The Funny Company, a syndicated cartoon from the Ken Synder studio, was one of two shows debuting in 1963 that was a response to FCC chairman Newton R. Minow's comment that television was a "vast wasteland." It was an "edutainment" show, like the other show debuting the same year, Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales on CBS.
Buzzer Bell was the president of the Company, which was an offshoot of Junior Achievement. Through each five-minute episode, a live-action film demonstrating scientific feats, how things are made, etc., is featured. The cast includes inventor Jasper National Park, treasurer Merry Twitter, Terry Dactyl (a prehistoric character in modern times — with a baseball cap, yet), the computer Weisenheimer (who narrated the live-action bits), two adult Indians named Broken Feather and Super Chief, and a sweet, introverted little girl named Shrinkin' Violette.
This series contains examples of:
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Super Chief and Broken Feather
- Dastardly Whiplash: The show's token villain, Belly Laguna.
- Deadpan Snarker: Terry Dactyl.
- Edutainment Show
- Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: In one episode, Merry Twitter curtsies to British dignitary Lord Nose. In another, Shrinkin' Violette curtsies after finishing a ballet recital.
- Harmless Villain: Neither Belly Laguna nor Professor Ludwig Von Upp are really a threat to the company, which makes you wonder why they bother dealing with a group of kids.
- Literal Metaphor / Visual Pun: Shrinkin' Violette, who literally shrinks in size when she's feeling shy.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Super Chief's dialogue consists of a lengthy train horn.
- Punny Name Both Terry Dactyl and Shrinkin' Violette, again.
- The Smurfette Principle: Surprisingly averted for its time with numerous distinctive female characters in the company.
- Shrinking Violet: Literally, in her case. It's even her name.
- You Meddling Kids: Laguna often groused "I — HATE — KIDS!!!"