Western Animation: Baby Huey
is a gigantic and na´ve duckling cartoon character. He was created by Martin Taras for the Paramount
Pictures cartoon outlet Famous Studios
, and became a short lived Paramount cartoon star during the 1950s
. Although created by Famous for its animated cartoons, Huey first appeared in comic-book form in an original story in Casper the Friendly Ghost
#1, September 1949, as published by St. John Publications.
Huey first appeared onscreen in the Noveltoons
short Quack a Doodle Doo
, released in 1950. The character's voice was provided by Sid Raymond, an actor and comedian who created several other voices for Famous Studios' characters, including Katnip.
Many animated shorts featuring Huey had recurring themes. Most common among them was him trying to be just like any other kid his age. He would see his peers playing, and would immediately get excited. Whenever he tried to involve himself in the activities of his peers (also anthropomorphic ducklings) he would often inadvertently cause more problems, and as a result they would drive him away through trickery (and into tears). A hungry fox would show up, feigning friendship and setting traps along the way, all of which would prove ineffective on Huey and/or backfire on the fox. At first Huey was blissfully unaware of the fox's true agenda. But as his peers watched the annoyed fox in action from a safe distance (and fearing for his safety just as they did their own), Huey would come to realize the truth about his predator and dispose of him, usually by saying: "I think you're trying to kill me!", and would finish the fox. Other times, however, Huey would remain blissfully unaware and the exasperated fox would finally give up, fleeing Baby Huey before any more misfortune befell him. For a time, there was a running gag of the fox's final appearance in a comic strip being him fleeing from Baby Huey while exclaiming "I'm lucky to escape wid' me life!"
Harvey purchased the rights to all of Famous' original characters in 1959, and Huey continued to appear regularly in Harvey publications until 1972. Huey was rarely seen for nearly two decades afterwards, returning to comics in 1990.
Carbunkle Cartoons/Film Roman produced a new series of Baby Huey cartoons for television in 1994, which aired as The Baby Huey Show for two seasons. He also starred in a live-action direct-to-video film, Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure, in 1999.
U.S. President Bill Clinton in a 1993 conversation cited his similarities to Baby Huey: "I'm a lot like Baby Huey. I'm fat. I'm ugly. But if you push me down, I keep coming back."
In The Spooktacular New Adventures Of Casper
segment entitled "Legend of Duh Bigfoot", Baby Huey makes a cameo at the end of that segment.
- Quack-A-Doodle-Doo (1950): A Noveltoon oneshot that served as the pilot for the series.
- One Quack Mind (1951)
- Party Smarty (1951)
- Scout Fellow (1951)
- Clown on the Farm (1952)
- Starting from Hatch (1953)
- Huey's Ducky Daddy (1953)
- Git Along Li'l Duckie (1955)
- Swab the Duck (1956)
- Pest Pupil (1957)
- Jumping with Toy (1957
- Huey's Father's Day (1959)
- All of the Other Reindeer: Huey in the pilot and pretty much every cartoon thereafter.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Keep in mind, Huey is technically a baby—just a really, really big one.
- Big Eater: Huey, natch.
- Cute Giant: Baby Huey is giant compared to his peer group.
- Expy: The Baby Huey shorts bear a lot of resemblance to Chuck Jones ' Three Bears, a minor Looney Tunes series.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Justified, he's still too young to know.
- G-Rated Drug: Used by his mother in the pilot to speed up her egg gestation.
- Grossout Show: The 1994 series, arguably. It was made by Carbunkle Cartoons, one of the studios involved in Ren and Stimpy, so...
- Gross-Up Close-Up: Again, the 1994 series.
- Infant Immortality: Ramped up and Played for Laughs.
- Invincible Hero: Huey is virtually indestructible— much of the comedy of the cartoons come from his hapless foes attempts at hurting him backfiring horribly.
- Let's Get Dangerous: In some shorts Huey realizes at the end that the villain meant to do him or his peers harm. Cue Huey promptly dealing with them in his own manner.
- Public Domain Animation: Quack-A-Doodle-Doo and Pest Pupil
- Role Reprisal: Sid Raymond returned to voice Huey in the first season of the 1994 revival, 35 years after his final theatrical appearance, although this was only at the insistence of Bob Jaques, as the management did not like Raymond. Also of note is that the pitch of Raymond's voice had to be raised 12% in post-production in order to match how he sounded in the old shorts.