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Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!
Going to the finish line with Terrytoons' star players this week. MIGHTY MOUSE and HECKLE & JECKLE started in theatricals in the 1940s. These shorts were showcased on CBS starting in the 1950s, as the first Saturday Morning Cartoons on an American network schedule. They eventually got new, made-for-TV cartoons, produced by Filmation, at the end of the 1970s. MM got his own highly-acclaimed and controversially canceled show in the '80s.
Scroll through this channel for samples of all of the above!
Since the world was about to end anyway, the folks at Nickelodeon decided to pull the Terrytoons out of mothballs at the close of the last century. Apparently, by the time the legal rights to the properties were cleared, the guys with the idea had moved-on, and a crew with less interest in and familiarity with the characters was left to make this pilot episode.
Here the mischievous magpies are hosts of a (literally) street-hip talk show, segments of which serve to frame brand new cartoon shorts featuring Deputy Dawg (TV 1960), Sidney the Elephant (created by Gene Deitch before he went on to create nightmare fuel Tom & Jerry shorts for MGM), and of course Mighty Mouse, guest starring Tom Terrific (a segment from the classic Captain Kangaroo Show)... The MIGHTY HEROES (back-up segment from the final season of Mighty Mouse's original TV series, whom I covered with an upload some weeks ago) serve as the house band.
While a great many of the Terrytoon classics were represented, several seemed to not quite be themselves. Whatever the reason, this 1999 pilot episode was the only one made. And the Terrytoon characters have been dormant since then.
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