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[[quoteright:320: https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lt/crusader_rabbit.gif]] The first AnimatedSeries produced specifically for television, ''Crusader Rabbit'' was created by Jay Ward and Alex Anderson in 1948. It featured the serialized adventures of a rabbit and his tiger sidekick, Ragland T. Tiger (Rags for short).

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[[quoteright:320: https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lt/crusader_rabbit.gif]] The first AnimatedSeries produced specifically for television, ''Crusader Rabbit'' was created by Jay Ward Creator/JayWard and Alex Anderson in 1948. It featured the serialized adventures of a rabbit and his tiger sidekick, Ragland T. Tiger (Rags for short).


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Ward and Anderson initially tried to sell the series to Creator/{{NBC}} as part of a package, ''The Comic Strips of Television'', which included an early incarnation of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight''. When they were turned down, they turned to UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}, where an initial run of 195 episodes, divided into 10 "crusades", aired from 1950 to 1952 (many of the stations who aired it were NBC affiliates, including its O&Os in New York and Los Angeles).

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Ward and Anderson initially tried to sell the series to Creator/{{NBC}} as part of a package, ''The Comic Strips of Television'', which included an early incarnation of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight''. When they were turned down, they turned to UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}, where an initial run of 195 episodes, divided into 10 "crusades", aired from 1950 to 1952 (many of the stations who aired it were NBC affiliates, including its O&Os in New York and Los Angeles).
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* ShoutOut: Ragland T. Tiger's name is a reference to the jazz standard "Tiger Rag".

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Ragland T. Tiger's name is a reference to the jazz standard "Tiger Rag".Rag".
** In the first episode, in the circus where is jailed Rags, there are some posters, one of these with the picture of a woman and the text "Have You Seen Maisie?". The [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM's]] ''Maisie'' movie series, featured Anne Sothern, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maisie quoting]] Wiki/TheOtherWiki, "as [a] brassy but kindhearted Brooklyn burlesque dancer Mary Anastasia O'Connor, who also goes by the stage name Maisie Ravier". This doubles as a ParentalBonus.


[[quoteright:320: https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lt/crusader_rabbit.gif]] One of (if not [[UrExample 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 UsefulNotes/{{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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[[quoteright:320: https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lt/crusader_rabbit.gif]] One of (if not [[UrExample the]]) The first AnimatedSeries produced specifically for television, ''Crusader Rabbit'' was created by Jay Ward and Alex Anderson in 1948, and subsequently sold to Creator/{{NBC}}.1948. 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. Quixote.

Ward and Anderson initially tried to sell the series to Creator/{{NBC}} as part of a package, ''The Comic Strips of Television'', which included an early incarnation of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight''. When they were turned down, they turned to UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}, where an initial run of 195 episodes, divided into 10 "crusades", aired from 1950 to 1952 (many of the stations who aired it were NBC affiliates, including its O&Os in New York and Los Angeles).

A second run of 260 episodes, divided into 13 "crusades", were syndicated in 1957. This second run was produced in color by Capital Entreprises and Creston Films (a.k.a. TV Spots Inc.) without the involvement of Ward and Anderson, who lost the rights following a legal battle between them, producer Jerry Fairbanks and NBC.

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 UsefulNotes/{{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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* CliffHanger: Usually twenty episodes made up a story arc, each episode ending with a single title for the following episode (as opposed to the EitherOrTitle that ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' made popular). When Creston and TV Spots took over making the show, two packages were made available--the serialized episodes and then, around 1960, story arcs re-edited as a 45-minute featurette "movie."

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* CliffHanger: Usually twenty episodes made up a story arc, "[[StoryArc crusade]]", each episode ending with a single title for the following episode (as opposed to the EitherOrTitle that ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' made popular). When Creston Capital and TV Creston/TV Spots took over making the show, two packages were made available--the available -- the serialized episodes and then, around 1960, story arcs re-edited as a 45-minute featurette "movie."



* LimitedAnimation: In the first seasons episode ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3hHQvkUhJo like the first one]]), except for the intro (the titular character appear wearing an armour and riding a horse like a knight) and the brief scenes where Crusader and Rags are walking, only the mouths of the characters are really animated, and the rest are static drawings described for the narrator.

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* LimitedAnimation: In the first seasons episode ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3hHQvkUhJo like the first one]]), except for the intro (the titular character appear wearing an armour and riding a horse like a knight) and the brief scenes where Crusader and Rags are walking, only the mouths The initial 1950-52 run, outside of the characters are really animated, and opening credits, features only occasional bits of simple animation, the rest are being static drawings images described for by a narrator. The series had a low budget to work with, which forced the narrator.usage of a lot of shortcuts.


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* ShoutOut: Ragland T. Tiger's name is a reference to the jazz standard "Tiger Rag".


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One of (if not [[UrExample 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).

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[[quoteright:320: https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lt/crusader_rabbit.gif
gif]] One of (if not [[UrExample 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).

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* SpeciesSurname: Crusader's sidekick Ragland T. Tiger (a.k.a. "Rags") who is a tiger. (Crusader himself might count if Crusader is his first name and not some kind of title.)


* CliffHanger: Usually twenty episodes made up a story arc, each episode ending with a single title for the following episode (as opposed to the EitherOrTite that ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' made popular). When Creston and TV Spots took over making the show, two packages were made available--the serialized episodes and then, around 1960, story arcs re-edited as a 45-minute featurette "movie."

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* CliffHanger: Usually twenty episodes made up a story arc, each episode ending with a single title for the following episode (as opposed to the EitherOrTite EitherOrTitle that ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' made popular). When Creston and TV Spots took over making the show, two packages were made available--the serialized episodes and then, around 1960, story arcs re-edited as a 45-minute featurette "movie."


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ArtShift: Crusader started out with droopy jowls. It was later refined and he was made cuter.
* CliffHangerCliffHanger: Usually twenty episodes made up a story arc, each episode ending with a single title for the following episode (as opposed to the EitherOrTite that ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' made popular). When Creston and TV Spots took over making the show, two packages were made available--the serialized episodes and then, around 1960, story arcs re-edited as a 45-minute featurette "movie."



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* RighteousRabbitRighteousRabbit: His first crusade is to stop the slaughter of rabbits in Texas.


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).

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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).


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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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}} UsefulNotes/{{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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* LimitedAnimation: In the first seasons episode ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3hHQvkUhJo like the first one]]), except for the intro (the titular character appear wearing an armour and riding a horse like a knight) and the brief scenes where Crusader and Rags are walking, only the mouths of the characters are really animated, and the rest are static drawings described for the narrator.

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* HeyItsThatVoice: Lucille Bliss, who voiced Crusader in the black-and-white episodes, would later voice [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Smurfette]].

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