Huckleberry Finn and His Friends
|Huckleberry Finn and His Friends|
West German DVD cover; from left to right: Tom Sawyer (Sammy Snyders), Huck Finn (Ian Tracey)
|Starring||Ian Tracey |
|Country of origin||British Columbia, Canada|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||25 minutes approx.|
Huckleberry Finn and His Friends is a 1979 television series documenting the exploits of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, based on the novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by American writer Mark Twain. The series is made up of 26 episodes and was a Canadian/West German international co-production.
Even though Mark Twain originally wrote the books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as separate units, this series conjures up both literary works as only one story. Therefore, it places greater importance on Huckleberry's character without putting aside Tom Sawyer's.
- Ian Tracey as Huckleberry Finn/Narrator
- Sam Snyders as Tom Sawyer
- Blu Mankuma as Jim
- Brigitte Horney as Aunt Polly
- Welcome Neighbour
- Love in Bloom
- Mystery at Midnight
- The Pirates
- How Nice to Be Missed
- Such a Lovely Funeral
- Muff Potter's Trial
- Buried Treasure
- Huck Is a Hero
- I Want to Be Free
- Huck Becomes the Victim
- Huck Gets Away
- Huck Finds Jim
- The Rains Come
- Meet the Grangerfords
- The Thing About Feuding
- The End of the Feud
- Meet the Duke And Dauphin
- Romeo Where Art Thou
- Jim Disappears
- Huck Sawyer - Tom Finn
- The Rescue
- The Whole Truth
The series was directed by Jack B. Hively and Ken Jubenvill.
Huckleberry Finn and His Friends was filmed on location at the Burnaby Village Museum (then known as the Heritage Village) in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Episode 9 - Buried treasure - was filmed in part at the Alaksen National Wildlife Area.
The wooden steam-powered sternwheeler in episode 6 - How nice to be missed - and 7 - Such a lovely funeral - is the "Samson V". The "Samson V" is now a museum but at the time (1979) was a working snagpuller on the Fraser River. The small sternwheeler in episode 10 - Huck is a hero - was one of an identical pair of boats built in 1964 that ferried tourists around Vancouver's harbour from the 1960s to the 1980s. From the late 1980s until 1999, the "Scenic Bell" and the "Scenic Queen" ferried passengers to Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park.
The series was broadcast in many countries such as Germany, UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Venezuela and many other Latin American nations.
The series was re-shown many times during the 1980s to early 1990s and has grown somewhat of a cult following.
In 2007, the complete series was released as a 4 DVD box set by Fabulous Films in the UK. It contains many extras including a 12-page color booklet and a 30-minute 'making of' documentary featuring interviews with many stars of the series including Sammy Snyders, Ian Tracey, and Blu Mankuma.