Casper originally appeared in 1946, in Noveltoons, theatrical cartoons produced by Paramount Pictures' Famous Studios animation house. Paramount sold the character in 1958, cartoons and all, to Harvey Publishing, the company producing the Casper comic books. Harvey re-titled the original films Harveytoons and teamed up with Mattel Toys to put together the Matty's Funday Funnies series for ABC-TV. They contracted with Paramount Cartoon Studios to produce new animated wraparounds featuring the Harvey cartoons and two new characters, Matty Mattel and Sisterbelle, created especially for the series.
Click below to see two ABC-TV promos for
Matty's Funday Funnies.
In 1962, when Mattel and ABC replaced the Harvey cartoons on Matty's Funday Funnies with Beany and Cecil, Casper and company entered syndication.
Click below to see the opening
and closing of
The New Casper Cartoon Show.