TerryToons Studio Directory
Terry lead off his new company with his popular Farmer Al Falfa series, distributed by Educational Pictures Corporation. This series spun off to Puddy the Pup in 1935 and Kiko the Kangaroo a year later. Sensing financial trouble with Educational Films, Terry moved his home distibution over to Castle Films, and 20th Century Fox took over theatrical distribution.
By the fourties, the studio really hit it's stride. Popular original series such as Super Mouse/Mighty Mouse and 1946's Heckle and Jeckle made a real name for the little studio on the East Coast.
By 1955, Paul Terry retired, and sold his studio outright to CBS, with Fox continuing the theatrical distribution. Budgets continued to decline, and Gene Deitch was brought in to run the studio for two years. Deitch was fired in 1958, Bill Weiss took control of production. Under Weiss' supervision, Heckle and Jeckle and Mighty Mouse went back into production.
In addition to the three main directors of the Terry era who were still involved as animators and directors, two Famous Studios stalwarts were brought on board, Dave Tendlar and Martin Taras. Other new theatrical cartoon series included Hector Heathcote, Luno and Hashimoto, all of which later migrated to television. The studio began producing the Deputy Dawg series strictly for television in 1960. The Adventures of Lariat Sam was also created for the Captain Kangaroo show.
The final moments for Terrytoons were in the late sixties, under Ralph Bakshi. He left in 1966 for Paramount, and the studio was closed in 1968.
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