The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show

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The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show
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Genre Children's program
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices of Bud Abbott
Stan Irwin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin[1]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera[citation needed]
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera
Original channel Syndication[1]
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 9, 1967 (1967-09-09)[citation needed] – June 1, 1968 (1968-06-01)[citation needed]

The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show is an American half-hour animated series of the famous comedy duo that aired in syndication from September 9, 1967 to June 1, 1968. Each of the 39 individual episodes consisted of four five-minute cartoons.[2] The cartoons were created jointly by Hanna-Barbera, RKO General and Jomar Productions between 1965 and 1967. The series was syndicated by Gold Key Entertainment and King World Productions.

The primary feature of this cartoon series was the fact that Bud Abbott supplied the voice for his own character. Stan Irwin provided the voice of Lou Costello, who had died in 1959. The rest of the voice cast was composed of Hanna-Barbera regulars. The Canadian cartoonist, Lynn Johnston, who is famous for her comic strip, For Better or For Worse, was an uncredited cel colorist.[3]


Abbott and Costello was among the animated programs of the 1960s that were based on the decade's nostalgia craze which animated other comedy teams of the past such as Laurel and Hardy and The New Three Stooges.[1] The show created work for the ill and impoverished Bud Abbott who provided the voice of his animated character.[1] Lou Costello had died in 1959 and had his voiced supplied by the nightclub manager Stan Irwin who was a close friend of the duo.[1]



Comic book series[edit]

A comic book based on the TV show was produced by Charlton Comics. Starting in February 1968, it ran for 22 issues, ending in August 1971.[4]


Hal Erickson, author of Television Cartoon Shows, An Illustrated Encyclopedia gave the program a negative review, stating that Abbott and Costello episodes were difficult to tell apart.[1] Erickson stated that "virtually every one them features the tubby Costello being pursued by some bugeyed monster or giant sized garden pest" and that "None of the classic verbal exchanges which brought the real Abbott and Costello to fame in the first place are evident."[1]

Home Video releases[edit]

An episode of the show will be on the The Best of Warner Bros.: Hanna Barbera 25 Cartoon Collection DVD set and will be released on May 21, 2013.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Erickson, 2005. p.54
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.
  3. ^ Johnston, Lynn (1989). A Look Inside For Better Or For Worse:: The 10th Anniversary Collection. Andrews McMeel Publishing. pp. 38–9. 
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