YMMV: Terry Toons

  • Archive Panic: Terrytoons made some of the most prolific output of all the Golden Age studios. To start, they made 489 sound theatrical cartoons, which doesn't seem so insurmountable on it's own—but then add all 673 of their made-for-tv cartoons, and that number balloons to something that puts even the Looney Tunes filmography to shame—1,162 shorts.
  • Awesome Music: Another hallmark of many a Terrytoon was either their catchy saxophone heavy scores, or, more famously, their many Operetta episodes. Shorts like "Gypsy Life", "Carmen's Veranda" and "The Butcher of Seville" have wonderful singers and memorable songs!
  • Big Name Fan: Osamu Tezuka, commonly known as the "God of Manga", was a huge fan of the cartoons, and they, along with Disney and Fleischer, were a big influence on his art style.
    • John Kricfalusi, who later cut his teeth on Ralph Bakshi's adaption of Mighty Mouse, has also expressed his love for the studio, particularly for Jim Tyer and Carlo Vinci's very loose and cartoony animation.
  • Cult Classic/Vindicated by History: Despite being disparaged by critics, staying off TV for decades, and having little to no exposure on home video, the cartoons are still surprisingly popular among vintage cartoon fans, and the internet making it much easier to see many of the studios cartoons has only made them more popular in recent years.
  • Growing the Beard: The cartoons greatly benefited from an animation and color upgrade from the late 30's and onward, as well as finding some new star series like Mighty Mouse, Gandy Goose and Sourpuss and Heckle and Jeckle and going in a more wacky, humorous direction than before. And then they got animator Jim Tyer on board, which combined with the talents of other animators like Connie Rasinski and Carlo Vinci turned the studio in a distinct name in the industry. Many animation fans agree that the cartoons also improved drastically after Gene Deitch took over the studio in the late fifties and changed everything (new design style, new characters, brought new artists, etc.), a few even critically acclaimed. Alas he was fired after 2 years and the studio reverted to its old ways, albeit with new characters.
  • Never Live It Down: The studio will probably never live down it's modest reputation as being considered one of the weaker studios of the Golden Age of Cartoons, not helped by Paul Terry's blunt attitude about the studio being "The Woolworth's of animation". This, combined with limited exposure of the films and critical thrashing of the past, have caused this reputation to become much more exaggerated now than it was even in it's day—it is important to note that, while Terry Toons did have strict deadlines for their cartoons and weren't able to polish their animation, their output was considered far from unwatchable—the studio created a staggering amount of characters, and the studio was popular enough to last longer than most of the other cartoon studios of it's time, which had died out before Terry Toons was finally forced to close shop in 1969, on account of theatrical cartoons becoming completely unprofitable (and even then, the characters lived on for decades via tv reruns, being popular enough to spawn three different revivals of their characters). Their animation, while having a tendency to be rushed and suffer from helter-skelter inking and inbetweening, was surprisingly smooth and inventive, and above all else, humorous and lively, particularly when artists like Jim Tyer, Carlo Vinci, and Bill Tytla were on hand. Also of note is the truly beautiful background art and color styling of the cartoons, which is easily as great as the work of any of the other cartoon studios (this is especially obvious once the cartoons upgraded to color).
  • Snark Bait: Terrytoons have gotten the reputation of being the Golden Age's whipping boy, and at their worst are proof that not everything from the Golden Age was golden. This is relentlessly lampshaded in the Mystery Science Theater 3000-esque commentaries of them on Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, with the show often poking fun at the old cartoons used in the show. All of the old Terrytoons stars would even make cameos at least once in the show—yes, all of them.
    Scrappy (looking at an old film reel): "Why does Farmer Alfalfa always look so guilty?"