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Western Animation: The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound

The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound was a 1988 Made-for-TV Movie, created as a part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10.

The film followed the adventures of Huckleberry Hound, who, in his journey to a raise a small farm with goats and pigs, comes upon the California town of Two-Bit, where he meets up with the residents, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, who've run away from Jellystone Park; Snagglepuss, who serves as the piano player at Rusty Nails' Saloon; Hokey Wolf, who acts as the town's mayor, and Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looey, who run the Two-Bit National Bank. Unfortunately, Huckleberry runs afoul of a group of bandits known as the Dalton Gang: Hair Trigger Tempered leader Stinky Dalton, diminutive Man Child Finky Dalton, Ambiguously Gay Pinky Dalton, and Dumb Muscle Dinky Dalton. Huck is appointed as the new sheriff of Two-Bit, where it is his job to try to rid the town of the notorious Dalton Brothers.

A subplot of the TV film also includes Huck forming a romantic relationship with an American Indian girl hound named Desert Flower, which occurs after Huck gets blasted off by the Daltons.

The movie was the last production voiced by Daws Butler, who passed away on May 19, 1988 - just days before the movie premiered on television - which added a certain piquancy to the ending, which reveals how the characters wound up. Especially as Huck rides off into the sunset, singing.

Tropes:

  • Accidental Misnaming: When Huckleberry rides off on his 'Faithful Horsie' who he discovers can talk;
    Bob: Huck, would you please stop callin' me 'Faithful Horsie'?
    Huck: Why?
    Bob: Because my name is Bob!
  • Ambiguously Gay: Pinky seems to show shades of this, as he dresses in pink, often complains about Huckleberry Hound being a rotten dresser, and is always complaining about the decor of the Daltons' secret hideout.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After Stinky has been captured and put on trial, the Judge lists all of his transgressions;
    Judge: Stinky Dalton, you've been charged with assault, train robbery, cattle rustling, and worst of all, forgetting Mother's Day! (jury gasps)
  • Babies Ever After: The ending of the film shows that Huckleberry married Desert Flower, and not only do they get to raise goats and pigs on a farm, but they also have three children.
  • The Cameo: Besides Huck, Yogi, Boo-Boo Snagglepuss, Quick Draw, Baba, and Hokey, other Hanna-Barbera characters also made cameos in the movie. Peter Potamus appeared as the captain of the ship bound for Tahiti, Magilla Gorilla appeared as a reporter interviewing a Bound and Gagged Mr. Peebles, and Muttley, Doggie Daddy, and Snooper appear as audience members in the scene where Huck is trying to pick a complimentary prize from the bank.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The blue fountain pen that Huck receives from the bank as a prize gets stolen by the Daltons when they rob the bank. It's not until near the end of the film that Huck gets it back in order to sign a young boy's autograph for capturing the Daltons.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Even despite Huckleberry's best efforts to win the Test of Strength in the Initiation Test, Chuckling Chipmunk beats him easily.
  • Dumb Muscle: Dinky
  • Easy Amnesia: Huck develops this when he is found by Desert Flower, due to the injuries inflicted upon him by the Daltons.
  • Falling in Love Montage: Huck and Desert Flower fall in love while Huck stays with her for a while.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Daltons;
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Chuckling Chipmunk, despite having a cutesy-sounding name, is actually a huge muscle-bound Laughing Mad warrior of Desert Flower's tribe.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: When Pinky, Finky, and Dinky are served drinks at Rusty Nails' saloon, the implications of alcoholic drinks are removed, only having them drink concoctions such as Rattlesnake Juice and a Shirley Temple with two cherries in it. Also, Huckleberry orders some root beer when he enters the saloon.
  • Hartman Hips: Rusty Nails.
  • Jail Bake: This was subverted, as while Stinky Dalton (disguised as his brothers' grandmother) offers them a cake, Huckleberry takes it from him, thinking that he hid a file in it. It was actually a distraction so that Stinky could give Pinky, Finky, and Dinky the tools necessary for them to escape from jail while Huck was busy eating the cake and there is no file.
  • Laughing Mad: Both Finky Dalton and Chuckling Chipmunk.
  • Literal Metaphor: After Huck has been appointed as sheriff of Two-Bit, the narrator explains that Huck's first job as sheriff was cleaning up the town. Cut to Huck, wearing a garbage man's uniform, picking up the trash.
  • Man Child/Psychopathic Man Child: Finky qualifies for this, as he's the size of a small child, yet is very cunning and tends to laugh maniacally.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Pinky Dalton
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title is an obvious reference to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
    • When the residents of Two-Bit return from Tahiti to find that the place was renamed to Daltonville, Quick Draw quips that it would qualify for an episode of The Twilight Zone.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Huckleberry's faithful horsie, who had been voiceless up until Huckleberry gets separated from him then finds him, reveals that he can talk. Not to mention that he [the horse] also reveals his name to be Bob.
  • The Unintelligible: Chuckling Chipmunk, who can only cackle maniacally. Though, he does coherently say, "I win", after beating Huck in the Test of Strength.
  • Villain Song: "Gold, Gold, Gold"

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alternative title(s): The Good The Bad And Huckleberry Hound
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