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Subject: Opening titles

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Date Posted: 16:41:59 01/17/02 Thu

Hello. I've often wondered exactly how those cartoon shows split into different segments were presented in terms of titles. I live in England, where such cartoon shows tended to be split so that each segment was shown as a separate series. With short cartoons such as Huckleberry Hound, It's the Woolf, Yogi Bear etc, we never used to see main titles, only the episode title caption at the start and usually no closing caption. So it was only fairly recently that I discovered that Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound were originally part of the same show. Sometimes a cartoon would be paired up with something totally unrelated, as was the case when The Grape Ape Show was first shown here. There was no sign of Tom and Jerry, and it was immediately followed by Bailey's Comets, a cartoon about a team of roller skaters taking part in a race. I think Bailey's Comets was a De Patie - Freleng production, not a Hanna-Barbera cartoon, though I could be wrong there. No closing credits were shown and I don't remember ever seeing the New Tom and Jerry Show. So I can only guess at how they were originally shown on ABC. Taking the New Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show as an example of segmented shows, can anyone tell me if the following "running order" is correct:
Tom And Jerry Show main title
Tom And Jerry episode, starting with an episode title caption and finishing with an end caption.
Grape Ape Show main title
Grape Ape episode, with episode title caption and end caption.
Tom and Jerry episode, with title and end captions only - no main title
Grape Ape episode, with title and end captions only.
Tom and Jerry episode, with title and end captions.
Closing titles, listing credits for both Tom And Jerry and Grape Ape.

Is this correct, or were the Tom and Jerry main titles shown at the start of each Tom and Jerry segment and likewise for Grape Ape?
Have I put all the commercial breaks in the right places, or were there also breaks immediately after the main titles and immediately before the closing titles?
What was used as the closing music? Was it that fast banjo tune which was used on several Hanna-Barbera shows in the late seventies?
I know this is a lot of quesstions, but I would really appreciate it if someone could answer them for me. Thanks.

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Re: Opening titlesMark The Shark20:34:50 01/20/03 Mon

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