The Kwicky Koala Show

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The Kwicky Koala Show
Genre Animation
Created by Tex Avery
Written by Bob Ogle
Directed by George Gordon
Carl Urbano
Rudy Zamora
Voices of Bob Ogle
John Stephenson
Michael Bell
Peter Cullen
Marshall Efron
Matthew Faison
Jim MacGeorge
Allan Melvin
Don Messick
Frank Welker
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Art Scott
Editor(s) Gil Iverson
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Taft Broadcasting (original)
Worldvision Enterprises (former)
Great American Broadcasting (former)
Turner Entertainment (former)
Warner Bros. Television (current)
Original network CBS
Original release September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12) – September 11, 1982 (1982-09-11)

The Kwicky Koala Show is a 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that aired on CBS from September 12, 1981 to September 11, 1982. This series is notable for being among cartoon director Tex Avery's final works; he died during production in 1980. As it was produced in Australia, the Cartoon Network and later Boomerang broadcasts were sourced from PAL masters, rather than NTSC masters like many other Hanna-Barbera productions. Each segment has also been shown separately as filler between shows on Boomerang.

The Kwicky Koala Show contained the following four short segments: Kwicky Koala, The Bungle Brothers, Crazy Claws and Dirty Dawg.


Kwicky Koala[edit]

Kwicky Koala (voiced by writer Bob Ogle) is similar to Avery's popular Droopy, except that Kwicky can escape his pursuer Wilford Wolf (voiced by John Stephenson impersonating Paul Lynde). The difference is that Kwicky moves at super-speed, which looks more like vanishing into thin air with an accompanying "beep" sound effect, much like Speedy Gonzales. (The animation shortcut used to facilitate this often went to extremes by making Kwicky disappear from one spot and reappear instantly in the next, with no intermediate smear frames.) For a koala, Kwicky has an American accent rather than an Australian accent (koalas are native to Australia).


# Title Air date
1 "Sink or Swim" TBA
2 "Robinson Caruso" TBA
3 "In a Pig's Eye" TBA
4 "Robin Hoodwink" TBA
5 "Kwicky Goes West" TBA
6 "Collectors Item" TBA
7 "The Incredible Lunk" TBA
8 "Race to Riches" TBA
9 "Kangaroo Kapers" TBA
10 "Double Trouble" TBA
11 "Around the World in 80 Seconds" TBA
12 "Kwicky's Karnival Kaper" TBA
13 "Scream Test" TBA
14 "Disguise the Limit" TBA
15 "Museum Mayhem" TBA
16 "Hunger Pangs and Pzings" TBA

The Bungle Brothers[edit]

A pair of beagles named George (voiced by Michael Bell) and Joey (voiced by Allan Melvin) seek vaudeville stardom. This segment is mostly short wraparounds.


  1. Hat Dance - Dry Run - Cheap Trick
  2. High Rollers - Teeter Totter Act - The Circus Cannon Act
  3. Trapeze Act - Saw in Two - Unicycle
  4. Big Pie Jump - Honk If You Love Joey - Sound Off
  5. Joey Juggling George - The Toe Dancing Beagle or Whats Nureyev - The Barrel Jump
  6. Karate Chop Act - Tarzan Swing Act - The Ventriloquist
  7. Rope Twirling Act - High Wire Harness - The Marionette Act
  8. Cream Pie - Ballonitics - Escape Artist
  9. Rock Band - Circus Car - Dueling Trombones
  10. Quiz Whiz Kid - Stilts - The Romeo and Juliet Act
  11. Animal Trainers - Double Jump - Pie Faced
  12. The Plumbers Helper - Bungle Ballet - Hang 20
  13. The Big Bang - Flipped Out - Bucking Bull
  14. Hamlet Lays an Egg - The Magic Ring Act - The Fly
  15. Weight Weight Lifter - Droop the Loop - Heavy Ending
  16. Ice Follies - Punchy Pirates - Spring Is in the Air - Concert Pianist

Crazy Claws[edit]

A wildcat named Crazy Claws (voiced by Jim MacGeorge impersonating Groucho Marx) uses his sharp wits and equally sharp claws to evade the fur trapper Rawhide Clyde (voiced by Don Messick) and his dog Bristletooth (voiced by Peter Cullen) in a U.S. National Park run by Ranger Rangerfield (voiced by Michael Bell).


  1. Crazy it's Cold Outside -
  2. The Claws Conspiracy -
  3. Crazy Challenges -
  4. Clyde's Birthday Surprise -
  5. The Ice Rage -
  6. Claws Encounters of the Worst Kind -
  7. Lookout Crazy -
  8. Crazy Camping -
  9. Gold Crazy -
  10. See Saw Claws -
  11. Choo Choo Crazy -
  12. Bearly Asleep -
  13. Old Blowhard -
  14. Snow Biz -
  15. Claws Ahoy -
  16. Rattletrap Rawhide -

Dirty Dawg[edit]

A vagrant Labrador Retriever named Dirty Dawg (voiced by Frank Welker impersonating Howard Cosell) seeks to improve life for himself and his friend Ratso the Rat (voiced by Marshall Efron) while staying ahead of a police officer named Officer Bullhorn (voiced by Matthew Faison).


  1. "Pigskin Pooch"
  2. "Dirty's Debut"
  3. "Dirty Dawg's Faux Paw"
  4. "Calling Dr. Dirty"
  5. "Lo-Cal Pals"
  6. "A Close Encounter of the Canine Kind"
  7. "Pie-Eyed Pooch"
  8. "Dirty Money"
  9. "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Zoo"
  10. "Urban Cowdawg"
  11. "Dirty-O and Juliet"
  12. "Sea Dawg Dirty"
  13. "Little White Lie"
  14. "The Great Dirtini"
  15. "Disco Dawg"
  16. "Marathon Mutt"


Additional voices[edit]

Home media releases[edit]

A VHS release of the series was issued by Worldvision Home Video during the late 1980s, and several episodes were released on DVD by Warner Home Video as part of Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1980s Collection, Volume 1 on May 4, 2010. The episodes on this set are "Dry Run", "Robinson Caruso", "High Roller", "The Claws Conspiracy", "Hat Dance" and "Dirty's Debut".

On October 11, 2016, Warner Archive released The Kwicky Koala Show: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 for the very first time, as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and[1]

Production credits[edit]

  • Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Producer: Art Scott
  • Associate Producer: Doug Patterson
  • Supervising Director: Ray Patterson
  • Directors: George Gordon, Carl Urbano, Rudy Zamora
  • Assistant Directors: Bob Goe, Terry Harrison
  • Story Editors: Tex Avery, Lars Bourne, Chuck Couch
  • Story Direction: David Barnes, Don Cristinsen, Tom Dagenais, Don Dougherty, Carl Fallberg, Ed Gombert, Jan Green, Don Jurwich, Earl Kress, Lew Marshall, Floyd Norman, Bob Ogle, Lane Raichert, Mike Rowland, George Singer, Lee Snodgness, Ernest Taerrazas, Tom Yakutis, Darline Zambruski
  • Recording Director: Gordon Hunt
  • Animation Casting Director: Ginny McSwain
  • Voices: Marlene Aragon, Joe Baker, Jered Barclay, Michael Bell, Hamilton Camp, Henry Corden, Peter Cullen, Jack DeLeon, Marshall Efron, Matthew Faison, Joan Gerber, Danny Goldman, Bob Holt, Jim MacGeorge, Allan Melvin, Don Messick, Robert Allen Ogle, Annie Potts, Paul Ross, Bob Sarlatte, Marilyn Schreffler, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Lennie Weinrib, Frank Welker
  • Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
  • Title Design: Bill Perez
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto
  • Design Supervisor: Bob Singer
  • Character Design: Kurt Anderson, Davis Doi, Jean M. Gilmore, Alice Hamm, Willie Ito, Scott Shaw, Michael Takamoto, Sandra Young
  • Layout Supervisors: Steve Lumley, Don Morgan
  • Key Layout: Gary Hoffman, Floyd Norman, Scott Shaw, John Tucker
  • Layout: Kurt Anderson, Cosmo Anzilotti, Dale Barnhart, Tom Coppola, Owen Fitzgerald, Bob Fosbury, Drew Gentle, Charles Grosvenor, Dave Hilberman, Mike Hodgson, Ray Jacobs, M. Mike Kawaguchi, Ken Landau, Jack Manning, Greg Martin, Terry Morgan, Mike O'Mara, Lew Obb, Phil Ortiz, Shane Portfolis, Linda Rowley, Joe Shearer, Bob Smith, Andrew Szemenyei, Deane Taylor, Cliff Voorhees
  • Animation Supervisors: Jay Sarbry, Chris Cuddington
  • Animation: Frank Andrina, Ed Barge, Tom Barnes, Susan Beak, Bob Bemiller, Astrid Brennan, Lefty Callahan, Rudy Cataldi, Jesse Cosio, Zeon Davush, Ed DeMattia, Joan Drake, Dick Dunn, Peter Eastment, John Eyley, Gail Finkeldei, Arthur Filloy, Hugh Fraser, John Freeman, Luis Garcia, Peter Gardiner, Gerry Grabner, Alan Green, Nicholas Harding, Terry Harrison, Fred Hellmich, Greg Ingram, Aundre Knutson, Rick Leon, Pamela Lofts, Hicks Lokey, Ernesto Lopez, Don MacKinnon, Mircea Mantta, Paul Maron, John Martin, Helen McAdam, Paul McAdam, Ken Muse, Costi Mustatea, Bob Nesler, Margaret Nichols, Eduardo Olivares, Spencer Peel, Barney Posner, Bill Pratt, Vivien Ray, Steve Robinson, Joanna Romersa, Don Ruch, George Scribner, Kunio Shimamura, Ken Southworth, Jean Tych, John Walker, Milan Zahorsky, Jr.
  • Assistant Animation Supervisors: John Boersema, Martin Chatfield
  • Background Supervisors: Al Gmuer, Richard Zaloduek
  • Backgrounds: Lorraine Andrina, Fernando Arce, Milena Borkert, Gil Dicicco, Dennis Durrell, Zdenka Ebner, Flamarion Ferreira, Martin Forte, Bob Gentle, Eric Heschong, James Hegedus, Jim Hickey, Paro Hozumi, Mike Humphries, Victoria Jenson, Phil Lewis, Jerry Liew, Beverley McNamara, Michelle Moen, Judy Nicholson, Andy Phillipson, Phil Phillipson, Bill Proctor, Jeff Richards, Jeff Riche, Ron Roesch, Sue Speer, Dennis Venizelos, Ken Wright, Milan Zahorsky, Sr.
  • Checking and Scene Planning: Jackie Banks, Ellen Bayley
  • Xerography: Star Wirth, Sven Christofferson
  • Ink and Paint Supervisors: Alison Victory, Narelle Derrick
  • Camera: Steve Altman, Shaun Bell, Candy Edwards, Tom Epperson, Chuck Flekal, Curt Hall, Carole Laird, Liz Lane, Ray Lee, Ralph Migliori, Joe Ponticelle, Cliff Shirpser, Roy Wade, Paul Wainess, Brandy Whittington, Jerry Whittington
  • Technical Supervisors: Jerry Mills, Mark D'Arcy Irvine
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Joe Citarella
  • Supervising Film Editors: Larry C. Cowan, Robert Ciaglia
  • Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
  • Music Editors: Cecil Broughton, Daniels McLean, Terry Moore, Robert Talboy
  • Effects Editors: Michael Bradley, Mary Gleason, Catherine MacKenzie, Joe Reitano, Kevin Spears, David Stone
  • Show Editor: Gil Iverson
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Production Supervisor: Judy Cross
  • Production Manager: Jack Pietruska
  • Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
  • Executives In Charge of Production: Jayne Barbera, Margaret Loesch
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production
  • This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • ©1982 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

Other appearances[edit]

  • In the Cartoon Network bumper "Sick Days", a majority of cartoon characters call in sick to work, resulting in a problem with the network, the result was airing a 24-hour Kwicky Koala Marathon, much to the viewers' dismay.
  • Kwicky makes some cameo appearances in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. He appears as a tattoo in the episode "Deadomutt Part 2". He also appears in "SPF" where he along with Dirty Dawg appear as victims of Cybersquatting. Officer Bullhorn appears as a jury candidate in "Juror in Court." In the episode "The Death of Harvey," Kwicky Koala's body is seen laying in a road crater.


  1. ^ "'The Complete Series' of the 1981 Saturday Morning Cartoons". 

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