WORLD'S FIRST TV CARTOON
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What was the world's first television cartoon?
Crusader Rabbit is considered to
be the first cartoon ever created for television.
The idea for the cartoon was first
brought to Paul Terry, who owned Terrytoons, which was the company responsible
for such classics as Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, and Deputy Dog. However,
Paul Terry wasn’t interested and so it was then presented to Jay Ward, who
jumped on the idea. Jay Ward would be known later in life for great animated
shows such as Rocky and Bullwinkle and George of the Jungle.
Jay Ward was known for great
writing and it was this, and not the superb animation, that made his shows as
famous as they were.
From 1948 to 1951, Ward created an
astounding 195 Crusader Rabbit episodes and in 1957, TV Spots, which was another
production company, recreated the characters and released their own 200 Crusader
Crusader Rabbit episode was released on
September 1, 1949.
of the episodes written for the first cartoon ever produced were written by
Chris Hayward, who would also become famous for works such as The Munsters.
Every episode of Crusader Rabbit
ended with a suspenseful cliffhanger, so that viewers would always need to come
back and watch to find out what happened.
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