If you were a kid growing up in the late 1950s and early 60s, odds are good to certain you started your weekday with Captain Kangaroo on CBS. Beginning in 1957, the Captain added a special carton feature that quickly became as Bunny Rabbit and Grandfather Clock – the cartoon adventures of Tom Terrific.
Tom Terrific came about because CBS had purchased the Terrytoons cartoon studio a few years earlier. They used the studio’s huge library of theatrical cartoons (featuring Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle among others) as the backbone of their original Saturday morning line-up. To get even more out of their investment, they put the studio to work creating one of the very first made-for-tv cartoons – and the first to air on a major network.