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Huckleberry Hound Meets Wee Willie

Huckleberry Hound Meets Wee Willie

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  • Hanna-Barbera Studios
  • Animated Characters: Huckleberry Hound, Wee Willie.
  • First Aired in 1958.
  • Episode Number: 1.
    Prod Code: E-35
  • Running Time: 7 minutes.
  • Season: 1
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Production Information:

First aired the week of September 30, 1958.

Different Huckleberry Hound theme music is used in this episode. It will be used through "Sheriff Huckleberry.

"This was a segment on "The Huckleberry Hound Show." The show was originally sponsored by Kellogg's Cereal.

As originally planned, Huckleberry Hound's voice was to vary according to the cartoon- from Gary Cooper's in Westerns to Humphrey Bogart's in police stories, for example.

Director-actor Jack Webb made a joke about Huckleberry Hound in his 1959 feature film "-30-" (also known as "Deadline Midnight"). Research indicated that many viewers of the series were adults. Bars were said to close whenever The Huckleberry Hound Show aired.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.


Plot: Officer Huckleberry tries to capture escaped gorilla Wee Willie. Willie captures him.
Cast: Huck - Daws Butler; Dispatcher, Willie - Don Messick.
Released: October 2, 1958.
Ken Muse gets the animation credit in this one, with Dick Bickenbach doing the layouts and Sam Clayberger, who had been at UPA and later freelanced for Jay Ward, handling the backgrounds.

This was the first Huck cartoon on TV and there's nothing too spectacular about it. Hucks gets bashed around a lot and comments on the action to the audience. But there aren't any fancy animation extremes and the dialogue isn't all that clever. Huck's fairly attractively designed.

It seems pretty evident H-B was saving as much as they could on this cartoon. Not only do we get a couple of shots where the only thing animated is "voice lines" coming from the police radio, but we get shots like below left (you can see the colour seperation) where only a hand is animated. And there's a longish sequence (below right) where Willie smacks Huck in a bunch of cycle animation.

Huckleberry Hound Meets Wee Willie

The cartoon opens with a nice airborne city shot and we get the same cityscape in the background a fair bit of the time. In the opening, Huck (doing a Dragnet-inspired monologue) goes past the same brownish building (below far left) three times, and then four times at the end. And he drives past the brownish building (below right) eleven times in this scene, then four more times after a cut to the talking radio. The whole time, all Huck does the whole time is look at the radio a few times and blink. You think they saved cost on footage there?

Huckleberry Hound Meets Wee Willie

Willie is described as caucasian. But isn't he brown?

Trivia note: Huck is dispatched to Main and Broadway.

The opening music is a nice piece by Geordie Hormel that got more of a workout in the second-season Hucks. We also get a tinkly solo piano version of the melody commonly known as Hearts and Flowers by Theodore Moses Tobani. It may be a Hoyt Curtin arrangement.

ASCAP reveals the various themes used for Huck were written by Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera, Curtin and Shows. What exact part each played in writing is unknown.

The music doesn't have a definite ending, instead one of Jack Shaindlin's pieces from the Langlois library is faded out.

0:00 Huck sub main title (Curtin, etc.).
0:26 ZR 45 METROPOLITAN (Hormel) - Huck dispatched to catch Willie.
1:20 TC 301 ZANY WALTZ (Bill Loose-John Seely) - Huck finds carnage, Willie; ape jumps on him.
2:36 TC 303 ZANY COMEDY (Loose-Seely) - Willie eats handcuffs and Huck's hand; sneezes Huck into lamppost.
3:31 5-F-20 TOBOGGAN RUN (Shaindlin) - Willie takes Huck up building skeleton.
4:24 HEARTS AND FLOWERS (Trad.) - Huck apologises to Willie for calling him an ape.
5:00 circus chase music (Shaindlin?) - Willie uses Huck as yo-yo; Huck lands in cement mixer.
6:01 21-F-3 RECESS (Shaindlin) - Willie caught in barrel; walks away with Huck in police car.
7:10 Huck sub ending title (Curtin, etc.).

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