Odd and ends from The Linus The Lionhearted Show:
Old School: Vinyl tracks for the pilot "The Flyin' Lion". These were given to the animators to work from.
Below: Story outline and all final decisions surrounding story had to be approved by the advertising agency Benton & Bowles, whom I imagine ran it first by General Foods. Here, you can see that somewhere along the line the agency or sponsor did not want a reference to the Berlin Wall. Too bad, looks like it had the potential to be the best gag in the cartoon. I guess it was okay to push a sugar saturated product down kid's throats, but not to *write your own here*
The second season was the last that my father was involved with The Linus the Lionhearted Show. Most readers here probably know that the show saw it's eventual demise several years later when the FCC decided that the line was blurred -- to put it mildly -- between the show and the sponsor's product.
Ironically, this was not the only time my dad was connected with the negative scenario of a children's show being to closely tied to a sponsor. Not long after Linus went off the airwaves, my dad was working for Pantomime Pictures as supervising director for their Saturday morning cartoon show Hot Wheels. Not only did the show's characters drive around in boss-looking fast cars, but the main sponsor, Mattel, had their Hot Wheels toy cars newly on the market. Apparently now, 40 years later, Hot Wheels, the toy, is hot again.
A little anecdote about Hot Wheels, as it was told to me at the time by my father: Hot Wheels was one of the first, if not the first, commercial cartoon show to have some of it's action animated by computer -- the fast driving sequences, I believe. Anyway, my dad senses that something is off with the animation and checks that the computer's timing is accurate to what he himself believes to be true. The two aren't matching up. Several times he comes up with a different number than the computer spits out, and each time he goes to others in the studio and mentions what's happening, always getting a reply something to the effect of, "C'mon Spec, it's a computer. They're not wrong." ...uh, do I really need to finish this story for you?