THE HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER OF THE CARTOON VILLAIN (working title) is a feature-length creative documentary exploring evil laughter and hysterical masculinity, propelled by actor Paul Lynde‚Äôs voicing of a series of acerbic, sexually ambiguous villains for the Hanna-Barbera animation studio in Hollywood, 1969. The film interweaves animation, documentary materials and interviews with specialists including laughter researcher Professor Sophie Scott; historian Dr. Mark Micale; forensic psychologist Naomi Murphy; animation scholar Professor Paul Wells and academics John Airlie and Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen. Directed by Richard Squires, the film is co-produced by Richard Squires (UK) and Madeleine Molyneaux (US). Director of Photography is Barbara Nicholls with second unit cinematography by Willy Busfield. Animation by Elroy Simmons. Associate Producer Abigail Addison is developing the UK events programme. The film is funded by the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England and Kingston University.