Quick Draw McGraw, or just Quick Draw, is a fictional anthropomorphic horse and the main protagonist and title character of The Quick Draw McGraw Show. He is depicted as wearing red cowboy hat and blue cowboy scarf. He was voiced by Daws Butler.
Quick Draw was usually depicted as a sheriff in a series of short films set in the Arizona Territory of the Old West. Quick Draw was often accompanied by his deputy, a Mexican burro called Baba Looey (also voiced by Butler) who spoke English with a Mexican accent. In the Spanish American version, Quick Draw (Tiro Loco McGraw) speaks in a very English-influenced accent, and Baba Looey (Pepe Trueno, or Pepe Luis in some episodes) speaks in a very Mexican accent, so it was clear that Quick Draw was the alien, and there was no need to adapt any feature of the story. In the Brazilian version, however, Quick Draw speaks in a drawling Portuguese which along with his hispanized name (Pepe Legal) would suggest he was either a Texan-American or Mexican cowboy.
Quick Draw satirized the westerns that were popular among the American public at the time. His character was well-intentioned, but somewhat dim.
Another featured character was Snuffles, the bloodhound dog who would point to his mouth and “ah-ah-ah-” when he wanted a biscuit, then hug himself, leap up in the air, and float back down after having eaten one. In several cases when Quick Draw did not have a dog biscuit to offer, or if he tried to give Snuffles the reward cash for capturing an outlaw, Snuffles would either shake his head and say, “Uh-uh,” or grunt to himself and mumble “Darn cheapskate!” In his first appearance, Bow-Wow Bandit, he was trying to find Quick Draw’s assistant Baba Looey, who was kidnapped by a bandit that thinks that he has a tattoo of a map on his back. He wasn’t called Snuffles, Quick Draw sometimes calls him dog deputy.
Huckleberry “Huck” Hound is a fictional cartoon character, a blue dog that speaks with a Southern drawl and has a relaxed, sweet, and well-intentioned personality. He first appeared in the series The Huckleberry Hound Show. Huckleberry Hound’s southern drawl and laid back mannerisms bear close resemblance to the character “Southern Wolf” in the MGM cartoons including those produced by Hanna and Barbera.
The term “huckleberry” can be a slang expression for a rube or an amateur, or a mild expression of disapproval. Most of his short films consisted of Huck trying to perform jobs in different fields, ranging from policeman to dogcatcher, with results that backfired, yet usually coming out on top, either through slow persistence or sheer luck. Huck did not seem to exist in a specific time period as he has also been a Roman gladiator, a Medieval knight, and a rocket scientist. He never appeared in futuristic cartoons, only those set in the present or the past.
One regular antagonist in the series was “Powerful Pierre”, a tall and muscular unshaven character with a French accent. Another regular villain was “Dinky Dalton” a rough and tough western outlaw that Huck usually has to capture, and Crazy Coyote, an Indian who Huck often had to defeat who was his match. There were also two crows with Mafia accents who often annoyed Farmer Huck. Another trademark of Huck was his tone deaf and inaccurate rendition of “Oh My Darling, Clementine”, often used as a running gag. He also commonly used the phrase “and stuff like that there” in place of “and so on”. This phrase showed up quite often in many Hanna-Barbera productions of this time, but Huckleberry said it more often than anyone else. One of his careers had his job position on the door listed as “TS & SLTT”. When asked what it stood for, Huck said “Top secrets and stuff like that there.”
Various Hanna-Barbera characters were known for breaking the fourth wall, frequently turning to the viewing audience to make comments and asides. Huck took this to somewhat of an extreme, and a significant part of a typical cartoon was his running narrative to the audience about whatever he was trying to accomplish.
Quick Draw McGraw And Huckleberry Hound TV’s Favorite Cartoon Stars 19 Great Theme Songs (Golden Records LP-51 1959).
“This album brings together for the first time on record, the most delightful and refreshing cartoon characters ever devised for TV. With each new series, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, the creators of these wonderful films seem to surpass themselves in ingenuity. Here at last, especially with Quick Draw McGraw, are cartoons that any adult can watch and really enjoy along with the youngsters. These songs reflect that humor and zest which has become the trademark of Hanna-Barbera productions.”
Jimmy Carroll Orchestra (Conductor), Don Elliott and the Cartoon Cowboys Featuring the Voices of Gil Mack (Artist)