Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Toons You Might've Missed: Nancy (1942)

I think many of us assumed that when Filmation acquired licenses for Nancy and several other newspaper strips for Archie's TV Funnies in 1971, that it was the cartoon debut of Ernie Bushmiller's seminal strip. Nope.

In truth, you have to go back nearly 30 more years, to a short-lived theatrical series produced by Terrytoons. To tell you the truth, I didn't even know this existed until I ran across this next item the other day.

In "Doing Their Bit", Nancy, her best bud Sluggo, and friends raise funds for the USO.

The comic strip is still running, but not as many papers are carrying it like they used to. Unfortunately, "Doing Their Bit", to TV programmers, means another, more well known, movie franchise----Our Gang, better known as The Little Rascals, and for that reason, it's never aired on TV, even in Deputy Dawg, Mighty Mouse, or Heckle & Jeckle's syndicated packages.

Rating: B-.

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