Western Animation / Noveltoons

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Noveltoons was a long running anthology series of animated cartoons produced by the Paramount Pictures cartoon outlet Famous Studios from 1943 to the close of the studio in 1967. Casper the Friendly Ghost, Herman and Katnip, Little Audrey, and Baby Huey all got their start from this series. It was the successor series to the Color Classics series produced by Fleischer Studios (indeed, several Noveltoons would feature characters who originated in Color Classics). This series was also very similar to the two series from Warner Bros., Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, in that it features several recurring characters under one umbrella title.

As the studio system began to collapse and the Golden Age of animation was coming to an end, Paramount began to see little value in their cartoons and the characters they had owned/created. Ultimately, the pre-October 1950 Noveltoons were sold to television distributor U.M.&M. T.V. Corp. in 1956. National Telefilm Associates acquired those cartoons soon afterward. Paramount sold the rest of the Noveltoons from that point, including the characters who appeared in them, to Harvey Comics in 1959. As new Noveltoons were produced, they were also sold to Harvey, until 1962. Harvey Comics was later sold to Classic Media in 2000.

Currently, the Noveltoons trademarks, characters and related elements, including the October 1950-1962 cartoons, are owned by Universal Studios through their DreamWorks Classics unit, as they acquired DreamWorks Animation in 2016. Universal also owns their own Golden Age cartoons and characters created by Walter Lantz, making them the second studio along with Warner Bros. to own multiple Golden Age cartoon libraries from other studios (Warner Bros. owns the MGM cartoon library as well as Paramount's Popeye cartoons through Turner Entertainment). Ironically, Universal also owns most of Paramount's pre-November 1949 sound features through the In-Name-Only unit, EMKA, Ltd.


    FILMOGRAPHY 

  • No Mutton Fer Nuttin' (1943) Public Domain.
  • The Henpecked Rooster (1944) Public Domain.
  • Cilly Goose (1944)
  • Suddenly It's Spring (1944): Starring Raggedy Ann. Public Domain.
  • Yankee Doodle Donkey (1944) Public Domain.
  • Gabriel Churchkitten (1944)
  • When G.I. Johnny Comes Home (1945) Public Domain.
  • Scrappily Married (1945) Public Domain.
  • A Lamb in a Jam (1945)
  • A Self-Made Mongrel (1945) Public Domain.
  • The Friendly Ghost (1945): The debut of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Public Domain.
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm (1945) Public Domain.
  • Cheese Burglar (1946)
  • Sheep Shape (1946) Public Domain.
  • The Goal Rush (1946)
  • Sudden Fried Chicken (1946) Public Domain.
  • Spree for All (1946)
  • The Stupidstitious Cat (1947) Public Domain.
  • The Enchanted Square (1947)
  • Madhattan Island (1947)
  • Much Ado About Mutton (1947) Public Domain.
  • The Wee Men (1947) Public Domain.
  • The Mild West (1947) Public Domain.
  • Naughty But Mice (1947) Public Domain.
  • Santa's Surprise (1947) Public Domain.
  • Cat O' Nine Ails (1948)
  • Flip Flap (1948)
  • We're in the Honey (1948)
  • The Bored Cuckoo (1948)
  • There's Good Boos Tonight (1948): A follow-up to The Friendly Ghost. Public Domain.
  • The Land of the Lost (1948)
  • Butterscotch and Soda (1948) Public Domain.
  • The Mite Makes Right (1948)
  • Hector's Hectic Life (1948) Public Domain.
  • The Old Shell Game (1948) Public Domain.
  • The Little Cut-Up (1949)
  • Hep Cat Symphony (1949) Public Domain.
  • The Lost Dream (1949)
  • Little Red School Mouse (1949)
  • A Haunting We Will Go (1949): Another follow-up to The Friendly Ghost. Public Domain.
  • A Mutt in a Rut (1949) Public Domain.
  • Campus Capers (1949)
  • Leprechauns Gold (1949)
  • Song of the Birds (1949): A remake of the 1930's Color Classic short, starring Little Audrey. Public Domain.
  • Land of the Lost Jewels (1950)
  • Quack-A-Doodle-Doo (1950): The debut of Baby Huey. Public Domain.
  • Teacher's Pest (1950)
  • Tarts and Flowers (1950) Public Domain.
  • Ups An' Downs Derby (1950)
  • Pleased to Eat You (1950)
  • Goofy Goofy Gander (1950) Public Domain.
  • Saved by the Bell (1950)
  • Mice Meeting You (1950)note 
  • The Voice of the Turkey (1950)
  • Sock-A-Bye Kitty (1950)
  • One Quack Mind (1951)
  • Mice Paradise (1951)
  • Hold the Lion Please (1951)
  • Land of Lost Watches (1951)
  • As the Crow Lies (1951)
  • Slip Us Some Redskin (1951)
  • Party Smarty (1951)
  • Cat-Choo (1951)
  • Audrey the Rainmaker (1951)
  • Cat Tamale (1951)
  • By Leaps and Hounds (1951)
  • Scout Fellow (1951)
  • Cat Carson Rides Again (1952)
  • The Awful Tooth (1952)
  • Law and Audrey (1952)
  • City Kitty (1952)
  • Clown on the Farm (1952)
  • The Case of the Cockeyed Canary (1952)
  • Feast and Furious (1952)
  • Starting from Hatch (1953)
  • Winner by a Hare (1953)
  • Better Bait Than Never (1953)
  • Surf Bored (1953)
  • Huey's Ducky Daddy (1953)
  • The Seapreme Court (1954)
  • Crazytown (1954)
  • Hair Today Gone Tomorrow (1954)
  • Candy Cabaret (1954)
  • The Oily Bird (1954)
  • Fide Beta Kappa (1954)
  • No Ifs, Ands or Butts (1954)
  • Dizzy Dishes (1955)
  • Git Along Lil' Duckie (1955)
  • News Hound (1955)
  • Poop Goes the Weasel (1955)
  • Rabbit Punch (1955)
  • Little Audrey Riding Hood (1955)
  • Kitty Cornered (1955)
  • Sleuth But Sure (1956)
  • Swab the Duck (1956)
  • Pedro and Lorenzo (1956)
  • Sir Irving and Jeames (1956)
  • Lion in the Roar (1956)
  • Pest Pupil (1957)
  • Fishing Tackler (1957)
  • Mr. Money Gags (1957)
  • L'Amour the Merrier (1957)
  • Possom Pearl (1957)
  • Jumping with Toy (1957)
  • Jolly the Clown (1957)
  • Cock-A-Doodle Dino (1957)
  • Dante Dreamer (1958)
  • Sportickles (1958)
  • Grateful Gus (1958)
  • Finnigan's Flea (1958)
  • Okey Dokey Donkey (1958)
  • Chew Chew Baby (1958)
  • Travelaffs (1958)
  • Stork Raving Mad (1958)
  • Dawg Gawn (1958)
  • The Animal Fair (1959)
  • Houndabout (1959)
  • Huey's Father's Day (1959)
  • Out of This Whirl (1959)
  • Be Mice to Cats (1960)
  • Monkey Doodles (1960)
  • Peck Your Own Home (1960)
  • Silly Science (1960)
  • Counter Attack (1960)
  • Turning The Fables (1960)
  • Munro (1960) — Oscar for Best Animated Short Filmnote 
  • Fine Feathered Fiend (1960)
  • The Planet Mouseola (1960)
  • Northern Mites (1960)
  • Miceniks (1960)
  • The Lion's Busy (1961)
  • Hound About That (1961)
  • Alvin's Solo Flight (1961)
  • Goodie the Gremlin (1961)
  • Trick or Tree (1961)
  • Cape Kidnaveral (1961)
  • Turtle Scoop (1961)
  • Abner the Baseball (1961)
  • Kozmo Goes to School (1961)
  • Good and Guilty (1962)
  • T.V. or No T.V. (1962)note 
  • Anatole (1962)
  • Yule Laff (1962)
  • It's For The Birdies (1962)
  • Fiddlin' Around (1962)
  • Without Time or Reason (1962)
  • Good Snooze Tonight (1963)
  • A Sight For Squaw Eyes (1963)
  • Gramps To The Rescue (1963)
  • Hobo's Holiday (1963)
  • Hound For Pound (1963)
  • The Sheepish Wolf (1963)
  • Hiccup Hound (1963)
  • Ollie the Owl (1963)
  • Whiz Quiz Kid (1964)
  • Laddy and His Lamp (1964)
  • A Tiger's Tail (1964)
  • Homer on the Range (1964)
  • The Story of George Washington (1965)
  • A Leak in the Dike (1965)
  • Tally Hokum (1965)
  • Geronimo & Son (1965)
  • Horning In (1965)
  • A Hair Raising Tale (1965)
  • Space Kid (1966)
  • Op, Pop, Wham And Bop (1966)
  • Sick Transit (1966)
  • The Trip (1967)
  • Robin Hoodwinked (1967)

Tropes:

  • Animated Adaptation: The short "Gabriel Churchkitten" (1944) is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Margot Austin.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Depicted in the nightmare sequence of the "Dogface" cartoon "A Mutt in a Rut".
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Related to "Poop Goes The Weasel". Back then, "Poop" didn't have the same context as it does today.
  • Limited Animation: Towards the end of the series' run.
  • Pet Heir: "Kitty Cornered" revolves around a kitten being chase by her butler to take her fortune, which she inherited from her late owner, who plans to lend the money to said butler upon her demise.
  • Public Domain Animation: Many of these cartoons, particularly those still under Paramount's control, have become Public Domain staples. On the other hand, most of the cartoons that were sold to Harvey had their copyrights renewed.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the Color Classics cartoons.
  • Superstition Episode: The short "The Stupidstitious Cat". A very superstitious cat wants a bird for breakfast, and Buzzy the Crow is targeted. Buzzy uses the cat's superstition to outwit the cat. Buzzy then freaks out when he discovers it's friday the thirteenth.
  • Villain Song: The Gremlin Creed from "Goodie the Gremlin".

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