "Disney is the Tiffany's in this business; I am the Woolworth's.") There were and are many, many cartoons from this studio, but most of them (even the good ones) haven't gotten much airtime since the end of TheDarkAgeOfAnimation.
1st Aug '12 6:01:43 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ExecutiveMeddling: A [[TropesAreNotBad GOOD]] example of this trope--Paul Terry made only the barest effort put into his cartoons production values until the late 1930's, when Fox forced him to beef up the quality of his cartoons or get the axe.



* [[MoneyDearBoy Money, Dear Boy]]: Paul Terry was a total cheapskate and believed animation should be all business and no art. And how long an employee stayed at the studio depended on whether they could rush to meet their quota. On a side note, back at Van Beuren, Paul was known for having his cartoons cranked out at breakneck speed, with a new cartoon finished and shipped to theaters once a week ''for eight uninterrupted years.'' And he had no qualms about selling off his studio to {{CBS}} in 1955 when he retired.



* ReTool: After Paul Terry sold the studio to CBS they hired Gene Deitch to take over as the creative director. Deitch, who himself had very low opinion of Terry's outputs, proceeded to change everything, from getting rid of the old characters in favor of the new (removing the likes of ''Mighty Mouse'' and ''Heckle and Jeckle'' in favor of ''Clint Clobber'' and ''Sidney the Elephant''), changing the design style to a more contemporary UPA style, hiring new personnel (WITHOUT firing old ones, amazingly enough), and more. It's agreed that the cartoons produced during this era are genuinely good.

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* ReTool: {{Retool}}: After Paul Terry sold the studio to CBS they hired Gene Deitch to take over as the creative director. Deitch, who himself had very low opinion of Terry's outputs, proceeded to change everything, from getting rid of the old characters in favor of the new (removing the likes of ''Mighty Mouse'' and ''Heckle and Jeckle'' in favor of ''Clint Clobber'' and ''Sidney the Elephant''), changing the design style to a more contemporary UPA style, hiring new personnel (WITHOUT firing old ones, amazingly enough), and more. It's agreed that the cartoons produced during this era are genuinely good.
15th Jul '12 4:48:11 PM ANTMuddle
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* WesternAnimation/JamesHound
6th May '12 6:22:00 AM movie007
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* HeckleAndJeckle

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* HeckleAndJeckleWesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle
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