Welcome to our very special film series “The Modern Art of Gene Deitch.” Over the next few weeks, we’ll be presenting some of the rarest and most obscure modern shorts by animation legend Gene Deitch. To kick off the series, we’re starting with what is arguably his rarest film: Howdy Doody and His Magic Hat, a short that he created at the renowned mid-century animation studio UPA (United Productions of America). Lost for over half a century and only discovered last December, this film has never been publicly exhibited. Nearly sixty years later, we’re delighted and honored to present the world premiere of the film. Click over to Cartoon Brew TV to watch Gene Deitch’s Howdy Doody and His Magic Hat.