Saturday, November 22, 2008

Huckleberry Hound in “Piccadilly Dilly”

Give a man a fish and, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Give me an embedded video, and I’ll watch it. Teach me how to embed videos in my Blog, and I’ll endlessly inflict them on you in alarmingly large numbers!

Yes, this Blog HAS become rife with embedded videos of late. But, if you like Lost In Space or early Hanna-Barbera cartoons it can be a beautiful thing. At least I think so…

Piccadilly Dillyis a favorite Huck Hound cartoon that has not been released on DVD. It was written by Warren Foster, going back to the “Jeckyll and Hyde thing” he did for the Friz Freleng Bugs Bunny classic “Hyde and Hare” – but with a different ending.

I particularly like Foster’s dialogue in this one. When Huck converses with “Doctor J.” about his formula, his exchanges with the captain, or when he just cluelessly blathers on to himself. And ya gotta love Hal Smith’s maniacal laughter as "The 'Dilly"!

So, enjoy the great Daws Butler and Hal Smith, and the additional incongruity of Huck as a London Bobby with a Southern drawl.

C’mon, WB… put the rest of Huckleberry Hound out on DVD!


Chris Barat said...


Ya gotta AD-mit... that there Warren-type Foster had a right smart sense o' comic timing! ;-)

Listening to Hal's cackle, I couldn't help but think of J. Giggles Flintstone.


Joe Torcivia said...


Yes, indeedy, Hal Smith dusted off “The Dilly’s” old maniacal laugh for “Uncle Giggles” -- and probably used it in Scooby-Doo as well! Cartoons like this make me wonder why Huck slipped into such undeserved obscurity.