Gabby (film series)

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Gabby was a Max Fleischer animated cartoon series distributed through Paramount Pictures. Gabby debuted as the town crier in the 1939 animated feature Gulliver’s Travels produced by Fleischer. Shortly afterward Paramount and Fleischer saw fit to give Gabby his own Technicolor cartoon series, eight entries of which were produced between 1940 and 1941. Gabby was voiced by Pinto Colvig, the voice of Walt Disney's Goofy, and Grumpy and Sleepy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Jack Mercer (the voice of Popeye and King Little, Sneak, Snoop, Snitch and Twinkle Toes in Gulliver’s Travels ) was regularly cast alongside Pinto Colvig, as either a King, Mayor, Snitch, Fish, Castle Workers, Fire Chief/Fireman and sometimes even as Gabby's humming! They both got their start together in Gulliver's Travels.

The Gabby cartoons were sold to U.M. & M. TV Corporation in 1955, which later became part of National Telefilm Associates, which became Republic Pictures, and was then sold to Paramount's current parent Viacom in 1999. Today, the Gabby cartoons are in the public domain. For official releases, the cartoons are currently syndicated on television by Trifecta Entertainment & Media (inherited from CBS Television Distribution and other companies), original distributor Paramount owns the theatrical rights, and Olive Films owns the DVD rights. However, most Gabby cartoons can be found in faded public domain television prints, usually featuring National Telefilm Associates openings.

A complete Gabby cartoon can be viewed on in-game televisions within the video game The Darkness. Also, one of Noah Byrd's cartoon characters, "Gabby Guinea pig", is a reference and allusion to the original Gabby of the series, and Gulliver's Travels, and is voiced by Muppet performer, Matt Vogel.

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