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Western Animation / The Huckleberry Hound Show
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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

The Huckleberry Hound Show debuted in 1958 as Hanna-Barbera's second post-MGM original series (The Ruff & Reddy Show 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.

In 1988, he got his own TV movie called The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound.


This series provides examples of:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Huck always wears a bowtie, and on occasion sports a straw boater hat.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Huck is colored a rather vibrant shade of blue. While there are of course some blue-colored domestic dog breeds (he's most likely based on the Bluetick Coonhound), 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 a 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, and very much a stereotypical French Canadian.
  • Character Signature Song: Huck is often seen singing the song "My Darling Clementine." Usually badly.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Huck is often portrayed as a hard-luck fellow, but whenever he is pitted in competition with his cheating nemesis Powerful Pierre, the pooch usually comes out on top.
    • Huck manages to legitimately win a ski race in "Ski Champ Chump." 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 a few times at the end of a cartoon.
    • 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.
    • 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 about invading men from outer space, which the announcer says is the most ridiculous thing he's ever heard.
  • Deep South: Huck is implied to be from this US region, judging from his North Carolina style Southern accent.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: In the very first episode of the series ("Huckleberry Hound Meets Wee Willie"), Huck is a police officer tasked with capturing an escaped gorilla named Wee Willie.
  • Flanderization: Huck's Mellow Fellow persona was exaggerated in later cartoons into outright laziness, such as in Yogi's Space Race where he spends each race lounging in a pool chair atop the ship while his copilot Quack-Up pilots the ship.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: “Little Red Riding Huck” is a parody version of the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood.”
  • Funny Animal: Huckleberry Hound definitely qualifies. Most of the supporting shorts, like Yogi Bear and Pixie and Dixie, have Civilized Animal leads, 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.
  • Furry Reminder:
    • In "Little Red Riding Huck", Huck calls himself a dog.
    • In "Nottingham and Yeggs" he steals a bone from the other dogs. In "Somebody's Lion" he howls his name.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Huck's howling off-key rendition of "Oh my darling Clemen-TAAAAYYYNE!" is painful for other characters to hear, but because Huck is tone-deaf, he usually fails to notice.
  • Hyde and Seek: Huck is faced with a pastiche of Dr. Jekyll in the cartoon "Piccadilly Dilly".
  • Mailman vs. Dog: The premise of the episode "Postman Panic" sees mailman Huck being repeatedly accosted by an angry pooch. It's ironic since Huck is a dog himself.
  • Meaningful Name: Huck is blue, much like the color of an actual huckleberry.
  • Mellow Fellow: Huck's perpetually nonchalant and deadpan reactions while suffering slapstick abuse from the universe around him is his main defining shtick.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: "Little Red Riding Huck" features the dog 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: A narrator is often heard at the start of an episode and sometimes remains throughout.
  • Negative Continuity: Huck's adventures could occur in any time or setting.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "Little Red Riding Huck," our hero 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 Huck while the Wolf, Red and Granny agree to take it from the top.
  • No Fourth Wall: Huck and his villains address the camera so often that it qualifies as this trope.
  • Non-Giving-Up School Guy: Huck spends most of the episode "Hookey Daze" trying to catch a pair of twin truants. In the end, his efforts pay off and the principal comments that it should have been no problem for someone who went to school. Huck replies that he's never been to school and is forced to attend.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The few times Huck's Mellow Fellow attitude breaks are always a sign things are about to go downhill fast for somebody.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: "Two Corny Crows" depicts Huck squaring off against a pair of crows named Iggy and Ziggy. The dog tries to protect his cornfield from the birds, with the characters starting their day off with a morning whistle and ending hostilities with an evening one.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: "Two Corny Crows" features a pair of crows named Iggy and Ziggy. They try to steal Huck's corn, starting their day off with a morning whistle and ending hostilities with an 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.
  • Red Riding Hood Replica: One episode had Huck act out the fairy tale.
  • Ring Around the Collar: Like most Hanna-Barbera characters from this time, Huck wears an accessory around his neck (a bowtie in this case) to facilitate animation shortcuts.
  • Rogues Gallery: Huck often runs afoul of nefarious villains such as Powerful Pierre, Leroy Lion, Crazy Coyote, or the Dalton Brothers.
  • Species Surname: Huck's surname is actually a classification type within his species. He's apparently some breed of hound.
  • Standard Hero Reward: Inverted in "Dragon Slayer Huck" when Huck is ordered by the king to slay a dragon. The princess is so ugly that marrying her is considered punishment for failure. The dragon takes pity on Huck and offers him shelter at his cave which Huck gladly accepts.
  • 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 well.
  • Three Shorts: The Huckleberry Hound Show was the first Hanna-Barbera entry to use this format, and is thus the Trope Maker and Trope Codifier. In the original lineup, Huck's segment came 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 the episode "Postman Panic" as a mailman trying to deliver a letter despite a pesky dog getting in the way. In the end, he learns the letter is addressed to the house next door.


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Alternative Title(s): Huckleberry Hound


Huckleberry Hound

In this rare show opening, space-dog Huck asks his friends to take him to their leader, but it'll have to wait because their show is about to start.

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