Tom Terrific — Brush With Greatness

by Laurel | May 9th, 2017

Warning: Irresistible minutiae follows.

Many of you may be too young to remember or even know about Tom Terrific, but as a kid many of us watched these simple cartoons as a segment on the long running Captain Kangaroo. The cartoons were created between 1957 -1959 by Gene Deith featuring the hero Tom Terrific (who could change into any shape he wanted), his sidekick Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog, and their foe Crabby Appleton (who, as I recall was all about lollipops, at least in some episodes).

So you may be wondering why I mention this cartoon here on We encountered a Tom Terrific cartoon “Crabby Appleton’s Dragon” — the link is below. It is nearly a 12 minute video, but if you are in a hurry fast forward to 6:42 and listen carefully. Terrytoons Studio was at that time a subsidiary of CBS. Wish I knew the backstory to this audio reference.


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