Spunky and Tadpole

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Spunky and Tadpole
Premiere September 6, 1958
Finale 1959
Creator Ed Janis
Network/Provider Syndicated
Style 30-minute children's animated adventure
Company Beverly Films
Seasons 1
Episodes 150
Origin USA

Spunky and Tadpole was a serialized animated adventure airing in syndication.

Spunky was a little boy who was joined on adventures and clandestine assignments by Tadpole, a thick-witted talking bear. The adventures were rather routine and the series itself has been ridiculed critically for its threadbare production values. It came about when producer Ed Janis (also the voice of Tadpole) entreated investors to buy stock with proceeds going towards production of the series. It was budgeted at a paltry $125,000. Fifteen stories, each comprised of ten episodes were screened as individual features on cartoon blocks or local kids shows. TV Cinema distributed the series at first, then sold the package to Guild Films. Through the strength of Hanna-Barbera's TV shows, Spunky and Tadpole has been pretty much long forgotten.


Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Joan Gardner Spunky 1
Don Messick Tadpole 1
Ed Janis 1