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Mexican Holiday Cartoon Picture

>Filmation Associates
  • Filmation Associates
  • Animated Characters: Sport Billy, Sport Lilly, Queen Vanda, Willy, Sporticus XI.
  • First Aired in 1979.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.


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Production Notes:


The mascot of an interplanetary sports team comes to Earth to teach people how to play fair in sports. His name is Billy, and he came from the planet Olympus (whose god-like populace was largely given, naturally, to good sportsmanship and fair play). Together with his pals Lilly and Willy, Billy travelled the globe in their timeship in sports-focused stories, which emphasized values and fair play.

In 1979, with Filmation prominent and prolific, and its animated fare being broadcast and syndicated throughout the world, the studio was given a unique opportunity: a West German sports combine commissioned Filmation to create and produce an animated series centered around their company mascot, Sport Billy. The character was as famous in Germany as Mickey was in the U.S.

Sixteen half-hours were produced and were originally supposed to be broadcast only in Europe. NBC, in need of some rapid mid-season replacement programming for their Saturday morning schedule, made a deal with Lou to bring the show to the U.S. This was thanks to the fact that even though Sport Billy was produced for German audiences... it was an English-language show.

Lane Scheimer, who provided Sport Billy's voice, was the son of producer Lou Scheimer.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.




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