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UPA, short for United Productions of America, began as a studio creating political/industrial and World War II training films. After receiving a contract to produce theatrical shorts for Columbia Pictures, UPA stretched it's wings, and became quite influential as it developed it's own unique animation style and technique, and its innovations were recognized and copied by the other major animation studios. UPA pioneered the technique of limited animation as a stylistic alternative to the growing trend of recreating cinematic realism in animated films, not as a cost-cutting and time-saving measure as it later became.

UPA is most remembered for the Mr. Magoo theatrical among various theatrical series the studio produced, and the The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show for CBS. In the 1960s, UPA produced the Dick Tracy series and Mr. Magoo specials. UPA also produced two features, 1001 Arabian Nights and Gay Purr-ee. After the animation studio shut down, UPA distributed Japanese films from Toho Studios in the 1970s and 1980s.

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UPA (United Productions of America) Studio Directories Cartoon Series:


Feature Films   (1959-1962, 2 Theatrical Films.)

Fox and Crow   (1948-1949, 3 Theatrical Cartoons.)

Ham and Hattie   (1958-1959, 4 Theatrical Cartoons.)

Jolly Frolics   (1949-1951, 20 Theatrical Cartoons.)

Mister Magoo   (1950-1965, 80 Theatrical Cartoons.)

Private Snafu   (1945, 2 Theatrical Cartoons.)

Television   (1956-1962, 340 Episodes.)



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