The Captain and the Kids is a series of animated shorts based off the renowned comic strip of the same name. It was the first series of cartoons produced at the MGM cartoon studio. The first short, Cleaning House, was released on February 19, 1938.

Fred Quimby offered Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies director Friz Freleng "almost double" the pay he was receiving at Leon Schlesinger's studio. Freleng took the offer and was assigned to helm the Captain and the Kids series, which he "balked at" the idea of working on. Freleng later recounted to Mark Mayerson that "MGM was dedicated to making good cartoons, and they thought that this was being printed in so many papers would make it a popular cartoon. I was forced to prove them wrong." [1]





  1. Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons: Revised and Updated Edition
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