Cartoon Alley

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Cartoon Alley
Starring Ben Mankiewicz
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 47
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Turner Classic Movies
Original run November 5, 2004 (2004-11-05) – January 27, 2007 (2007-01-27)

Cartoon Alley was an American television program that aired on Turner Classic Movies every Saturday Morning at 11:30 AM ET.

Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, the series featured three classic animated shorts from the 1930-1950's per episode. Most shorts were from The Golden Age of American animation. Each of the three shorts focused on a common theme. Most shorts came from Warner Bros., MGM, and Paramount (the latter studio provided the Popeye cartoons only; these were in Turner's hands by this point), but during the show's first season Cartoon Alley featured shorts from the Gaumont Film Company. Many recognizable characters have been featured in at least one episode such as Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Porky Pig, Tom and Jerry, and others not so famous such as Goopy Geer and The Captain and the Kids. The shorts often appeared uncut and uncensored (a few cartoons utilized cuts for content), and the more controversial cartoons (such as Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt and Half-Pint Pygmy) were often introduced with a brief warning by Mankiewicz about the ethnic stereotypes being portrayed. The network's logo was only featured for a brief time, usually during the last short featured.

From November 2004 to September 2005 the series was featured just once a month but after popular demand the series became a weekly feature. This series never aired in February because of TCM's 31 Days of Oscars programming. The series was canceled in autumn of 2007.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1: 2004-2005[edit]

# Episode Title Shorts Featured Original Air Date
1 Clark Gable 11/5/2004
2 Christmas
  • Pups' Christmas, The
  • Peace on Earth
  • Night Before Christmas
12/4/2004
3 Oscar Nominated Shorts 1/1/2005
4 Tom & Jerry 3/5/2005
5 Tex Avery 4/2/2005
6 The Early Days of Warner Brothers Cartoons 5/7/2005
7 The Captain and the Kids
  • Cleaning House
  • Petunia National Park
  • Mama's New Hat
6/4/2005
8 Popeye
  • Adventures of Popeye
  • The Anvil Chorus Girl
  • Abusement Park
7/2/2005
9 Animaland Series (1)
  • The Platypus
  • The Cuckoo
  • The Lion
9/3/2005
10 Animaland Series (2)
  • The Ostrich
  • It's A Lovely Day
  • The House Cat
9/10/2005
11 Animaland Series (3)
  • Ginger Nutt's Bee Bother
  • Ginger Nutt's Christmas Carol
  • Ginger Nutt's Forest Dragon
9/17/2005
12 Barney Bear 9/24/2005
13 Sniffles 10/1/2005
14 Droopy 10/8/2005
15 Tweety Bird 10/15/2005
16 Cinemascope Cartoons 10/22/2005
17 Peter Lorre Caricatures 10/29/2005

Season 2: 2005-2006[edit]

18 Happy Harmonies
  • The Discontented Canary
  • The Old Pioneer
  • Tale of Vienna Woods
11/5/2005
19 Elmer Fudd 11/12/2005
20 Benny Burro
  • Little Gravel Voice
  • The Prospecting Bear
  • Half-Pint Palomino
11/19/2005
21 WB Cartoon Character Debuts 11/26/2005
22 Popeye II
  • Baby Wants a Bottleship
  • A Balmy Swami
  • Beaus Will Be Beaus
12/3/2005
23 Two Curious Puppies
  • Dog Gone Modern
  • The Curious Puppy
  • Snowtime For Comedy
12/10/2005
24 Christmas II 12/17/2005
25 Nursery Rhymes and Bedtime Stories
  • Little Red Walking Hood
  • The Bear's Tale
  • The Trial of Mr. Wolf
12/31/2005
26 Homer the Flea
  • The Homeless Flea
  • What Price Fleadom
  • The Cat That Hated People
9/2/2006
27 Black and White Warner Brothers
  • I've Got to Sing a Torch Song
  • Pettin' in the Park
  • Gold Diggers of '49
9/9/2006
28 Tex Avery's Screwball Classics
  • Lucky Ducky
  • Bad Luck Blackie
  • Symphony in Slang
9/16/2006
29 Hubie & Bertie
  • Aristo-Cat
  • Roughly Squeaking
  • House Hunting Mice
9/23/2006
30 Popeye III
  • Can You Take It
  • Child Psykolojiky
  • Car-azy Drivers
9/23/2006
31 Warner Brothers
  • Egghead Rides Again
  • The Bashful Buzzard
  • Boulevardier of the Bronx
10/7/2006
32 CinemaScope Tom & Jerry
  • Mucho Mouse
  • Tom's Photo Finish
  • Royal Cat Nap
10/14/2006
33 CinemaScope Droopy
  • Blackboard Jumble
  • One Droopy Knight
  • Sheep Wrecked
10/21/2006
34 Conrad Cat
  • The Bird Came C.O.D
  • Porky's Cafe
  • Conrad the Sailor
10/28/2006

Season 3: 2006-2007[edit]

35 George & Junior
  • Henpecked Hoboes
  • Hound Hunters
  • Half-Pint Pygmy
11/4/2006
36 Early Bugs Bunny
  • A Wild Hare
  • Elmer's Pet Rabbit
  • Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt
11/11/2006
37 Spike
  • The Counterfeit Cat
  • Ventriloquist Cat
  • Garden Gopher
11/18/2006
38 Bugs and Cecil
  • Tortoise Beats Hare
  • Tortoise Wins By a Hare
  • Rabbit Transit
11/25/2006
39 Happy Harmonies II
  • When the Cat's Away
  • Lost Chick, The
  • Calico Dragon, The
12/2/2006
40 Porky Pig
  • Porky's Picnic
  • Porky's Baseball Broadcast
  • Porky's Snooze Reel
12/9/2006
41 Bing Crosby Spoofs
  • Let It Be Me
  • Bingo Crosbyana
  • Woods Are Full of Cuckoos
12/16/2006
42 Christmas III
  • Toyland Broadcast
  • Alias St. Nick
  • Captain's Christmas
12/23/2006
43 Goopy Geer
  • Goopy Gear
  • Moonlight for Two
  • The Queen Was in the Parlor
12/30/2006
44 The Bear Family
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • A Rainy Day
  • Papa Gets the Bird
1/6/2007
45 Beans
  • Fire Alarm, The
  • Phantom Ship, The
  • Boom Boom
1/13/2007
46 Adolph Hitler WB Caricatures
  • Daffy - the Commando
  • Russian Rhapsody
  • Herr Meets Hare
1/20/2007
47 Screwy Squirrel
  • Screwball Squirrel
  • Screwy Truant, The
  • Lonesome Lenny
1/27/2007

Featured directors[edit]

These people directed original shorts featured in the series.

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