Squiddly Diddly

Squiddly Diddly is an anthropomorphic animated octopus created by Hanna-Barbera, who was featured in his own cartoon segment on The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show beginning in 1965.[1]

Squiddly playing the saxophone, the guitar, and the bongos.

Fictional character biographyEdit

The round-headed, sailor-hatted Squiddly (who resembles an octopus—albeit with only six tentacles—rather than a squid) is kept captive in an aquatic park known as Bubbleland and resides in a pool with his name on it.[2] Squiddly Diddly is an aspiring musician who makes many attempts to escape and attain musical stardom, but he is constantly foiled by Bubbleland's administrator Chief Winchley. In some episodes, Squiddly Diddly manages to escape, but chooses to return to Bubbleland after finding the outside world to be too harsh. Other times Squiddly and Chief Winchley would have to work together to solve problems in Bubbleland. The cartoons show people applauding Squiddly Diddly's musical talents, but often depict terrified people who mistakenly believed that octopuses are hostile.

List of episodesEdit

Season 1 (1965–66)Edit

Ep Title Original air date
11"Way Out Squiddly"October 2, 1965 (1965-10-02)
Two aliens kidnap Squiddly and take him for a wild ride in their spaceship.
22"Show Biz Squid"October 9, 1965 (1965-10-09)
33"The Canvas Back Squid"October 16, 1965 (1965-10-16)
44"Nervous Service"October 23, 1965 (1965-10-23)
55"Westward Ha!"October 30, 1965 (1965-10-30)
66"Sea Grunt"November 6, 1965 (1965-11-06)
77"Chief Cook and Bottle Washer"November 13, 1965 (1965-11-13)
88"Squid on the Skids"November 20, 1965 (1965-11-20)
99"Double Trouble"November 27, 1965 (1965-11-27)
1010"Squid Kid"December 4, 1965 (1965-12-04)
1111"Booty and the Beast"December 11, 1965 (1965-12-11)
1212"Clowning Around"December 18, 1965 (1965-12-18)
1313"Surprise Prize"December 25, 1965 (1965-12-25)
1414"Naughty Astronaut"January 1, 1966 (1966-01-01)
1515"The Ghost Is Clear"January 8, 1966 (1966-01-08)
Squiddly Diddly babysits a young ghost named Wilbur.
1616"Lucky Ducky"January 15, 1966 (1966-01-15)
1717"Foxy Seal"January 22, 1966 (1966-01-22)
1818"Squiddly Double Diddly"January 29, 1966 (1966-01-29)
1919"Hollywood Folly"February 5, 1966 (1966-02-05)
2020"One Black Knight"February 12, 1966 (1966-02-12)

Season 2 (1966-67)Edit

Ep Title Original air date
211"Yo Ho Ho"September 10, 1966 (1966-09-10)
222"Phoney Fish"September 17, 1966 (1966-09-17)
Two criminals named Knuckles and Tiny pose as snorkel fish in order to rob the Bubbleland box office.
233"Gnatman"September 24, 1966 (1966-09-24)
Squiddly Diddly and Chief Winchley each pose as the superhero Gnatman in order to fight crime.
244"Robot Squid"October 1, 1966 (1966-10-01)
255"Jewel Finger"October 8, 1966 (1966-10-08)
266"Baby Squidder"October 15, 1966 (1966-10-15)

Voice castEdit

Home videoEdit

On November 3, 2015, Warner Archive released The Secret Squirrel Show: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This release contains all the Squiddly Diddly shorts.

The episode "Way Out Squiddly" is also available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons Vol. 1.

Squiddly Diddly in other languagesEdit

In other mediaEdit

Squiddly Diddly (middle right) participates in the Superstar Olympics. From Hanna-Barbera Presents #6.
  • In 1966, Hanna-Barbera Records released Squiddly Diddly's Surfin' Surfari on LP.[3]
  • Squiddly Diddly was featured in Yogi's Gang (1973) voiced by Don Messick.
  • Squiddly Diddly made a lone comic book appearance in 1966, as a back-up feature in the only issue of Secret Squirrel, published by Gold Key Comics, and again in 1996, courtesy of Hanna-Barbera Presents #6, published by Archie Comics.
  • Squiddly and Chief Winchley appeared in Yogi's Treasure Hunt.
  • Squiddly Diddly made a cameo in the Yo Yogi! episode "The Big Snoop". He is seen amongst those looking for Super Snooper when he ends up kidnapped. In the episode, he was voiced by Don Messick.
  • In the British comedy Only Fools and Horses Christmas Special 1989 "The Jolly Boys' Outing", Squiddly Diddly was cited by Del Boy as the reason for the failure of his seafood stall, since people were unwilling to consume creatures they had become fond of.
  • Squiddly Diddly has been seen on HBO's The Ricky Gervais Show, where the character is involved in a few scripts, including being side by side with a killer octopus and giving Karl Pilkington a rectal examination.
  • Squiddly Diddly appears in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episodes "SPF", "Gone Efficien...t" and "The Death of Harvey". Chief Winchley makes a cameo in "Juror in Court".
  • Squiddly Diddly made a cameo in a 2012 MetLife commercial entitled "Everyone".
  • Squiddly Diddly's body is shown in Janni Nemo's office in the 2015 graphic novel Nemo: River of Ghosts, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O'Neill.
  • Squiddly Diddly made a cameo as an animatronic in the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Chubby Cheese".
  • Simon Cowell has two dogs named Squiddly and Diddly, a catchphrase he has often used on reality TV shows over the years.
  • Squiddly Diddly appears several times in Mark Russell's 2018 comic book Exit, Stage Left!: The Snagglepuss Chronicles.
  • Squiddly Diddly makes a cameo in the Wacky Races episode "Wacklantis" as various sea life are summoned by the king of Atlantis.
  • Squiddly Diddly makes two cameo appearances in Scoob!, as part of a mural on the side of the building and on a billboard for Bubbleland.
  • Squiddly Diddly makes an appearance as a silhouette in the 2020 Animaniacs revival segment "Suffragette City".
  • Squiddly Diddly appears in Jellystone!, voiced by Niccole Thurman.[4][5] While the original promo image presented Squiddly as a male, the character is female in the actual series.[6] She works at a music store.


  1. ^ "Squiddly Diddly". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved June 4, 2008.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 99–100. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Dave Wagner (July 6, 2007). "Squiddly Diddly's Surfin' Safari LP". Children's Records & More. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "HBO Max Sets New Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Robert Zemeckis Hybrid Series 'Tooned Out', More for Kids & Family Slate". 29 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Trailer: Hanna-Barbera Favorites Return in HBO Max Original 'Jellystone!'". 24 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Jellystone! I Official Trailer I HBO Max Family". YouTube. June 24, 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved June 24, 2021.

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