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Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear and Wally Gator on USA Cartoon Express

Discussion in 'Back To The Inkwell - Classic Cartoons Discussion' started by ClassicTVMan1981, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. ClassicTVMan1981

    Feb 23, 2011
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    Does anyone remember the usual sequence of segments USA Cartoon Express had in its treatment of Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear and Wally Gator?

    Both Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear originally made their first trips on the Express in 1985, followed by Wally Gator in 1987. Yogi then defected from the Express around 1989, and spent his next syndicated years on Nickelodeon, where he would remain up to 1992, the year Cartoon Network was established by Turner Entertainment, thus taking much of the charm of USA Cartoon Express with it; the only H-B shows to remain on the Express after 1992 included The Smurfs, which would depart the following year (1993) followed in quick succession by Scooby-Doo (1994). However, a newly-syndicated Yogi Bear Show appeared in 1988.

    USA's handling of the Huckleberry Hound Show largely followed the post-1962 format. At the end of each episode of HHS was the mythical 1966-dated end credits, followed by the H-B Swirling Star logo. On HHS, we had the following shows:
    *Huckleberry Hound
    *Pixie & Dixie & Mr. Jinks
    *Quick Draw McGraw
    *Snooper & Blabber
    *Hokey Wolf
    *Yakky Doodle

    The Wally Gator & Friends package USA had from 1987-92 consisted of these segments:
    *Wally Gator
    *Loopy DeLoop
    *Magilla Gorilla

  2. Mark The Shark

    Aug 4, 2007
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    USA called the show Yogi Bear when it started in the fall of 1985. But most of the time, it was really Huckleberry Hound. They had a Yogi opening and a Huck closing. Both have been seen since then on Boomerang. (Same versions.) Most of the shows followed the original running orders, even down to rotating the order of the characters from one show to the next. But all the cartoons were not shown -- the Huck and Pixie/Dixie cartoons from the final season were left out (along with a couple other "stray" cartoons) and just a small handful of the half-hours featured the later Yogi Bear cartoons first seen on his own show (with a Yogi Bear closing) and some combination of either Snagglepuss, Yakky Doodle and/or Hokey Wolf (from the Huckleberry Hound show) as the other two segments.

    Just prior to the re-launching of Yogi in syndication, USA reformatted the shows in the summer of 1988, dropping the show opening and replacing the Yogi cartoons with either Hokey, Snag or Yakky -- and they were quite redundant since the USA series didn't feature all their cartoons. Huck was moved to the top of the show, no more rotating. They called this revised version of the show Huckleberry Hound And Friends.

    When Hanna-Barbera's Yogi Bear Show (that was the on-screen title) launched in the fall of 1988, some shows consisted of three Yogi cartoons (the originals and some newly-produced ones made for this show). Yogi's Gang and Galaxy Goof-Ups (but not, IIRC, Yogi's Space Race) were also in the mix -- with a new 1988 show opening and the shows' original closings. They also included Yogi's Ark Lark as a two-part episode.

    I saw it in Chicago. In the spring of 1989, they mixed things up and added other Hanna-Barbera cartoons to the mix. The middle segment would rotate as follows:

    Yippee, Yappee And Yahooey (Monday)
    Precious Pupp (Tuesday)
    Snooper & Blabber (Wednesday)
    Secret Squirrel (Thursday)
    Ricochet Rabbit (Friday)

    ...and then, "Punkin Puss" replaced "Precious Pupp" and "Augie Doggie" replaced "Secret Squirrel."

    This package aired until 1990. Then, Yogi moved to Nickleodeon, including all the original Yogi cartoons and the 1988 cartoons -- but not the other Hanna-Barbera characters mentioned above. They also included Yogi's Gang (but not Yogi's Ark Lark), Yogi's Space Race and Galaxy Goof-Ups, all with their appropriate openings and closings -- including the Hanna-Barbera closing logos of the period, which had been replaced with the "swirling star" in syndication a couple years earlier.

    USA did not show Snooper & Blabber (nor Augie Doggie). Quick Draw McGraw was not shown along with Huck and Yogi, but instead as part of another show (see below).

    They didn't give that show a title -- it was just part of Cartoon Express and the announcer would mention which characters would be on that day's show -- but when TV Guide began listing the shows under their individual show titles instead of just a blanket listing as "Cartoon Express," they listed it as Magilla Gorilla And Friends. This is where Quick Draw McGraw played on USA. It was an odd assortment of cartoons which originally had nothing to do with one another.

    The lineup of cartoons in each half-hour varied:

    Magilla / Quick Draw / Wally (or Quick Draw / Magilla / Wally)

    Magilla / Quick Draw / Loopy (or Quick Draw /Magilla / Loopy)

    Quick Draw / Wally / Loopy

    Magilla / Wally / Loopy (I think there was only one show with this lineup)

    Wally / Loopy / Wally

    Loopy / Loopy / Loopy

    Somehow they fit them all in, with (IIRC) one Magilla Gorilla cartoon shown twice.

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