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Mel-O-Toons sometimes erroneously called “Mello Toons”, was a series of animated cartoons produced between 1959 and 1960 by New World Productions and syndicated by United Artists. It featured various folk tales, Greco-Roman myths, Biblical stories, some original stories by author Thornton Burgess, classic stories, even adaptations of classical music and ballet. The soundtracks were often taken from existing children’s records, licensed from the original labels. 104 cartoons, each about 6 minutes long, were produced in limited animation. After many years out of circulation, public domain prints have turned up on videotape and DVD. On July 28, 2009, Edutainment World, owned by Fizul Sima, bought mel-o-toons.com to develop new cartoons and comics
Young Jim Hawkins sails for Treasure Island with a crew that includes one-legged Long John Silver. Most of the sailors are loyal men, but some (including Long John) are pirates in search of riches. Once on the island, Jim meets an old hermit named Ben Gunn who claims that Jim is part of the pirate crew seeking his treasure. He denies this. The pirates then appear and Long John forces Gunn to take him and his men to the treasure, which is hidden in a cave on the other side of the island.
Young Tom Sawyer’s mischievous ways greatly troubled his Aunt Polly. Late one night, Tom and his friend Bill Harper played “river pirate.” While on Jackson’s Island, they saw Injun Joe and another man arguing over a large black box. Joe stabbed the fellow and planted his knife on a third man who was asleep by the fire. At the court trial, Tom exposed the real killer and Joe escaped by smashing through a window.
Sinbad the Sailor tells the story of how he earned his fortune.
Before leaving to fight the Crusades, King Richard the Lionhearted gave power to his brother John, who immediately seized the nobles’ wealth and property, exiling them. Rather than leave England, one banished young noble named Robin hid in Sherwood Forest, where he met other outcasts like himself. They became an outlaw band whose mission was to take from the evil rich and give to the poor.
Tall tales of the giant lumberjack are depicted by narration alternating with folk songs. Baby Paul tore a tree out of the ground, roots and all. At age 18, he was 25 feet tall and weighed 800 pounds. Soon after, Paul began his life’s work: clearing Western forests so that cities might be built. With five axe strokes, Bunyan cleared a 10 mile plot to help a struggling Wisconsin farmer.