On Ruff and Reddy

This one may be new to most readers, but this may be the first cartoon series I can recall watching. The words to sing along are below the video, so scroll down before playing the theme song to Ruff and Reddy.


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Get set, get ready,
Here come 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 rough and ready.

Characters
Ruff, a straight and smart cat; Reddy, a dumb and stupid dog

Villains: “Scary” Harry Safari, Captain Greedy and Salt Water Daffy; and Killer and Diller

Ruff and Reddy, plus Professor Gizmo meeting aliens from Muni-Mula (a strange planet of metal) is their most memorable episode

Muni-Mula is (“aluminum” spelled backward)

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The Show
Created by Hanna-Barbera, and their first production

Ruff, voiced by Don Messick with a similar voice he would later use for Pixie the mouse

Reddy, voiced by Daws Butler with this southern draw later becoming the voice of Huckleberry Hound

The show featured a live action host/emcee (Jimmy Blaine), and the episodes had a narrator (Don Messick)

In the show (but between cartoon episodes), Puppeteers Rufus Rose and Bobby Nicholson provided comedic relief as Rhubarb the Parrot and Jose the Toucan.

For those needing more Muni-Mula

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Production
NBC originally broadcasted Ruff and Reddy in black and white in December 1957 on NBC

3 seasons, 156 episodes

First: Planet Pirates (Dec 14 1957)

Last: Have Blop Will Travel (Feb 4, 1960)

The episodes were not much longer than four minutes, including an opening song and much repetition of preceding events.

There were 13 episodes in each of the 12 stories of the serials

The show’s episodes borrowed from the serialized storytelling format of such shows as Crusader Rabbit that used episodes with cliffhanger storylines

Although NBC cancelled the show after 1959-1960, they revived the show the spring of 1962 with Captain Bob Cottle as the host

NBC cancelled the series in September 1964

Additional FYI
Ruff and Reddy was translated into other languages: Jambo & Ruivão (Brazilian Portuguese), Pouf & Riqui (French), Ruff e Reddy (Italian),  Жолтко и Лутко (Zoltko i Lutko) (Macedonian), Ruff y Reddy (Spanish), Ruff och Reddy (Swedish), つよいぞラフティ (Japanese), Ralofo le Rali (Tswana)

Dell Comics published 12 issues of Ruff & Reddy (1958-1962)

Here’s another episode, but without Muni-Mula, enjoy The Long Gone Leprechaun

On Shaggy’s Dog


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I dedicate this post to Princess Pancake, who is currently spending time with her grandmother

Scooby-Doo is a talking, brown Great Dane and companion of Shaggy Rogers

Real name Scoobert “Scooby” Doo

#22 on TV Guide’s Greatest Cartoon Characters

Scooby hangs around four teenagers—Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers

The teens and Scooby are Mystery, Inc …. and ride in a van painted in psychedelic colors known as the Mystery Machine

Here’s a Scooby Moment

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Creation
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (the original show name) debuted on September 13, 1969 with What a Night for a Knight

Broadcast on CBS from 1969 to 1976, when it moved to ABC

17 produced the first season

Remains in production today

Created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears with artist/character designer Iwao Takamoto

Creation was in response to parent organizations complaining about excessive violence in Saturday morning cartoons

Originally called Mysteries Five – and Scooby was called Too Much

Frank Sinatra’s “doo-be-doo-be-doo” in Strangers in the night inspired the name change to Scooby Doo, and renaming the show Scooby-Doo, Where are You!

Theme song was written by David Mook and Ben Raleigh, and performed by Larry Marks and Paul Costello

I Love a Mystery and Dobie Gillis influenced the writers in the early episodes

Show was an instant success with ratings as high as 65%

Tribute

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The Voice

  • Scooby was originally voiced by Don Messick, and remained the voice in every Scooby-Doo production from 1969 until his death in 1997
  • Scooby speech resembles Astro (The Jetsons), who was also voiced by Messick (who also voiced Mutley)
  • Scooby has a speech impediment and tends to pronounce most words as if they begin with an “R”,
  • “Ruh-roh, Raggy!”
  • Don Messick originated the character’s voice patterns, and provided Scooby-Doo’s
  • Radio DJ Casey Kasem voiced Shaggy

Enjoy Part 1 of the premier episode, What a Night for a Knight

On a Ricochet Rabbit

Served as the sheriff of Hoop n Holler

The slow-moving Droop-a-Long Coyote served as his deputy – and his bullets moved slower as they leave a drooping gun

Catch phrase: “Ping-ping-PING! Ricochet Rabbit!” as he bounces off surfaces in the vicinity …. (thus not bing-bing-bing)

Droop-a-Long couldn’t ricochet as well, thus would end up crashing through a window

Ricochet used trick bullets on the bad guys

Created by Hanna-Barbera

Originally aired January 14, 1964 – December 4, 1965, thus 23 episodes in 2 seasons

Debuted on The Magilla Gorilla Show, but only appeared for 10 segments before being replaced by Beezly and Sneezly

Reappeared on Peter Potamus and his Magic Flying Balloon for 13 segments

Ricochet voiced by classic voice actor Don Messick

Droop-a-Long voiced by another classic, Mel Blanc, who was impersonating Festus on Gunsmoke

Music theme by Hoyt Curtain

Also appeared in Yogi’s Ark Lark and Yogi’s Treasure Hunt

Enjoy the episode