I wonder if people who grew up in the P.C. world of television programming get some of the gags in Tex Avery’s TV of Tomorrow. “P.C.” meaning “pre-cable.” That’s when you had an aerial on top of the roof of the house or a rabbit ears antenna on top of your set. Neither guaranteed pristine reception and that’s what Avery and writer Heck Allen are parodying in the cartoon.
One of the problems was outside interference screwing up your picture. Ah, but Tex and Heck have fixed that. “This advanced model automatically eliminates picture distortion from passing airplanes,” says Paul Frees to set up the gag.
“However, it does clutter up the living room,” he adds, and then the camera pans across the living room.
Judging by the designs, it looks like Ed Benedict has worked on this cartoon. The animators are Ray Patterson added to the usual Avery crew of the ‘50s—Walt Clinton, Grant Simmons, Mike Lah and Bob Bentley. Avery started on the cartoon in 1951. By the time it was released in 1953, the axe had fallen in a money-saving move. It turned out TV of Tomorrow had been made by the Unit of Yesterday.