“Mel-O-Toons” was an animated cartoon series produced by Art Scott in the late 1950s. His company bought the rights to children’s records and then matched drawings to the narration on the record. At times, there wasn’t an awful lot of animation. Cycles and camera pans over background drawings kept costs to a minimum. The “Mel-O-Toons” were syndicated by U.A.A., the same company that filled TV stations with Warner Bros. and Fleischer Popeye cartoons.
The backgrounds were pretty stylised. Here are some examples from Diana and the Golden Apples. No artists are credited. Neither is the narrator of the tale, Art Gilmore.
The background above is used in close-up in others scenes to save money.
The story for this record/cartoon was by John M. (Bud) Freeman and copyrighted by Capitol Records on June 3, 1954. Billboard reported on August 7th that it would be part of a fall release of classics for kids on 45 and 78 rpm along with The Trojan Horse (also made into a Mel-O-Toon) and Waltz of the Flowers. Capitol had a top-notch children’s department then, with Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker and Bozo the Clown on recordings, along with some one-shot stories such as the classics. Read more about Mel-O-Toons in this post and this post.