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Cartoon Network To Air Lost Cartoons

On Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 9 pm, Cartoon Network will present an hour of cartoons never-before-seen on television during "The Lost Cartoons" TOONHEADS Special. Airing on "Lost Cartoons" will be Spooney Melodies' CRYIN' FOR THE CAROLINES, Leon Schlesinger's short-lived collection of musical "Vitaphone Varieties," which feature abstract animation using paper cut-outs and double exposures to create visual accompaniment to arranged music. Originally shown on air bases, PRIVATE SNAFU is a series of three-minute cartoons centering on a bumbling Private Snafu, who illustrated for soldiers what not to do in order to stay alive. In turn, THE RETURN OF SEAMAN HOOK was the U.S. Navy counterpart to Private Snafu. Seaman Hook starred in only three animated shorts created for the U.S. Navy. SO MUCH FOR SO LITTLE is a 1949 Academy Award-winning film that follows the average man Johnny Jones from infancy to old age. Starting with baby immunization shots, the film shows the dangers of disease and how the U.S. Health Department is there to serve -- at the cost of $0.03 a week. THREE'S A CROWD is a 1961 television series pilot conceived by Friz Freleng combining live-action and animation, featuring a bachelor cartoonist named Griff and his mischievous six-inch cartoon alter-ego Philbert. LADY PLAY YOUR MANDOLIN is Warner Bros.' first Merrie Melodie cartoon which premiered in 1931 on the same bill as Jimmy Cagney's PUBLIC ENEMY. BOSKO THE TALK-INK KID is the first talking cartoon pilot. Created by Hugh Harmon and Rudolf Ising, it began Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series. Cartoon Network will also air a U.S. bond commercial starring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Porky and the never-before-seen opening and closing credits for the TV series pilot of THE ROAD RUNNER SHOW. The weekly series TOONHEADS highlights the Golden Age of animation, presenting facts and trivia about an array of cartoon topics, such as "The Evolution of Tweety," "The Early Works of Chuck Jones" and Tex Avery's amazing "Travelogue Cartoons." TOONHEADS regularly airs Sundays at 8:30 pm.

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