It's hard to top the butchery the Terry-Toons suffered from CBS, but when it comes to title card alterations, I have to hand it to Samba Pictures and their handling of the B&W Mintz/Columbia cartoons (Krazy Kat, Scrappy) for their carelessness as far as accuracy of the credits on their cards to the original credits. The Mintz cartoons up well into 1933 gave the directors a "proper" credit ("A Charles Mintz Production (or early on, "A Winkler Picture") by [...] ), but all of the Samba titles use a "template" form with one each "Story" and "Music" slots and three "Animation" slots, and the credits were "adapted" to this form (the real credits only changed to the Story/Animation form in 1933, right around the time most of the directors walked out on strike - perhaps not a coincidence), sometimes losing names credited on the original release and sometimes even adding names not credited. A few Krazy Kats that were solo-directed by Ben Harrison for the 1931-32 season have TV credits so wrong that Joe de Nat's credit is the only correct one. Even some of the TV credits for post-'33 cartoons are off the mark, in part because of the limitations of their TV title "templates". On top of this, a handful of cartoons also had footage deemed too risque edited out of the 16mm TV negs (although I wonder if Scrappy's Showing Off
had the original ending cut from the 35mm source).
It's bad enough when TV titles drop credits altogether, but outright erroneous credits are on another level because they mislead people.
While the "black bars" on NTA's color titles are unsightly, I say they're underrated, because the earlier efforts by UM&M are worse, completely replacing the original title sequence with bland yellow lettering on a red background. Note that Suddenly It's Spring
has completely fake titles on the Thunderbean Noveltoons DVD, because it's from a UM&M element. At least the "black bars" NTA treatment lets us see most of the original titles, albeit in "censored" form. Note that NTA made some new TV negatives later on (various late-'40s Screen Songs being good examples) where they only replaced the Paramount logos and didn't bother hiding any other Paramount or color-process references.
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| Reason: correction: "1932-33" should've been "1931-32"