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One of (if not [[UrExample the]]) the first AnimatedSeries produced for television, ''Crusader Rabbit'' was created by Jay Ward and Alex Anderson in 1948, and subsequently sold to Creator/{{NBC}}. It featured the serialized adventures of a rabbit and his tiger sidekick, Ragland T. Tiger (Rags for short).

Anderson's original intent was not to create a rabbit or tiger character, but to create characters whose personalities were contrary to their appearance. The rabbit was conceived by Ward as a crusading Don Quixote. Some of the earliest episodes can be found in the Internet Archive's Moving Picture Collection.

A total of 195 episodes were produced and released between 1949 and 1951. A second series of ''Crusader Rabbit'' cartoons, this time in color, was produced for {{syndication}} in 1957. Another 260 episodes were released. This was after Ward and Anderson lost the rights to the characters to series bankroller Jerry Fairbanks, who had Creston Films make this second batch.
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This series provides examples of:
* AnimatedSeries
* CliffHanger
* DastardlyWhiplash: Crusader and Rags' arch-nemesis Dudley Nightshade.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Lucille Bliss, who voiced Crusader in the black-and-white episodes, would later voice [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Smurfette]].
* TalkingAnimal
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