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No noise, no tinkling of glasses' during the screening of THE HUCKLEBERRY HOUND SHOW.
Sign in a San Francisco bar in the late 1950s
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The Huckleberry Hound Show debuted in 1958 as Hanna-Barbera's second post-MGM original series (Ruff and Reddy was the first). It was the first American all-cartoon show developed specifically for television and, in 1959, became the first animated TV show to win an Emmy. Voiced by Daws Butler, the easygoing Huck was shown in a variety of settings, from Arthurian England to (then) modern times.

Unlike Hanna-Barbera's other stars, Huck didn't have a regular supporting cast in his shorts, although he did have a handful of recurring antagonists, including Powerful Pierre. But his show did have two supporting segments: Yogi Bear and Pixie, Dixie and Mr. Jinks. When Yogi got his own series, his slot on The Huckleberry Hound Show was taken by Hokey Wolf.


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  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Huck is a very nice shade of blue. While there are of course some domestic dogs with a shade called blue, they most certainly don't come in Huck's color.
  • Black Comedy: Huck is implied to have died when he is crushed by the weight of a lion after he attempts to make it do the tightrope act.
    Lion: (after picking up Huck's hat from underneath him) Heh, it's just as well. This kid wasn't gonna make it anyhow!
  • Canada, Eh?: Powerful Pierre is one of Huck's recurring enemies, he is very much a French Canadian.
  • Character Signature Song: "Oh My Darling Clementine"
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Whenever Huck is in competition with Powerful Pierre.
    • Huck manages to legit win the ski race in "Ski Champ Chump" while Pierre's dirty tricks only hinder him.
    • In "Ten Pin Alley", the narrator labels Pierre a good sportsman despite his obvious cheating. He almost unfairly wins the bowling match until his last dirty trick backfires on him and Huck is named the new champion.
  • Cry Laughing: Huck does this at least twice at the end of a cartoon.
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    • In "Huck's Hack", when the majority of his reward money for capturing the robber goes toward the consequence of leaving his taxi meter running all night.
    • Also happens at the end of "Cop and Saucer" when Huck gets abducted by the alien he was trying to arrest. He then hears a news broadcast of men from outer space invading, which the announcer comments on how it's the most ridiculous thing he's ever heard.
  • Deep South: Huck is implied to be from this region, judging from his Southern accent.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: In the very first episode of the series, Huck is a police officer tasked with capturing an escaped gorilla named "Wee Willie".
  • Funny Animal: Huckleberry Hound. Most of the supporting shorts, like Yogi Bear and Pixie and Dixie, have Civilized Animal leads instead, but Huck is humanized to the point of being antagonized by "normal" dogs and having an actual career.
  • Furry Confusion: Huck sometimes interacts with more normal dogs despite him being anthropomorphic.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: "Oh my darling Clemen-TAAAAYYYNE!"
  • Hyde and Seek: Huck is faced with a pastiche of Dr. Jekyll in the cartoon "Picadilly Dilly".
  • Mailman vs. Dog: The whole premise of the episode "Postman Panic". It's quite ironic since Huck is a dog himself.
  • Meaningful Name: He's the color of a real-life huckleberry.
  • Mellow Fellow: Huckleberry Hound's defining shtick is from his perpetual nonchalant and deadpan reactions to suffering slapstick abuse from the universe around him.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: One story features Huck trying to rescue Little Red Riding Hood's Grandma. When a student shows up to collect donations, the wolf thinks it's another of Huck's plans.
  • Mosquito Miscreants: The episode "Skeeter Trouble" pits Huck against a very persistent mosquito (and later a whole swarm) that ruins his peaceful camping trip.
  • Narrator: There often was one to open up the episode, and sometimes stay there throughout.
  • Negative Continuity: Huck could be in any time or setting.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In one short, Huck is dead set on making sure the Little Red Riding Hood story doesn't end like it usually does. But Red calls the cops on him while the Wolf, Red and Granny agree to take it from the top.
  • No Fourth Wall: Huck and his villains addressed the camera so often that it qualified as this trope.
  • Non-Giving-Up School Guy: Huck once spent most of an episode trying to catch a pair of twin truants. In the end, his efforts paid off and the principal comments that it should have been no problem for someone who went to school. Huck said he's never been to school and was forced to attend.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The few times Huckleberry's Mellow Fellow attitude breaks are always a sign things are about to go downhill fast for somebody.
  • Punch-Clock Hero/Punch-Clock Villain: One short features Huck and the two crows (Iggy and Ziggy) as this. They start their day of stealing Huck's corn and him trying to chase them off with the morning whistle and call it all off at the evening one.
  • Rain of Something Unusual: In "Spud Dud", Huck disposes of a giant potato by sending it into orbit on a rocket. At the end, the rocket explodes and it rains potato chips.
  • Rogues Gallery: Powerful Pierre, Leroy Lion, Crazy Coyote, the Dalton Brothers.
  • Species Surname: Our lead.
  • Standard Hero Reward: Inverted when Huck was ordered by the King to slay a dragon. The Princess was so ugly that marrying her was punishment for failure. The dragon took pity on Huck and offered him shelter at the cave. Huck accepted.
  • The Tooth Hurts: In "Pet Vet", Huck attempts to cure a lion's toothache. Despite many clever attempts to do so, it doesn't go so well.
  • Three Shorts: The first show to do this format, too. In the original lineup, Huck was last. In the revised lineup, he went first.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Huck had so many different occupations during these shorts that you'd need a spreadsheet to keep track.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Huck spends one whole short as a mailman trying to deliver a letter despite a pesky dog in the way. In the end he learns it's for the house next door.

Alternative Title(s): Huckleberry Hound

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