Sporn on Terrytoons

Michael Sporn’s Splog is a daily must-read for anyone interested in cartoons, their history and the experiences of a life-long New York independent animator. Today, Michael posts several vintage articles on the old Terrytoons studio based in New Rochelle, NY.

I want to thank Mike for giving me an excuse to post this fun TV commercial from the mid-1950s, below, featuring future Oscar winner Patty Duke playing with a Remco toy Drive-In Movie Theatre — which came complete with Terrytoons:


  • Mike

    Cute.
    I like how the boy at the end never blinks.

  • Jonah Sidhom

    haha, the kid’s reaction at :57 after saying “remember, every boy wants a Remco toy” is my favorite part.

  • Angry Anim

    I can’t possibly love this any more than I do. Very cool!

  • Robert Barker

    OMG. My cousins had one of those when I was little. I was so jealous. I remember the toy. Did it just show stills? I’ll bet one of those in good shpe would be costly. Cool.

  • Mike Fontanelli

    This Remco toy regularly goes for big $$$ on eBay. I’m not sure modern audiences would even know what a Drive-In was. Given their notorious “passion pit” reputation at the time, though – it gives new meaning to Patty Duke’s knowing camera wink at the end, (“…And so do girls!”)

    This would make a great subversive SNL commercial parody, with adult comics playing the kids. What starts out as innocent role-playing reenacting Heckle & Jeckle cartoons quickly degenerates into a frenzied make-out, ending up under the table! With Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, or their modern equivalents…

  • uncle wayne

    I adore it!!! Than Q!!

  • B. Baker

    One of my favorite toys as a kid. Yep, it just showed little film strips (stills), mostly of Terrytoons characters and other CBS properties, like Captain Kangaroo. The material seemed like it was specifically drawn or created for the toy.

  • Christopher Cook

    Patty Duke was a little charmer back then.

  • Rocco

    $5.98 in 1955 = $47.57 in 2008
    Looks well worth it.

  • http://brainrow.com/ Michael Burton

    I never saw one of these in person, but I do remember the ads. Maybe that’s why I bought a VCR almost as soon as they became available.

  • http://www.inthebalcony.com Laughing Gravy

    LOVE IT. Never heard of this toy – what a natural. Great stuff. Thanks!

  • Mando
  • http://soccerorassociationfootball.com Bob

    If only they added “Perry Mason” and Gandy Goose, or “Gunsmoke” and Kiko the Kangaroo.

  • http://www.lippy.com Lippy

    I *ALWAYS* coveted that toy! Thanks for the memories! I was only blessed with playing with it ONCE, at a distant relative’s house. Yet I remember that playdate like it was yesterday.
    I must have been about 3 or 4 and he was 8 or 9.