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|Directed by||Isadore Sparber
Dan Gordon (uncredited)
Al Eugster (uncredited)
|Produced by||Sam Buchwald
|Story by||Jack Mercer
|Voices by||Jack Mercer
|Music by||Sammy Timberg (1943-1946)
Winston Sharples (1943-1967)
|Animation by||Myron Waldman
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Color process||3-strip Technicolor
|Running time||6–10 minutes (one reel)|
|Preceded by||Color Classics|
|Followed by||GoGo Toons
Noveltoons was an anthology series of animated cartoons produced by Paramount Pictures' Famous Studios from 1943 to the close of the studio in 1967. Casper the Friendly Ghost, Herman and Katnip, Little Audrey, and Baby Huey all got their start from this series. It was the successor series to the Color Classics series produced by Fleischer Studios (indeed, several Noveltoons would feature characters who originated in Color Classics). This series was also very similar to the two series from Warner Bros., Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, in that it features several recurring characters under one umbrella title.
The pre-October 1950 Noveltoons were sold to television distributor U.M. & M. TV Corporation in 1956. National Telefilm Associates acquired those cartoons soon afterward. Paramount sold the rest of the Noveltoons to Harvey Comics. As new Noveltoons were produced, they were also sold to Harvey, until 1962. Paramount still owns the remaining Noveltoons, and has reacquired the cartoons sold to U.M. & M., but a good deal of those cartoons have fallen into the public domain.
List of Noveltoons
- No Mutton fer Nuttin' (1943)[a]
- The Henpecked Rooster (1944)[b]
- Cilly Goose (1944))[c]
- Suddenly It's Spring (1944)[d]
- Yankee Doodle Donkey (1944)[e]
- Gabriel Churchkitten (1944)[f]
- When G.I. Johnny Comes Home (1945)
- Scrappily Married (1945)
- A Lamb in a Jam (1945)
- A Self-Made Mongrel (1945)[g]
- The Friendly Ghost (1945)[h]
- Cheese Burglar (1946)
- Old MacDonald Had a Farm (1946)
- Sheep Shape (1946)
- The Goal Rush (1946)
- Spree for All (1946)[i]
- Sudden Fried Chicken (1946)[j]
- The Stupidstitious Cat (1947)[k]
- The Enchanted Square (1947)[l]
- Madhattan Island (1947))[m]
- Much Ado About Mutton (1947)[n]
- The Wee Men (1947)
- The Mild West (1947)
- Naughty But Mice (1947)
- Santa's Surprise (1947)[o]
- Cat o' Nine Ails (1948)
- Flip Flap (1948)[p]
- We're in the Honey (1948)
- The Bored Cuckoo (1948)
- There's Good Boos To-Night (1948)[q]
- The Land of the Lost (1948)[r]
- Butterscotch and Soda (1948)
- The Mite Makes Right (1948)
- Hector's Hectic Life (1948)
- The Old Shell Game (1948)[s]
- The Little Cut-Up (1949)
- Hep Cat Symphony (1949)
- The Lost Dream (1949)
- Little Red School Mouse (1949)
- A Haunting We Will Go (1949)[t]
- A Mutt in a Rut (1949) [u]
- Campus Capers (1949)
- Leprechauns Gold (1949)[v]
- Song of the Birds (1949)[w]
- Quack-a-Doodle-Doo (1949)[x]
- Land of the Lost Jewels (1950)[y]
- Teacher's Pest (1950)
- Tarts and Flowers (1950)
- Ups an' Downs Derby (1950)
- Pleased to Eat You (1950)
- Goofy Goofy Gander (1950)
- Saved by the Bell (1950)
- Mice Meeting You (1950)
- The Voice of the Turkey (1950)[z]
- Sock-a-Bye Kitty (1950)
- One Quack Mind (1951)
- Mice Paradise (1951)
- Hold the Lion Please (1951)
- Land of Lost Watches (1951)[aa]
- As the Crow Lies (1951)
- Slip Us Some Redskin (1951)
- Party Smarty (1951)
- Cat-Choo (1951)[ab]
- Audrey the Rainmaker (1951)
- Cat Tamale (1951)[ac]
- By Leaps and Hounds (1951)
- Scout Fellow (1951)
- Cat Carson Rides Again (1952)[ad]
- The Awful Tooth (1952)[ae]
- Law and Audrey (1952)
- City Kitty (1952)
- Clown on the Farm (1952)
- The Case of the Cockeyed Canary (1952)
- Feast and Furious (1952)
- Starting from Hatch (1953)
- Winner by a Hare (1953)[af]
- Better Bait Than Never (1953)
- Surf Bored (1953)
- Huey's Ducky Daddy (1953)
- The Seapreme Court (1953)
- Crazytown (1953)
- Hair Today Gone Tomorrow (1954)
- Candy Cabaret (1954)
- The Oily Bird (1954)
- Fido Beta Kappa (1954)
- No Ifs, Ands or Butts (1954)[ag]
- Dizzy Dishes (1955)
- Git Along Lil' Duckie (1955)
- News Hound (1955)
- Poop Goes the Weasel (1955)
- Rabbit Punch (1955)
- Little Audrey Riding Hood (1955)
- Kitty Cornered (1955)
- Sleuth But Sure (1956)
- Swab the Duck (1956)
- Pedro and Lorenzo (1956)
- Sir Irving and Jeames (1956)
- Lion in the Roar (1956)
- Pest Pupil (1956)
- Fishing Tackler (1957)[ah]
- Mr. Money Gags (1957)[ai]
- L'Amour the Merrier (1957)
- Possom Pearl (1957)
- Jumping with Toy (1957)
- Jolly the Clown (1957)
- Cock-a-Doodle Dino (1957)
- Dante Dreamer (1957)
- Sportickles (1958))[aj]
- Grateful Gus (1958)[ak]
- Finnegan's Flea (1958)
- Okey Dokey Donkey (1958)[al]
- Chew Chew Baby (1958)
- Travelaffs (1958)[am]
- Stork Raving Mad (1958)
- Dawg Gawn (1958)[an]
- The Animal Fair (1959)[ao]
- Houndabout (1959)
- Huey's Father's Day (1959)[ap]
- Out of This Whirl (1959)[aq]
- Be Mice to Cats (1960)
- Monkey Doodles (1960)
- Peck Your Own Home (1960)
- Silly Science (1960)
- Counter Attack (1960) [ar]
- Turning the Fables (1960)[as]
- Munro (1960)[at]
- Fine Feathered Fiend (1960)
- The Planet Mouseola (1960)[au]
- Northern Mites (1960)
- Miceniks (1960)
- The Lion's Busy (1961)[av]
- Hound About That (1961)[aw]
- Alvin's Solo Flight (1961)[ax]
- Goodie the Gremlin (1961)[ay]
- Trick or Tree (1961)
- Cape Kidnaveral (1961)
- Turtle Scoop (1961)[az]
- Kozmo Goes to School (1961)[ba]
- Perry Popgun (1962)
- Without Time or Reason (1962)[bb]
- Good and Guilty (1962)[bc]
- T.V. or No T.V. (1962)[bd]
- Anatole (1962)[be]
- Yule Laff (1962)[bf]
- It's for the Birdies (1962)
- Fiddlin' Around (1962)
- Ollie the Owl (1963)
- Good Snooze Tonight (1963)
- A Sight for Squaw Eyes (1963)
- Self Defense ... for Cowards (1963)[bg]
- Gramps to the Rescue (1963)
- Hobo's Holiday (1963)[bh]
- Hound for Pound (1963)
- The Sheepish Wolf (1963)
- Hiccup Hound (1963)[bi]
- Whiz Quiz Kid (1964)[bj]
- Laddy and His Lamp (1964)[bk]
- A Tiger's Tail (1964)[bl]
- Homer on the Range (1964)[bm]
- Horning In (1965)[bn]
- A Hair-Raising Tale (1965)
- The Story of George Washington (1965)[bo]
- A Leak in the Dike (1965)[bp]
- Tally-Hokum (1965)
- Op, Pop, Wham and Bop (1966)
- Sick Transit (1966)[bq]
- Space Kid (1966)[br]
- Geronimo & Son (1966)[bs]
- The Trip (1967)[bt]
- Robin Hood-winked (1967)[bu]
In total, 170 animated shorts in the series were produced.
On January 23, 2012, Thunderbean Animation released a restored collection of public domain Noveltoons with the following cartoons: Cilly Goose, Suddenly It's Spring, Yankee Doodle Donkey, Scrappily Married, A Lamb in a Jam, Cheese Burglar, Sudden Fried Chicken, The Stupidstitious Cat, The Enchanted Square, Much Ado About Mutton, The Wee Men, Naughty But Mice, Flip Flap, The Bored Cuckoo, Leprechauns Gold, Quack-a-Doodle Doo, Teacher's Pest, Ups an' Downs Derby, Pleased to Eat You and Saved by the Bell.
Because a large quantity of Noveltoons, along with many other Famous Studios series, have fallen into the public domain, they are often found on low-quality cartoon VHS tapes and DVDs, usually with NTA/U.M.&M. titles. Since the early 1980s, when PD cartoon collections began to become popular, they were often (and still are) packaged with a mix-up of other random cartoons.
- First Noveltoon cartoon, and first appearances of Blackie the Lamb and Wolfie Wolf. Only cartoon directed by Dan Gordon.
- First appearances of Herman, Henry, and Bertha. First cartoon directed by Seymour Kneitel, and this is the first Noveltoon cartoon with the directorial credit.
- First cartoon without dialogue, except that the news broadcasting fox speaks.
- First sequel to the 1941 Max Fleischer Color Classic cartoon, Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy (1941).
- Featuring Spunky, an alumus from the Color Classics series produced by Fleischer Studios. First cartoon directed by Izzy Sparber.
- Based on three books by Margot Austin. Only cartoon to be animated by four animators.
- First appearance of Dog Face. First cartoon directed by Dave Tendlar.
- First appearance of Casper the Friendly Ghost, and also his first in the Noveltoons series.
- Featuring Snuffy Smith from the comic strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith; served as the bridge between the 1934-1936 Charles Mintz/Screen Gems Barney Google cartoon series and the 1963 Snuffy Smith cartoons produced specifically for the animated television series King Features Trilogy. Previously considered a lost film, and currently only exists in black and white with French subtitles.
- This cartoon appeared in Smart House. First cartoon directed by Bill Tytla.
- First appearance of Buzzy the Crow
- Second and final sequel to the 1941 Max Fleischer Color Classic cartoon, Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy (1941).
- First cartoon without animation credits.
- Last appearance of Blackie the Lamb in the Noveltoon series, before he moved to the first Screen Songs color cartoon, Circus Comes to Clown.
- First appearance of Little Audrey
- This cartoon was narrated by Ken Roberts.
- Second appearance of Casper in the Noveltoons series.
- First of three animated shorts based on the then-popular children's fantasy adventure radio series of the same name.
- First appearances of Tommy Tortoise and Moe Hare.
- Last appearance of Casper in the Noveltoons series, before he moved on to his own series.
- A dog is at his wits' end when his mistress adopts a stray kitten, but a nightmare about Dog Heaven and Dog Hell makes Dogface change his ways. DVD 100 Cartoon Classics, Treeline Films, 2004.
- Sequel to The Wee Men (1947).
- Short is a semi-remake/reused plot of the 1934 Max Fleischer Color Classic cartoon, The Song of the Birds (1934); featuring Little Audrey.
- First appearance of Baby Huey.
- Second of three animated shorts based on the then-popular children's fantasy adventure radio series, Land of the Lost.
- First special short, and first appearances of Timothy the Turkey and the farmer. Final cartoon directed by Bill Tytla.
- Third and final animated short based on the then-popular children's fantasy adventure radio series, Land of the Lost.
- First of two Buzzy and Katnip cartoons in the Noveltoon series.
- First of two Herman and Katnip cartoons in the Noveltoon series.
- Second and last of two Herman and Katnip cartoons in the Noveltoon series, before they moved on to their own series.
- Second and last of two Buzzy and Katnip cartoons in the Noveltoon series.
- First cartoon where Moe Hare stars as his main antagonist.
- Banned from being aired on television, due to its exploitations and exhibitings of smoking habits.
- The 100th Noveltoon cartoon.
- Final appearances of Tommy Tortoise and Moe Hare. The only cartoon directed by Al Eugster, and his only off-screen directorial credit, but his animator still got an animation credit, and Izzy Sparber, his director, still got his directorial credit.
- First cartoon with music sections from Famous Studios cartoons by Winston Sharples, and first cartoon with additional direction by Izzy Sparber (uncredited).
- Final cartoon directed by Dave Tendlar.
- Featuring Spunky, from the Hunky and Spunky cartoon sub-series of Max Fleischer's Color Classics.
- Final cartoon directed by Izzy Sparber. Final cartoon released in Izzy Sparber's lifetime. Only cartoon with additional direction by Seymour Kneitel (uncredited).
- Last appearance of Little Audrey.
- Second and final cartoon with additional direction by Izzy Sparber (uncredited) due to his death in previous year.
- Last appearance of Baby Huey, but he moved on to the television shows, the direct-to-video Easter movie and his own website series.
- Prototype of the two shorts, Kozmo Goes to School (1961) and its direct sequel Space Kid (1965).
- Featuring Scat the Cat, a sequel to this short was produced and was entitled The Planet Mouseola (1960).
- Featuring Mortimer Tortoise and the hare.
- Munro (1960) was a co-production with Rembrandt Films. First cartoon directed by Gene Deitch. Only cartoon to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
- Featuring Scat the Cat, a sequel to Counter Attack (1960).
- Featuring Sir Reginald Tweedledum IV.
- Featuring Harry Hound.
- One of the only two post-1948 cartoons featuring the belated return of Little Lulu after the end of her own cartoon series, the other being the 1962 Comic Kings cartoon Frog's Legs.
- First appearance of Goodie the Gremlin.
- Last special short, and last appearances of Mortimer Tortoise and the hare.
- Featuring Kozmo the Space Kid, a short sequel followed just five years later under the title Space Kid (1965).
- Featuring Ralph and Percy, a sequel short followed this cartoon and was called T.V. or No T.V. (1962).
- Second appearance of Goodie the Gremlin.
- Featuring Ralph and Percy, a sequel to Without Time or Reason (1962).
- Anatole (1962) was a co-production with Rembrandt Films.
- Third appearance of Goodie the Gremlin, Santa Claus' second Noveltoon appearance following from Santa's Surprise (1947).
- Self Defense ... for Cowards (1963) was a co-production with Rembrandt Films. Final cartoon directed by Gene Deitch. Also final cartoon without animation credits. Only cartoon to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
- The second and final of the two Screen Songs homages in the Noveltoons series.
- Last appearance of Goodie the Gremlin.
- Final cartoon released in Seymour Kneitel's lifetime.
- Featuring Laddy and the Genie, a sequel later followed titled A Tiger's Tail (1964).
- Featuring Laddy and the Genie, a sequel to Laddy and His Lamp (1964).
- First cartoon directed by Howard Post.
- Featuring King Artie.
- Featuring Jacky, a sequel short followed entitled A Leak in the Dike (1965). First of two cartoons directed by Jack Mendelsohn.
- Featuring Jacky, a sequel to The Story of George Washington (1965). Second and final of two cartoons directed by Jack Mendelsohn.
- Final cartoon directed by Howard Post.
- Featuring Kozmo the Space Kid, a sequel to Kozmo Goes to School (1961). Final cartoon directed by Seymour Kneitel due to his death in 1964.
- First cartoon directed by Shamus Culhane.
- An animated short caper in the same vein as the stylized UPA limited animation cartoons of the 1950s and '60s, and final cartoon without dialogue.
- Featuring Sir Blur, the very last Noveltoon ever produced after the studio closed down. Final cartoon directed by Shamus Culhane.