Tag Archives: African American Cartoon Characters

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Press Coverage

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Press Coverage

Review all of the press coverage received to date for the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour.

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Valerie Smith In Comic Books

Valerie Smith In Comic Books

The Museum Of UnCut Funk presents A Josie and The Pussycats Comic Book Retrospective featuring Valerie Smith.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition Toonseum Opening Night

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition Toonseum Opening Night

2012 Toonseum Exhibition

The Museum Of UnCut Funk successfully completed it’s first showing of Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution at the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, Pa. They have a beautiful space and we were very excited to have worked with them to kick off this historically important traveling exhibition.

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I Got Six – Schoolhouse Rock

I Got Six – Schoolhouse Rock

 

I got six.
That’s all there is.
Six time one is six, one times six
He got six.
I put mine with his and we got twelve
Six time two is twelve, two times six
I got six, you got six,
She got six.
We got eighteen altogether.
If we can get ’em all together.
Six time three is eighteen, three times six

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Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Cartoon

Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Cartoon

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids the animated series was created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. Filmation was the production company for the series. The show premiered on September 9, 1972 and ran until 1985. The show, based on Bill Cosby’s remembrances of his childhood gang, focused on the lovable, oversized Albert, with his signature rumbling exclamation “Hey hey hey!”, and his friends.

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The Brown Hornet Cartoon

The Brown Hornet Cartoon

Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids was a long-standing Saturday morning cartoon that featured a group of Black adolescents growing up in a Philadelphia neighborhood. It had various “show-within-a-show” elements throughout its production run, and one of those elements was a segment called The Brown Hornet, which first appeared on September 1, 1979 when the series itself was re-titled The New Fat Albert Show.

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Hong Kong Phooey Cartoon

Hong Kong Phooey Cartoon

 

Who is this super hero?
Sarge? No.
Rosemary, the telephone operator? No.
Penry, the mild-mannered janitor? Could Be!
Hong Kong Phooey, Number One Superguy
Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye
He’s got style…
He’s got style, a groovy style
And a car that just won’t stop.
When the going gets rough he’s super tough
With the Hong Kong Phooey Chop! Heeyaah!
Hong Kong Phooey, Number-one Super Guy
Hong Kong Phooey
Quicker than the human eye
Hong Kong Phooey, Fanriffic!

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Harlem Globetrotters Cartoon

Harlem Globetrotters Cartoon

Harlem Globetrotters (called Harlem Globe Trotters in the opening titles) was a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera and CBS Productions, featuring animated versions of players from the basketball team, Harlem Globetrotters. Broadcast from September 12, 1970 to September 2, 1972 on CBS for 22 episodes, and later re-run on NBC as The Go-Go Globetrotters, the show featured cartoon versions of George “Meadowlark” Lemon, Freddie “Curly” Neal, Hubert “Geese” Ausbie, J.C. “Gip” Gipson, Bobby Joe Mason, and Pablo Robertson, alongside their fictional bus driver and manager Granny, and Dribbles, their dog mascot.

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I Am The Greatest Cartoon

I Am The Greatest Cartoon

 

I Am the Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali was an animated series featuring heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The short-lived series was broadcast Saturday mornings on NBC, starting on September 10, 1977. The series was cancelled after 13 episodes, by January 1978.

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Kid Power Cartoon

Kid Power Cartoon

 

“Red, yellow, black or white…
White, yellow, black or red…
It’s up to Kid Power, Kid Power!
All the color’s in your head”

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Black Manta – Black Cartoon Villain

Black Manta – Black Cartoon Villain

First appearing in “Aquaman” (vol. 1) #35 in 1967, Black Manta was created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy, and has since become the Sea King’s primary foe. What might make Black Manta unique is that he’s probably the most well-known Black supervillain in comics and among the general public, thanks to the character’s other-media appearances (particularly on “Super Friends).

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Berry Gordy and The Jackson 5ive Cartoon

Berry Gordy and The Jackson 5ive Cartoon

One thing that was really cool about the 70’s was the fact that there were Black cartoons on TV. I love cartoons and every Saturday morning you would find me right in front of the tube watching Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids, The Go Go Globetrotters and my favorite, The Jackson 5ive.

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All New Super Friends Hour – Black Vulcan Cartoon

All New Super Friends Hour – Black Vulcan Cartoon

Black Vulcan was created to add more cultural diversity to the All New Super Friends Hour.

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A Fat Albert Christmas

A Fat Albert Christmas

A Christmas Carol and the Nativity story bringing together the most uber-Christmas tale you could ever tell. It has everything: A mean old Scrooge, a Christmas pageant, presents, cute kids, Santa, a puppy, a down and out family in dire need of Christmas cheer and an assortment of Fat Albert style funky Christmas tunes!

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The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show – Rickety Rocket Cartoon

The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show – Rickety Rocket Cartoon

Rickety Rocket was a segment in The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show, about an artificially intelligent space ship created by a group of four Black kid geniuses who run a detective agency and solve mysteries in the future.

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The Hardy Boys Cartoon – Peter Jones

The Hardy Boys Cartoon – Peter Jones

The Hardy Boys cartoon featured the first postive Black character in a Saturday morning cartoon series, who was also the first Black male character and the first positive Black male musician character in a Saturday morning cartoon series – Peter Jones. He was the drummer in the band. He was voiced by Byron Kane.

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Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels Cartoon – Dee Dee Sykes

Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels Cartoon – Dee Dee Sykes

Captain Caveman’s first and second seasons were originally broadcast as segments on the package shows Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Scooby’s All-Stars from 1977 to 1979. The third season featured Captain Caveman and the Teen Angles in their own half-hour time slot in 1980.

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The Space Sentinels Cartoon – Astrea

The Space Sentinels Cartoon – Astrea

Astrea was the first Black female superhero featured in a Saturday Morning Cartoon series, the Space Sentinels. Roman mythological figures Hercules and Mercury were joined by Astrea, one of the most respected and esteemed goddesses of the Greek and Roman world to form a superhero team to protect mankind.

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Tarzan and The Super 7 – Micro Woman And Super Stretch Cartoon

Tarzan and The Super 7 – Micro Woman And Super Stretch Cartoon

Chris and Christy Cross are Micro Woman and Super Stretch, a fictional, shape-shifting, husband and wife crime fighting team. They were the first Black Superhero duo and the first Black Husband and Wife superhero duo to appear in a Saturday Morning Cartoon.

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Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Comic Book

Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Comic Book

 

The character Fat Albert first appeared in Bill Cosby’s stand-up comedy routine “Buck Buck,” as recorded on his 1967 album Revenge. The stories were based upon Cosby’s tales about growing up in inner city North Philadelphia. In 1969, Cosby and veteran animator Ken Mundie brought Fat Albert to animation in a one-shot prime-time special entitled Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert. The special, which aired on NBC, was a hybrid of live-action and animation.

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