''The Man Who Hated Laughter'' was a 1972 animated television special featuring characters from all the NewspaperComics then owned by King Features Syndicate. The lead characters of all the funny comics are kidnapped by the eponymous villain, and the heroes of the adventure comics set out to rescue them, but fail, and it is up to the funny characters to save the day by showing the villain that everybody needs laughter.

Comics featured in the special include ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'', ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'', ''ComicStrip/BringingUpFather'', ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', ''Henry'', ''ComicStrip/HiAndLois'', ''The Katzenjammer Kids'', ''Little Iodine'', ''The Little King'', ''ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician'', ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'', ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'', ''Quincy'', ''Snuffy Smith'', ''ComicStrip/SteveCanyon'', ''Tiger'', and ''Tim Tyler's Luck''.

!!This animated special provides examples of:

* CardCarryingVillain: Professor Morbid Grimsby, six-time winner of the prestigious Meanie award.
* TheGrinch: The villain is essentially this, with "laughter" taking the place of "Christmas".
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Professor Morbid Grimsby
* NastyParty: Grimsby kidnaps the funny characters by sending them all invitations to an ocean cruise, and then stealing the boat.
* TalkingToHimself: The entire cast is only three people -- Jack Mercer voices Popeye and Wimpy, [=Bob McFadden=] voices the remaining male characters, and Corrine Orr voices all the women and children.
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