The Huckleberry Hound Show
Created by
Written by
Directed by
  • William Hanna
  • Joseph Barbera
Voices of
Narrated by
  • Daws Butler
  • Don Messick
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes68 (list of episodes)
  • William Hanna
  • Joseph Barbera
Running time22 minutes (7 minutes per segment)
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 29, 1958 (1958-09-29) –
December 1, 1961 (1961-12-01)

The Huckleberry Hound Show is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and the second series produced by the studio following The Ruff and Reddy Show. The show first aired in syndication on September 29, 1958, and was sponsored by Kellogg's.[1] Three segments were included in the program: one featuring Huckleberry Hound, another with Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks, which starred two mice who in each short found a new way to outwit the cat Mr. Jinks, and a third starring Yogi Bear and his friend Boo Boo.[2] The series last aired on December 1, 1961.

The Yogi Bear segment of the show became extremely popular, and as a result, it spawned its own series in 1961.[3] A segment featuring Hokey Wolf and Ding-A-Ling was added, replacing Yogi during the 1960-61 season. The show contributed to making Hanna-Barbera a household name, and is often credited with legitimizing the concept of animation produced specifically for television. In 1960, it became the first animated program to be honored with an Emmy Award.[4]


Conception and development

Joseph Barbera went to Chicago to pitch the program to Kellogg's executives through their ad agency, Leo Burnett. "I had never sold a show before because I didn't have to. If we got an idea, we just made it, for over twenty years. All of a sudden, I'm a salesman, and I'm in a room with forty-five people staring at me, and I'm pushing Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear and 'the Meeces', and they bought it."[5]

Barbera once recalled about Daws Butler's voice acting versatility:

I can remember distinctly when I first met [Daws], I said, 'I kind of like this voice, but I think I'm gonna make it kind of a Southern voice because Southern voices are warm and friendly.' Daws said, 'Well, now I can do a Southern voice which is like North Carolina, or I can do a Southern voice that would be like Florida, that would be a cracker kind of voice, or if you want to get a little harder, we could get into Texas,' and by gosh, he had about twelve different Southerners.[5]


The series featured three seven-minute cartoons, animated specifically for television. The first always starred Huckleberry, the next two featured other characters.[6] Each of three cartoons were in between the wraparound segments, which originally set in the circus tent where Huck acts like a showman in the late 1950s.


The show was originally intended to be part of a line-up of kid programmes sponsored by Kellogg and broadcast on ABC-TV, joining Woody Woodpecker, Superman and Wild Bill Hickok in an early evening, weekday line-up.[7] However, Kellogg's agency, Leo Burnett, decided instead to syndicate the show and buy air time on individual stations.[8] The show was originally distributed by Screen Gems, which held a part-ownership of Hanna-Barbera at the time, over 150 stations. In April 1967, Screen Gems announced the show had been released from advertiser control, and would be made available to stations on a syndicated basis with available bridges to create 92 half-hour shows.[9]

The distribution was later passed to Worldvision Enterprises, after it became a sister company to Hanna-Barbera. It was later distributed by Turner Program Services, after Turner's purchase of Hanna-Barbera; current distributor Warner Bros. Television picked up ownership of the show following the 1996 acquisition of Turner by parent company, Time Warner.

Original Syndication

The show was not broadcast on the same day of the week, or the same time, in every city; airing depended on the deal for time that the Leo Burnett Agency brokered with individual stations. However, the first time the Huck series appeared on television was on Monday, September 29, 1958; it was first seen at 6 p.m. on WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which also served Battle Creek, home of Kellogg cereals.[10] A few other stations airing it that day were WLWI in Indianapolis (at 6:30 p.m.)[11] and WTAE in Pittsburgh (at 7:30 p.m.).[12] The show debuted on other days that same week in other cities; Huck originally aired in Los Angeles on Tuesdays on KNXT,[13] Chicago on Wednesdays on WGN-TV,[14] and New York City on Thursdays on WPIX.[15] The show first aired in Canada on Thursday, October 2, 1958, at 7 p.m. on CKLW-TV in Windsor, Ontario.[16] The show first aired in Australia on Monday, February 16, 1959, on the National Television Network (now the Nine Network), and the show first aired in the United Kingdom on Friday, July 3, 1959, on ITV.

Plot and characters

Each of the three segments featured one or two main characters acting as a duo, and numerous one-off or supporting characters.

Huckleberry Hound

Main article: Huckleberry Hound

Huck's voice was one that Butler had already developed and used in earlier work, such as Ruff in The Ruff and Reddy Show, Smedley the Dog in the Chilly Willy cartoons, and earlier characters in the MGM cartoon library. It was said to be based on the neighbor of his wife, Myrtis; Butler would speak with said neighbor when visiting North Carolina.

Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks

Main article: Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks

Pixie (voiced by Don Messick) and Dixie (voiced by Daws Butler) are two mice who every day end up being chased by a cat named Mr. Jinks (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Frank Fontaine).

Yogi Bear

Main article: Yogi Bear

Yogi Bear (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Art Carney's Ed Norton character from The Honeymooners) and his friend Boo Boo Bear (voiced by Don Messick) live in Jellystone Park and occasionally try to steal picnic baskets while evading Ranger Smith (also voiced by Don Messick).

Hokey Wolf

Main article: Hokey Wolf

Hokey Wolf (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Phil Silvers) is a con-artist wolf who is always trying to cheat his way to the simple life (much like other Hanna-Barbera characters, Top Cat and Yogi Bear). He is accompanied in this by his diminutive, bowler hat-wearing sidekick Ding-A-Ling Wolf (voiced by Doug Young impersonating Buddy Hackett).

Voice cast

Additional Voices



Main article: List of The Huckleberry Hound Show episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16626September 29, 1958 (1958-09-29)March 23, 1959 (1959-03-23)
23913September 14, 1959 (1959-09-14)February 22, 1960 (1960-02-22)
33913September 11, 1960 (1960-09-11)December 4, 1960 (1960-12-04)
43416August 18, 1961 (1961-08-18)December 1, 1961 (1961-12-01)


In the film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) briefly dons a mask of Huckleberry. The name for Rock et Belles Oreilles, a Québécois comedy group popular during the 1980s, was a pun on the name of Huckleberry Hound ("Roquet Belles Oreilles" in French). Australian prison slang vernacular includes "huckleberry hound", a term originated in the 1960s, meaning "a punishment cell, solitary confinement."[17] In January 2009, IGN named The Huckleberry Hound Show as the 63rd best in its "Top 100 Animated TV Shows". [18]

In 1960s Hungary, the series - there called Foxi Maxi - gained an instant following, also among adults. The reason for this was the fact that legendary scriptwriter József Romhányi had penned dialog with his trademark puns and humor, and some of the most popular actors of the day had supplied the voices. Romhányi and some of the same actors later worked on the Hungarian version of The Flintstones.

Media information

Home media

On November 15, 2005 (2005-11-15), Warner Home Video (via Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) released The Huckleberry Hound Show – Volume 1 for the Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection, featuring the complete first season of 26 episodes (66 segments) from the series on DVD, all presented remastered and restored. However, the episodes in the Volume 1 DVD set were the edited versions, instead of the uncut and unedited, original network broadcast versions due to expensive licensing issues.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
The Huckleberry Hound Show – Volume 1 (The First Season) 26 episodes
(66 segments)
November 15, 2005
  • A bonus collectible animation cel
  • Featurette on reconstructing the premiere episode
  • Never-before-seen bumpers and bridge
  • Segment tributing Daws Butler, voice actor


The characters from The Huckleberry Hound Show spawned various product, publishing, and other licensing deals. Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems' record arm, Colpix, released the first Huckleberry Hound album in October 1958, with stuffed animals and games also hawked in record stores.[19]

No later than 1961, the characters began appearing "in person" at events across America. Hanna Barbera commissioned costumed characters of Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, and Quick Draw McGraw, which appeared at events like the Florida State Fair.[20]

Hanna-Barbera owner Taft Broadcasting started opening theme parks in 1972, beginning with Kings Island. These parks included areas themed to the company's cartoons, and included walk-around characters of Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, and others. The characters were also featured on rides, including carousels. Licensed Huckleberry products included an Aladdin-brand Thermos.[21]

Books based on the show include:

See also


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  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 418–421. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Mallory, Michael. Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1998. ISBN 0-88363-108-3. p. 44.
  4. ^ "Animation legend William Hanna dies at 90". 2001-03-23. Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  5. ^ a b Tim Lawson; Alisa Persons (December 2004). "Daws Butler" (Scan). The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who's who of Cartoon Voice Actors. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. p. 367. ISBN 1-57806-696-4. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  6. ^ Edward Stasheff, Rudy Bretz (1962) [1962]. The Television Program (Scan). Hill and Wang. p. 335. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  7. ^ Weekly Variety, June 26, 1958, pg. 7
  8. ^ Daily Variety, June 26, 1958, pg. 1
  9. ^ Broadcasting magazine, Apr. 10, 1967, pg. 64
  10. ^ Lansing State Journal, Sept. 27, 1958, pg. 20.
  11. ^ Tipton Tribune, Sept. 29, 1958, pg. 6.
  12. ^ The Morning Herald (Uniontown, Pennsylvania), Sept. 29, 1958, pg. 12
  13. ^ Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30, pg. A6
  14. ^ Chicago Tribune, Sep. 27 1958, pg. c16.
  15. ^ New York Herald Tribune, Sep 28, 1958, pg. G-12
  16. ^ Toronto Globe and Mail, Oct. 2, 1958, pg. 39
  17. ^ Green, Jonathon (2005) [2005]. Cassell's Dictionary of Slang (Scan). New York, New York: Sterling Publishing Company. p. 1565. ISBN 0-304-36636-6. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  18. ^ "Video Games, Wikis, Cheats, Walkthroughs, Reviews, News & Videos - IGN". IGN. Archived from the original on 2009-03-01.
  19. ^ The Billboard, Oct. 20, 1958, pg. 4
  20. ^ "Huckleberry Hound To Be At Gasparilla" (Scan). St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida: The Times Publishing Company. 1961-02-12. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  21. ^ The United States Patents Quarterly (1962) at Google Book Search
  22. ^ The Publishers Weekly at Google Book Search
  23. ^ Huckleberry Hound: The Case of the Friendly Monster at Google Book Search