Huckleberry Hound

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Huckleberry Hound
The Huckleberry Hound Show character
First appearanceHuckleberry Hound Meets Wee Willie (October 2, 1958)
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Portrayed byDaws Butler (1958–1988)
Greg Burson (1989-2003)
Greg Berg (Yo Yogi!)
James Arnold Taylor (Johnny Bravo)
Tom Kenny (Evil Con Carne)
Jeff Bergman (commercials)
Phil LaMarr (Wacky Races)
Information
SpeciesBluetick Coonhound
GenderMale

Huckleberry "Huck" Hound is a fictional cartoon character, a blue anthropomorphic dog that speaks with a Southern drawl and has a relaxed, sweet, and well-intentioned personality. He first appeared in the series The Huckleberry Hound Show. The cartoon was one of six TV shows to win an Emmy Award in 1960[1] as an "Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Children's Programming";[2] the first animated series to receive such an award.[3]

Most of his short films consisted of Huck trying to perform jobs in different fields, ranging from policeman to dogcatcher, with results that backfired, yet usually coming out on top, either through slow persistence or sheer luck. Huck did not seem to exist in a specific time period as he has also been a Roman gladiator, a medieval knight, and a rocket scientist. He never appeared in futuristic cartoons, only those set in the present or the past.

One regular antagonist in the series was "Powerful Pierre", a tall and muscular unshaven character with a French accent. Another regular villain was "Dinky Dalton", a rough and tough western outlaw that Huck usually has to capture, and Crazy Coyote, an Indian who Huck often had to defeat who was his match. There were also two crows with Mafia accents who often annoyed Farmer Huck. Another trademark of Huck was his tone deaf and inaccurate rendition of "Oh My Darling, Clementine", often used as a running gag.

Concept and creation[edit]

Huckleberry Finn, as depicted by E. W. Kemble in the original 1884 edition of the book.

In 1953, Tex Avery created a character named Southern Wolf for his MGM cartoons The Three Little Pups and Billy Boy. Introduced as an antagonist to Droopy, the wolf had a southern drawl and laid back mannerisms provided by Daws Butler. The most memorable trait of the character was that whenever something painful or unpleasant happened to him he never lost his cool, instead he calmly talked to the audience or kept whistling the song 'Year of Jubilo'. After Avery left MGM, Hanna and Barbera produced two more shorts with the character. In two of his cartoons (Billy Boy and Blackboard Jumble) the wolf plays a role that was exactly like a usual Huckleberry Hound short, aside from his frequent use of slang, and the echo-like repetition of words he only had in Billy Boy. While Sheep Wrecked was the wolf's final appearance, Huckleberry can be considered his reincarnation.

Huckleberry's name is a reference to classic American novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain. Hanna and Barbera almost named Yogi Bear "Huckleberry Bear".[4]

He was voiced in the original cartoons in 1957 by Daws Butler, who had given a similar voice and characterization to the dog character in Ruff and Reddy. The voice for Huck was actually inspired by a neighbor of Butler's wife, Myrtis Martin, in Albemarle, North Carolina, her hometown. Butler would visit Myrtis and her family, and would talk to the neighbor who was a veterinarian. Butler found the man's voice amusing, and would remember it when it came time to voice Huck.[5] The voice bore similarities to that of Andy Griffith, who likewise based his character accent on a rural North Carolina town (in Griffith's case, Mount Airy), and Hanna-Barbera was known for its characters' voices being parodies of known celebrities; Butler, who had been using the accent for about a decade before Griffith became famous, denied using Griffith as an inspiration.[4]

Episodes[edit]

Role in later productions[edit]

  • Yogi, Boo Boo, Quick Draw McGraw, Magilla Gorilla, Snagglepuss, and Huckleberry traveled around America in the half-hour series Yogi's Gang. Debuting in 1973, the characters traveled in Ark Lark, a hot air balloon. They solved problems including Mr. Waste and pollution, Mr. Bigot's bigotry, and other various issues.[4]
  • The Galaxy Goof-Ups segment of the 1978 series Yogi's Space Race featured new characters Captain Snerdley, Scare Bear, and Quack-Up the Duck with returnees Huckleberry and Yogi, traveling through space to multiple planets in a race throughout the galaxy. The series soon split off to its own half-hour program where Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Scare Bear, and Quack-Up are bumbling intergalactic police officers.[4]
  • Yogi's First Christmas featured Huckleberry and others helping Yogi Bear prevent Jellystone Lodge's owner from tearing it down.[4]
  • Sound Hound featured Huckleberry hates loud noises in New York City like horn Cars, jackhammer with birds, zips the singing man's voice, interrupts man and woman's phone calls, and rocking Two Teenagers in car, so he can sing "Oh My Darling, Clementine" peace and quiet.[4]

In other languages[edit]

  • Icelandic: Hökki Hundur
  • Italian: Braccobaldo Bau
  • Japanese: 珍犬ハックル (Chin-ken Hakkuru)
  • Polish: Pies Huckleberry
  • Portuguese: similar to Brazilian
  • Spanish: similar to English
  • Swedish: Huckleberry Hund / Blåbärsjycken
  • Turkish: Akıllı Bıdık

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HB Screen Gems Emmys". Variety. Screen Gems: 38. June 1, 1960. Retrieved 10 November 2015. Outstanding program achievement in the field of children's programming
  2. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards (1960)". Imdb.com. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Hanna-Barbera - Television Academy". Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ted Sennett, The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Viking Studio Books, 1989. ISBN 0-670-82978-1, 274 pages.
  5. ^ Beamon, Shannon (May 31, 2015). "Stanly has famous ties near and far". Stanly News and Press. p. 1A.
  6. ^ "DC's Gay Snagglepuss Is Now Officially Hanna-Barbera Canon".

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