Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy Anniversary to "The Huckleberry Hound Show"

Today is the 50th Anniversary of "The Huckleberry Hound Show". On October 2, 1958 the show introduced us Huck, Mr. Jinks, Pixie and Dixie, Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo Bear. The show premiered in prime time in syndication and was an immediate hit. Huck was the first animated star to win an Emmy Award for best Animated Series in 1960. This was the start of the Hanna-Barbera Animation success that lead them to be the leading makers of animated cartoons for TV.
In 1961, due to his popularity, Yogi Bear was given his own show. Along with the "Smarter than the Average Bear", his co-stars were Yakky Doodle and Snaggle Puss. Yogi went on to be one of the studio's biggest stars.
Yogi - along with The Flintstones - was made into an animated feature film in 1964.
Coincidentally, I just read read that Warner Brothers Studios is planning a live action/CGI movie. I hope they get someone as good as Daws Butler and Don Messick to do the voices of the classic characters...and not some overpaid celebrities.

Now please excuse me while I go and watch some of these Great Cartoons.

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