Total Television

From The TV IV
Jump to: navigation, search
Total Television
Founded 1960
Dissolved 1968
President Buck Biggers, Chet Stovers
Notable Works Underdog
King Leonardo
Tennessee Tuxedo

Total Television was an animation company that produced show for television.

The company's first show, King Leonardo and His Short Subjects, aired on NBC. At first, Total Television farmed out animation to the studio TV Spots (helmed by Gerald Ray). A year later, animation work was moved to Gamma studios is Mexico City. Gamma is where P.A.T.-Ward had work done on most of their shows.

In 1963, they created Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales for CBS which had educational elements in response to FCC chairman Newton R. Minow's comment that television had become "a vast wasteland." Total also animated numerous commercials for General Mills, which was an account for the advertising firm studio chiefs Buck Biggers and Chet Stovers worked for, Dancer, Fitzgerald and Sample.

NBCUniversal now owns the Total Television catalogue via DreamWorks Classics (formerly Classic Media).

Total Television features

King Leonardo and His Short Subjects (syndicated as The King And Odie)
The Hunter
Tooter Turtle
Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales
Underdog
The World of Commander McBragg
The Go-Go Gophers
The Colossal Show (unsold pilot; animation farmed out to Terrytoons)
The Beagles
The Sing-a-long Family
Klondike Kat
Twinkles the Elephant (interstitial feature part of The King and Odie syndication package)
Gene Hattree (unsold pilot)
Cauliflower Cabbie (unsold pilot)