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OLLIE OSTRICH   CREATED 1924
ORANGE OSTRICH   CREATED 1927
Manka Kids - Ollie and Orange Ostrich   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   CREATED 1927
Bill Frog
  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   CREATED 1927
  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!"
     
     
PELICAN'T   CREATED 1931
Pelicant
  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.
     
     
YAKKETY YAK   CREATED 1935
Yakkety Yak
  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.
     
     
HOLE HOG   CREATED 1942
Hole Hog
  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.
     
     
SCAREDY CAT   CREATED 1942
Scaredy Cat
  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.
     
     
CROW MAGNON   CREATED 1952
Crow Magnon
  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?"
     
     
SABATURTLE   CREATED 1963
Sabaturtle   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.
     
     
SHRIEKING POTATO   CREATED 1969
Shrieking Potato
  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.
     
     
SUPER DRACULAS   CREATED 1972
Super Draculas
  These animated teenage, rock music playing Super Draculas that take on evil in their neighborhood were wildly popular in the 1970s and spawned the spin-off Super Draculas Meet The All-New Invisible Super Frankensteins.
     
     
SERPIKID   CREATED 1982
Serpikid
  Based on the movie of the same name starring Al Pacino, this animated series featured the crime fighting kid with integrity. He's still featured in public service announcements aimed at gangs and drug abuse.
     
     
TORVATH THE TRICYCLE   CREATED 1990
Torvath the Tricycle
  That silly, irreverant tricycle from Finland who always loses a wheel in the most inapproriate places was already a huge star in Europe before Manka Bros. Animation bought the show for North American distribution.
     
     
CHIMPANZEBRA   CREATED 1992
Chimpanzebra
  If you're a kid and watch MBS Kids!, the Animaltered gang needs no introduction. If you're not a kid... Chimpanzebra is the lead character in Animaltered, an extremely popular animated series now in its 25th year on MBS Kids!
     
     
DOLPHINSECT   CREATED 1992
Dolphinsect
  One of the more popular of the Animaltered gang, Dolphinsect plays the wise-odd karate sensei who is always coming to the rescue when one of the others gets in trouble. He was killed off briefly in 2012 after a voice-over contract dispute but is now alive again.
     
     
RHINOSCEROSTRICH   CREATED 1992
Rhinoscerostrich
  The romantic of the Animaltered gang, Rhinoserostrich always has a rose in his claw and a song in his heart. He pines for Buffalobster - who doesn't even know he's alive. Everyone always says "Poor Rhinoscerostrich!"
     
     
POCKET HERCULES   CREATED 1993
Pocket Hercules
  Modeled after the popular Russian weightlifter from the 1992 Olympics, this animated Pocket Hercules starred in The Crazy True-Life Adventures Of Pocket Hercules which aired on MBS Kids! until 1995.
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