Famous Classic Tales

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Famous Classic Tales
Genre Anthology
Television special
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 29
Production
Producer(s) Neil Balnaves
Walter J. Hucker
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 30–60 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera
Air Programs International
Release
Original network CBS
Original release 1970 – 1979
Chronology
Related shows Family Classic Tales
ABC Afterschool Special
The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie

Famous Classic Tales is an American anthology series on CBS which aired animated television specials based on classic children's stories from 1970 to 1979. The series was produced by the Australian division of Hanna-Barbera and Air Programs International (API), also from Australia.

Overview[edit]

Famous Classic Tales was broadcast on CBS and distributed by Kids Klassics Home Video and Storybook World. It had cartoons from API's Family Classic Tales. Featured cartoons included adaptions of classic literature such as Gulliver's Travels, Treasure Island, Black Beauty, Moby-Dick, and many others.

The creation of a series of animated features based on classic children's stories was conceived by Jack Thinnes, Media Director at Sive Advertising in Cincinnati, Ohio. The series was created for a Sive client, Kenner Products, and each program was fully sponsored by Kenner on CBS Television Network on Sunday, late afternoon or early evening, during the prime toy selling season before Christmas. The idea to use classic children's books sprang from Thinnes' viewing of a two-minute demo of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which was produced by Walter Hucker's studio, Air Programs International (API), of Sydney, Australia. API was purchased later by Hanna-Barbera Studios after Thinnes introduced the owners of the studios to one another. After the series ran on CBS for nearly ten years, it was moved into local syndication by Sive's syndication department. However, their adaptation of A Christmas Carol was such a favorite that it continued to run on the network for fifteen years.[1]

The series is very similar to ABC Afterschool Special, ABC Weekend Special and The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie.

Episode list[edit]

Title Airdate Director(s) Production
1 Tales of Washington Irving November 1, 1970 Zoran Janjic Air Programs International
2 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court November 26, 1970 Zoran Janjic Air Programs International
3 A Christmas Carol December 13, 1970 Zoran Janjic Air Programs International
4 The Legend of Robin Hood November 14, 1971 Zoran Janjic Air Programs International
5 Treasure Island November 28, 1971 Zoran Janjic Air Programs International
6 Travels of Marco Polo January 1, 1972 Leif Gram Air Programs International
7 Robinson Crusoe November 23, 1972 Leif Gram Air Programs International
8 The Prince and the Pauper November 26, 1972 Chris Cuddington Air Programs International
9 The Count of Monte Cristo September 23, 1973 William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Hanna-Barbera Australia
10 Kidnapped October 22, 1973 Leif Gram Air Programs International
11 The Swiss Family Robinson October 28, 1973 Leif Gram Air Programs International
12 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea November 22, 1973 William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Hanna-Barbera Australia
13 The Three Musketeers November 23, 1973 William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Hanna-Barbera Australia
14 The Black Arrow December 2, 1973 Leif Gram Air Programs International
15 The Gentlemen of Titipu January 15, 1974 Leif Gram Air Programs International
16 Moby-Dick January 1, 1975 Richard Slapczynski Air Programs International
17 The Mysterious Island November 15, 1975 Leif Gram Air Programs International
18 The Last of the Mohicans November 27, 1975 Charles A. Nichols Hanna-Barbera Australia
19 Ivanhoe November 27, 1975 Leif Gram Air Programs International
20 From the Earth to the Moon January 1, 1976 Richard Slapczynski Air Programs International
21 Off on a Comet January 1, 1976 Richard Slapczynski Air Programs International
22 Master of the World October 23, 1976 Leif Gram Air Programs International
23 Davy Crockett on the Mississippi November 20, 1976 Charles A. Nichols Hanna-Barbera Australia
24 A Journey to the Center of the Earth November 13, 1977 Richard Slapczynski Air Programs International
25 Five Weeks in a Balloon November 24, 1977 Chris Cuddington Hanna-Barbera Australia
26 Black Beauty October 28, 1978 Chris Cuddington Hanna-Barbera Australia
27 Puss in Boots January 19, 1979 Hanna-Barbera Australia
28 Gulliver's Travels November 18, 1979 Chris Cuddington Hanna-Barbera Australia
29 The Adventures of Sinbad November 23, 1979 Richard Slapczynski Air Programs International

Home video release[edit]

Several of the Famous Classic Tales specials were released on VHS by GoodTimes Entertainment, Fox-Lorber and Kids Klassics. Several other stories made it to DVD afterwards, including a 2007 release from Southern Star by Koch Vision titled Hanna-Barbera Storybook Favorites which featured The Last of the Mohicans, Black Beauty and Gulliver's Travels. All of these are now out of print.

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