The Huckleberry Hound Show debuted in 1958 as Hanna-Barbera's second post-MGM original character (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.
This series provides examples of:
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: He's the color of a real-life huckleberry.
- Bowling Ball Whistle: This is the show where it all began. The intro of that show was the very first place the sound was used in. Since then, it was used in most of Hanna-Barbera's productions, before the sound made its way to other animation studios.
- 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"
- Furry Confusion: Huck sometimes interacts with more normal dogs despite him being anthromorphic.
- Deep South: Implied to be from this region, judging from his Southern accent.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: "Oh my darling Clemen-TAAAAYYYNE!"
- Hyde and Seek: Huckleberry Hound is faced with a pastiche of Dr. Jekyll in the cartoon "Picadilly Dilly".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Talking Animal: Huck is clearly one.
- 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.