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1955 Terrytoons article for kids


Animator Mark Kausler (who has a great new blog, by the way) recently unearthed this 1955 article on Terrytoons, written for children, from Junior Scholastic magazine. This was written shortly before the studio was sold to CBS and Paul Terry himself retired. The piece explains the basics of how animated cartoons were produced in ’55, with a great photo we hadn’t seen before of director Connie Rasinski and storyman/voice of Mighty Mouse Tom Morrison. Mr. Terry also has a great quote at the end:

“My advice to a young artist is this: Always carry a pencil and pad with you. Draw anything and everything you see that may give someone a laugh. That’s what a good animator does. He makes people laugh,”

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  • uncle wayne

    thank you! After just having purchased a slew of Terrys (from Jerry….one can do that!)….this’ll be great fun!

    Big question….why would ANY one pour water over Mighty’s head!? Jealous, I would assume, of each other’s CBS show at the time!

  • red pill junkie

    “HEEERE I COME TO SAVE THE D(glub glub!) AY (cough!)” ;-)

  • uncle wayne

    Oh my God! What a shocker! (Enjoyed the article very much!!) I always envisioned, however, Mr. Morrison to be this young debonaire type.

  • James Kormann

    That is pretty neat. I always enjoy reading things about classic animation and this is no exception!

  • Thanks for posting this! It’s always fascinating to read the articles from the times when these cartoons were made. Does anybody have an idea who made that cover drawing? It doesn’t look like Jim Tyer’s work, judging from the examples I’ve seen of his comics. Perhaps Connie Rasinski drew it?
    Also, that quote from Paul Terry regarding how long it takes to finish a cartoon is quite puzzling. Two weeks for some cartoons?! This can’t be serious.

  • Christopher Cook

    One thing I noticed is that the byline under the film strip indicates that the 12 drawings of Mighty Mouse would encompass half a second of action. However, the drawings were filmed on twos (two frames per drawing), so that would take up a full second. (The article also erroneously says there are 24 drawings of Mighty Mouse.)

    Still, a nice read.

  • John A

    I think the reporter was a little confused. A new Terrytoon was released every two weeks, but the actual work schedule was about 6 months per cartoon. Several cartoons were made over the same period, and artists would go from one cartoon to the next as they finished their work on the previous one. Ideally, a new cartoon would go into production every two weeks and the finished cartoon would be in the theatres six months later. Other than that, it was a very nice article for a school newspaper. (We only had the crappy Weekly Reader when I was a kid)

  • joecab

    Looking at the Little Roquefort figure’s Jim Tyer-style eyes cracked me up. Did Tyer actually do his (or any other character’s) model sheet? I would think they’d find his style a little too crazy for that. Me, i woulda loved it.