Christmas Cartoon Classics - "A Public Domain Xmas" - WLS-TV (Complete Broadcast, 12/19/1992)

Here's a collection of holiday-themed cartoons floating around in the public domain, under the heading of Christmas Cartoon Classics, as aired over WLS Channel 7. (A little Easter egg bonus will follow at the end.)

Apart from the first, fifth and sixth cartoons, the other half were originally "Noveltoons" (except as noted) produced by Famous Studios and syndicated in the 1950's by U.M.& M. TV; these pre-dated the non-Popeye Famous cartoons that were sold (along with the rights to the characters) in 1959 to Harvey Comics.

All voiceovers for this show are by Del Sharbutt.


Commercials for:

F.I.M. - Half off on Christmas decorations

American Furniture Liquidators - Furniture and jewelry surplus sale - "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC"

PSA from Forest Psych Care Hospital on adult depression

Victory Auto Wreckers (posted separately here, albeit with different (by the same person?) voiceover: https://youtu.be/4fM5K5jK840)

Station ID / promo for "WarGames"

Opening titles and premise for this edition, with sponsor billboard for National Dairy Council, Fisher-Price and Mattel

First short: "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1948 - 16 years before the more famous TV special, and one year before Gene Autry's definitive version of the song which would be incorporated into this cartoon in a 1951 reissue), produced by the Jam Handy Organization and directed by none other than animation legend Max Fleischer

Commercials for:

National Dairy Board (two kids drinking milk while sitting next to a tree)

Hawaiian Punch soft drink

The Bedding Experts

Repeat of adult depression PSA

Next short: "Santa's Surprise" (1947), marking the debut appearance of Little Audrey

Commercials for:

My Bundle Baby - from Mattel (1992 copyright date)

Baby Rollerblade - from Mattel (jingle sung to tune of The Beach Boys' "I Get Around")

Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Tournament Table

Victory Auto Wreckers (repeat)

Next cartoon: "Hector's Hectic Life" (1948)

Commercials for:

National Dairy Council (repeat)

Li'l Miss Magic Jewels - from Mattel

PSA for Crisis Line

Aarco-American, Inc.

The Bedding Experts (repeat)

Next up: "Snow Foolin' " (1949) - a "Screen Song" cartoon with a "follow the bouncing ball" theme about various animals preparing for winter - and singing to the tune of "Jingle Bells"

Commercial offer for VHS of this program, for only $14.95 (plus $3.00 shipping and handling)

Commercials for:

Stacie (Barbie's little sister) - from Mattel

Sparkle Eyes Barbie - from Mattel

Promo for Oprah - weekdays at 9am

Promo for Measure of Success - for 6:30pm

Next one: "Christmas Comes But Once a Year" (1936), produced by Max Fleischer (whose studio was predecessor to Famous Studios) and directed by Dave Fleischer - notable in that: a) it was Professor Grampy's only appearance without Betty Boop, and b) his only appearance in color; backgrounds done with a stereoptical effect invented by Fleischer in 1934 and used in several cartoons of the time (referred to in Leonard Maltin's book "Of Mice and Magic" as the "Turntable" system)

Commercials for:

National Dairy Board (yet again!)

Hawaiian Punch soft drink (repeat)

Nestle's Quik (with Quik rabbit drawn more 3-D)

PSA for United States Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program

Final P.D. 'toon of the hour: "Jack Frost" (1934), produced by once-and-future Disney associate Ub Iwerks and released as a "Comicolor" offering; the musical director was one Carl W. Stalling, a few years before he joined what was then Leon Schlesinger Productions (which, in 1944, became Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.)

Ending credits (distributed by Promark, Inc.)

Station Christmas promo ("All the Best from All of Us" - version 1)

Commercials for:

Super Mario Kart - from Nintendo

Robitussin Night Relief

Station Christmas promo ("All the Best from All of Us" - version 2

Station ID / promo for Wheel of Fortune with Pat Sajak and Vanna White

Easter egg: Opening titles for The New Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, which ran from 1988 to 1991

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, December 19th 1992 during the 5:58am to 7:01am timeframe.

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