It was one of the earliest animated series created exclusively for television and featured a hound with a southern accent, a bear who loves picnic basket and a pair of “mee-cess.”
Only the second animated television series from the later-prolific Hanna-Barbera studios, the Huckleberry Hound Show debuted on ABC on October 2nd, 1958.
Each episode of the first two seasons of the show included shorts focusing on three characters:
- Huckleberry Hound: A mild-mannered dog with a southern drawl who often tried out various jobs from the past or present. He was also known for breaking the fourth wall.
- Yogi Bear: Living with Boo-Boo, this bear lives in Jellystone park and constantly tries to get picnic baskets while avoiding Ranger Smith.
- Pixie & Dixie & Mr. Jinks – Two mice constantly try to avoid the traps and plans of Mr. Jinks who hates “those meecess to pieces!”
Yogi Bear proved so popular that the character received his own spin-off show.
In 1961, the Huckleberry Hound Show was the first animated series to earn an Emmy.
The show ended in 1962 after 69 TV episodes (each containing three shorts each).