Pushing The Cartoon Limit
A Long, Long Animated Ribbon
How many is too many? 21 cartoons in one sitting amounts to, what, two hours forty minutes? It comes down to threshold of each viewing child, I suppose. Such marathons were less about admissions, more about concessions. With the program broken up continually, as in every seven to eight minutes, just imagine same in terms of rush to trough that was snack bars. They could expect deluge times twenty, this for $ way past dimes or quarters it took to get in. A unique feature of this ad is title listing of content, to which I'll leave more specific ID for animation experts. I do recognize a Tom and Jerry (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse), Plutopia and Merbabies from Disney, plus lots to ring fainter bells. By the 50's, age of cartoons mattered not a whit, for what ten-year-old would complain of having seen one of them in mid-forties? Rental was cheap enough to afford 21 of the things and still spend no more than an average feature might cost. I must say 21 is the largest dump I've seen for one program, though you'd have to figure plentiful kids stuck around for Simba, Terror Of Mau Mau!, assuming there wasn't usher clearing of auditoria (but then what were restrooms for if not to hide in?). Proviso that no adult would be admitted without a child might work hardship now that 'toons are more embraced by grown-ups.