Holy Bouncing Ball!
"Jot, Jot, the Christian Dot! "
I heard that chant more than once growing up. Usually though, it was meant as an insult aimed at some sensitive-natured, churchy kid at recess. I knew that sort of thing was mean...but even then I couldn't help but find it a little bit funny...considering the spirit in which the source material was created and intended. Most ironic.
Back then --ie: the early 1970's-- Atlanta's own Channel 2 (wsbtv) ran "Jot" cartoons on Sunday mornings sandwiched between uncut shorts from the Warners cartoon package that CBS didn't own and those irritating Professor Kitzel cartoons (that were half live action anyway).
Even though they made my teeth hurt, I always found them somewhat visually arresting. Something about the animation and timing, (especially in the first cartoon below) reminded me of some of the best stuff from some of the early Peanuts specials. I'm still amazed by the design quality and at times surrealistic execution considering they were first presented in the mid 1960's by the Southern Baptists' Radio and Television Comission. The show was primarily designed by Ruth Byers and Ted Perry and animated by Keitz & Herndon Studios out of Dallas Texas.
Jot is a basically a bouncing ball of a kid that's round when he's happy, and more and more misshapen and discolored as his conscience bothers him --and sometimes it really bothers him.
Great UPA-type color palettes and designs overall. The one shot of Jot's treehouse in the first short looks like it was cut from the same cloth as Paul Julian's heavily-stylized background paintings for UPA's The Tell-Tale Heart or the beginning of AIP's "The Terror" with Boris Karloff.
The writing and voices are a different story... Jot's southern drawl makes him sound sort of like a country cousin Charlie Brown character. (Imdb Identifies his voice as Colleen Collins who was also the uncredited voice of "Country Red" in Tex Avery's Little Rural Riding Hood amongst other things.)
And as it turns out, Jot is a dot with sticky fingers.
A bit o' a klepto, yes, if you judge his charcter by these 2 cartoons.
(I'm sure J-dog probably dealt with all the big sins, but in both shorts here he's dealin' with stealin'!)