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10 Most Groundbreaking Animated TV Series of All Time

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Seventy-five years ago, Alex Anderson and Jay Ward collaborated to form Television Arts Productions, a company with the unique goal of creating original animated series for the nascent television medium. While it took a few years before their work reached the airwaves, Anderson and Ward were responsible for launching what would become one of the most lucrative sectors in the entertainment industry.

In view of the 75th anniversary of the Anderson-Ward partnership, and with a shout out to Berkeley Breathed for becoming the latest entry to the sector with a Fox (NASDAQ: FOX) development deal on his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip “Bloom County,” here is Benzinga’s celebration of the 10 most groundbreaking animated TV series of all time.

1. “Crusader Rabbit”: The initial Anderson-Ward concept, “The Comic Strips of Television,” consisted of three segments: a Sherlock Holmes parody featuring inept detective Hamhock Bones, a riff on the Canadian Mountie melodramas starring Dudley Do-Right, and an adventure serial with a diminutive hero called Crusader Rabbit.

NBC was only interested in Crusader Rabbit, but was reluctant to broadcast an animated series on its national transmissions. The network allowed Anderson and Ward to sell the series to NBC affiliates on a syndicated basis. Thus, “Crusader Rabbit” became the first animated television series, running from 1950 through 1952 and then again from 1956 through 1959. “Crusader Rabbit” popped up on television as late as the 1970s.

Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) owns the rights to “Crusader Rabbit,” but to date, there have been no plans to reboot the groundbreaking character.

2. “The Gumby Show”: Art Clokey was a college student when he made his first stop-motion animation film in 1953 with “Gumbasia,” a three-minute avant-garde experimental work. Film producer Sam Engel encouraged him to use the medium for creating children’s films, which resulted in the birth of Gumby.

“Gumby” might have been the first animated series to achieve spinoff success. Clokely’s first films using the plucky green character were broadcast on “Howdy Doody,” and the positive feedback encouraged NBC to order a standalone show. “The Gumby Show” was originally broadcast from 1957 through 1969 and was later syndicated in reruns. The success of the series encouraged more stop-motion animated series and television specials.

The Gumby character would enjoy an unexpected …

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