Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long

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Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long
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Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long's Title Card
Genre Cartoon
Western
Created by Hanna-Barbera
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Starring Ricochet Rabbit
Droop-a-long Coyote
Voices of Don Messick
Mel Blanc
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23
Production
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 7 Minutes Per Short
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Broadcast
Original channel First-Run Syndication
Original run January 14, 1964 (1964-01-14) – December 4, 1965 (1965-12-04)
Chronology
Related shows The Magilla Gorilla Show
Peter Potamus and his Magic Flying Balloon

Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long was a segment of Hanna-Barbera's The Magilla Gorilla Show, and later appeared on Peter Potamus and his Magic Flying Balloon.

Background[edit]

Ricochet Rabbit (voiced by Don Messick) worked as a sheriff in a Western setting called Hoop 'n' Holler. Ricochet, true to his name, would bounce off stationary objects yelling "ping-ping-ping!" His deputy Droop-a-Long Coyote (voiced by Mel Blanc impersonating Ken Curtis) was never able to be as "jumpy" and would end up crashing through a window, or some similar accident except on one occasion when Ricochet and Droop-a-Long were running away from a bear. Unfortunately for both of them, the bear also managed to bounce off.

In addition to his speed, which enabled him to outrun even bullets, Ricochet was known for using trick bullets against his opponents (for example, a bullet that would stop in mid-flight and hover while striking the bad guy with an impossibly oversized mallet or drawing a target on his nose and punching the target, or exploding after inside bigger compartments of the bullet).

Ricochet Rabbit's catchphrase consisted of three quick pings; "ping, ping, PING!", followed by him referring to himself in the third person; "Ricochet Rabbit!" The "Ping" is often mistakenly misquoted as a "Bing". In the episode "Rapid Romance", Ricochet clearly signs an autograph for a fan using the word "Ping".

Episode list[edit]

# Title Summary Animator
1 Atchison, Topeka, & Sam Jose
2 Good Little Bad Guy Credited Animators: Kenneth Muse, George Goepper
3 Cradle Robber Credited Animators: Kenneth Muse, George Goepper
4 West Pest Credited Animators: George Goepper, Kenneth Muse
5 TV Show Credited Animators: George Goepper, Kenneth Muse
6 Annie Hoaxley Credited Animators: Kenneth Muse, George Goepper
7 School Daze Credited Animator: Irv Spence
8 Sheepy Wolf Credited Animators: George Nicholas, George Goepper
9 Big Thinker Credited Animators: Jerry Hathcock, Ed Parks, Don Patterson
10 Two Too Many Credited Animators: George Nicholas, George Goepper
11 Bad Guys Are Good Guys
12 Itchy-Finger Gun Slinger
13 Clunko Bunko
14 Slick Quick Gun
15 Mostly Ghostly
16 Will 'O The Whip
17 Cactus Ruckus Credited Animators: Carlo Vinci, Hugh Fraser
18 Rapid Romance
19 El Loco, Loco, Loco, Loco, Diablo
20 Big Town Show Down
21 Space Sheriff
22 Red Riding Ricochet
23 Jail Break-In

Cast[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

  • Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long were seen in opening title Yogi's Gang.
  • Ricochet Rabbit as a picture made a cameo in the "Agent Penny" episode of the Super Secret Secret Squirrel segment of 2 Stupid Dogs.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In a Magilla Gorilla cartoon, Magilla (dressed as The Purple Mask) references Ricochet Rabbit by saying "I learned this trick from, Bing, Bing, BING! Ricochet Rabbit!"
  • MF Doom references Ricochet Rabbit on the Dangerdoom track called "Bada Bing". It is on the album The Mouse and the Mask.[1]
  • Madchild references Ricochet Rabbit in the song "Crazy" from Lawnmower Man.
  • The tenth episode of the sixth season of Dexter is entitled "Ricochet Rabbit."
  • Ricohet Rabbit's gun sound effects are heard in the song, Wild Wild West.

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