The New Three Stooges

The New 3 Stooges is an American animated television series that ran from 1965 to 1966 starring the Three Stooges. The show follows the trio's antics both in live-action and animated segments. The cast consisted of Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Joe "Curly Joe" DeRita, with actor and close friend Emil Sitka co-starring, as well as Margaret Kerry.

The New 3 Stooges
Created byNorman Maurer
Dick Brown
Directed byEdward Bernds
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Joe DeRita
Emil Sitka
Jeff Maurer
Peggy Brown
Margaret Kerry
Tiny Brauer
Paul Frees
Hal Smith
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes156 individual cartoons
Producer(s)Norman Maurer
Lee Orgel
Running time5 minutes
Production company(s)Normandy Productions
Cambria Studios
Heritage Productions
Original networkSyndicated
Original releaseOctober 1965 
September 1966
Preceded byThe Three Stooges
Followed byThe Robonic Stooges


Forty-one live action sequences were executively produced by cartoonist Norman Maurer, Moe's son-in-law, who was their film agent at this time. Edward Bernds, who had directed the team at Columbia Pictures from 1945 to 1952 during most of the Shemp era, was also hired to write and direct the series. Emil Sitka, who had appeared in many of the Stooges comedies over the years, was slated to appear in these wraparounds as straightman to the Stooges.[1]

Cambria Studios produced 156 short Stooge cartoons under the supervision of Lee Orgel. Four cartoons were produced to correspond thematically with 40 of the live-action Stooge opening and closing sequences, so that one live-action sequence could serve as a wraparound for four different cartoons. Joe DeRita later commented that this presented something of a problem for viewers:

Most of the cartoons ended up with the trio running into the horizon after accidentally causing havoc at their current jobs. The cartoons were unusual for Cambria in that they did not use Syncro-Vox, Cambria's patented technique which used filmed footage of the voice actors' mouths over top of still frames. The pilot cartoon, "That Little Old Bomb Maker", featured a unique live-action wrap around that was not reused on other cartoons.

Some of the cartoons featured a recurring character named Badman, a jerky supervillain with a Batman get-up who is actually a 5-year-old boy that is nice and kind. The boy can only transform to Badman if he ever hears or says the word "bad", and for Badman, vice versa for "good". In the episode "Badman of the Briny", the two finally find out that they are the same person in several scenes. Another recurring character was a western outlaw named Getoutoftownbysundown Brown.

To avoid any licensing problems, Cambria did not use any of the past Three Stooges theme songs, including "Three Blind Mice", or "Listen to the Mockingbird", even though both had lapsed into the public domain at the time (likewise, the on-screen title used a numeral 3 to avoid infringing on any trademark Columbia Pictures might have held on the phrase "The Three Stooges"). Several of the musical pieces used on the show were also used for the Bozo's Big Top series in the 1960s and early 1970s.

This was actually not the first attempt at an animated version of "The Three Stooges", nor was it the last. During the late 1950s, Norman Maurer attempted to sell Stooge Time, a partially live action, partially rotoscope animation half-hour series to television. In 1960, Maurer and the Stooges filmed a pilot for a half-hour series The Three Stooges Scrapbook, which featured a five-minute Stooge cartoon. The Three Stooges would later return to animated form in two episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies and in the series The Robonic Stooges.


The New Three Stooges was well received upon initial airings, despite the use of limited animation. However, the Stooges were visibly aging during this time (Moe was 68 and Larry was 63), so the slapstick was subdued in the live action segments. Orgel later stated that the Stooges' penchant for slapstick violence was kept to a minimum due to the concerns of parental groups.[1][2] In addition, Larry's health was in decline, resulting in several lines of dialogue being slurred. This resulted in much of the comedy being divided between Moe and Curly Joe, with Larry only chiming in when necessary.[3] The color television series lasted successfully from 1965 to 1966. Although animated portions of the show were last aired in syndication on WGN-TV in the Chicago area in the early 1980s (and later the early 1990s), repackaged and distributed at the time by Harmony Gold USA and Jeffrey Scott Productions,[4] it is occasionally seen on Me-TV. It also aired in Japan on TV Tokyo. Several episodes are currently available on VHS and DVD (often in cheap "dollar packages") because the majority of the series fell into the public domain. An example of an episode that is not in the public domain is "The Tree Nuts".

The New Three Stooges became the only regularly scheduled television series in the Stooges' history. Unlike other film shorts that aired on television like Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry and Popeye, the Stooges' short films never had a regularly scheduled national television program to air in, neither on network nor syndicated; the film shorts, at roughly 20 minutes apiece, were of ideal size to be run as a stand-alone television series in and of themselves. When Columbia/Screen Gems licensed the film library to television beginning in 1958, local stations aired the shorts when they saw fit, either as late-night "filler" or marathon sessions.

On October 15, 2013, Image Madacy Entertainment released The New Three Stooges: Complete Cartoon Collection on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[5] The five-disc set features all 156 cartoons and 40 live action sequences on four discs and the bonus disc is a CD by the Stooges.


The series proved to be a financial headache for the Stooges. In accordance with their contract, Cambria Studios' distributor was supposed to forward quarterly statements to the trio to keep them abreast of the show's profits. Norman Maurer recalled receiving only one or two statements over a five-year period, ultimately leading to a lawsuit. The judge presiding over the case knew little about the film or television industry and ruled in favor of Cambria. The Stooges appealed the decision in 1975, leading to a victory in their favor. However, it changed nothing in regard to the distributor's failure to provide the necessary profit statements to Normandy Productions, and by the time the case was decided, both Larry and Moe had died.[1]


List of live-action wraparounds and cartoons for The New Three Stooges television series (1965-1966):

Live-action wraparounds for Three Stooges shorts

  • Seasick Joe
  • Electricians (remake of They Stooge to Conga (1943))
  • Salesmen
  • Barbers
  • Prospectors
  • Sweepstakes Ticket
  • Sunbathers
  • Inheritance
  • Melodrama
  • Waiters
  • Athletes
  • Doctors
  • Shipmates
  • High Voltage (remake of Monkey Businessmen (1946))
  • Pilots
  • Turkey Stuffers
  • Piemakers
  • Sharpshooter
  • Magicians

New Three Stooges cartoons

  • A001 That Little Old Bomb Maker
  • A002 Woodsman, Bear That Tree
  • A003 Let's Shoot the Player Piano Player
  • A004 Dentist the Menace (remake of The Tooth Will Out (1951))
  • A005 Safari, So Good
  • A006 Think or Thwim
  • A007 There Auto Be a Law
  • A008 That Old Shell Game
  • A009 Hold That Line
  • A010 Flycycle Built for Two
  • A011 Dizzy Doodlers
  • A012 The Classical Clinker
  • A013 Movie Scars
  • A014 A Bull for Andamo
  • A015 The Tree Nuts
  • A016 Tin Horn Dude
  • A017 Thru Rain, Sleet and Snow
  • A018 Goldriggers of '49
  • A019 Ready, Jetset, Go
  • A020 Behind the 8 Ball Express
  • A021 Stop Dragon Around
  • A022 To Kill a Clockingbird
  • A023 Who's Lion
  • A024 Fowl Weather Friend
  • A025 Wash My Line
  • A026 Little Cheese Chaser
  • A027 The Big Windbag
  • A028 Baby Sitters
  • A029 Clarence of Arabia
  • A030 Three Jacks & a Beanstalk
  • A031 That Was the Wreck That Was
  • A032 The Three Astronutz
  • A033 Peter Panic
  • A034 When You Wish Upon a Fish
  • A035 Little Past Noon
  • A036 Hair of the Bear
  • A037 Three Lumps in a Lamp
  • A038 Who's for Dessert?
  • A039 Watts My Lion
  • A040 Which Is Witch
  • A041 Suture Self
  • A042 The Yolks on You
  • A043 Tally Moe with Larry and Joe
  • A044 The First in Lion
  • A045 The Transylvania Railroad
  • A046 What's Mew, Pussycat?
  • A047 It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World
  • A048 Bridge on the River Cry
  • A049 Hot Shots
  • A050 Mel's Angels
  • A051 Bee My Honey
  • A052 That Dirty Bird
  • A053 Stone Age Stooges
  • A054 Smoke Gets in Your Skies
  • A055 Queen Quong
  • A056 Campsite Fright
  • A057 Goldibear and the Three Stooges
  • A058 The Lyin' Tamer
  • A059 The Pen Game
  • A060 It's a Small World
  • A061 Late for Launch
  • A062 Forgot in Space
  • A063 The Noisy Silent Movie
  • A064 Get Out of Town by Sundown Brown
  • A065 Table Tennis Tussle
  • A066 Phony Express
  • A067 Best Test Pilots
  • A068 Litter Bear
  • A069 A Fishy Tale
  • A070 The Unhaunted House
  • A071 Aloha Ha Ha
  • A072 The Rise and Fall of the Roman Umpire
  • A073 Deadbeat Street
  • A074 Cotton Pickin' Chicken
  • A075 Larry and the Pirates
  • A076 Tree Is a Crowd
  • A077 Feud for Thought
  • A078 Bat and Brawl
  • A079 Knight Without End
  • A080 Up a Tree
  • A081 Turnabout Is Bearplay
  • A082 Pow Wow Row
  • A083 Flat Heads
  • A084 No News Is Good News
  • A085 Bully for You, Curly-Joe
  • A086 Tee for Three
  • A087 Goofy Gondoliers
  • A088 Bearfoot Fishermen
  • A089 Washout Below
  • A090 The Three Marketeers
  • A091 Follo the White Lion
  • A092 One Good Burn Deserves Another
  • A093 Curly-Joe's Bear
  • A094 Land Ho, Ho, Ho
  • A095 Surfs You Right
  • A096 Seven Faces of Timbear
  • A097 Bearfoot Bandit
  • A098 Nuttin' But the Brave
  • A099 Three Good Knights
  • A100 Call of the While
  • A101 Snowbrawl
  • A102 Rob 'n' Good
  • A103 There's No Mule Like an Old Mule
  • A104 Squawk Valley
  • A105 Mummy's Boys
  • A106 The Plumber's Friend
  • A107 Rub-a-Dub-Tub
  • A108 Under the Bad-Bad Tree
  • A109 Hairbrained Barbers
  • A110 Waiter Minute
  • A111 Souperman
  • A112 Abominable Snowman
  • A113 Curly-Joe in Wonderland
  • A114 Stooges in the Woods
  • A115 Chimney Sweeps
  • A116 The Mad Mail Mission
  • A117 Out of Space
  • A118 Wizards of Odd
  • A119 Three for the Road
  • A120 Feudin', Fussin' and Hillbully
  • A121 Don't Misbehave, Indian Brave
  • A122 You Ain't Lion
  • A123 Muscle on Your Mind
  • A124 Badman of the Briny
  • A125 Furry Fugitive
  • A126 How the West Was Once
  • A127 Bowling Pinheads
  • A128 The Mountain Ear
  • A129 Norse West Passage
  • A130 Latest Gun in the West
  • A131 Toys Will Be Toys
  • A132 First Class Service
  • A133 Strictly for the Birds
  • A134 Le' Stooginaires
  • A135 The Bear Who Came Out of the Cold
  • A136 The Bigger They Are, the Harder They Hit
  • A137 Little Red Riding Wolf
  • A138 Bell Hop Flops
  • A139 Dig That Gopher
  • A140 Gagster Dragster
  • A141 Just Plane Crazy
  • A142 From Bad to Verse
  • A143 Droll Weevil
  • A144 The Littlest Martian
  • A145 The Bear Showoff
  • A146 No Money, No Honey
  • A147 Get That Snack Shack Off the Track
  • A148 Curly's Birthday-a-Go-Go
  • A149 The Men from UCLA
  • A150 Super Everybody
  • A151 Kangaroo Catchers
  • A152 No Smoking Aloud
  • A153 The Chicken Delivery Boys
  • A154 Sno Ball
  • A155 Rug-a-Bye Baby
  • A156 Dinopoodi

Program credits

  • A Cambria-Normandy Production
  • Executive Producer – Dick Brown
  • Associate Producer – David Detiege
  • Executive Producer – Live Action – Norman Maurer
  • Supervisor of Production – Lee Orgel
  • Stories and Storyboards – Jack Miller, Sam Cornell, Art Diamond, Warren Tufts, Cecil Beard, Lee Orgel, Dave Detiege, Barbara Chain, Jack Kinney, Nick George, Pat Kearin, Homer Brightman
  • Direction – Eddie Bernds, Eddie Rehberg, Sam Cornell, Dave Detiege
  • Animation – Chick Otterstrom, Kay Wright, Bob Maxfield
  • Layouts – Dan Noonan, Hi Mankin, Nick Panesis, Lee Mishkin
  • Backgrounds – Gloria Woods, Bob Inman, Bill Butler
  • Production Managers – Fred Darley, Cliff Selkirk
  • Music department – Paul Horn (original music); Darrell Calker, Walter Greene, Al Sack, Hans J. Salter, Lee Zahler (stock music); Gordon Zahler (supervisor)
  • Painting – Connie Crawley
  • Camera – Jerry Smith, Ed Gillette
  • Editing – William J. Faris, George Probert
  • Cast (Live Action) – Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Emil Sitka, Margaret Kerry (aka Mrs. Dick Brown), Jeffrey Maurer, Cary Brown, Tina Brown, Eileen Brown, and Bill Brauer ("Soldiers" only)
  • Cast (Voices) – Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Joe DeRita, Margaret Kerry, Hal Smith, Johnny Coons, and Paul Frees ("That Little Old Bomb Maker" only)

Home media

Using the original 16mm acetates, Rhino Entertainment issued a restored version of the majority of the series on DVD in 2002.[2] In 2004, EastWest DVD released a slim case volume of episodes. In 2007 and 2008, Mill Creek Entertainment released a number of episodes as part of their Ultimate 150 Cartoon Festival, their Giant 600 Cartoon Collection and their 200 Classic Cartoons – Collector's Edition Label formats.

See also


  1. Howard Maurer, Joan; Jeff Lenburg; Greg Lenburg (1982). The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Citadel Press. pp. 170–171. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5.
  2. The Three Stooges – Cartoon Classics, Vol. 1
  3. Forrester, Jeff (2004). The Three Stooges: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Most Popular Comedy Team of All Time. Donaldson Books. p. 162. ISBN 0-9715801-0-3.
  4. New 3 Stooges – Syndicated Program Elements, Circa 1984 – YouTube, accessed on January 26, 2013.
  5. "The New Three Stooges DVD news: Announcement for The New Three Stooges – Complete Cartoon Collection". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
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