The Kwicky Koala Show

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The Kwicky Koala Show
Genre Cartoon series
Created by Tex Avery
Written by Bob Ogle
Directed by George Gordon
Carl Urbano
Rudy Zamora
Voices of Bob Ogle
John Stephenson
Michael Bell
Peter Cullen
Marshall Efron
Matthew Faison
Jim MacGeorge
Allan Melvin
Don Messick
Frank Welker
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Art Scott
Editor(s) Gil Iverson
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Australia
(Warner Bros. Television)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 12 – December 26, 1981 (1981-12-26)

The Kwicky Koala Show is a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Australia in 1981 for CBS. The TV program is notable for being among cartoon director Tex Avery's final works. Avery died during production in 1980 and the show was broadcast for one season on CBS.

As it was produced in Australia, the Cartoon Network and later Boomerang broadcast was sourced from PAL masters, rather than NTSC masters like many other Hanna-Barbera productions. Each segment has been shown separately in-between shows on the Boomerang Network.

Kwicky Koala[edit]

Kwicky Koala (voiced by writer Bob Ogle) is similar to Avery's popular Droopy, except that Kwicky can escape his pursuer Wilford Wolf (voiced by John Stephenson impersonating Paul Lynde). The difference is that Kwicky moves at super-speed, which looks more like vanishing into thin air with an accompanying "beep" sound effect, much like Speedy Gonzales.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Air date
1 "Sink or Swim"
2 "Robinson Caruso"
3 "In a Pig's Eye"
4 "Robin Hoodwink"
5 "Kwicky Goes West"
6 "Collectors Item"
7 "The Incredible Lunk"
8 "Race to Riches"
9 "Kangaroo Kapers"
10 "Double Trouble"
11 "Around the World in 80 Seconds"
12 "Kwicky's Karnival Kaper"
13 "Scream Test"
14 "Disguise the Limit"
15 "Museum Mayhem"
16 "Cabin Crazy"
17 "Hunger Pangs and Pzings"

The Bungle Brothers[edit]

A pair of dogs named George (voiced by Michael Bell) and Joey (voiced by Allan Melvin) seek vaudeville stardom. This segment is mostly short wraparounds. The Bungle Brothers are beagle dogs.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Hat Dance - Dry Run - Cheap Trick
  2. High Rollers - Teeter Totter Act - The Circus Cannon Act
  3. Trapeze Act - Saw in Two - Unicycle
  4. Big Pie Jump - Honk If You Love Joey - Sound Off
  5. Joey Juggling George - The Toe Dancing Beagle or Whats Nureyev - The Barrel Jump
  6. Karate Chop Act - Tarzan Swing Act - The Ventriloquist
  7. Rope Twirling Act - High Wire Harness - The Marionette Act
  8. Cream Pie - Ballonitics - Escape Artist
  9. Rock Band - Circus Car - Dueling Trombones
  10. Quiz Whiz Kid - Stilts - The Romeo and Juliet Act
  11. Animal Trainers - Double Jump - Pie Faced
  12. The Plumbers Helper - Bungle Ballet - Hang 20
  13. The Big Bang - Flipped Out - Bucking Bull
  14. Hamlet Lays an Egg - The Magic Ring Act - The Fly
  15. Weight Weight Lifter - Droop the Loop - Heavy Ending
  16. Ice Follies - Punchy Pirates - Spring Is in the Air - Concert Pianist

Crazy Claws[edit]

A wildcat named Crazy Claws (voiced by Jim MacGeorge impersonating Groucho Marx) uses his sharp wits and equally sharp claws to evade the fur trapper Rawhide Clyde (voiced by Don Messick) and his dog Bristletooth (voiced by Peter Cullen) in a U.S. National Park run by Ranger Rangerfield (voiced by Michael Bell).

Episodes[edit]

  1. Crazy it's Cold Outside -
  2. The Claws Conspiracy -
  3. Crazy Challenges -
  4. Clyde's Birthday Surprise -
  5. The Ice Rage -
  6. Claws Encounters of the Worst Kind -
  7. Lookout Crazy -
  8. Crazy Camping -
  9. Gold Crazy -
  10. See Saw Claws -
  11. Choo Choo Crazy -
  12. Bearly Asleep -
  13. Old Blowhard -
  14. Snow Biz -
  15. Claws Ahoy -
  16. Rattletrap Rawhide -

Dirty Dawg[edit]

A vagrant dog named Dirty Dawg (voiced by Frank Welker impersonating Howard Cosell) seeks to improve life for himself and his friend Ratso the Rat (voiced by Marshall Efron) while staying ahead of a police officer named Officer Bullhorn (voiced by Matthew Faison). Dirty Dawg is a Labrador Retriever mix.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Pigskin Pooch -
  2. Dirty's Debut -
  3. Dirty Dawg's Faux Paw -
  4. Calling Dr. Dirty -
  5. Lo-Cal Pals -
  6. A Close Encounter of the Canine Kind -
  7. Pie-Eyed Pooch -
  8. Dirty Money -
  9. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Zoo -
  10. Urban Cowdawg -
  11. Dirty-O and Juliet -
  12. Sea Dawg Dirty -
  13. Little White Lie -
  14. The Great Dirtini -
  15. Disco Dawg -
  16. Marathon Mutt -

Cast[edit]

Home Media releases[edit]

  • A VHS release of the series was released by Worldvision Home Video.
  • A DVD release of some of the episodes has been released by Warner Bros. in Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1980s Collection, Volume 1 on May 4, 2010. The episodes/shorts on this DVD are Dry Run, Robinson Caruso, High Roller, The Claws Conspiracy, Hat Dance and Dirty's Debut. There has yet to be a complete series DVD release.

Other Appearances[edit]

  • In the Cartoon Network bumper "Sick Days", majority of cartoon characters call in sick to work resulting in a problem with the network, the result was airing a 24-hour Kwicky Koala Marathon much to the viewers dismay.
  • Kwicky Koala makes some cameo appearances in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. He appears as a tattoo in the episode "Deadomutt Part 2". He also appears in "SPF" where he along with Dirty Dawg appear as victims of Cybersquatting. He is presumed dead in the episode "The Death of Harvey" because his body is seen laying in a road crater. Officer Bullhorn appears as a jury candidate in "Juror in Court"

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