Last weekend, there were ten hits in a row, each from a different country—Canada, Finland, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Holland, the U.S., Mexico and Spain. Not too many hours before and after, readers peered in from computers in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Kuwait and England. And Macedonia. I didn’t even know they showed Huckleberry Hound and Quick Draw McGraw there, but I guess they did. Or do.
Even more of a surprise to me is the number of animators and professional writers who visit, especially considering I can’t draw and I’m not altogether a writer by trade. And, even better, they send me stuff they’ve collected they think I’d enjoy. And I do. So let me share with you some things I received via e-mail in response to several recent posts.
Tim Hollis is the co-author of ‘Mouse Tracks, The Story of Walt Disney Records.’ He sent this note:
When you covered the H-B theme park business a few days ago, I meant to send you this page from a magazine article when King's Island first opened. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of their earliest photos... it looks like Yogi was badly in need of a shave!
Click on the article to enlarge it.
Animator Mark Kausler wrote after the Yowp Story post. He re-sent the Yowp model sheet and some other stuff. Yes, the Huck drawings are signed by Ed Benedict! Mark knew Ed Benedict. And Tex Avery. If I go any further, I’ll sound like Stan Freberg doing Chester in ‘Tree For Two,’ so let me post these. Thanks a lot
The Yowp drawings are by Bick Bickenbach (see his initials in the right-hand corner).
It seems there were several variations of the “cast picture” from the Huck show. You’ve probably seen one posted here that has just the stars, leaving out secondary characters like Li’l Tom Tom, Cousin Tex and (sniff) everyone’s favourite cartoon dog that isn’t named Snuffles or Astro.
And reader Billie Towzer has a collection of photos of H-B stuff. Where they come from, I don’t know, but Billie e-mails me some fun discoveries. Below is a Yogi Bear napkin. Perfect for pic-a-nics, I suspect.
You could use the napkin when you dug into officially-licensed candy.
I was going to write a really bad Candy/Granny Sweet joke, but remember, I’m not a writer. I’m a cartoon dog.
So thanks to all of you who have dropped me a line via e-mail and especially those who have sent me links or jpgs or information/thoughts about the cartoons featured here. I really appreciate it. And I’d like think others who come here do, too.