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TV Animation - 1961

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- September 2020

These are animated cartoon characters that debuted on American television in 1961.

Left to right:
Top Cat - Top Cat
Dorothy - Tales of the Wizard of Oz
Dick Tracy - The Dick Tracy Show
Alvin - The Alvin Show
Snagglepuss - The Yogi Bear Show
Davey - Davey and Goliath
The Colonel - Calvin and the Colonel

A little background:
Again, as in previous years, Hanna-Barbera was producing some great cartoons with Top Cat and The Yogi Bear Show. The character Yogi had actually debuted a few years earlier on The Huckleberry Hound Show, but in 1961 he go his own series, and Snagglepuss starred in one of the segments.

The Alvin Show was the first animated incarnation of Alvin and the Chipmunks. The characters seem to be redesigned every couple decades for the next generation of kids. This year was also the first time the comic strip character Dick Tracy was animated.

Davey and Goliath was a stop-motion series created by Art Clokey, the same guy that created and animated Gumby.

Calvin and the Colonel was sort of an animated non-racial remake of Amos 'n' Andy. The original actors who voiced Amos and Andy in that radio program even voiced the characters Calvin and the Colonel in this series.

Lastly, Tales of the Wizard of Oz was a short-lived series that put the Wizard of Oz characters in different adventures each segment.

( I also have to add that Snagglepuss is one of my favorite characters. He's hilarious! "Heavens to Murgatroyd!" :D (Big Grin)  )

Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you want to see more, check out the "History of TV Animation" section of my gallery.

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Joe9797Student Traditional Artist

Great artwork. Amazing you included Davey from Davey and goliath.

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Thanks

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Your welcome
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Juliefan21Student Traditional Artist

Next do TV Animation - 1962.

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Yup, I will.

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FlapperFoxyHobbyist Traditional Artist

Nicely done!

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Thank you!

cullyferg2010's avatar

And don't forget Rocky and Bullwinkle, as well as Huckleberry Hound.

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Already drew them. I couldn't forget those characters. ;)

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TV Animation - 1959
cullyferg2010's avatar

See you got Beany. Have you got Ruff and Ready, too?

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Of course.

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cullyferg2010's avatar

And Colonel Bleep! Now that brings back childhood memories!

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These all look very impressive, like they came straight out of the sixties, great job. :-)

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Thanks

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You're welcome. :)

PrincessBeautiful's avatar

I'm very interested in your TV cartoons by the years that I started watching to see more.

MattTheBat7's avatar

as Snagglepuss always says Exit stage left

dth1971's avatar

Is your TV Animation series every month on DeviantArt?

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No, not every month. But I probably should. I just draw the next one whenever I feel like doing it. (I think I've done 3 of these in the last 8 or 9 months.)

dth1971's avatar

It will be a long time until you get to the 1970's and 1980's and 1990's.

bobbyz41's avatar

Thanks for sharing this! I have so many wonderful memories of watching these classic cartoons growing up (although looking back, I'm amazed at how many of Dick Tracy's "assistants" were caricatures of stereotypes: namely "Go-Go Gomez" and "Joe Jitsu"). I loved Snagglepuss, though! He was such an adorable ham, especially when he'd inform the audience of his intention to flee: "Exit -- stage left!" And Benny was always my favorite of all of TC's feline pals: he just seemed the sweetest and most pure-hearted. Thank you again for evoking these wonderful memories of my childhood: it really brightened my day (and I sure needed it: with all the smoke and haze from the fires in NorCal and up the Coast, it's difficult to see the sun right now).


Stay safe, everyone.

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I love the Dick Tracy news paper comics, but that 60's show was pretty bad. The Stereotypes were bad. I mean really bad. How many times was Gomez sleeping before Tracy calls him up? And I am not even going to get into Joe Jitsu lol. I bought it on DVD years ago and it was something I say lol.


Other thing that bug me is the show is the DICK TRACY show. He only appears in the beginning and the end. This "Hero" did not do anything in his own show. We came to see Dick Tracy, not the racial stereotypes sidekicks lol.

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Yeah, the comics were much better: you still had the classic villains like Mumbles, Itchy and Pruneface, but Dick was doing the work and going after them himself. Just like all the other comic-strip heroes: The Phantom; Tarzan; Superman; Captain America; and all the others.


"Go-Go is going-going"? "Hold everything, please"? Tell me about it! And Mr. Magoo's Asian "houseboy" or whatever job he did for Mr. Magoo was just as bad! How on earth did stuff like that ever get approved to air on television back then? Looking back now, I shudder at some of the things I laughed at when I was younger because I thought they were funny.


What on earth was I thinking?!


Yeah, I noticed that too. He's the hero, which means he's supposed to get the bad guys, not get one of his contacts to do it and then take the credit for it. "OK, Chief: I'll get on it right away!" Then he literally "phones it in": he just sits at his desk and contacts one of his associates, like Go-Go or Joe or Heap O' Calorie, and they do the work. Joe Friday wouldn't have just sat at his desk and let somebody else do his job!

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