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  • Awesome Art: The studio had the same staff as Fleischer Studios, so they still managed to turn out some splendid animation and attractive background art, even in their later years.
  • Archive Panic: 577 theatrical cartoons total, and 177 made-for-TV cartoons as well. To give another idea of how many there were, the DVD Harveytoons collection had to use four double sided discs to include as many as they possibly could—and some of them were even abridged versions of the shorts!
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  • Growing the Beard: In its waning years, the studio started getting back on its feet by making more anti-formulaic cartoons under the direction of Shamus Culhane. Unfortunately, Culhane quit after this brief tenure, and Ralph Bakshi was brought in as his replacement, only for the studio to close up shop before he could even get around to making more cartoons there.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the early 1960s Modern Madcaps cartoons is named Top Cat. To make it even more amusing, Hanna-Barbera's Top Cat series would debut in 1961, just a year after the shorts release, and Arnold Stang, Top Cat's voice actor, had been a regular actor at Famous Studios cartoons for many years.
  • Never Live It Down: The studio has a fairly poor reputation among fans of classic cartoons for a myriad of reasons, mainly its penchant for being super-formulaic even by the standards of Golden Age cartoons and for the downright mean-spirited nature of many of the shorts (particularly the Herman and Katnip shorts). Whenever its brought up, it'll either be for its strong start in the World War II years and decline after that, or its blatant inferiority to its predecessor, Fleischer Studios. Even its fans tend to consider the cartoons guilty pleasures.
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  • Nightmare Fuel: Chew Chew Baby may be as cartoony in execution as the next short, but this does little to change the fact that the people that the titular man-eater eats, stay dead throughout the cartoon.
  • Seasonal Rot: The studio did get off to a pretty good start, but by the end of the 1940s, the studio suffered a noticeable drop in quality and hit a truly nasty slump around the 1950s. They started getting back on their feet around the sixties due to the arrival of Shamus Culhane, but by then it was too little too late.

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