Inkwell Images Revives “Toby The Pup” on Blu-Ray and DVD – Animation Scoop

Inkwell Images Revives “Toby The Pup” on Blu-Ray and DVD

Michigan-based video distributor Inkwell Images has just released, this week, a set of previously lost Toby The Pup cartoons on DVD and blu-ray. This series of forgotten cartoon shorts – created by famed Disney/Fleischer animator Dick Huemer and produced by Charles Mintz – lasted one season in 1930-31 with twelve cartoons in theatrical release through RKO.

Associate producer Ray Pointer has found five cartoons from the series and coupled them with a brand new 16-minute documentary – narrated by Huemer’s son, with additional input from veteran animator Berny Wolf – which is peppered with several full length examples of Huemer’s animation at Raoul Barre (Mutt and Jeff) and Max Fleischer (Koko The Clown) studios.

Animator/historian Mark Kausler provides in-depth and expert audio commentary for each cartoon, pointing out lots of tidbits, facts and trivia of interest in each scene.


The following season (1931-32) Huemer started a more successful series for producer Mintz, Scrappy, which were released by Columbia Pictures. That series ran for roughly eight years – and has yet to be seen on DVD. The rumor is that Mintz essentially buried the Toby negatives once the Scrappy series began – a series lost to history for over 85 years.

As of today, the Toby set is available through the Inkwell Images website or through




Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.
Jerry Beck
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  • Ray Pointer does it again (and you can always count on Mark Kausler for the juiciest commentaries…..).