A Real Cutie, BABY HUEY!
As Big as a house, as gentle as a mouse.
Drinks milk by the Cow-ful, BABY HUEY!
Bumbles along, singing his song, so he better, better beware
Hes not always right, but boy what a sight. AND ITS SCARY UNFAIR!
A Glorious fellow, what a shade of yellow
A little bit screwy, Baby Huey!
Hes half a ton, of yellow fun.
Wadda you know? Its the Baby Huey Show!"
Baby Huey is a gigantic and naïve 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, where he was voiced by Stephen Furst, and portrayed by Rodger Bumpass.
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 (19si57)
- 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.
- Apple for Teacher: In Pest Pupil, a teacher is given apples by her students, but Huey gives her a pumpkin instead, crushing the apples and getting her face full of applesauce.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Keep in mind, Huey is technically a baby—just a really, really big one.
- Beware the Nice Ones: For the most part, he's fairly harmless (well, he usually wouldn't harm someone on purpose), unless he realizes someone's trying to harm him, then all bets are off.
- Big Eater: Huey, natch.
- Comically Invincible Hero: Huey is virtually indestructible— much of the comedy of the cartoons come from his hapless foes attempts at hurting him backfiring horribly.
- Cute Giant: Baby Huey is giant compared to his peer group.
- Expy: Baby Huey's combination of dimwitted naivete and disproportionate size bears more than a glancing resemblance to 'Junyer' Bear from 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 The Ren & Stimpy Show, so...
- 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.
- Monumental Damage: One episode of the show has the fox try to kill him with a nuke. Cue a rip off the famous Liberty Statue scene
- Public Domain Animation: Quack-A-Doodle-Doo and Pest Pupil
- Strictly Formula: A general majority of the original Famous shorts essentially entail the following plot beats: Huey departs from a stereotypical aspect of infant routine comically distorted by his gargantuan size to play with the other average-sized ducklings (complete with, in some shorts, adult male voices), who, disdaining Huey's arrival (often via a close paraphrasing of the exact "here comes that dopey Huey" line) attempt to deter him either through a comically pointless endeavour, or, otherwise, outright abandoning him on sight. A distraught Huey is subsequently spied by the perpetually-famished fox, the series's perennial antagonist, who, upon attempting to annihilate Huey on sight, recognizes the latter's nigh-invulnerability, subsequently shifting tactics by disguising himself as a participant (circus ringmaster, scoutmaster, etc.) in the profession or theme evoked by the game Huey aspires to play to advantageously exploit Huey's naivete. Three gags subsequently ensue in which the fox's elaborate attempts to eat or incapacitate Huey (frequently based around the profession he is impersonating) are cartoonishly foiled (chiefly through Huey's size, naivete, indestructibility or varying amalgamations of the three) following which Huey abruptly recognizes the fox's identity and proceeds to administer comeuppance upon him through his size, thus earning the respect of his peers.
- Vocal Evolution: Despite digitally altering the voice in post-production, Sid Raymond's voice is still noticeably more low and mellow sounding in The Baby Huey Show compared to how he portrayed Huey in the original cartoons. This is understandable though, since Sid was 85 years old when he reprised the role of Huey.