The Kwicky Koala Show
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|The Kwicky Koala Show|
|Created by||Tex Avery|
|Written by||Bob Ogle|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
Worldvision Enterprises (1981–1989)|
Great American Broadcasting (1989–1991)
Turner Program Services (1991–1996)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1996–present)
|Original release||September 12, 1981– September 11, 1982|
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 ironically 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 (voiced by writer Bob Ogle) is similar to Avery's 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).
- Sink or Swim
- Robinson Caruso
- In a Pig's Eye
- Robin Hoodwink
- Kwicky Goes West
- Collectors Item
- The Incredible Lunk
- Race to Riches
- Kangaroo Kapers
- Double Trouble
- Around the World in 80 Seconds
- Kwicky's Karnival Kaper
- Scream Test
- Disguise the Limit
- Museum Mayhem
- Cabin Crazy
The Bungle Brothers
- Hat Dance - Dry Run - Cheap Trick
- High Rollers - Teeter Totter Act - The Circus Cannon Act
- Trapeze Act - Saw in Two - Unicycle
- Big Pie Jump - Honk If You Love Joey - Sound Off
- Joey Juggling George - The Toe Dancing Beagle or Whats Nureyev - The Barrel Jump
- Karate Chop Act - Tarzan Swing Act - The Ventriloquist
- Rope Twirling Act - High Wire Harness - The Marionette Act
- Cream Pie - Ballonitics - Escape Artist
- Rock Band - Circus Car - Dueling Trombones
- Quiz Whiz Kid - Stilts - The Romeo and Juliet Act
- Animal Trainers - Double Jump - Pie Faced
- The Plumbers Helper - Bungle Ballet - Hang 20
- The Big Bang - Flipped Out - Bucking Bull
- Hamlet Lays an Egg - The Magic Ring Act - The Fly
- Weight Weight Lifter - Droop the Loop - Heavy Ending
- Ice Follies - Punchy Pirates - Spring Is in the Air - Concert Pianist
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).
- Crazy it's Cold Outside - Crazy Claws stays in Clyde's shack in Winter time.
- The Claws Conspiracy - Clyde tries using Glue, Fleas, and Cement to trap Crazy Claws.
- Crazy Challenges - Clyde has Crazy Claws compete with Bristletooth, as an excuse to capture Him.
- Clyde's Birthday Surprise - It's Rangerfield's birthday and Crazy Claws hopes to throw one for Him as Clyde intends to get Crazy Claws.
- The Ice Rage - While Crazy Claws and the Ranger brings a sign on top of a snowy mountain, Clyde tries to get Crazy Claws.
- Claws Encounters of the Worst Kind - Crazy Claws encounters Aliens who are really Clyde and Bristletooth, but when real aliens come...
- Lookout Crazy - While helping Rangerfield make repairs on a park tower, Crazy Claws has to avoid Clyde
- Crazy Camping - Crazy Claws camps out, as Clyde intends to capture Him nearby.
- Gold Crazy - Clyde searches a mine for gold.
- See Saw Claws - Clyde and Bristletooth try to capture Crazy Claws in a playground.
- Choo Choo Crazy - Chaos ensues when Crazy Claws and Rangerfield are in a runaway miniature train.
- Bearly Asleep - A Grumpy bear who tries to hibernate stands between Clyde and Crazy Claws.
- Old Blowhard - Clyde uses a geyser called Old Blowhard to capture Crazy Claws.
- Snow Biz - Clyde tries to capture Crazy Claws around the snowy forest.
- Claws Ahoy - Crazy Claws tags along with the ranger on a boat, who is marking the park's sights.
- Rattletrap Rawhide - Clyde uses an automobile in hopes of capturing Crazy Claws.
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). The plot is similar to that of Top Cat.
- "Pigskin Pooch" - Dirty helps sneak Ratso and a few Pups to the Super Duper Bowl.
- "Dirty's Debut" - Dirty enters Ratso in a canine competition.
- "Dirty Dawg's Faux Paw" - Dirty and Ratso infiltrate a Private Party while a burglar is on the loose.
- "Calling Dr. Dirty" - Dirty and Ratso infiltrate a hospital to get free food.
- "Lo-Cal Pals" - Dirty and Ratso infiltrate a building, not knowing it's a weight-loss Place!
- "A Close Encounter of the Canine Kind" - Dirty and Ratso encounter a minuscule alien.
- "Pie-Eyed Pooch" - Dirty hopes to acquire some pie from a fair, but how can He get any without funds?
- "Dirty Money" - Rasto digs up a case of money, which is targeted by two crooks.
- "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Zoo" - For Ratso's Birthday, Dirty brings Him to the Zoo.
- "Urban Cowdawg" - Dirty and Ratso find themselves in a rodeo.
- "Dirty-O and Juliet" - Dirty falls for a regal and clean female canine.
- "Sea Dawg Dirty" - Dirty and Ratso stow away on a cruiseliner, but They didn't know Officer Bullhorn is here as well!
- "Little White Lie" - Dirty covers Ratso in chalk dust so that He'd trade places with a white mouse at a research laboratory.
- "The Great Dirtini" - Dirty in hopes of getting food, finds Himself in a magic show.
- "Disco Dawg" - Dirty opens His own restaurant using a jukebox, but Bullhorn intends to get the Jukebox for the Policeman's Ball.
- "Marathon Mutt" - Dirty enters Ratso in a marathon to win $1,000 cash prize.
- Michael Bell - George, Ranger Rangerfield
- Peter Cullen - Bristletooth
- Marshall Efron - Ratso
- Matthew Faison - Officer Bullhorn
- Jim MacGeorge - Crazy Claws
- Allan Melvin - Joey
- Don Messick - Rawhide Clyde
- Bob Ogle - Kwicky Koala
- John Stephenson - Wilford Wolf
- Frank Welker - Dirty Dawg
- Marlene Aragon -
- Joe Baker -
- Jered Barclay -
- Hamilton Camp -
- Henry Corden -
- Jack DeLeon -
- Joan Gerber -
- Danny Goldman -
- Bob Holt -
- Annie Potts -
- Paul Ross -
- Bob Sarlatte -
- Marilyn Schreffler -
- Hal Smith -
- Lennie Weinrib -
Home media releases
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 Amazon.com.
- 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, appears as one of the victims of Cybersquatting, and in "The Death of Harvey" during the riots, laying in a road crater and moving his head. Additionally, Officer Bullhorn appears as a jury candidate in "Juror in Court".
- "'The Complete Series' of the 1981 Saturday Morning Cartoons". Archived from the original on 2016-10-02.