Saturday 22 April 2017

Huckleberry Hound in Play Ball!

Huckleberry Hound tosses a Huckleberry Hopper to Dixie in one of the little cartoons-between-the-cartoons on their show. Huck rubs the ball with his hand and in his glove in some cycle animation. Dixie hits a comebacker to the mound.

It only hurts when Huck laughs, which he’ll be doing when he watches the Pixie and Dixie cartoon immediately following.

And this is an ad in one of the Washington DC newspapers from 1960. A 10-year-old won the colouring contest. I don’t believe any stations were broadcasting Huck or Quick Draw in colour yet.

We’ll try to post another Huck bumper next month.


  1. Beats what happened to Herb Score or Carl Willey...

    1. Well, considering we're talking about 1957 and 1964...! (For those wondering, Herb Score was an Indians pitcher who got nailed in the eye by a line drive hit by Gil McDougald, and Carl Willey was a Mets pitcher who had his jaw broken by a line drive in spring training in 1964 from the bat of Gates Brown.)

    2. Or Matt Shoemaker of the Angels, who suffered a skull fracture last season, in September, against Seattle.

  2. The interstitials are an important part of what made the Huckleberry Hound Show work so well. As Huck's cartoon usually came at the end of the three-cartoon lineup, these established his status as the star from the beginning of each week's show. It also offers a chance for the characters to mingle and interact in a setting that requires fewer plot demands and more playing around with each other, underscoring that even though they appear in separate short cartoons, they are ultimately part of the greater ensemble.

    And, hey, how about that theme song? I consider it one of the best TV theme songs ever--catchy and memorable. To this day, every time I hear a rooster crow, the Huckleberry Hound song starts playing in my mind.

  3. And crave a bowl of corn flakes?

  4. Was there a Huck-and-Yogi bumper that had to be discontinued when Yogi was spun off? Did they bother making a Huck-and-Hokey bumper? (What else changed on the Huck show when Yogi spun off?)

  5. Yeah, Charlie. In fact, several with Hokey were posted on-line; I don't know if they're still there.
    I don't recall anything else being changed; the opening/closing animation still featured the Kellogg's characters.