Quick Draw McGraw

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Quick Draw McGraw
Quick Draw McGraw character
Quick Draw McGraw.png
First appearance"Scary Prairie"
Created byMichael Maltese
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voiced byDaws Butler (1959–1988)
Gilbert Mack/Don Elliot (Quick Draw McGraw and Huckleberry Hound LP (1959))[1]
Chuck McCann (Wake Up, America! LP (1965))[2]
Greg Burson (1989–2002)
Maurice LaMarche (Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law)
Scott Innes (2003, 2012)[3]
Tom Kenny (Class of 3000)
Billy West (Wacky Races)
Jim Cummings (Jellystone!, 2020–present)
In-universe information
AliasThe Whip
El Kabong
FamilyMa McGraw (mother)[4]
ChildrenQuick Draw McGraw Jr. (son)[5]

Quick Draw McGraw is a fictional anthropomorphic horse and the protagonist and title character of The Quick Draw McGraw Show.[6] He's a white horse, wearing a red cowboy hat, a red holster belt, and a light blue bandana. He was voiced by Daws Butler.[7] All 45 of his cartoons that originally aired between 1959 and 1961 were written by Michael Maltese, known best for his work at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio. The cartoon was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1960.[8]

Character description[edit]

Quick Draw was usually depicted as a sheriff in a series of short films set in the Old West. Quick Draw was often accompanied by his deputy, a Mexican burro called Baba Looey (also voiced by Daws Butler), who spoke English with a Mexican accent and called his partner "Queeks Draw".[9] In the Spanish American version, Quick Draw (Tiro Loco McGraw) speaks in a very English-influenced accent, and Baba Looey (Pepe Trueno, or Pepe Luis in some episodes) speaks in a very Mexican accent, so it was clear that Quick Draw was the alien, and there was no need to adapt any feature of the story. In the Brazilian version, however, Quick Draw speaks in a drawling Portuguese which along with his hispanized name (Pepe Legal) would suggest he was either a Texan-American or Mexican cowboy.

Quick Draw satirized the westerns that were popular among the American public at the time. His character was well-intentioned, but somewhat dim. His main catchphrases were "Now hold on there!" and "I'll do the 'thin'in' around here and don't you forget it!" Also if he got hurt he would often say "Ooooh that smarts!" One of the main running gags in the shorts was him accidentally shooting himself with his own six-shooter.

Another featured character was Snuffles, the bloodhound dog that would point to his mouth and "ah-ah-ah-" when he wanted a biscuit, then hug himself, leap up in the air, and float back down after having eaten one.[10] In several cases when Quick Draw did not have a dog biscuit to offer, or if he tried to give Snuffles the reward cash for capturing an outlaw, Snuffles would either shake his head and say "Uh-uh" or grunt to himself and mumble "Darn cheapskate!" as well as sometimes throwing the reward money back in Quick Draw's face.


Quick Draw was himself a horse caricature that walked on two legs like a human (as did Baba Looey), and had "hands" that were hooves with thumbs and could hold objects such as guns. This did not stop the show's producers from depicting him riding into town on a realistic horse, or as seen in the show's opening credits, driving a stagecoach pulled by a whole team of realistic horses. This aspect was made light of in the 1980s made-for-television film The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound, which featured Quick Draw.

El Kabong[edit]

El Kabong swinging to the rescue.

In certain cases, Quick Draw would also assume the identity of the masked vigilante El Kabong (a spoof of Zorro).[11] His introduction went as follows – "Of all the heroes in legend and song, there's none as brave as El Kabong". As El Kabong, Quick Draw would attack his foes by swooping down on a rope with the war cry "OLÉ!" and hitting them on the head with an acoustic guitar (after shouting "KABOOOOOONG!"), which is always referred to as a "kabonger", producing a distinctive kabong sound and usually destroying the guitar in the process. The "guitar" was usually drawn as a four strung quatro. On the cartoon's soundtrack, the "kabong" sound effect was produced by a foley artist striking the detuned open strings of a cheap acoustic guitar. Comedian Kenny Moore received the nickname of El Kabong on some websites due to his infamous assault of a heckler with the guitar he played as part of his act.

Guest appearances in other media[edit]

  • Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey appeared in The Yogi Bear Show episode "Yogi's Birthday Party".
  • In the "Fender Bender 500" segment of the 1990s Wake, Rattle, and Roll, Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey are the featured racers where they drive a padded wagon-modeled monster truck called the Texas Twister. Quick Draw McGraw was voiced by Greg Burson, while Baba Looey was voiced by Neil Ross.
  • In Yo Yogi!, Quick Draw McGraw (again voiced by Greg Burson) and Baba Looey (voiced by Henry Polic II) are seen as Wild West entertainers.
  • Greg Burson reprises his role of Quick Draw McGraw when he and Baba Looey (who was also voiced by Burson) appeared in the 39th episode of Samurai Jack titled "Couple on a Train" or "The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful". They were seen on the train on which Samurai Jack was riding.
  • Quick Draw McGraw appeared in an episode of The Simpsons as El Kabong during the song "Springfield Blows" with celebrity look-alikes.
  • Quick Draw appeared in the Class of 3000 episode "Home", voiced by Tom Kenny.
  • Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey appeared in the South Park episode "Imaginationland Episode III". They join the good imaginary characters fighting the evil characters in the final battle.
  • Quick Draw also appeared as a minor antagonist in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and the main antagonist of his only appearance "Guitar Control", voiced by Maurice LaMarche impersonating Charlton Heston. He appears as a defendant for being charged with carrying a concealed weapon (his guitar) when he was about to use it on some criminals as El Kabong.
  • Quick Draw's dog Snuffles made a special guest appearance on an episode of Johnny Bravo in which Johnny follows a woman whom he mistakes for his mother. In the episode, Snuffles is assigned by the police to help find Johnny – provided, of course, he is given doggy snacks along the way.
  • Quick Draw makes an appearance in the Wacky Races episode "Much Ado About Wacky", voiced by Billy West.

In advertisements[edit]

  • Quick Draw was the mascot for Sugar Smacks in the early 1960s.
  • Quick Draw made a cameo in a MetLife commercial in 2012.


  • There are references to "El Kabong" in the TV series The CriticJay Sherman's father, Franklin Sherman, imitates El Kabong, swooping from chandeliers dressed similar to Zorro and hitting people over the head with a guitar.
  • Noted radio producer Gary Dell'Abate, who has worked for radio "shock jock" Howard Stern since the early 1980s, has been nicknamed "Baba Booey" for many years, after a mispronunciation of Quick Draw McGraw's sidekick, Baba Looey. "Baba Booey" became a catchphrase for Howard Stern fans for decades, usually shouted out in a large crowd.


  • McFarlane Toys produced a figure of Quick Draw McGraw as El Kabong as part of their Hanna-Barbera toy line.
  • In 1991, Hi-Tec Software published a licensed Quick Draw McGraw video game.

References in popular music[edit]

Quick Draw McGraw is referred to in Busta Rhymes' songs "So Hardcore" and "Everything Remains Raw". He is also referred to in MF Doom's Viktor Vaughn song "Modern Day Mugging". Lil Wayne refers to Quick Draw McGraw in his songs "Fireman" and "What's Wrong With Them?" Quick Draw McGraw is also referred to in House of Pain's song "Boom Shalock Lock Boom (Butch Vig Mix)". The song appeared on the EP, Shamrocks and Shenanigans. The Game's "One Blood (Remix)" refers to Quick Draw McGraw.


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  3. ^ http://scoobyaddicts.com/Interviews.aspx?id=3&name=Scott%20Innes
  4. ^ Quickdraw McGraw - "Gun Shy Gal", season 2, episode 12.
  5. ^ Quickdraw McGraw - "El Kabong, Jr.", season 2, episode 13.
  6. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 486. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  7. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Studio. p. 73. ISBN 978-0670829781. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1991). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals. Prentice Hall Press. p. 217. ISBN 0-13-275561-0. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  10. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part 1: Animated Cartoon Series. Scarecrow Press. pp. 232-234. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  11. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 354. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  12. ^ https://deadline.com/2019/10/hbo-max-looney-tunes-jellystone-the-fungies-tig-n-seek-kids-family-series-1202771895/

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