Fictional character biography
The round-headed, sailor-hatted Squiddly (who resembles an octopus--albeit with only six tentacles--rather than a squid) is captive in an aquatic park known as Bubbleland, and resides in a pool with his name on it. Squiddly Diddly is an aspiring musician who makes many attempts to escape and attain musical stardom, but he is constantly foiled by Bubbleland's administrator Chief Winchley. In some episodes, Squiddly Diddly manages to escape, but chooses to return to Bubbleland after finding the outside world to be too harsh. Other times Squiddly and Chief Winchley would have to work together to solve problems in Bubbleland. The cartoons show people applauding Squiddly Diddly's musical talents, but often depict terrified people who mistakenly believe that octopuses are hostile.
There were 26 Squiddly Diddly episodes:
Season 1 (1965–1966)
|1||"Way Out Squiddly"||1965·Oct·02||Two aliens kidnap Squidly and take him for a wild ride in their spaceship.|
|2||"Show Biz Squid"||1965·Oct·09|
|3||"The Canvas Back Squid"||1965·Oct·16|
|7||"Chief Cook and Bottle Washer"||1965·Nov·13|
|8||"Squid on the Skids"||1965·Nov·20|
|11||"Booty and the Beast"||1965·Dec·11|
|15||"The Ghost Is Clear"||1966·Jan·08||Squiddly Diddly babysits a young ghost named Wilbur.|
|18||"Squiddly Double Diddly"||1966·Jan·29|
|20||"One Black Knight"||1966·Feb·12|
Season 2 (1966)
|21||"Yo Ho Ho"||1966·Sep·10|
|22||"Phoney Fish"||1966·Sep·17||Two criminals named Knuckles and Tiny pose as Snorkel Fish in order to rob the Bubbleland Box Office.|
|23||"Gnatman"||1966·Sep·24||Squiddly Diddly and Chief Winchley each pose as the superhero Gnatman in order to fight crime.|
The episode "Way Out Squiddly" is available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons Vol. 1.
Squiddly Diddly in other languages
- Brazilian Portuguese: Lula Lelé
- Spanish: El pulpo Manotas
- French: Squiddly la pieuvre
- Dutch: Inky de inktvis
- Italian: Squiddly Diddly
- German: Squiddly Diddly
- Japanese: Tako no Roku chan
References in other media
Squiddly Diddly made a lone comic book appearance in 1966, as a back-up feature in the only issue of Secret Squirrel, published by Gold Key Comics, and again in 1996, courtesy of Hanna-Barbera Presents #6, published by Archie Comics.
Squiddly and Chief Winchley appeared in Yogi's Treasure Hunt.
In the British comedy Only Fools and Horses Christmas Special 1989 "The Jolly Boys' Outing", Squiddly Diddly was cited by Del Boy as the reason for the failure of his seafood stall, since people were unwilling to consume creatures they had become fond of.
Squiddly Diddly has been seen on HBO's The Ricky Gervais Show, where the character is involved in a few scripts including side-by-side a killer octopus and giving Karl Pilkington a rectal examination.
Squiddly Diddly made a cameo in a 2012 MetLife commercial entitled, "Everyone".