Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Toon Legends: Huckleberry Hound (1958)

Howdy, folks! Today, we're going further back in time, all the way back to the early TV years of Hanna-Barbera, and the Emmy-award-winning Huckleberry Hound Show, which launched in 1958, sponsored by Kellogg's.

Huck (Daws Butler) taught millions of kids to sing, even if it was off-key, "My Darling Clementine", which was his theme song. Meantime, he got into all sorts of misadventures as he went from one job to another, depending on the plot, as he never held down a steady job.

MarioZoneAR69 uploaded the color open, in which Huck mans the circus horns, replacing Kellogg's Cornelius the Rooster, who appeared on Corn Flakes boxes back in those days:

Now, let's give you a sample of Huck in action, in the very first episode, "Sheriff Huckleberry", which is also Huck's 1st encounter with the Dalton Gang:

Now, here's Huck & Cornelius, driving a circus jalopy and collecting Tony the Tiger (and son), and Snap, Crackle, & Pop, to close the show. Art Gilmore, later better known for Dragnet, but at the time was Red Skelton's announcer, also was the announcer for Huck.

Fellow icon Yogi Bear debuted as a backup feature, and was spun off into his own series in 1961, the same year Huck took home an Emmy. Just to show that success didn't spoil either, Huck became a regular part of Yogi's ensemble in later years.

Rating: B.

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