Huckleberry Hound

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Huckleberry Hound
The Huckleberry Hound Show character
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First appearanceHuckleberry Hound Meets Wee Willie (September 29, 1958)
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voiced byDaws Butler (1958–1988)
Gilbert Mack (Quick Draw McGraw and Huckleberry Hound LP (1959))[1]
Jack Mercer (Movie Wheels Present Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear (1960))[2]
Frank Milano (Hokey Wolf and Ding-A-Ling/A Wolf's Work is Never Done (1961))[3][4]
Paul Frees (Huckleberry Hound Tells Stories Of Uncle Remus (1965))[5]
Chuck McCann (Wake Up, America! LP (1965))[6][7]
Howard Morris (Yogi's Picnic)[8][9]
Greg Burson (1989–2003)
Greg Berg (Yo Yogi!)
Keith Scott (Hanna-Barbera Gala Celebrity Nite)
Jeff Bergman (commercials, Jellystone!, 2020–present)
Billy West (commercials, Wacky Races)
Karl Wiedergott (The Simpsons)[10]
Maurice LaMarche (Sound Hound)
James Arnold Taylor (Johnny Bravo, Wild Like Me)[11]
Tom Kenny (Evil Con Carne)
In-universe information
SpeciesBluetick Coonhound
GenderMale
SpouseDesert Flower (wife)
RelativesEd, Ted, Jed, Ned and Fred (older brothers)

Huckleberry "Huck" Hound is a fictional cartoon character, a blue anthropomorphic coonhound that speaks with a North Carolina 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[12] as an "Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Children's Programming";[13] the first animated series to receive such an award.[14]

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 (1950s) or in the past.

One regular antagonist in the series was Powerful Pierre, a tall and muscular unshaven character with a French-Canadian accent. Another regular villain was Dinky Dalton, a rough and tough western outlaw that Huck usually has to capture, and Crazy Coyote, a wild Native American who Huck often had to defeat and 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]

In 1953, Tex Avery created a character known as the 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, the Wolf never lost his cool; instead, he calmly talked to the audience or kept whistling the song "Year of Jubilo". After Avery left MGM, William Hanna and Joseph 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 had only 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".[15]

He was voiced in the original cartoons in 1958 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 her hometown Albemarle, North Carolina. 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.[16] 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.[15]

Huckleberry's voice was originally loud, enthusiastic and joyful, to fit his occupation of a showman. As the show progressed, it became deeper, and more calm.

Role in later productions[edit]

In other media[edit]

  • Huckleberry Hound is the singing narrator of a parody recording of Lorne Greene song, "Ringo," "Bingo, Ringo" where the hound meets a man who appears to resemble The Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, punctuated with considerable percussion.[20]
  • Huckleberry Hound in Hollywood Capers is a 1993 computer game for MS-DOS, Amiga, and Atari ST, released only in Europe. It was, in fact, adapted from an earlier game, Dino Jr. in Canyon Capers.[21]

In other languages[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Golden Records First (and Last) Cartoon Music Compilation". cartoonresearch.com. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Felix, Huck, Yogi & Jack Mercer on Movie Wheel Records". cartoonresearch.com. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Actual TV Voices? "April Fool!"". cartoonresearch.com. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  4. ^ "Frank Milano – Hokey Wolf And Ding-A-Ling / A Wolf's Work Is Never Done (1961, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  5. ^ "Huckleberry Hound – Tells Stories Of Uncle Remus (1965, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "Chuck McCann, Yogi Bear And His Friends – Wake Up America! (1965, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Fitness vs. Fatness (Part 9): Ask What You Can Chew For Your Country". cartoonresearch.com. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  8. ^ "Yogi's Picnic Part 1, Canada's Wonderland 1982". YouTube. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "Yogi's Picnic 1982-Part 2 - Canada's Wonderland". YouTube. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  10. ^ "Voice of Huckleberry Hound in The Simpsons". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "2D animation". YouTube. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "HB Screen Gems Emmys". Variety. Screen Gems: 38. June 1, 1960. Retrieved November 10, 2015. Outstanding program achievement in the field of children's programming
  13. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards (1960)". Imdb.com. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  14. ^ "Hanna-Barbera – Television Academy". Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Beamon, Shannon (May 31, 2015). "Stanly has famous ties near and far". Stanly News and Press. p. 1A.
  17. ^ "DC's Gay Snagglepuss Is Now Officially Hanna-Barbera Canon".
  18. ^ "GREEN LANTERN/HUCKLEBERRY HOUND SPECIAL #1". DC. July 23, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  19. ^ https://deadline.com/2019/10/hbo-max-looney-tunes-jellystone-the-fungies-tig-n-seek-kids-family-series-1202771895/
  20. ^ "Daws Butler – Bingo, Ringo!". Discogs. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  21. ^ "Huckleberry Hound in Hollywood Capers for Amiga (1993)". MobyGames. Blue Flame Labs. Retrieved September 4, 2019.

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