You know doubt know about the change of moniker from Flagstones to Gladstones to Flintstones, and you may have seen a Quick Draw McGraw model sheet here with his burro companion’s name as “Loco.” But it seems another couple of characters may have been through a name change before reaching the air. Witness this short blurb by Mike Connolly in his ‘Mr. Hollywood’ column in the Pasadena Independent Star-News, January 25, 1959:
Screen Gems, flipping over the success of its Huckleberry Hound and Ruff & Reddy tele-cartoons, has three more on the drawing boards: Quick-Draw McGraw, Snooper & Blabbermouse, and Pete and Repete.
Of course we all know Quick Draw and Snooper appeared on the same show and the third element was Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy. Could it be Hanna-Barbera had an earlier name for their Spike and Tyke-like characters? After all, Augie does look like a mini-Doggie Daddy. Or did the studio have a completely different two-some in mind and scrap the idea?
This is the only newspaper note I can find about Pete and Repete. I don’t know anything more about them than that. However, I do know three months after the little piece in the suburban paper, Bick Bickenbach came out with an Augie and Doggie Daddy model sheet which is the way we know the characters today.
If anyone has any knowledge about Pete and Repete, please leave a comment. Don’t comment on the really cheesy phoney title card (Augie and Daddy are by Ken Muse).