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Mel-O-Toons opening sequence
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 104

Mel-O-Toons sometimes erroneously called "Mello Toons", was a series of animated cartoons produced beginning in 1960 by New World Productions (Not to be confused with the production company founded by Roger Corman) and syndicated by United Artists.[1] It featured various folk tales, Greco-Roman myths, Biblical stories, some original stories by author Thornton Burgess, classic stories, even adaptations of classical music and ballet. The soundtracks were often taken from existing children's records, licensed from the original labels. 104 cartoons, each about 6 minutes long, were produced in limited animation.

After many years out of circulation, public domain prints have turned up on videotape and DVD.

Partial episode list[edit]

Sparky's Magic Echo[edit]

Sparky's Magic Echo is a four-minute cartoon written by Alan Livingston, produced by New World Productions roughly in the 1960s, and syndicated by United Artists.[2] The plot involves a boy looking for the echo of his singing.

In popular culture[edit]

Footage from the Christopher Columbus episode was used in Last Week Tonight's How is This Still A Thing segment on Columbus Day which aired on October 12, 2014.[3]


  1. ^ "Arthurian Animation". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  2. ^ The Big Cartoon DataBase (16 February 1960). "Sparky's Magic Echo (1960) - Mel-O-Toons Cartoon Episode Guide". Big Cartoon DataBase (BCDB). Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^