Snooper and Blabber

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Snooper and Blabber
Snooperandblabber.jpg
Super Snooper (left) and Blabber Mouse Title Card
Genre Cartoon
Created by Hanna-Barbera
Voices of Daws Butler
Original language(s) English

Snooper and Blabber is one of the sequences from The Quick Draw McGraw Show (produced by Hanna-Barbera, between 1959 and 1962). Snooper and Blabber form a pair of cat and mouse detectives. Daws Butler voiced both characters although the first four episodes feature a different actor as Blabber. It has been established that, either Jerry Hausner or Elliot Field originally voiced Blabber Mouse.[1] Michael Maltese crafted the stories. The characters have appeared in other Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Yogi’s Treasure Hunt.

Super Snooper (the cat) is more or less the one in command whenever the pair takes on a case while Blabber Mouse (the mouse, a play on “blabbermouth”. Not to be confused with the Merrie Melodies character Little Blabbermouse) follows whatever orders Snooper gives him. Snooper’s voice was patterned after Ed Gardner’s Archie on the 1940s radio show Duffy’s Tavern. Blabber speaks with a lisp, hence he calls his senior partner “Shnooper.” It was one of the rare shows that paired a cat and mouse together that were in no way enemies. Also Snooper makes frequent contact with his agent Hazel who is never shown, but is revealed to have a Parakeet as a pet.

Some of the pair’s cartoons featured early versions of other Hanna-Barbera characters, such as Snagglepuss and Hardy Har Har.[2]

Appearances on Quick Draw McGraw[edit]

Snooper and Blabber starred in the following seven-minute cartoons on The Quick Draw McGraw Show:[3]

Season 1 (1959 - 1960)[edit]

# Title Guest Character(s) Air Date
1 "Puss n' Booty (Pilot)" Alowishus, the millionaire cat September 19, 1959
Snooper and Blabber try to help the penniless heir Alowishus from his disinherited Butler and a man impersonating him. 
2 "Switch Witch" -- September 26, 1959
In Court, Snooper and Blabber testify a witch accused of persecuting Hansel and Gretel. 
3 "Real Gone Ghosts" -- October 3, 1959
The Captain of a ship summons Snooper and Blabber to take care of a couple of poltergeists. 
4 "Desperate Diamond Dimwits" -- October 10, 1959
Snooper and Blabber attempt to retrieve the King-Size diamond stolen by the thief Lightfingers. 
5 "Big Diaper Caper" Mr. & Mrs. J. Evil Scientist October 17, 1959
Snooper and Blabber go to the Evil Scientist residence to babysit a sinister baby. 
6 "The Flea and Me" -- October 24, 1959
Snooper and Blabber search for a missing stage star flea called Rudolf, who proves to be slippery for the detectives. 
7 "Disappearing Inc." -- October 31, 1959
A crook gets hold of an invisibility formula. To catch him, Snooper has Blabber take some of that formula. 
8 "Baby Rattled" Babypants Bibky November 7, 1959
Snooper and Blabber are assigned to guard a safe in a mansion. But when Banypants infiltrates, a cop stands in the detectives' way. 
9 "Not So Dummy" Babypants Bibky November 14, 1959
In Goony Island, Snooper and Blabber investigate a robbery, caused by Babypants disguised as a dummy. 
10 "Fee-Fi-Fo Fumble" -- November 21, 1959
In hope of earning the Pussyfoot award, Snooper explains his case about a vanished bank and a giant. 
11 "Masquerader Raider" Quick Change Quintin November 28, 1959
Snooper and Blabber go to the Grumbles Department store to catch Quick Change Quintin disguising himself as various people. 
12 "Motor Knows Best" -- December 5, 1959
Snooper volunteers to beat Crash Smithereens in a car race, while avoiding his cheating tricks. 
13 "Slippery Glass Slipper" -- December 12, 1959
Blabber tells a journalist all about his and Snooper's royal case finding the lady who owns a glass slipper. 
14 "Monkey Wrenched" -- December 19, 1959
Snooper and Blabber go to a supermarket to catch an escaped monkey while trying to keep quiet about it. 
15 "Gopher Goofers" -- December 26, 1959
Snooper and Blabber are assigned to remove a pesky gopher from a rich garden. Their every attempt fails. 
16 "Impossible Imposters" -- January 2, 1960
Snooper and Blabber track a mad scientist who has created robot clones of Snooper to give him a criminal name. 
17 "Adventure Is My Hobby" -- January 9, 1960
Snooper starring on television explains a case at Lake Wacha Macha Pool where a sea monster dwelled. 
18 "Cloudy Rowdy" -- January 16, 1960
Snooper and Blabber follow the trail of Nimbo Nimbus in his giant skycloud after he stole a precious sapphire. 
19 "Snap Happy Saps" Mr. & Mrs. J. Evil Scientist January 23, 1960
20 "The Lion Is Busy" Snagglepuss January 30, 1960
Snooper and Blabber search for the escaped lion Snagglepuss and all three get tangled in the Adventurers' Club. 
21 "Laughing Guess" Hardy Har Har February 6, 1960
Snooper and Blabber try to make Hardy Har Har laugh once again. Only slipping on a banana peel will make the hyena laugh. 
22 "The Case Of The Purloined Parrot" -- February 13, 1960
Snooper tells a story about a case, which had Captain Scuttle's parrot snatched, since he knew where to find a lost treasure chest. 
23 "Poddle Toodle-Oo!" -- February 20, 1960
Snooper and Blabber with the help of flea try to track down a runaway poodle. They abort their mission when they see she has a fiance. 
24 "Doggone Dog, Gone" -- February 27, 1960
Snooper and Blabber seek a lost diamond ring. The chase it until Blabber accidentally swallows it. 
25 "Hula Hula Hullabaloo" -- March 5, 1960
Snooper is to deliver a ping pong pearl to San Francisco, but it gets eaten by a flying fish. 
26 "Wild Man, Wild!" -- March 12, 1960
Snooper and Blabber tail a wild man on the loose. By the time they find him, he's become civilised and adopted. 

Season 2 (1960)[edit]

# Title Guest Character(s) Air Date
27 "Ala-Kazoop!" -- September 10, 1960
Snooper and an inspector are on the case of a stolen ruby. Blabber possessed by Hypno's powers is after that ruby. 
28 "Hop To It" -- September 17, 1960
Snooper and Blabber chase after a diamond thief hitching a ride in a kangaroo's pouch, who repeatedly stomps on Snooper. 
29 "Fleas Be Careful" -- September 24, 1960
Blabber tells all about Snooper's case regarding Toot Sweet trying win the heart of his girlfriend, who was taken by a slick flea. 
30 "Observant Servants" -- October 1, 1960
Snooper and Blabber go undercover to guard a precious tiara, which gets taken by Lightfingers, hiding in a birthday cake. 
31 "De-Duck-Tives" Yakky Doodle October 8, 1960
Snooper and Blabber are sent to hunt a Tralfazian duck, but a duckling pesters them thinking their duck decoy is his mother. 
32 "Big Shot Blab" -- October 15, 1960
Blabber eats a peanut which is a high atomic explosive entrusted to Snooper by a scientist. Then he gives Snooper a hard time. 
33 "Big Cat Caper" Snagglepuss October 22, 1960
Before Snooper can send Snagglepuss to the zoo, he escapes. Snooper and Blabber chase the lion through the city park. 
34 "Scoop Snoop" -- October 29, 1960
Snooper and Blabber travel to the Himilayas to photograph an abominable snowman. Blabber gets successful photo shots. 
35 "Prince Of A Fella’" -- November 5, 1960
The Wickedonia Queen sends Snooper and Blabber to find Snow White. Instead they have her meet Prince Charming and turn into frogs. 
36 "Flea For All" -- November 12, 1960
Snooper and Blabber follow a diamond theft to Scratchit's flea circus. Snooper then gets Toots Sweet to infiltrate the flea circus. 
37 "Outer Space Case" -- November 19, 1960
Snooper and Blabber are taken to Mars to catch a thieving astronaut monkey. The case ends with Blabber staying behind. 
38 "Bear-ly Able" -- November 26, 1960
The Bear Family request Snooper and Blabber to find the thief who stole their porridge, who is none other than the big bad wolf. 
39 "Surprised Party" Mr. & Mrs. J. Evil Scientist December 3, 1960
Snooper and Blabber go to the Evil Scientist residence to hold a party for their baby, who puts them into a lot of danger. 

Season 3 (1961)[edit]

# Title Guest Character(s) Air Date
40 "Zoom-Zoom Blabber" -- September 15, 1961
The Captain Zoom-Zoom actor asks Snooper to catch Fly Burglar. Blabber uses Zoom-Zoom's identity to protect a precious sapphire. 
41 "Eenie Genie Minie Moo!" -- September 22, 1961
Blabber with the role of detective goes with Snooper to recover Aladdin's genie. A long chase eventually gets the genie caught. 
42 "Bronco Bluster" -- September 29, 1961
Snooper and Blabber try to find a wild runaway horse. Snooper sends him home to Texas instead of Madison Round Garden. 
43 "Chilly Chiller" Mr. & Mrs. J. Evil Scientist October 6, 1961
A ghost requests Snooper and Blabber to remove the Evil Scientist family from his house, but their attempts fail. 
44 "Gem Jams" -- October 13, 1961
Snooper and Blabber try to find Mr. Richley's stolen gems, the butler as the prime suspect, who used shrinking potion to swipe them. 
45 "Person To Prison (Series Finale)" -- October 20, 1961
Snooper and Blabber go to Sing Song prison disguised as convicts to prevent a jail break. Their attempt only gets them convicted. 

Later appearances[edit]

Hanna-Barbera[edit]

Snooper and Blabber appeared in the 1972 TV-movie Yogi's Ark Lark, which was part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie and also the pilot for Yogi’s Gang. They also appear in the 1982 special Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper.

The duo later appeared in the following Hanna-Barbera cartoon series:

Other media[edit]

Snooper and Blabber made appearances in a number of comic books, and had their own title from Gold Key Comics, which only ran for three issues (1962–1963).[2]

In the mid-1960s, Snooper and Blabber were the stars of two LP albums from Hanna-Barbera Records:

  • James Bomb, in which the duo were involved in a James Bond-type adventure; the record included songs with titles like “Dr. Oh No” and “Gold Pinky.”[4]
  • Monster Shindig, in which Snooper and Blabber are called to investigate a loud party, which is being thrown by The Gruesomes. Paul Frees voiced Snooper and June Foray voiced Blabber on this record.[5]

In a 2007 episode of Robot Chicken, "Ban on the Fun", Snooper and Blabber appear in the "Laff-a-Munich" skit, confronting The Great Fondoo who was holding the groceries after the Really Rottens have murdered the majority of the Yogi Yahooeys. Snooper asks Fondoo, "Do you know why we're here?" However, the villain questions why HE is there, stating he is a nobody and that Hanna Barbera should've had plenty of other villains to make up the Really Rottens. Snooper and Blabber then shoot him to death.

Snooper and Blabber in other languages[edit]

  • Portuguese: Olho-Vivo & Faro Fino
  • Spanish: Super Fisgón y Despistado
  • French: Fouinard et Babillard
  • Finnish: Nuusku ja Lörppö
  • Italian: Snooper e Bla-bla
  • Icelandic Language : Snápur og Kjaftaskur

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