December 14, marks the 50th anniversary of William Hanna's and Joseph Barbera's very first venture into television animation. Tall, and Lil Abner. Messick and his crazy devices. Between the films, Blaine and his puppet bird pals Don Jose the Toucan and Rhubarb the Parrot would perform songs, exchange comedy banter and engage the viewers in informational segments along with interviews with guests. There was a new host and a different format. Judd Andy Bader, the show's first head puppeteer became involved in adventures to help aid nature and fight off evil villains with the help of puppet friends Jasper, Gramps and Mr.
For them, this was a cue to enter the burgeoning market for television animation. The breakneck action of their theatrical cartoons was impossible on a television budget, where each six-minute cartoon cost only a tenth as much as its big-screen counterpart. But Hanna and Barbera worked out a system of "planned animation", in which movement could be mass-produced, and cycles transferred from one character to another. Another thing that may not have been high art, but worked, was the Hanna-Barbera Studio's method of swiping situations from existing properties. Many of the studio's later shows, including The Flintstones and Top Cat, used set-ups that had been done before. Although Hanna and Barbera strongly felt the limits of their control over the presentation of their characters — which is why their subsequent shows starting with Huckleberry Hound were full half-hour productions — the series ran until , a total of over episodes.
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera entered the television field fresh from serving as the heads of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation department, which shut down in June Don Messick 's "Ruff" voice characterization was very similar to the one that he would later use for Pixie the mouse. Butler used his tried-and-true southern drawl for "Reddy", a voice that would later become mainly identified with Huckleberry Hound.
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