Cartoon Alley facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCartoon Alley
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||47|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||Turner Classic Movies|
|Original release||November 5, 2004– March 1, 2007|
Cartoon Alley is an American animated children's television series that aired on Turner Classic Movies on Saturday mornings from 2004 to 2007. It featured classic animated shorts. Cartoon Alley was the first animated show to produced as TCM's television program for children.
Broadcast at 11:30 AM ET, it was hosted by Ben Mankiewicz and featured three classic animated shorts from the 1930–1950s per episode. Most shorts were from The Golden Age of American animation. Each of the three shorts focused on a common theme. Most shorts came from Warner Bros., MGM, Universal, Paramount, Pat Sullivan, and Otto Mesmer (the latter studio provided the Popeye cartoons and the Felix The Cat cartoons only; these were in Turner's hands by this point), but during the show's first season Cartoon Alley featured shorts from the Gaumont Film Company. Many recognizable characters have been featured in at least one episode such as Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, Felix The Cat, Porky Pig, Andy Panda, Space Mouse, Tom and Jerry, Droopy, Screwy Squirrel, Barney Bear, Spike, George and Junior, and others not so famous such as Goopy Geer and The Captain and the Kids. The shorts often appeared uncut and uncensored (a few cartoons utilized cuts for content), and the more controversial cartoons (such as Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt and Half-Pint Pygmy) were often introduced with a brief warning by Mankiewicz about the ethnic stereotypes being portrayed. The network's logo was only featured for a brief time, usually during the last short featured. This was for only time that Felix the Cat, Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, and Goopy Geer have been on television.
From November 2004 to September 2005, the series was featured just once a month but after popular demand the series became a weekly feature. (with the exception of Betty Boop and Casper the Friendly Ghost), This series never aired in February because of TCM's 31 Days of Oscar programming. but aired in February 2007 instead. The series was canceled in autumn of 2007. In September 2007, Ben Mankiewicz confirmed that Turner Classic Movies would not renew Cartoon Alley for a fourth season. However, The MGM Cartoons' Tom and Jerry, Droopy, Barney Bear, Screwy Squirrel, Happy Harmonies, The Captain and the Kids, The Tex Avery cartoons, and Popeye are currently now on TCM's Saturday Matinee segment.
Season 1: 2004-2005
|#||Episode Title||Shorts Featured||Original Air Date|
|3||Oscar Nominated Shorts||
|4||Tom & Jerry||
|6||The Early Days of Warner Brothers Cartoons and The Early Days of Walter Lantz Cartoons||
|7||The Captain and the Kids||
|9||Animaland Series (1)||
|10||Animaland Series (2)||
|11||Animaland Series (3)||
|17||Peter Lorre Caricatures||
Season 2: 2005-2006
|21||WB Cartoon Character Debuts||
|23||Two Curious Puppies||
|25||Nursery Rhymes and Bedtime Stories||
|26||Homer the Flea||
|27||Black and White Warner Brothers||
|28||Tex Avery's Screwball Classics||
|29||Hubie & Bertie||
|32||CinemaScope Tom & Jerry||
Season 3: 2006-2007
|35||George and Junior||
|36||Early Bugs Bunny||
|38||Bugs and Cecil||
|39||Happy Harmonies II||
|41||Bing Crosby Spoofs||
|44||The Bear Family||
|46||Adolph Hitler WB Caricatures||
|49||Felix The Cat||
These people directed original shorts featured in the series.
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