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CBS Cartoon Theater

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CBS Cartoon Theater
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Premiere June 13, 1956
Finale September 5, 1956
Creator Paul Terry (cartoons)
Network CBS
Style 30-minute animated anthology
Company Terrytoons, CBS
Seasons 1
Episodes 13
Origin USA

CBS Cartoon Theater was an animated anthology series airing on the network's prime time line-up during the summer of 1956.

A year earlier, CBS had bought the Terrytoons studio and its cartoon library from Paul Terry and set about establishing shows culled from that library. In an attempt to mimic the success of ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney, CBS Cartoon Theater showcased Terrytoons films with live action segments hosted by Dick Van Dyke. In these host segments and bridges, Van Dyke would interact with cartoon characters like Heckle and Jeckle, the Terry Bears, Gandy Goose, Sourpuss, Dinky Duck and Little Roquefort.

Viewers weren't fooled. They knew the difference between the lavish Disney films and the cheese-paring Terrytoons films. After 13 weeks, CBS Cartoon Theater was canceled. But it would soon spawn off The Heckle And Jeckle Cartoon Show.

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Roy Halee Heckle 1
Jeckle 1
Dinky Duck 1
The Terry Bears 1
Tom Morrison Little Roquefort 1
Percy 1
Doug Moye Papa Bear 1
Arthur Kay Gandy Goose 1
Dick Van Dyke himself 1

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season 1 June 13, 1956 September 5, 1956 13