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  • Contractual Obligation Project: The three cartoons produced by UPA were a contractual obligation for their distribution contract with Columbia Pictures. UPA wanted to do cartoons that steered away from the clichés of the day, such as the use of Funny Animals and Slapstick, both of which the Fox and Crow cartoons exemplified in spades. The cartoons were actually well received (two were nominated for Academy Awards), which gave UPA free rein to make their own films with their own characters.
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  • Follow the Leader: The series was undoubtably an attempt at emulating the success of series like Bugs Bunny.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Affected on both fronts.
    • Short subjects: As with most of Columbia's non-UPA shorts, the series has yet to see any full home video release. The first cartoon was included as an extra on the Hellboy (2004) DVD, and the three UPA shorts were included as part of the UPA Jolly Frolics collection, but the rest remain in limbo. One of the biggest obstacles to a release is that one of the films, "Mysto Fox", only exists as a B&W dupe, with the color print being lost.
    • Comic books: Copyright problems (given that publisher DC Comics is owned by Sony/Columbia rival Warner Bros.) have kept more than a handful of the long-running Fox and the Crow comics from ever being republished in a collection.
  • Missing Episode: One of the shorts, "Mysto Fox", is only known to exist as a Black and white print—the color print was apparently lost some time ago.
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  • The Other Darrin: Mel Blanc provided the voices of the title characters in their first cartoon. He was replaced by Frank Graham for subsequent cartoons.
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