Toby the Pup

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Toby the Pup is an animated cartoon character created by animators Sid Marcus, Dick Huemer, and Art Davis. He starred in a series of early sound shorts produced by Charles B. Mintz for RKO Radio Pictures. The series lasted from 1930 to 1931. [1] Twelve cartoons were produced, though only seven still survive today. The character was voiced by Dick Huemer. [2]



In 1930, Charles Mintz, while simultaneously producing the Krazy Kat cartoon series for Columbia, decided to create an additional series to be distributed through RKO Radio Pictures. He hired two Fleischer animators, Dick Huemer and Sid Marcus, and assigned them to work with Art Davis to create the new series. Marcus, who worked for the Mintz studio when it was still located in New York City, devised Toby the Pup. Toby was very similar to Fleischer's Bimbo in both personality and character design. He wore a custodian hat and a pair of shoes that looked like dog feet.

Despite the series' success, it concluded after only twelve films; most likely because of RKO's ties with the Van Beuren studio. However, by the time the series ended, Mintz was already negotiating with Columbia for backing on a second cartoon series to be headed again by Huemer, Marcus, and Davis. For this series, Huemer devised a new character, a small boy named Scrappy.

Today, only seven of the Toby cartoons are known to exist.

Toby can be seen dancing in one of the scenes of the movie, Cool World . [ citation needed ]



#FilmOriginal release dateNotes
1The MuseumAugust 19, 1930First Toby the Pup cartoon.
2The FiddlerSeptember 1, 1930Lost cartoon-
3The MinerOctober 1, 1930Lost cartoon-
4 The Showman November 22, 1930A silent print with no opening or ending titles was found in 2010.
5The Bug HouseDecember 7, 1930Lost cartoon-


#FilmOriginal release dateNotes
6Circus TimeJanuary 25, 1931A sound unedited print is held by UCLA in 35mm.
7 The Milkman February 25, 1931A French 35mm release print survives, held by Lobster Films.
8The Brown DerbyMarch 22, 1931A full 16mm print was found in 2005 in San Marcos, Texas.
9 Down South April 15, 1931A French 16mm release print survives, held by Lobster Films.
10 Hallowe'en May 1, 1931A French 35mm release print survives, held by Lobster Films.
11Aces UpMay 16, 1931Lost cartoon
12The Bull ThrowerJune 7, 1931Last Toby the Pup cartoon. Lost cartoon.

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  2. Scott, Keith (3 October 2022). Cartoon Voices of the Golden Age, 1930-70 Vol. 1. BearManor Media. p. 272.