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Born: 07 Sep, 1926
Died: 24 Oct, 1994
TV Series Starring Don Messick
Droopy: Master Detective
Droopy, Master Detective is a spoof of detective films and cop shows, featuring Droopy and his son, Dripple, as detectives on the mean streets of a big city. Newly made seven-minute episodes were mixed in with new seven-minute cartoons featuring the Tom and Jerry Kids characters. The rest of the half-hour program mostly was taken up by Screwball Squirrel, another Tex Avery creation from the 1940s.
Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures is basically a kid-version of the classic Warner Bros. cartoon stars and their cartoons. This show is hosted by Buster and Babs Bunny and their friends Plucky Duck, an egotistical power crazy duck much like Daffy Duck, and Hamton Pig, a shy, kind-hearted pig with low self-esteem but just like Porky Pig, but is a Neat Freak.
Tom and Jerry Kids Show
An updated version of the classic Tom & Jerry cartoons from 1940s/ 1950s. The 'kids' in these cartoons are far less violent than their parents were, but still find ways to cause plenty of trouble for each other and everyone else around them.
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
Following the unsuccessful run of "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo", the creators went back to the drawing board and turned the original "Mystery Inc" characters into small children, who now worked under the title of "The Scooby Doo Detective Agency".
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo
"The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo" was about the adventures of Scooby Doo, Shaggy Rogers, Daphne Blake, and Scrappy-Doo chasing after more mysteries. Now they are joined by a magnificent warlock called Vincent Van Ghoul, who is a cartoon caricature of Vincent Price, and a mischievous boy named Flim-Flam.
The Duck Factory
The series, set in Hollywood, California, follows the adventures of Skip Tarkenton, an animator for Buddy Winkler Productions, a rundown studio that produces the mythical Saturday morning cartoon series, "The Dippy Duck Show".
The Smurfs are a group of over 100 bluish, three-apple tall creatures who live in the mushroom homes of Smurf Village. They are led by 543-year-old Papa Smurf (who doesn't look a day over 530). Their lives would be perfect were it not for the villainous Gargamel, a wizard who spends his days trying to capture them to eat, turn into gold, or for some other evil reason.
Drak Pack (1980)
1980's CBS cartoon series, Drak Pack, showed the adventures of "Drak Jr." (Dracula's nephew), Howler and Frankie (the teenage descendants of The Werewolf and Frankenstein's monster) as they teamed up to fight the forces of evil. In this case, "evil" was O.G.R.E., the Organization for Generally Rotten Endeavours, led by Dr. Dred and his henchmen Toad, Mummy-Man, The Fly, and Vampira.
The voice cast starred Alan Oppenheimer ("Skeletor" of He-Man) as uncle Count Dracula, Jerry Dexter ("Alan" of Josie and the Pussycats) as Drak Jr., Bill Callaway ("Aquaman" of Super Friends) as Howler and Frankie, Hans Conried (narrator of many Dr. Seuss specials) as Dr. Dred, Don Messick ("Scooby" on Scooby-Doo) as Toad and The Fly, Chuck McCann ("Ben/The Thing" on Fantastic Four) as Mummy-Man and Julie McWhirter (the voice of the animated Jeannie) as Vampira.
Scooby and Scrappy-Doo
"Scooby and Scrappy-Doo" premiered on September 22, 1979. This cartoon introduced another character to the cast: Scooby's nephew Scrappy-Doo, whose main purpose was to splat ghosts while the gang tries to run away from them.
The All-New Popeye Show (1977)
1978 marked the beginning of a new era for the squinty-eyed sailor, returning to the small screen in The All-New Popeye Hour.
This series was broken up into different segments: The Adventures of Popeye, Popeye's Treasure Hunt, Popeye's Sports Parade, and Dinky Dog. The latter segment starred a huge mutt and had little or nothing to do with Popeye or any sort of maritime activity.
Because of the changing times, these episodes featured less fighting and more trickery on the part of Popeye's nemesis, who was back to being called Bluto after his mysterious name-switching run as "Brutus." Each episode also featured a public service portion, in which the spinach-eating swabby would educate his nephews Peepeye, Pupeye, and Pipeye on topics such as home safety or sensible dieting.
The Scooby-Doo Show
This series was created after The Scooby-Doo Movies, which featured a guest star. It was very different from Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, which mostly focused on a spooky theme, and it was always dark. On The Scooby-Doo Show, however, everything was different. It focused more on an action theme, and the plots were better. It also introduced a new character named Scooby Dum.
The New Tom & Jerry Show
After years of fighting, and continuously trying to do each other in, Tom and Jerry have called truce, and are now best friends. This cartoon is a more gentle, and non-violent show. Jerry had a new look, with his red bow tie on. They go on new adventures together through the world of sports, villains, and more. Like in the original show, Tom and Jerry don't speak. The show was cut up in three short 10-minute episodes. It wasn't as popular as its predecessor, but it is still remembered by its creators, and, of course, its fans.
Hong Kong Phooey
This was a 16-episode Hanna-Barbera animated series that first aired in 1974.
Penrod Pooch(Penry for short) is a mild mannered canine janitor at a police station and whenever help is needed he dives into a file cabinet and emerges as a karate fighting, super hero named Hong Kong Phooey.
Accompanied by his trusty feline companion Spot, Hong Kong Phooey fights crime while double checking his trusty textbook The Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu.Bumbling through solving crimes it is Spot who is inaudibly muttering the clues while Penry takes credit.
Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch (1974)
This Hanna-Barbera cartoon focuses on on Wheelie, a red superhero Volkswagen Beetle that makes his living as a professional racing and stunt car. Unlike the other vehicles in the show, Wheelie only speaks in body sound effects, but also emotes by his honking language and displaying symbols across his windshield monitor showing his inner thoughts. He can also produce any form of prop needed from his hood latch through the use of special mechanized hands. Wheelie's regular nemeses are a four-member motorcycle agency called the Chopper Bunch.
Valley of the Dinosaurs (1974)
During a rafting excursion of an uncharted river canyon, Professor John Butler, wife Kim, kids Katie and Greg and family dog Digger get caught up in a mysterious whirlpool and resurface in a world of prehistoric creatures. Now everyday is an exercise in survival for the adventurous Butler family. They befriend a helpful cave-dwelling family and together must contend with an angry brontosaurus and a dangerous sabertooth tiger - and don't forget the earthquakes and volcanoes!
Inch High, Private Eye
Inch High, Private Eye was a 1973 Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The titular character of Inch High, Private Eye was a miniature detective (literally one inch high). Inch often enlisted the help of his niece Lori (sometimes written "Laurie"), her muscle-bound friend Gator, and their dog Braveheart to help solve mysteries. Their primary mode of transportation was the Hushmobile, a streamlined car that made virtually no noise while being driven, making it perfect for following criminals unnoticed. The small Inch worked for The Finkerton Detective Agency (a wordplay lampoon of The Pinkerton Detective Agency), where the boss (Mr. Finkerton) constantly dreamed of the day that he would fire him.
Yogi's Gang (1973)
"Yogi's Gang" is a 30-minute animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera which aired 16 half-hour episodes on ABC from September 8, 1973, to December 29, 1973. The show began as "Yogi's Ark Lark," a special TV movie on "The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie" in 1972.
The New Scooby-Doo Movies
Following a successful run of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, The New Scooby-Doo Movies was the first of many reincarnations of the lovable talking hound's show. To boost the already increasing popularity of the series, each episode of The New Scooby Doo Movies featured a guest star.
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
This family of super sleuths are comprised of the Chinese detective Charlie Chan, his 10 children and their family dog, Chu Chu. The children always try to help out their dad to bring in the bad guy. Charlie Chan's 10 children are Henry Chan, Alan Chan, Stanley Chan, Suzie Chan, Mimi Chan, Anne Chan, Tom Chan, Flip Chan, Nancy Chan, and Scooter Chan.
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1971)
The show followed neighbors Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble in their teenage years as girlfriend/boyfriend. The episodes were set mainly in the duo's activities at Bedrock High School in the prehistoric town of Bedrock with their friends Moonrock, Penny, Wiggy, Cindy and her boyfriend Fabian, Bad Luck Schleprock, and a motorcycle gang called the Bronto Bunch. Fred, Wilma, Barney, and Betty were also featured on the show in supporting roles.
Josie and the Pussycats (1970)
Josie and the Pussycats followed the adventures of an all-girl rock and roll group as they travelled the world playing gigs and solving mysteries. Josie began her career as an Archie comics character in the late 1960's, starring in her own self-titled book. The stories followed the day-to-day adventures of Josie and her girlfriend Melody. Later, the title was expanded to Josie and the Pussycats, turning Josie and Melody into a rock band, along with new friend Valerie. Singer/guitarist Josie was the level-headed leader, drummer Melody added zaniness with her half-witted remarks and effervescent charm, and tambourinist Valerie was the brains of the group, typically saving the day with her intellect and know-how. Along with the three Pussycats were roadie (and Josie's boyfriend) Alan, band manager Alexander Cabot III, his conniving sister Alexandra, and her mischiveous little cat, Sebastian. Bitter and talentless Alexandra had her eye on Alan, and constantly schemed to remove Josie
"Where's Huddles?" was an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1970. It was similar in style to "The Flintstones" and used several of the same plots and voice actors. Also, like "The Flintstones," it aired in the evening during prime time, had a laugh track, and had somewhat adult themes. The show's premise involved a professional football quarterback named Ed Huddles (voiced by Cliff Norton) and his neighbor, Bubba McCoy (voiced by Mel Blanc). They played for a team called The Rhinos. Other characters included Ed's wife Marge (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl) and their rather jovial if acerbic neighbor Claude Pertwee (voiced by Paul Lynde). The Rhinos' football announcer was voiced by actual sportscaster Dick Enberg, who at the time was the voice of the Los Angeles Rams. Alan Reed had a recurring role as Mad Dog Maloney, the Rhinos' coach. In addition, the Huddles had a dog named Fumbles (voiced by Don Messick) that often would laugh at someone's misfortune.
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
This cartoon introduced four kids and a dog named Scooby-Doo. These kids were Daphne Blake, Freddy Jones, Velma Dinkley, Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, and their mascot. They travelled around in a green van known as "The Mystery Machine" and solved many scary mysteries along the way.
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (1969)
Syvester Sneekly is the legal guardian of female race car driver Penelope Pitstop. He disguises himself as The Hooded Claw for the purpose of killing her so he can get her wealth.
Wacky Races was one of the best yet shortest running Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Each show was 30 minutes long with 2 races each. Every episode Dick Dastardly and Muttley (The Mean Machine) would desperately try to win by setting traps that always backfired.
The Herculoids (1967)
The Herculoids are a group of five super-powered creatures lead by King Zandor of Amzot, his wife Tara, and his son, Dorno. They live together on the planet Quasar and fight against the inevitable alien invaders who seem to show up every week. They crossed over with many other Hanna/Barbera characters such as Space Ghost, the genie Shazam, and many more that remain popular to this day. The shows varied between 10 and 15 minutes, and were often mixed with other shows. Characters
(The Herculoids) Gloop & Gleep: Two yellow blobs that can change their forms at will, stretch, and are incredibly elastic. Tundro: A rhinoceros-like dinosaur with thick shielding, he can stretch out his ten legs and blast rocks from its one horn that burst open, causing a mess. Zok: A flying dragon that can release laser beams from its tail and eyes, and can survive in outer space. Igoo: A large ape made of rock, compiled of immense power and very hard to bring down. Zandor, Tara
Chuck and Nancy are twins who find two ancient rings. They lock them together to spell the name "SHAZZAN". Then they are transported back in time to the Arabian Knights. They meet a 60 foot tall genie.
Young Samson is an animated show from the 1960s was about a boy and his dog who could transform into super-powered versions of themselves to fight evil. Whenever the boy touched his gold bracelets together and said, "I need Samson power!" he became the biblical strongman Samson, and his dog became the super lion, Goliath. Instead of dealing with Delilah and the Philistines, they battled modern villains and monsters.
Space Ghost, along with teenaged sidekicks Jan and Jace and their monkey Blip, fight villains in outer space. Usually, Space Ghost's sidekicks would get captured or trapped by the villains, and Space Ghost would have to defeat the villains and save the day. His enemies included Zorak, Brak and his brother Sisto, Creature King, Black Widow (aka Spider Woman), Lokar, Moltar, and Metallus.
Laurel & Hardy
Laurel & Hardy in animated form were seen on TV in the fall of 1966. Larry Harmon did Stan Laurel's voice, and Jim MacGeorge did Oliver Hardy. 156 shorts were made in total, each having its own opening and closing wrap-arounds, to make them easy to air in syndication.
The Quest family and their bodyguard investigate strange phenomena and battle villains around the world.
Magilla Gorilla was about a gorilla for sale in a pet store that no one wants to buy. With voice talents including Mel Blanc (Looney Tunes: Voice Artist) and Don Messick, this show was an instant classic.
The Jetsons are a family living in the future. They have all manner of technological appliances to help around the house. George Jetson works at Spaceley's Sprockets, doing his best for his family.
The Flintstones was a parody on modern suburban life, set in the Stone Age. The characters in the cartoon series all behaved and spoke in a contemporary manner, though they lived in the prehistoric city of Bedrock.
Quick Draw McGraw
The equine sheriff and his faithful burro sidekick, Baba Looey, dispense frontier justice in this Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Quick Draw's six-gun was sometimes replaced by the guitar of his alter ego, the Zorro-like El Kabong, who played a mean six-string.
The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Huckleberry Hound Show is an animated TV series about a blue dog with a Southern drawl and a fondness for the song "My Darling, Clementine." Every episode had him playing the part of a different profession, from police officer to lion tamer to medieval knight. The one thing that remained constant was Huckleberry's unruffled persistence to triumph over his opponent no matter how often he was outsmarted, outfought or fell victim to his own failed plans.
The Ruff and Reddy Show
The Ruff & Reddy Show was Hanna-Barbera's first cartoon series which featured a cat (Ruff) and dog (Reddy) in serialized adventures, with thirteen episodes comprising a story arc. Ruff, was voiced by Don Messick, and Reddy was voiced by Daws Butler.
Hanna and Barbera opened their cartoon studio the same year MGM (the studio they worked for) closed down its cartoon studio. After much effort, they were able to sell Ruff & Reddy to NBC, but they were only able to get $2700 per half hour of cartoon show, so all the meticulous detail into making the Tom and Jerry shorts were eschewed for a production-line process. Bill and Joe, taking a cue from 1949's "Crusader Rabbit," reasoned the best way to offset the low production values was to create appealing heroes and captivating storylines. Ruff and Reddy made their way through clandestine escapades squaring off against villains like Scarey Harry Safari, Killer and Diller, and Captain Greedy and Salt Water Daffy. Assisting our heroes in several adventures was wacky scientist Professor Gizmo.
The show was first aired on NBC in December 1957 as part of live action host segments. Jimmy Blaine was the host on the show's first run (1957-60), and Captain Bob Cottle replaced him in the second run (1962-64). When the show went into syndication, the opening titles, which were never shown on the NBC telecasts, were seen with the "H-B Enterprises" card. The theme song was also heard for the first time:
Get set, get ready Here comes Ruff and Reddy They're tough but steady Always rough and ready
They sometimes have their little spats Even fight like dogs and cats But when they need each other That's when they're Ruff and Reddy Ruff & Reddy episodes appeared on Family Channel's "Incredible Animals" cartoon show in 1992 and recently the series has aired on Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang.