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Title card of the series

Kartunes was a series of 12 theatrical shorts subjects from 1951 to 1953. The series was produced by Famous Studios for Paramount Pictures. It succeeded the Screen Songs series because Paramount Pictures lost the rights to the series' name and the term "Bouncing Ball" couldn't be used any more. Even though the series ended in 1953, Famous produced one more cartoon called Candy Cabaret, which was part of the Noveltoons series.

The opening theme of each cartoon was Sing a Song of Six Pence.

List of cartoons (songs)[edit]

TitleSongDirectorAnimatorsStory byOriginal release date
Vegetable Vaudeville"Yes! We Have No Bananas"I. SparberMyron Waldman and Nick TafuriLarz BourneNovember 9, 1951
Snooze Reel"I Got Spurs that Jingle Jangle Jingle"Seymour KneitelAl Eugster and Wm. B. PattengillJoe StultzDecember 28, 1951
Off We Glow"The Glow-Worm"I. SparberDave Tendlar and Tom GoldenLarz Bourne and Tex HensonFebruary 29, 1952
Fun at the Fair"Wait 'Till the Sun Shines, Nellie"I. SparberAl Eugster and Wm. B. PattengillLarz BourneMay 9, 1952
Dizzy Dinosaurs"Sweet Adeline"Seymour KneitelMyron Waldman and Gordon WhittierI. KleinJuly 4, 1952
Gag and Baggage"I've Been Working on the Railroad"I. SparberDave Tendlar and Tom GoldenLarz BourneAugust 8, 1952
Forest Fantasy"By the Light of the Silvery Moon"Seymour KneitelMyron Waldman and Larry SilvermanI. KleinNovember 14, 1952
Hysterical History"Yankee Doodle Boy"I. SparberAl Eugster and George GermanettiIrving SpectorJanuary 23, 1953
Philharmaniacs"Alexander's Ragtime Band"Seymour KneitelTom Johnson and John GentilellaI. KleinApril 3, 1953
Aero-Nutics"Come Josephine in My Flying Machine"Seymour KneitelAl Eugster and George GermanettiIrving SpectorMay 8, 1953
Invention Convention"Let Me Call You Sweetheart"I. SparberAl Eugster and Wm. B. PattengillI. KleinJune 10, 1953
No Place Like Rome"Oh Ma Ma"I. SparberAl Eugster and George GermanettiIrving SpectorJuly 31, 1953

Note: Hysterical History is the only Kartunes' episode in public domain.

TV distribution[edit]

The cartoons were later sold to TV distribution by Harvey Films to replace the original titles with the Harvey reissued ones and syndicated by Worldvision Enterprises.

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