On a Classic Laugh

I believe that this is the time period when cartoons started taking a turn for the worse, but Muttley’s laugh is a cartoon classic. Because cartoons evolve like anything else, the wheezy laugh has a history on each side of Muttley’s history. Besides, creators know what works. For some reason, I keep picturing in my mind a dog whose repeated gag would be biting a leg, and then laughing while holding the bite – but I can’t uncover that character.

Muttley information

  • Dick Dastardly’s sidekick on Wacky Races.
  • Hanna-Barbera character
  • Loved metals, and would happily hug himself, jump into the air, and float down like a feather (similar to Snuffles on Quick Draw McGraw)
  • Premiered on September 13, 1969 CBS (17 segments)

Pre-Muttley characters with the laugh

  • Griswold in a Top Cat episode
  • Mugger, mean-spirited circus dog in the Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear movie
  • Precious Pupp, Granny Sweet’s mischievous dog who is also angelic in her presence (Precious Pupp segment of the Atom Ant show).

Post-Muttley characters with the laugh

  • Sebastian (a cat) on Josie and the Pussycats
  • Mumbly, a confused with crime-fighting dog
  • Captain of the Really Rottens in Laff-a-Lympics

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