Baba Looey

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Baba Looey
Quick Draw McGraw character
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First appearance"Scary Prairie"
Voiced byDaws Butler (1959-1988)
Neil Ross
("Wake, Rattle, and Roll")
Henry Polic II ("Yo Yogi!")
Greg Burson ("Samurai Jack")
Rob Paulsen ("Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law")
Maurice LaMarche (Boomerang commercials)
AliasThe Whippersnapper
NicknameBaba Boy
Baba Lewis

Baba Looey is a fictional anthropomorphic Mexican burro that appeared in The Quick Draw McGraw Show. He is deputy and best friend to Sheriff Quick Draw McGraw. He was voiced by Daws Butler.


Baba Looey is Quick Draw McGraw's sidekick. He is brown, has long ears, wears a sombrero, and speaks with a thick Mexican accent. He is often seen hanging around with Quick Draw and helps him catch bad guys.[1][self-published source]

Baba Looey is often portrayed as the more thoughtful half of the duo. At times realizing some detail about a given situation, Baba Looey tries desperately to caution Quick Draw of a trap or other danger, before Quick Draw charges headlong into the fray without listening or giving consideration to his surroundings.[2]

Popular culture[edit]

  • Gary Dell'Abate, the executive producer of The Howard Stern Show, received his nickname from his mispronunciation of Baba Looey's name. On July 26, 1990, Gary mistakenly called Baba Looey "Baba Booey" during a discussion of original cartoon cels, saying that he was thinking about getting "Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Booey" cels next.[3]
  • In the Daria episode "Lane Miserables", Trent asks the title character, "Why did Quick Draw McGraw hang around with that freaky little mule?"
  • The name is a satirical portmanteau of "Babalú" which is a traditional Cuban song that Desi Arnaz made popular in the United States and uy which is a Spanish interjection.[4]

Other appearances[edit]

  • In an episode of The Brady Bunch, Marcia can be seen watching Baba Looey and Quick Draw McGraw on TV.
  • Baba Looey, along with Quick Draw McGraw, makes an appearance in the Samurai Jack episode "The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful" voiced by Greg Burson.
  • He appears in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Guitar Control" voiced by Rob Paulsen.
  • Baba Looey made a brief cameo in a MetLife commercial in 2012.
  • In the Drawn Together episode "Breakfast Food Killer" Baba Looey made an appearance going by the name "Baba Booey". He was waiting in line to become the new mascot of Quackers cereal and randomly started jumping around and attacking people.


  1. ^ Glover, Fjh (5 April 2011). 1000 Famous Horses Fact and Fictional Throughout the Ages: (Not Race Horses and Not Show Jumping Horses). Xlibris Corporation. p. 213. ISBN 978-1-4568-8530-4.
  2. ^ Suarez, Ray (3 September 2013). Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation. Penguin Publishing Group. p. 141. ISBN 978-1-101-62697-9.
  3. ^ Dell'Abate, Gary (2011). They Call Me Baba Booey. New York: Spiegel & Grau. pp. 63–65. ISBN 978-0-8129-8189-6.
  4. ^ Marill, Alvin H. (1 June 2011). Television Westerns: Six Decades of Sagebrush Sheriffs, Scalawags, and Sidewinders. Scarecrow Press. pp. 148–149. ISBN 978-0-8108-8133-4.