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Tubby the Tuba
Directed by Alexander Schure
Produced by Barry Yellin
Steven Carlin
Alexander Schure
Written by Paul Tripp and George Kleinsinger
(also original song)
Starring See below
Music by George Kleisinger
Editing by Phillip Schopper
Distributed by Avco Embassy Pictures
Release date(s) April 1, 1975 (1975-04-01)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tubby the Tuba is a 1975 animated musical-comedy film, based on the 1945 children's story for concert orchestra and narrator of the same name by Paul Tripp and George Kleinsinger. It was released on April 1, 1975 by Avco Embassy Pictures.

The film was produced by the New York Institute of Technology, under the supervision of its founder, Alexander Schure, who was the project's director.

Nearly three decades before the release of this full-length adaptation, stop-motion innovator George Pal made a 1947 Puppetoon which was also based on Tripp and Kleisinger's work. The Paramount short was nominated for a Best Animated Short Oscar, but lost to Warner Bros. Cartoons' Merrie Melodies cartoon, Tweetie Pie.


A young tuba named Tubby sets off on a quest to find a song of his own. He visits a circus and ventures into the forest while on the way to Singing City.

Voice cast

  • Paul Tripp as Narrator
  • Dick Van Dyke as Tubby the Tuba
  • David Wayne as Pee-Wee the Piccolo
  • Pearl Bailey as Mrs. Elephant
  • Jack Gilford as The Herald
  • Ray Middleton as The Great Pepperino
  • Jane Powell as Celeste
  • Cyril Ritchard as The Frog
  • Ruth Enders as The Haughty Violin
  • Hermione Gingold as Ms. Squeek


  • Beck, Jerry (2005). The Animated Movie Guide. ISBN: 1-55652-591-5. Chicago Reader Press. Accessed April 9, 2007.
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