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Cartoons Not For Kids - my first crack at a meta puzzle

By Jake A ยท Published about 1 month ago

Constructor's Note: Each answer to the starred * clues also reveals a film released in the year indicated in the [bracketed] part of the clue (one film title is abbr). Meta answer is the auteur behind all the films. :)
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    Across
    1. 1A
      * Said thrice, Fat Albert's catchphrase [with 4A
      * Not bad [see 1A][----]
      and 8A
      * Pay a short, friendly visit to, with "on" [see 1A][------]
      , 1982]
    2. 4A
      * Not bad [see 1A
      * Said thrice, Fat Albert's catchphrase [with 4A and 8A, 1982][---]
      ]
    3. 8A
      * Pay a short, friendly visit to, with "on" [see 1A
      * Said thrice, Fat Albert's catchphrase [with 4A and 8A, 1982][---]
      ]
    4. 14A
      "Mr. Blue Sky" group
    5. 15A
      Performer Mostel
    6. 16A
      Symphony inspired by Napoleon
    7. 17A
      Computer component that performs arithmetic and logical ops
    8. 18A
      * Over 330 mil., per U.S. Census Bureau [1981]
    9. 20A
      Actor Rhames
    10. 22A
      Tall Manute with a ball who was not at all minute
    11. 23A
      "Big place" on California state route 1
    12. 24A
      Cooler brand
    13. 25A
      Bora Bora, e.g.
    14. 26A
      After the Rain, a bubble gum
    15. 27A
      Concise joke style
    16. 32A
      "Much ___ About Nothing"
    17. 33A
      Laila and Muhammad, for two
    18. 34A
      Twice repeated verb in Popeye's idiomatic catchphrase
    19. 35A
      * Approximately half of Hogwart's graduates, I presume [1977]
    20. 39A
      Steve's successor
    21. 42A
      Yolanda Whitaker's rap handle
    22. 43A
      GOP org. that received a cease-and-desist letter from Trump's attorneys in 2021
    23. 44A
      Fund, as a charity
    24. 48A
      Long-running TV show known for cute kids and crotch kicks
    25. 49A
      Uzi Tenenbaum's twin, at the cinema
    26. 50A
      Snapper on a forest path
    27. 54A
      The first track on Phish's Junta
    28. 55A
      Dissident journalist Ruhollah ___, executed by Iran in 2020
    29. 56A
      * Calm, with your jets [with 51D
      * Noun described as "small, small", "wide, wide" and "mad, mad, mad, mad" [see 55A][-----]
      , 1992]
    30. 57A
      * "The washing machine is on the ___, ___ ___ clawed the couch, and I burnt the lasagna, but other than that..." [1972]
    31. 63A
      Messenger with GUAC
    32. 64A
      A bird, when it comes after night
    33. 65A
      * Car park locale, probably betwixt S and T [1978]
    34. 66A
      ___ Fail, Irish coronation stone
    35. 67A
      Partner of Cambria in two Claudio Sanchez projects
    36. 68A
      Viral image
    37. 69A
      Jokes genre often seen as a form of pun-ishment
    Down
    1. 1D
      * Tough to handle, physically and/or emotionally [with 39D
      * Engage in illegal business, such as drugs [see 1D][-------]
      , 1973]
    2. 2D
      Brit "River" singer Goulding
    3. 3D
      Robin in Cooperstown
    4. 4D
      Genius behind Liquid Swords
    5. 5D
      Auto part alternative to after market
    6. 6D
      Vein lode
    7. 7D
      Acronym for annual events held to ensure that tragedies are not forgotten, such as internment of Japanese Americans during WWII (Feb. 19)
    8. 8D
      The school, in Cannes
    9. 9D
      Bettor who relies on the bookie's word
    10. 10D
      Spit finish?
    11. 11D
      Neighborhood on the waterfront, abutting Murray Hill and Peter Cooper Village
    12. 12D
      "__ __ been a contender."
    13. 13D
      Where it is okay to sleep on the job
    14. 19D
      First ruler of Kuwait, Sabah __ __ Jaber
    15. 21D
      Emmy Award-winning journalist Benitez
    16. 28D
      Slangy negative in Bishop Bullwinkle's viral song (it wasn't that long ago... "Hell to the...", remember? Maybe?)
    17. 29D
      Wallach who played Tuco
    18. 30D
      Phair to friends
    19. 31D
      "__ __ __ Little Prayer"
    20. 36D
      Decay
    21. 37D
      Decoratively color, such as eggs
    22. 38D
      Drunkard
    23. 39D
      * Engage in illegal business, such as drugs [see 1D
      * Tough to handle, physically and/or emotionally [with 39D, 1973][-----]
      ]
    24. 40D
      First third of "Divine Comedy"
    25. 41D
      Exemplary serviceman who sued U.S. Scy. of Defense Cohen concerning DADT
    26. 44D
      Shine brilliantly
    27. 45D
      Spoke well
    28. 46D
      "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of ___" (Robert C. O'Brien children's book)
    29. 47D
      Like drugs for which no RX is needed
    30. 51D
      * Noun described as "small, small", "wide, wide" and "mad, mad, mad, mad" [see 55A
      Dissident journalist Ruhollah ___, executed by Iran in 2020[---]
      ]
    31. 52D
      Old Greek state known for its supports
    32. 53D
      Org. formed in 1985 by journalists and writers in response to the NY Post's derogatory and sensationalized HIV and AIDS coverage
    33. 58D
      First sound in a Korean martial art
    34. 59D
      "Nightmare" street
    35. 60D
      Country singer/songwriter David Allan, sometimes blue
    36. 61D
      PIN requester
    37. 62D
      Three, in Trento
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