Total Television was a Manhattan-based TV animation production company of the 1960s, best known for Underdog. The company was founded in 1959, and operated in close conjunction with another company named Leonardo Productions. It folded in 1969.
Total Television's cartoons, which originally aired on Saturday mornings, were first animated at TV Spots, then animation moved to Gamma Productions/Producciónes Animadas Gamma SA, a Los Angeles/Mexico City studio formerly named Val-Mar that also worked on Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Head writers W. Watts "Buck" Biggers and Chet Stover, along with art director Joe Harris, came from the Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample advertising agency that handled the General Mills account at the time and created the first Trix Rabbit commercials. Unlike the Jay Ward cartoons they are often conflated with, Total Television's cartoons tended toward the repetitive and formulaic.
Regular voice actors included Allen Swift, Delo States, George S. Irving, Kenny Delmar and Sandy Becker.
Cartoons produced by Total Television:
- The Beagles
- Go Go Gophers
- King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
- Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales
- Klondike Kat (a segment of Underdog)
- The Hunter (a segment of King Leonardo)
- Tooter Turtle (a segment of King Leonardo)
- Cauliflower Cabbie (unsold pilot in the Underdog syndication package)
- Gene Hattree (unsold pilot in the Underdog syndication package)
- The World Of Commander McBragg (segment of Underdog; also occasionally included in syndication packages of Rocky & Bullwinkle)