The Last Terrytoons The Last Terrytoons

The Last Terrytoons

The cartoons posted below are two semi-rare TV pilots. They are not particularly good and I direct you to them only for historical purposes. They will probably be appreciated exclusively by die-hard students of television animation and cartoon history.

These are the last Terrytoons. Produced in 1968, CBS ordered up several Saturday morning pilots from its in-house animation shop. But producer Bill Weiss had disbanded the New Rochelle studio and had to farm production out to west coast director Fred Calvert, who in turn hired several Hanna Barbera animators (including Jerry Hathcock and Iwao Takamoto!) to produce these.

Neither of these films went to series and it’s easy to see why. The Ruby Eye of The Monkey God is a half-hearted Arabian nights/Kipling inspired adventure cartoon. Hard to believe, but this was later released theatrically by 20th Century-Fox – and eventually circulated to television in the Terrytoons TV package syndicated in the late 1970s.

The more obscure Sally Sargent (below), is a Nancy Drew knock off updated to the swingin’ sixties. It isn’t even listed on IMDB or in any reference on Terrytoons I can find. This was the final new production that Bill Weiss produced. It’s better than the other film by virtue of it’s groovy sixties theme song and Gary Owens voice on the track. This one was eventually also thrown into the Mighty Mouse/Deputy Dawg syndication package. Be warned: it’s a full ten minutes long.

  • Brandon Cordy

    Holy Moley, it’s Daphne from “Scooby-Doo” with a dye job!

    Neither of these pilots were _that_ bad, considering what it would have been competing against on Saturday morning television in 1968 or 1969, although the “Sally Sargent” theme song sounds two or three years behind the times.

  • Christopher Cook

    Tall cheese, indeed. I digress, Sally Sergeant was a cutie, looking like “Scooby Doo’s” Daphne as a blonde.

    We had the syndicated Mighty Mouse and Deputy Dawg packages in our market, but the station airing them never showed these. Might we see these on a future Worst Cartoons Ever festival?

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    I’m watching “Ruby Eye” and I kept asking myself “Where did those two white kids come from, looking like Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello knockoffs, and what made them think they could pass for East Indians?” The opening gambit was acceptable in what would now be called an Indiana Jones knockoff, but when we got to the small elephant and huge white tiger it slid downhill from there. The Hanna-Barbera visual influence is very much in evidence; that it was a Terrytoon I had to take on faith. Honestly, I can’t even see a series in this, and I’ve watched “Sushi Pack”!

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    The best way I can describe “Sally Sergeant” is as the result of a three-car collision between “Jonny Quest,” Scooby-Doo” and “Penelope Pitstop” [for the cheezoid villains]. I suppose nowadays that the preppy character with the ascot would be played as being just as gay as he looks, but this by-the-numbers Hanna-Barbera ripoff was an appropriate nail in the Terrytoon coffin. I don’t think even Archie Comics would have touched THIS one.

  • Jeffrey Gray

    The Iwao Takamoto connection definitely explains the H-B look to these pilots.

    Actually, I could see either of these as a segment on H-B’s Banana Splits show along with the The Arabian Knights and The Three Musketeers, both of which also had Takamoto character designs, as I recall.

    These would certainly have been as mediocre as those segments were (to me at least)…

  • Chris Sobieniak

    The new look for Terrytoons that just never happened.

  • Jeeeeez! Give me Ty Coon, Vincent Van Gopher, & Muskie ANY time!!

  • Lucy

    ….Now that’s just the easy way out of spelling ‘sergeant’.

  • Tom Minton

    Does anyone have a copy of the unsold Terrytoons pilot “Easy Winners?” Some who worked there say it’s the best thing they ever did.

  • J Lee

    If it wasn’t for the music tracks having that 60s Terrytoons “sound” you’d never know these were made under their banner (which is sort of a throwback to the Harman-Ising Cubby cartoons made for Van Buren, where only the different sounds of the audio track made you aware you weren’t watching a slightly off-kilter early Warner Bros. cartoon).

  • Mike Kazaleh

    You can also hear Bob Arbogast doing voices in both cartoons. The opening of “Monkey God” was animated by the very wonderful George Nicholas, who had previously worked at H&B (He was from Lantz and Disney before that. He also worked for Pantomime Pictures, Tower 12, and DePatie-Freleng.) Despite all the talent, I’m afraid these are just more of the same boring adventure-type cartoons that were proliferating at the time.

  • Hmmmm, didn’t I post on this topic on the Animation History Forum just yesterday? I think I should get some credit for starting this topic, unless Jerry and I thought of the same thing at the same time? Maybe Steve Carras actually deserves the credit, as he brought up the question in the first place!

  • I think they both have some merit.
    Sally Sergeant reminds me a lot of kim Possible, right down to the awkward attempts at youth slang.

  • Jeff Boice

    I’d like to know the story behind these two. Presumably Fred Silverman commissioned them for CBS. Shazzan was running on CBS at the time- Silverman famously considered the show a failure because the genie was too powerful- maybe he was looking for a Shazzan type cartoon without the genie. I dont know about Sally Sargent, maybe that was a false start down the Scooby Doo path. I agree with the comment that these are like the installments on the Banana Splits.

  • Kliph

    I don’t agree that it’s easy to see why Sally Sargent didn’t make it. If every Filmation, Hanna-Barbera, Rankin-Bass and Depatie-Freleng cartoon failed to make it to air in the late sixties and nineteen seventies then I would say, yes, it is easy to see why it didn’t make it.

  • Well, at least I know Takamoto was the one responsible for all the bland nightmarish imagery that haunted me throughout my childhood.

  • Leroy Nemeier

    With Terrytoons shuttered, Bill Weiss pulled an early version of outsourcing. If either of these pilots had sold, the resulting shows would’ve been Terrytoons in name only. All I see is Iwao, looking at both.

  • OM

    …Actually, this reminded me more style-wise of Alice In Wonderland – Or: What’s A Nice Kid Like You Doing In A Place Like This? than it does Scooby-Doo. All it needed was Sammy Davis as a Cheshire Cat :-P

  • These were delicious! Loved it! Some nice spurts of animation; the fullish take on the tiger, The elephant sucking water cycle. The elephant reminded me of the redesigned Snorky (when he went from being wooly to looking like a conventional elephant) from the Banana Splits.

    Corny yet enjoyable. Not bad, actually good.

    So it was not simply Hanna-Barbera artists but Hanna-Barbera creating these for Terrytoons…the way they did Sinbad Jr. for Sam Singer, Abbott & Costello for RKO and Laurel & Hardy for Larry Harmon?

  • Leroy Nemeier

    No, it was a few H-B artists working as freelancers for independent producer/director Fred Calvert, who ran his own shop. L.A. used to be populated with such boutique animation houses, forty years ago. These pilots both look like Hanna-Barbera house product due to Iwao’s distinctive design style. And Iwao also designed that 1966 “What’s a Nice Kid Like You Doin’ in a Place Like This” take on “Alice in Wonderland”, using the cartoony side of his brain.

  • Thanks.
    I ask because it not only looks like moonlighting HB personnel but sound Fx and music too!…to me at least.

  • Brad

    Wow I actually saw the Monkey God at some point in my young life, and liked it. I just assumed it was H-B — everything else was. Haven’t recollected it in years — the only thing bit that really stuck with me was the imagery of putting the ruby back into the idol’s eye socket.

  • Alex,

    VERY good comparison to KIM POSSIBLE for SALLY SARGEANT! This was the best of the two Terrytoons cartoons posted, and probably worthy of being their last. Sally was one of the first cartoon heroines who wasn’t such a wimp, like most others at the time!

  • Steve Carras

    I actually remember seeing that in reruns in 1978 when I was “Sally Sargent'”s age..Iwao’s design, which I’ve sadly underrated, is actually pretty good, and yes, OM, IT DID remind ME of Alice..all IT REALLY neeeded was Janet Waldo as Sally..(And unlike ANYTHING on Scooby-Doo the opening DOES show a lot of promise for all the artists, and it’s almost sad that this didn’t make it, and I also recall it when it was new…but yeah, that and Monkey God ARE ‘Ripoffs” of straightforward HB. Look for my YouTube comments on the Sally. And She IS a cutie..

  • What I want to know is why the chara designs in SALLY SARGENT vary so wildly from the opening animation to the episode. If one looks at the Sally character in the OA side-by-side with the character as animated in the show, the differences are very apparent — she goes from being drawn in a crisp, cartoony, almost graphic-design style to a softer, more muddled style a la late ’60s H-B. These differences, plus certain music and fashion clues, lead me to believe that the opening of SALLY SARGENT was created two to three years prior to the episode itself, and by a different production team. Anybody have a credits list for this show?

  • julian

    its weird that everyone makes refrence too scooby-doo or bland characters.i think if you look a little closer its more like sleeping beauty.iwao applied the same post sleeping beauty style of drawing too alot of his char designs of this era and always continued up untill his death .he was a great artist that didnt loose it .and stayed consistent.never becoming a hack .its just a shame that budgets and bad ideas sometimes didnt merge well with his great go check your history and research your design archives a little better before you make remarks about someone whos worked on some of the best animation at disney and some of the worst at hanna-barbera .and he always kept his high standards.and applied them too everything he did.and a little note what you see on the screen as final .isnt near the degree. of his talents…..research.

  • julian

    oh yeah this was the 60s .relaxxxx.

  • Steve Carras

    AN early BLONDE Kim Possible..

  • Jason Carter

    What happened to the cold opening where Mary-Louise was kidnapped?

  • SarahjaneX

    I would say it’s a precursor of Scooby Doo, Kim Possible and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Too bad it would make a good series but, Terrytoons ended 1968 and no thanks to the competition of Hanna-Barbera productions also!

  • Shade

    Interesting mixture of the Terrytoons and Hanna-Barbera styles. Since two HB animators handled most of the work, the HB style is more evident. Hanna-Barbera became so supreme in ’60 TV cartoon production that other cartoon studios imitated the producers’ design style and storylines.

  • jim carpenito

    i have the cell from the studio —the ruby eye of the monkey god— it was given to me by my dad. .he was an artist at terrytoons .mr.&mrs. terry gave it to him. i don,t know much about it could anybody help explain it,s history .thank you . jim carpenito [email protected]