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The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican (1954)

This American animated TV series debuted on Chicago children’s stations in the 1950s and is one of the first efforts of made-for-television cartoons. The series lasted for 6 5-minute episodes and aired on ABC for one month in the fall of 1951. The episodes are very rare to find, so good luck.

The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican is infamous as one of the “Worst Cartoons Ever.” The artwork was shoddy pencil sketches and featured reused animation, rambling and obvious improvised voiceovers, muffled and poorly synchronized soundtracks and other low-budget problems.

It’s interesting to note that the show aired in 1951, but the copyright dates on the episodes all say 1954.

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