Bozo the Clown

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Bozo the Clown
Premiere 1959
Finale 1962
Creator Larry Harmon,
Ted Ticktin
Based on character created by
Alan W. Livingston
Network/Provider Syndication
Style 6-minute animated comedy
Company Larry Harmon Pictures,
Jayark Films
Seasons 3
Episodes 156
Origin USA

Bozo the Clown is the star of a popular series of children's storytelling record-album and illustrative read-along book sets released by Capitol Records. He was created by Alan W. Livingston and voiced by Pinto Colvig (original voice of Disney's character Goofy, among others). A local Los Angeles kids' show was launched with Pinto as Bozo in 1949. A chap named Larry Harmon, one of several actors hired to play him at promotional appearances, was so enamored with the character that he formed a business partnership, bought the licensing rights for Bozo and went on to create a nationwide franchise of live Bozo shows. The longest running Bozo show originated from WGN-TV in Chicago from 1960 to 2001. In the late 1960s, a syndicated edition, Bozo's Big Top, produced by Harmon featured the WHDH-TV (WCVB-TV) Boston Bozo show in markets that were not producing their own Bozo shows at the time.

Harmon would inaugurate an animation studio where he had Bozo cartoons (billed as Bozo, The World's Most Famous Clown) made for the local stations. In these cartoons, Bozo (whom Harmon himself voiced) had a young circus sidekick named Butchy Boy and the Circus Boss. Two of the cartoons' main adversaries was a thug named Short Biggie and his stooge Big Shorty. Three batches of cartoons were made; the third had the designs more simplified and gave Bozo additional characters, including Belinda (a little girl), spy guy Slippery Bligh and Wacko Wolf (a prototype of Wacko appeared in two earlier cartoons).



Actor Character
Main Cast
Larry Harmon Bozo
Butchy Boy
Big Shorty
Paul Frees Circus Boss
Short Biggie
Wacko Wolf
Slippery Bligh
Penny Phillips Belinda
Frank Nelson Various characters


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One 1958 1959 20
Season Two 1959 1960 84
Season Three 1962 1963 52

DVD Releases

Three volumes of the late 1960s syndicated Boston Bozo live action shows feature a five-minute cartoon.

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