Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long
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|Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long|
Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long's Title Card
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Voices of||Don Messick
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||23|
|Running time||7 Minutes Per Short|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original channel||First-Run Syndication|
|Original run||January 14, 1964– December 4, 1965|
|Related shows||The Magilla Gorilla Show
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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".
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- Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long were seen in Yogi's Ark Lark.
- Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long were seen in opening title Yogi's Gang.
- Ricochet Rabbit made some appearances in Yogi's Treasure Hunt.
- Ricochet Rabbit as a picture made a cameo in the "Agent Penny" episode of the Super Secret Secret Squirrel segment of 2 Stupid Dogs.
- Ricochet Rabbit appears in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "X the Eliminator" voiced by Mark Hamill.
In popular culture
- 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.
- Ghostface Killah references Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long in the song "The Forest" from Bulletproof Wallets.
- 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.