The Captain and the Kids (film series)

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In 1938, the comic strip The Captain and the Kids (Rudolph Dirks' parallel version of his own strip The Katzenjammer Kids) was adapted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, becoming the studio's first self-produced series of theatrical cartoon short subjects, directed by William Hanna, Bob Allen, and Friz Freleng. The series was unsuccessful, ending after one year and a total of 15 cartoons.[1] Following that cancellation, Freleng returned to Warner Bros., where he had earlier been an animation director. The Captain was voiced by Billy Bletcher, Mama was voiced by Martha Wentworth, and John Silver was voiced by Mel Blanc.[2]



  • Cleaning House[3]
  • Blue Monday
  • Poultry Pirates
  • The Captain's Pup
  • A Day at the Beach
  • What a Lion!
  • The Pygmy Hunt
  • Old Smokey
  • Buried Treasure
  • The Winning Ticket
  • The Honduras Hurricane
  • The Captain's Christmas[4]


  • Petunia Natural Park
  • Seal Skinners
  • Mama's New Hat


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 62–63. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Charles Thorson's "Captain and The Kids" model sheets". Cartoon Brew. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  3. ^ "Cleaning House". 19 February 1938 – via
  4. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 40. ISBN 9781476672939.

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