Linus the Lionhearted

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Linus the Lionhearted
Premiere September 26, 1964
Finale December 18, 1965
Creator Ed Graham
Network CBS
Style 30-minute animated comedy
Company Ed Graham Productions,
General Foods
Seasons 1
Episodes 39
Origin USA

Linus the Lionhearted was an animated comedy airing Saturday mornings on CBS. The characters featured on the show were originally animated mascots for a line of cereals by General Foods (marketed on the Post line of cereals).

Linus (seen on boxes of Post Crispy Critters) is the benevolent king of the jungle, though he doesn't always command respect. His stories usually have him dealing with jungle denizens like Sascha Grouse, Billie Bird and Dinny Kangaroo. Features of the show on a rotating basis are Rory Raccoon (Post Toasties), Lovable Truly (a mailman, Post Alpha-Bits), So-Hi (Rice Krinkles--So-Hi was a Chinese boy that introduced Chinese fables), and Sugar Bear (Sugar Crisps--marketed today as Super Golden Crisps).

Two seasons of episodes were made and shown on CBS. In 1966 it moved to ABC. The series was considered a program-length commercial, and the FCC put an end to such practices in 1969.


Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Sheldon Leonard Linus 1 2
Ed Graham Billie Bird 1 2
Gerry Matthews Sugar Bear 1
Sascha Grouse 1 2
Dinny Kangaroo 1 2
Sterling Holloway Sugar Bear 2
Bob McFadden So-Hi 1 2
Lovable Truly 1 2
Rory Raccoon 1 2
Richard Harry Nearly 1 2
Ruth Buzzi Granny Goodwitch 1 2
Jesse White C. Claudius Crow 1 2
Jonathan Winters guest voice 1 2
Jerry Stiller guest voice 1 2
Anne Meara guest voice 1 2


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One September 26, 1964 March 22, 1965 26
Season Two September 25, 1965 December 18, 1965 13