Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Dog of the Geek: Huckleberry Hound!

huckleberry-houndBreed: Generic Hound

Original Appearances: The Huckleberry Hound Show, 1958-1961

Other Appearances: Many other Hanna-Barbera productions, including Yogi's Gang, Yogi's Space Race, and Laff-A-Lympics. Huck was also regularly featured in comic books and children's storybooks, and was made into toy form many, many times.

Biography: Southern-born Huck is laid back, sweet, and well-intentioned. In most of his cartoons, Huck was featured trying to perform jobs in different fields with results that tended to backfire, although things would work out well in the end. Huck's most common foes were Powerful Pierre and Dinky Dalton. Tone-deaf Huck is usually first seen in his cartoons singing “Oh My Darling, Clementine,” his trademark song.

Powers: Huck is apparently aware that he is a cartoon character, and would often turn to the viewing audience to make comments and asides as to what's happening.

Group Affiliation: Yogi's Gang, Yogi Yahooeys

Miscellaneous: The Huckleberry Hound Show was Hanna-Barbera's second television series, and was amazingly popular at the time. Yogi Bear was introduced as a segment on Huck's show, and proved popular enough to be spun off into his own series. In 1961, the series was the recipient of the first Emmy Award for an animated program.

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