|Founder||Treadwell D. Covington|
W. Watts Biggers
Chester "Chet" Stover
|Headquarters||New York, New York, USA|
|Owner||Dancer Fitzgerald Sample|
Total Television productions was founded in 1959 by Buck Biggers, Chester "Chet" Stover, Joe Harris, and Treadwell D. Covington. They were executives in the advertising agency Dancer Fitzgerald Sample who had the account for the General Mills food corporation. Total was formed to create cartoon characters encouraging children to buy General Mills breakfast cereals and other products. The company mostly created cartoons for television networks such as NBC. King Leonardo and His Short Subjects and Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales were the most popular cartoons made by the studio.
Production and Shows
The studio produced animated series from 1959 to 1969 at Gamma Productions, a primitive start-up company, which was contracted to produce the animation for Jay Ward Productions' output. Ward was never satisfied with the work performed at Gamma, being crude and substandard, sloppily done and very limited.
Gamma Productions is the animation studio who is notable for their work on Underdog (1964), Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales (1963), Commander McBragg (1963) and Go Go Gophers (1964).
- Cocoa Puffs commercials (1960-1969)
- King Leonardo and His Short Subjects (1960–1963)
- The Hunter (1960–1963)
- Commander McBragg (1963–1965)
- Go Go Gophers (1964-1966)
- Klondike Kat (1963–1965)
- Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales (1963–1966)
- The Beagles (1966–1967)
- The Sing A Long Family (1962)
- Tooter Turtle (1960–1962)
- Twinkles the Elephant (1960–1967)
- Underdog (1964–1967)
- Gene Hattree (1964)
- Cauliflower Cabby (1964)
- The Colossal Show (1964)
Much of Total Television's library for post-network syndication is handled by The Program Exchange, while underlying rights are owned by DreamWorks Classics/DreamWorks Animation (via Universal Pictures and NBCUniversal).
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- Slotnik, Daniel E. (2017-04-04). "Joe Harris, Illustrator Behind Underdog and Trix Rabbit, Dies at 89". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
- Mark Arnold (historian); Arnold, Mark (2009). Created and Produced by Total TeleVision productions: The Story of Underdog, Tennessee Tuxedo and the Rest. BearManor Media. ISBN 9781593933456.