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Title card of the series

Kartunes was a series of 12 theatrical shorts subjects from 1951 to 1953. The series was produced by Famous Studios for Paramount Pictures. It succeeded the Screen Songs series because Paramount Pictures lost the rights to the series' name and the term "Bouncing Ball" couldn't be used any more. Even though the series ended in 1953, Famous produced one more cartoon called Candy Cabaret, which was part of the Noveltoons series.

Starting with Snooze Reel, the opening theme of each cartoon was "Sing a Song of Sixpence".

List of cartoons (songs)[edit]

Title Song Director Story Animation Scenics Original release date
Vegetable Vaudeville "Yes! We Have No Bananas" I. Sparber Larz Bourne Myron Waldman
Nick Tafuri
November 9, 1951
Snooze Reel "I Got Spurs that Jingle Jangle Jingle" Seymour Kneitel Joe Stultz Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Robert Owen December 28, 1951
Off We Glow "The Glow-Worm" I. Sparber Larz Bourne
Tex Henson
Dave Tendlar
Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Tom Golden
Robert Little February 29, 1952
Fun at the Fair "Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie" I. Sparber Larz Bourne Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
May 9, 1952
Dizzy Dinosaurs "Sweet Adeline" Seymour Kneitel I. Klein Myron Waldman
Gordon Whittier
Robert Little July 4, 1952
Gag and Baggage "I've Been Working on the Railroad" I. Sparber Larz Bourne Dave Tendlar
Tom Golden
Robert Little August 8, 1952
Forest Fantasy "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" Seymour Kneitel I. Klein Myron Waldman
Larry Silverman
Anton Loeb November 14, 1952
Hysterical History "Yankee Doodle Boy" I. Sparber Irving Spector Al Eugster
George Germanetti
Robert Owen January 23, 1953
Philharmaniacs "Alexander's Ragtime Band" Seymour Kneitel I. Klein Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Jack Henegan April 3, 1953
Aero-Nutics "Come Josephine in My Flying Machine" Seymour Kneitel Irving Spector Al Eugster and George Germanetti May 8, 1953
Invention Convention "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" I. Sparber I. Klein Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Anton Loeb June 10, 1953
No Place Like Rome "Oh Ma-Ma (The Butcher Boy)" I. Sparber Irving Spector Al Eugster
George Germanetti
Jack Henegan July 31, 1953

Note: Hysterical History is the only Kartunes episode in the public domain.

TV distribution[edit]

The cartoons were later sold to TV distribution by Harvey Films to replace the original titles with the Harvey reissued ones and syndicated by Worldvision Enterprises.

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