To paraphrase former President Ronald Reagan, the six most terrifying words in the English language are: “This Theatre Regularly Shows Terrytoons Cartoons!” – or language to that effect.
Let’s be clear – I love Terrytoons. The general public, not so much. The cartoons were the polar-opposite of Disney’s product, as far as story, gags and music were concerned. But there is a lot of gold to mined if one looks past all that, to the art and animation.
Educational Pictures and later 20th Century Fox had no problem with their relationship with the New Rochelle based studio. They certainly promoted the cartoons as well as – and in some cases better than – the other Hollywood studios. Here is a gallery of most of the one-sheet posters created during the studios lifetime. A pretty attractive bunch.
Most of these posters were contributed to the Terrytoons Facebook page (thanks to Mark Newgarden, Nick Richie and others), and they made their way online mainly through the efforts of poster-maven Bruce Hershenson. I’ve posted them below in chronologic order (the latest one, from the early 1960s, is above). Click on any below to see a larger version.