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Originated as Ollie Ostrich in 1924 and starred in several popular shorts. Ollie had the popular catchphrase "Who Stole My Baby?" He became Orange Ostrich after the revolutionary TriMankaTate film coloring process was applied.
Bill Frog caused a panic (and two murders) at the Manka Palace Theater in New York after he became the first cartoon animal to talk! He was a popular character during the 1920s and 1930s (featured mostly with Orange Ostrich). He was always so proud that he was 25% smarter than a normal amphibian.
Cryin' Wolf was created in 1927 but didn't become popular until the 1940s and 1950s. His catchphrase "There is no God" rubbed many people the wrong way. In the 1990s, Manka Bros. received so much hate mail and pressure from parent and religious groups that they changed the catchphrase to "God is awesome!"
This pelican with low self-esteem ("I can do it! No... I can't.") was created and incorporated into the Manka Toons stable of characters. Pelican't starred in a series of shorts in the 1930s and 1940s and was a spokesbird for war veterans' rights after World War II.
This Yak (that will not SHUT UP!) starred ina series of shorts during the 1930s and had a brief revival in the 1970s as Yak-robat - a Yak who became a famous circus performer.
Starred in a series of shorts in the 1940s and 1950s. Part of the Manka Toons stable of characters, Hole Hog had a slight resurgence as a plush toy in the 1970s after the theatrical release of the post-apocalyptic movie Swine.
Starred in a series of shorts during the 1940s but proved too disturbing and shakey for most audiences. His bleak view of the future after World War II did not agree with the post-war optimism at the time. Part of the Manka Toons stable of characters.
100,000-year-old unfrozen crow was very wise... and very mean. She was always confused by modern society. Whenever she was flustered by a new invention or contraption she would say: "You realize you're all going to die one day, right?"
Villainous turtle who is always caught as escapes VERY slowly. Sabaturtle played the villain in several Manka Toons shorts throughout the 1930s and 1940s as well as a pathetic, out-of-place appearance with the Animaltered gang in 1999.
Acquired from Idaho Public Television in 1969 for $3 million, The Shrieking Potato hosted a Saturday morning variety hour on MBS for ten years from 1970-1980. After giving a controversial interview with The New Yorker in 1980 in which it came out as Pro Choice, it was eaten ceremoniously by a church group and never revived.
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