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Raggedy Ann and the Enchanted Square 1947

Molly Moo Cow and the Butterflys 1935

The Enchanted Square was a Noveltoon cartoon, produced by Famous Studios and released on May 9, 1947. It marks the third appearance of Raggedy Ann in a cartoon. The cartoon was directed by Seymour Kneitel, written by Orestes Calpini and Shane Miller, animated by Calpini and Al Eugster, with background art by Miller, and music composed by Winston Sharples.

Molly Moo-Cow was the name of an animated character appearing in Rainbow Parade shorts created by Burt Gillett and Tom Palmer for Van Beuren Studios in the 1930s. Six cartoons were produced.

 

In a Cartoon Studio 1931

Cupid Gets His Man 1936

A sassy cat visits a cartoon studio and learns the mysteries of animation. The process involved in creating a film is portrayed through gag-like scenes, including drawing, looping, filming and sound. These lessons should not be taken too literally: there's a walking camera here, as well as a mouse who doubles as a pencil sharpener and other surprises. There are several "cartoon within a cartoon" sequences, including a brilliantly witty depiction of an animator creating a "flip book" of cels as a model poses for each page- he flips the book for us when he's done, revealing a sexy hula dance! In the final scenario, we see the cartoon screened for an audience of Aesop animals, who thrill to the animated version of the formulaic "Nell" story.

A look into the whole cupid operation; we see how the process is supposed to work, with cupids practicing their archery, and the couples handed off to the stork. But there's one particularly resistant couple (the man is a W.C. Fields caricature) who takes the whole crew to finally corral.

 

Ants in the Plants 1940

Cubby Bear in Barking Dogs 1933

Ants in the Plants is a Technicolor cartoon created by Fleischer Studios and originally released into theaters March 15, 1940, by Paramount Studios. It was produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer; animators were Myron Waldman and George Moreno. Music for the cartoon was composed by Sammy Timberg. It was part of the Fleisher Studios' series Color Classics produced by the studio between 1934 and 1941

This cartoon offers a strange lesson in social justice, indeed, and proves that you can do basically nothing and still somehow be the hero (to be fair, Cubby does at one point punch himself in the face, so he does do something). In some states, Cubby and Honey would be locked up at the end of the cartoon for larceny and murder, but somehow we’re
still rooting for them.

 

The Beachcomers with Oswald the Rabbit 1936

The Sunshine Makers 1935

Oswald Rabbit, his dog and a duck family are going to the beach. While Oswald goes fishing, his dog and the unattended little ducklings are teasing each other with pranks and high jinks ensue.

Thousands of happy, colorful, good dwarfs come out of the houses singing a song when marching up the hill. They go inside and are making milk as sunshine in bottles. The dwarf rides a cart with crickets and sings a song and puts the bottles by the door and takes the scroll. Just then a gloomy, grim, dark goblin shoots the hat off the dwarf with a bow and arrow and the hat flies to a tree. Another arrow flies over the dwarf's head.

Parrotville Fire Department 1934

The Cow on the Moon

Oswald Rabbit, his dog and a duck family are going to the beach. While Oswald goes fishing, his dog and the unattended little ducklings are teasing each other with pranks and high jinks ensue.

Cow on the Moon (Serbo-Croat: Krava na mjesecu) is a 1959 Yugoslavian cartoon.

A bully bothers a girl who is building a model spaceship. So, she designs a larger one and tricks him into thinking that it's a real spaceship. After he gets inside, she moves it to another location, causing him to think that he actually landed on the moon. As a result, he thinks that a nearby cow is an alien.

Cubby Bear in Bubble Trouble 1933

Toonerville Trolley 1936

 Cubby Bear cartoons were made by the Van Bueren Studios between 1933-1934. 

The Skipper's morning trolley run is disrupted by several forces; first, a steep hill where all his passengers get out to help push and are left behind. Next, Molly Moo-Cow chases after the trolley and climbs on; her weight sends it into a muddy lake. The Skipper calls for Katrinka (her motto: "I fix.") who pulls him and the car out of the mud. The car is too filthy, even after a quick wash, so Katrinka repaints it in red thanks to a handy paint shed. This incites a bull, so after the Skipper's bullfighting skills prove inadequate, another call to Katrinka. She flings the bull, then the Skipper. He finally gets to the train station, only to discover the train's been cancelled until next week.

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A Conversation with Legendary Animator Shamus Culhane 1989

with Ira H. Gallen

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A conversation with animator/director Ralph Bakshi

Ralph Bakshi   is an American director of animated and live-action films. In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and adult-oriented productions. Between 1972 and 2015, he directed ten theatrically released feature films, six of which he wrote. He has been involved in numerous television projects as director, writer, producer and animator.

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Plus watch more of  this rare in depth interview.

Famous Studios (renamed Paramount Cartoon Studios in 1956) was the first animation division of the film studio Paramount Pictures from 1942 to 1967. Famous was founded as a successor company to Fleischer Studios, after Paramount seized control of the aforementioned studio and ousted its founders, Max and Dave Fleischer, in 1941.

 

The studio's productions included three series started by the Fleischers—Popeye the Sailor, Superman, and Screen Songs—as well as Little Audrey, Little Lulu, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Honey Halfwitch, Herman and Katnip, Baby Huey, and the anthology Noveltoons series.

The Famous name was previously used as Famous Players Film Company, one of several companies which in 1912 became Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, the company which founded Paramount Pictures.  Paramount's music publishing branch, which held the rights to all of the original music in the Fleischer/Famous cartoons, was named Famous Music.

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