Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Let’s Watch Huck and Quick Draw

Who doesn’t love the little cartoons between the cartoons on the Huckleberry Hound and Quick Draw McGraw shows?

Someone has posted a bunch more on the internet that are from a private collection and have never been on home video. I remember a few of them, and at least a couple are animated by Ed Love, with one by Ken Muse.

Joe Ruby and Ken Spears told Stu Shotak on Stu’s Show a couple of weeks ago that their first writing jobs at Hanna-Barbera were on these bumpers. Mark Evanier, on the same show, noted the thrifty Bill Hanna only brought in Daws Butler to do voices to save money, but you’ll hear Doug Young and Don Messick as well.

A couple are edited and a silent, full version of one of them follows.

The second one has the syndicated Yogi opening with the Kellogg’s references deleted.







A big Yowp to Kliph Nesteroff for letting me know about these.

16 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for posting these. I sure wish they were all still left intact and cut into the original shows. Nevertheless, glad to see these.

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  2. Fantastic! So many memories flooding back! Thank you for posting these!

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  3. If only I had saw more of these in the 80's when USA Network was airing the cartoons.

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  4. In that second video clip with the Yogi opening is pretty much how I remember it on USA Network certainly. I wouldn't be surprised if that's where that video came from because I do recall a few of those interstitials showed up on there anyway (the one that is silent, I probably have the audio for that elsewhere).

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    1. There was a B&W version of the 'North Pole" interstitial floating around on YouTube for a while, so the audio for the segment can by synched to the silent video. Here's hoping we also set some more of the Season 1-2 segments in the near future.

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  5. Jesus, "Yowp-Yowp" Dodsworth!

    These bumpers from The Huckleberry Hound Show (Hanna-Barbera/Columbia Pictures, 1958-62) and The Quick Draw McGraw Show (Hanna-Barbera/Columbia Pictures, 1959-62), aren't seen here in Brazil since the early 70s.

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  6. The Yogi opening credits with the Kelloggs' coda intact is included on the "Yogi Bear Show-The Complete Series" DVD set, as well as a few interstitials.

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  7. Most ironically, when the shows were originally aired (and in the initial few years of repeats), the interstitials were seen far more often than the cartoons. After that, almost never again!

    There’s SO much material with these and the 4th season Huck shows (with no music clearance issues) and the additional Hokey Wolfs that Warner Archives could put out a DANDY package, if they wanted to.

    In fact, ALL the interstitial segments had original music, and would be no problem.


    Also, I say Warner Archives, so that they could even be “made-to-order”, rather than go the (now more questionable?) retail route. Add the 3rd season Quick Draws and I can’t imagine it wouldn’t sell enough to be acceptable for Warner Archives!

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  8. Earl Kress explained to me the problem with the bumpers.. some really need a lot of restoration work and there are others that Warners simply doesn't have.

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    1. Completely understood. But Warner Archives, while they sometimes do an excellent job at remastering, pretty much state that all material is from the best available existing source, and leave it at that.

      As with the recent Underdog and Tennessee Tuxedo sets from Shout! Factory, where the material ranges from mostly fine to sometimes poor, I’d say the consumers for this particular type of product are willing to accept lesser transfers in the greater interest of having it at all. I know *I* would!

      It's less of an issue, IF they state it up-front.

      This was even the case in Warner’s general release of “Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Volume 2”, about which I wrote in a Blog review:

      “Print Quality: In some instances, the set has its faults with lesser print quality. Specific examples include The Bugs Bunny Show, The Road Runner Show, the Wally Gator and Touché Turtle cartoons. But, a disclaimer is offered to mitigate that, so at least they’re playing fair with us. Offsetting that are surprisingly good prints of Quick Draw McGraw and Lippy the Lion – and the print of Magilla Gorilla is much improved over that in Volume One.”

      So, why not give with the goods, while DVD is still a viable format?

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  9. Some of these bumpers also look they may have been animated by Don Williams or even Irv Spence, who would animate TOP CAT episodes that were made the same season (1961-62) as the QUICK DRAW MCGRAW SHOW's abbreviated third season. The 'sunburst' effect at 2:48 of the Augie Doggie bumper when Augie punches his Dad was very common in Spence's H-B work on TOP CAT, THE JETSONS, JONNY QUEST, ATOM ANT and others.

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    1. Williams is a distinct possibility. There's one animator that looks familiar but I couldn't place who it was. I wondered if Harding did some.

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  10. In the first Quick Draw interstitial, QD has a gloved hand with FINGERS, rather than his usual hooves!

    Also like his “bright eyes” in that one!

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  11. I noticed that the Huckleberry Hound interstitials featuring Hokey Wolf had background music featuring the Yogi Bear theme. Seems they never got around to coming up with a theme for Hokey.

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  12. Anon, I suspect it was easier to use the old beds than to go to the time and expense of Curtin and his arranger coming up with a bunch of underscores. The studio used Flintstones music in other cartoons so I don't think mixing themes was much of a concern.

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