Does JOT the Dot Jog Your Memory, Oh, Longtime Local? Because Its Cels Are For Sale.

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A close-up look at one of the JOT the Dot cels about to hit the auction block
I called Heritage Auction Galleries PR man Noah Fleisher about something we'd mentioned long ago when he asked, out of nowhere, "Do you remember JOT the Dot?" Oh, sweet fancy Moses. Barely.

"Is that the Presbyterian Period?" George Gimarc just asked. (He called while I was writing this.) No, George, JOT was actually produced by the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission. "Oh, so he was the Baptist Blip." There ya go.

Reason Noah asked: Our cross-the-street neighbor has in its possession two (very, very rare) original animation cels from the old cartoon that debuted on Dallas teevee in the mid-1960s. Created by Ted Perry and Baylor grad Ruth Byers, who was hired in 1959 by the legendary Paul Baker to run the Teen Children's Theater at the Dallas Theater Center upon its opening, JOT had a lengthy run on local television -- first on Jerry Haynes's Mr. Peppermint, then on Bill Kelley's The Children's Hour.

Said Byers about the religious message contained within, "JOT was just a basic circle that changed shape and color depending on his relationship with God. JOT was named after the image was finalized. The name fit perfectly since JOT is another word for a small dot. It was also easy for children to say."

Barry Sandoval, director of Heritage's comics operations, doesn't know how much these'll go for -- the cels don't officially hit the auction block till April 16. But, he says, "I suspect Gen-X'ers originally from the Southern U.S., in particular will remember JOT quite well from their childhoods, and I would further expect that quite a few of them will be pleasantly surprised to see that these cels still exist, even better, are actually attainable at auction."
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sanderw
sanderw

I have a few cels in a box from my parent's basement. They were given to me as a kid when I toured the studio where the show was produced. One of them I got autographed by "Tom Young." Can't find a reference to him anywhere.

Krashpow
Krashpow

Tom Young was the art director at Keitz&Herndon, the animation studio that produced the Jot the Dot television program. They also animated those NASA tech drawings they showed on TV when they were explaining the missions, the Frito Bandito commercials, and some really cook Orkin spots.

sanderw
sanderw

Thanks for the info!!!

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I used to watch Jot on sunday mornings before church when I was a wee lad, I always wondered why he was dropping acid and committing crimes like some little hooligan...Im guessing the So. Baptist were a little more "groovy" in those days...

scottindallas
scottindallas

I remember JOT and Davey and Goliath. I remember being put off by the agenda.

MikeyLikesIt
MikeyLikesIt

Looks like a early prototype of No Neck Joe.

Sanders Kaufman
Sanders Kaufman

It's worth pointing out that tens of thousands of these cels were used, so their only real value is sentimental.A fair price is a couple of bucks, but scammers often try to sell them for hundreds of dollars.

krashpow
krashpow

You produce the tens of thousands of cels, and I'll pay a couple of bucks for them. So where are they? These don't come around very often, so you tell me...

Montemalone
Montemalone

And why no mention of Bud Kneizl (Sp?)

johan
johan

I concur with NewDog and G_David --- JOT took a lot of acid trips on that show. In one episode, he stole a plate of cupcakes, consumed them all and went on a trip that lead one to believe that the cupcakes were made out of high-grade LSD. It makes me long for some old-time religion myself.

Montemalone
Montemalone

JotBox 341Ft.Worth, TX 76116

Send a quarter (I did) and get your own Jot kit. It had a set of cardboard feet that you attached to an inflated white balloon.

thatsleepguy
thatsleepguy

I still remember that address as well. I lived in lubbock and would watch Jot with a show called "Big Blue marble".

G_David
G_David

Sweet Holy Moses, I can't tell you how many people I've asked over the years if they remember that cartoon. Almost nobody does. Those of use of a certain age know that JOT (all caps? Was it an acronym?) and Davey and Goliath were the only things resembling a cartoon a kid could find on Sunday morning. My memory is from the Children's Hour, when Bill Kelley would have a kid co-host the show with him. I was one of those kids, WAY before VCRs were around sadly. I still remember reading the comic strip - aka "funnies" - with him.

As for JOT, my memory is pretty fuzzy, but I remember it being quite psychedelic - he would change colors with his mood. One time, he stole his friend's "toy", and the ensuing guilt "trip" would have made Timothy Leary proud.

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