Thursday, May 5, 2011

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Ricochet Rabbit (1964)

Before Hanna-Barbera dived head-long into superhero adventure in the mid-60's, they'd already introduced a couple of funny animal heroes. Touche Turtle was one part of the syndicated New Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Show in 1962, and two years later, Ricochet Rabbit blazed a six-gun trail in the Old West as part of the Magilla Gorilla show.

Rabbits are naturally fast animals. As a sheriff in an unnamed town, Ricochet wasn't just quick on the draw, he was quick, period. Blessed with super-speed, Ricochet would be on the phone with his deputy, Droop-a-Long Coyote (Mel Blanc), one second, and be on the scene in the blink of an eye. Droop could only dream of being able to keep up with his boss.

As if being a superpowered lawman wasn't enough, Ricochet also carried some trick bullets in his gun. Kind of like the various trick arrows employed by the comic book hero Green Arrow. Being on a comedy show, it is accepted that Droop was the stereotypical comedy relief, but somehow H-B missed the boat by not spinning Ricochet & Droop off into their own series. Instead, they were shifted over to Peter Potamus after the first season, and when that series ended, that was it for our heroes as well.

Following is the episode, "Slick Quick Gun":

Rating: A.

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