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  • Growing the Beard: Many animation fans agree that the cartoons improved drastically after Gene Deitch took over the studio in the late fifties and changed everything (new design style, new characters, brought new artists, etc.), a few even critically acclaimed. Alas he was fired after 2 years and the studio reverted to its old ways, albeit with new characters.
  • Snark Bait: Terrytoons have gotten the reputation of being the Golden Age's whipping boy, and at their worst are proof that not everything from the Golden Age was golden. This is relentlessly Lampshaded in the Mystery Science Theater 3000-esque commentaries of them on Mighty Mouse the New Adventures, with the show often poking fun at the old cartoons used in the show. All of the old Terrytoons stars would even make cameos at least once in the show--yes, all of them.

 Scrappy (looking at an old film reel): "Why does Farmer Alfalfa always look so guilty?"

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