Beginning next week in this Monday slot, I will continue my series of Academy Award posts – about the cartoons submitted that didn’t get an Oscar nomination. For this temporarily-final Monday Miscellaneous entry (I promise these ‘clippings’ posts WILL return) we will look at several other press releases and news clippings for non-Hanna Barbera TV cartoons in the early 1960s.
Apparently when he couldn’t sell The Jolly Genie as a series, he did what Warner Bros. did with Philbert – he released the pilot as a theatrical featurette in 1964. At 40 minutes he clearly padded the film with more footage – how much animation, and what kind of animation, we do not know.
In the photo below, that’s Scotty Morrow (from Lassie, My Three Sons) and Dana Dillaway (Leave It To Beaver, The Twilight Zone) as the kids, and Buddy Douglas (Lidsville, Pufnstuf and… Bakshi’s Coonskin!) behind the mask as Ali Poo, the Genie. I’d love to see this.
NEXT WEEK: Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award – 1953