Famous Classic Tales is an animated anthology television series featuring animated adaptations of classic stories and the other are classic children's stories which aired on CBS from 1970 to 1984. The series was produced by the Australian division of Hanna-Barbera and Air Programs International (API), also from Australia, but the thirtieth installment was animated by Ruby-Spears Enterprises.

Famous Classic Tales
GenreAnthology
Television special
Country of originUnited States
Australia
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes31
Production
ProducersNeil Balnaves
Walter J. Hucker
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time30–60 minutes
Production companiesHanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd.
Air Programs International
Ruby-Spears Enterprises
Original release
NetworkCBS
Release1970 (1970) –
1984 (1984)
Related
Family Classic Tales
ABC Afterschool Special
The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie

Overview

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Famous Classic Tales was broadcast on CBS and distributed by Kids Klassics Home Video and Storybook World. It had cartoons from Sydney-based API's Family Classic Tales. Featured cartoons included adaptions of classic literature such as Gulliver's Travels, Treasure Island, Black Beauty, Moby-Dick, and many others.

The creation of a series of animated features based on classic children's stories was conceived by Jack Thinnes, Media Director at Sive Advertising in Cincinnati, Ohio. The series was created for a Sive client, toy manufacturer Kenner Products, and each program was fully sponsored by Kenner on CBS Television Network on Sunday, late afternoon or early evening, during the prime toy selling season before Christmas. In 1983, the show was billed as Kenner Family Classics.

The idea to use classic children's books sprang from Thinnes' viewing of a two-minute demo of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which was produced by Walter J. Hucker's studio, Air Programs International (API), of Sydney, Australia. API was acquired by Hanna-Barbera in 1972 after Thinnes introduced the owners of the studios to one another. After the series ran on CBS for nearly ten years, it was moved into local syndication by Sive's syndication department. However, their adaptation of A Christmas Carol was such a favorite that it continued to run on the network for fifteen years.[1]

A similar series, Festival of Family Classics, was produced by Rankin/Bass and aired in syndication in 1972–1973.[2]

Episode list

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Title Airdate Director(s) Production
1 Tales of Washington Irving[3] November 1, 1970 Zoran Janjic Air Programs International
2 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court[4] November 26, 1970 Zoran Janjic Air Programs International
3 A Christmas Carol[5] December 13, 1970 Zoran Janjic Air Programs International
4 The Legend of Robin Hood[6] November 14, 1971 Zoran Janjic Air Programs International
5 Treasure Island[7] November 28, 1971 Zoran Janjic Air Programs International
6 Travels of Marco Polo[8] January 1, 1972 Leif Gram Air Programs International
7 Robinson Crusoe[9] November 23, 1972 Leif Gram Air Programs International
8 The Prince and the Pauper[10] November 26, 1972 Chris Cuddington Air Programs International
9 The Count of Monte Cristo[11] September 23, 1973 William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Hanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd.
10 Kidnapped[12] October 22, 1973 Leif Gram Air Programs International
11 The Swiss Family Robinson[13] October 28, 1973 Leif Gram Air Programs International
12 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas[14] November 22, 1973 William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Hanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd.
13 The Three Musketeers[15] November 23, 1973 William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Hanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd.
14 The Black Arrow[16] December 2, 1973 Leif Gram Air Programs International
15 The Gentlemen of Titipu January 15, 1974 Leif Gram Air Programs International
16 Moby-Dick[17] January 1, 1975 Richard Slapczynski Air Programs International
17 The Mysterious Island[18] November 15, 1975 Leif Gram Air Programs International
18 The Last of the Mohicans[19] November 27, 1975 Charles A. Nichols Hanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd.
19 Ivanhoe[20] November 27, 1975 Leif Gram Air Programs International
20 From the Earth to the Moon[21] January 1, 1976 Richard Slapczynski Air Programs International
21 Off on a Comet[22] January 1, 1976 Richard Slapczynski Air Programs International
22 Master of the World[23] October 23, 1976 Leif Gram Air Programs International
23 Davy Crockett on the Mississippi[24] November 20, 1976 Charles A. Nichols Hanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd.
24 A Journey to the Center of the Earth[25] November 13, 1977 Richard Slapczynski Air Programs International
25 Five Weeks in a Balloon[26] November 24, 1977 Chris Cuddington Hanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd.
26 Black Beauty[27] October 28, 1978 Chris Cuddington Hanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd.
27 Gulliver's Travels[28] November 18, 1979 Chris Cuddington Hanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd.
28 The Adventures of Sinbad[29] November 23, 1979 Richard Slapczynski Air Programs International
29 Daniel Boone[30] November 27, 1981 Geoff Collins Hanna-Barbera Pty, Ltd.
30 Beauty and the Beast[31] November 25, 1983 Rudy Larriva Ruby-Spears Enterprises
31 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn[32] November 23, 1984 Paul McAdam Air Programs International

Home video release

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Several of the Famous Classic Tales specials were released on VHS by Worldvision Home Video, GoodTimes Entertainment, Fox Lorber, Kids Klassics, Hanna-Barbera Home Video and Turner Home Entertainment. Several other stories made it to DVD afterwards, including a 2007 release from Southern Star by Koch Vision titled Hanna-Barbera Storybook Favorites which featured The Last of the Mohicans, Black Beauty and Gulliver's Travels. All of these are now out of print.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (via Turner Home Entertainment) currently handled home video distribution rights to several of the Famous Classic Tales specials (due to Neil Balnaves's death of boating accident on February 21, 2022).

References

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  1. ^ Famous Classic Tales.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 204. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 408–409. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
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  17. ^ Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. p. 276. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
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  30. ^ Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 105–106. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
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  32. ^ Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. p. 29. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.