Western Animation: The Man Who Hated Laughter

The Man Who Hated Laughter was a 1972 animated television special featuring characters from all the Newspaper Comics 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 Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Bringing Up Father, Flash Gordon, Henry, Hi and Lois, The Katzenjammer Kids, Little Iodine, The Little King, Mandrake The Magician, The Phantom, Popeye, Prince Valiant, Quincy, Snuffy Smith, Steve Canyon, Tiger, and Tim Tyler's Luck.

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