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TV Toons CartoonsCartoons - The WALT DISNEY cartoon Donald's Cousin Gus was the first film cartoon shown on the May 19, 1939 telecast of NBC's experimental station W2XBS (now WNBC) in New York. Disney's first animated feature Alice in Wonderland aired November 3, 1954 on ABC. The first short The Donald Duck Story aired November 17, 1954.

CRUSADER RABBIT was the first made-for-television cartoon series produced by Jay Ward from 1949-51. It featured the cliff-hanger adventures of a white rabbit in knight's armor and his tiger squire Ragland T. Rags who live in Galahad Glen.

TELECOMICS (premiered on NBC in September 18, 1950) was an early "comic-strip" on-the-air style cartoon series made especially for television produced by Vallee Video. It was nothing more than a camera slowly panning comic strip artwork. The series featured "Joey and Jug"; "Rick Rack, Special Agent"; "Sa-Lih"; "Danny March"; "Johnny and Mr. Doright"; "Kid Champion"; "Space Barton"; and "Brother Goose."

The syndicated black & white series MIGHTY MOUSE PLAYHOUSE (debuted on CBS network on December 10, 1955) was the first cartoon series to be shown on Saturday morning network television. Up to this time all cartoons had appeared during the weekdays only.

HUCKLEBERRY HOUND was Hanna-Barbara's first TV cartoon, premiering in 1959.

THE FLINTSTONES was the first cartoon series to be telecast during the evening prime time hours. Premiering Friday at 8:30-9:00pm on September 30, 1960 on ABC, THE FLINTSTONES was a Stone Age version of THE HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, a Hanna-Barbara fantasy cartoon special hosted by Gene Kelly on February 26, 1967 was the first television special to combine live-action with animation. The adventure series THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN/NBC/1968-69 based on Mark Twain's classic novel used this technique every episode with live actors moving about animated landscapes.


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