The Kwicky Koala Show

The Kwicky Koala Show is a 30-minute Saturday-morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that aired on CBS from September 12, 1981, to September 11, 1982. This series is notable for being among cartoon director Tex Avery's final works; he died during production in 1980. As it was produced in Australia, the Cartoon Network and later Boomerang broadcasts were sourced from PAL masters, rather than NTSC masters like many other Hanna-Barbera productions. Each segment has also been shown separately as filler between shows on Boomerang.

The Kwicky Koala Show
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GenreAnimation
Comedy
Created byTex Avery
Written byBob Ogle
Directed byGeorge Gordon
Carl Urbano
Rudy Zamora
Voices ofBob Ogle
John Stephenson
Michael Bell
Peter Cullen
Marshall Efron
Matthew Faison
Jim MacGeorge
Allan Melvin
Don Messick
Frank Welker
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s)Art Scott
Editor(s)Gil Iverson
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises (1981–1989)
Great American Broadcasting (1989–1991)
Turner Program Services (1991–1996)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1996–present)
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1981 (1981-09-12) –
September 11, 1982 (1982-09-11)

The Kwicky Koala Show contained the following four short segments: Kwicky Koala, The Bungle Brothers, Crazy Claws and Dirty Dawg.

SegmentsEdit

Kwicky KoalaEdit

Kwicky Koala (voiced by writer Bob Ogle) is similar to Avery's Droopy, except that Kwicky can escape his pursuer Wilford Wolf (voiced by John Stephenson impersonating Paul Lynde). The difference is that Kwicky moves at super-speed, which looks more like vanishing into thin air with an accompanying "beep" sound effect, much like Speedy Gonzales (the animation shortcut used to facilitate this often went to extremes by making Kwicky disappear from one spot and reappear instantly in the next, with no intermediate smear frames). For a koala, Kwicky has an American accent rather than an Australian accent (koalas are native to Australia).

EpisodesEdit

Title Original air date
K.1"Sink or Swim"September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12)
K.2"Robinson Caruso"September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19)
While vacationing on an island, Wilford discovers Kwicky looking for treasure as he plans to catch him.
K.3"In a Pig's Eye"September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26)
K.4"Robin Hoodwink"October 3, 1981 (1981-10-03)
K.5"Kwicky Goes West"October 10, 1981 (1981-10-10)
K.6"Collectors Item"October 17, 1981 (1981-10-17)
K.7"The Incredible Lunk"October 24, 1981 (1981-10-24)
K.8"Race to Riches"October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
K.9"Kangaroo Kapers"November 7, 1981 (1981-11-07)
K.10"Double Trouble"November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)
K.11"Around the World in 80 Seconds"November 21, 1981 (1981-11-21)
On his birthday, Wilford plans to obtain his own present by catching Kwicky. Upon receiving a ticking present, Wilford thinks it's a time bomb and flees.
K.12"Kwicky's Karnival Kaper"November 28, 1981 (1981-11-28)
K.13"Scream Test"December 5, 1981 (1981-12-05)
K.14"Disguise the Limit"December 12, 1981 (1981-12-12)
K.15"Museum Mayhem"December 19, 1981 (1981-12-19)
K.16"Cabin Crazy"December 26, 1981 (1981-12-26)

The Bungle BrothersEdit

A pair of beagles named George (voiced by Michael Bell) and Joey (voiced by Allan Melvin) seek vaudeville stardom. This segment is mostly short wraparounds.

EpisodesEdit

Title Original air date
B.1"Hat Dance / Dry Run / Cheap Trick"September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12)
B.2"High Rollers / Teeter Totter Act / The Circus Cannon Act"September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19)
B.3"Trapeze Act / Saw in Two / Unicycle"September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26)
B.4"Big Pie Jump / Honk If You Love Joey / Sound Off"October 3, 1981 (1981-10-03)
B.5"Joey Juggling George / The Toe Dancing Beagle or Whats Nureyev / The Barrel Jump"October 10, 1981 (1981-10-10)
B.6"Karate Chop Act / Tarzan Swing Act / The Ventriloquist"October 17, 1981 (1981-10-17)
B.7"Rope Twirling Act / High Wire Harness / The Marionette Act"October 24, 1981 (1981-10-24)
B.8"Cream Pie / Ballonitics / Escape Artist"October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
B.9"Rock Band / Circus Car / Dueling Trombones"November 7, 1981 (1981-11-07)
B.10"Quiz Whiz Kid / Stilts / The Romeo and Juliet Act"November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)
B.11"Animal Trainers / Double Jump / Pie Faced"November 21, 1981 (1981-11-21)
B.12"The Plumbers Helper / Bungle Ballet / Hang 20"November 28, 1981 (1981-11-28)
B.13"The Big Bang / Flipped Out / Bucking Bull"December 5, 1981 (1981-12-05)
B.14"Hamlet Lays an Egg / The Magic Ring Act / The Fly"December 12, 1981 (1981-12-12)
B.15"Weight Weight Lifter / Droop the Loop / Heavy Ending"December 19, 1981 (1981-12-19)
B.16"Ice Follies / Punchy Pirates / Spring Is in the Air / Concert Pianist"December 26, 1981 (1981-12-26)

Crazy ClawsEdit

A wildcat named Crazy Claws (voiced by Jim MacGeorge impersonating Groucho Marx) uses his sharp wits and equally sharp claws to evade the fur trapper Rawhide Clyde (voiced by Don Messick) and his dog Bristletooth (voiced by Peter Cullen) in a U.S. National Park run by Ranger Rangerfield (voiced by Michael Bell).

EpisodesEdit

Title Original air date
C.1"Crazy it's Cold Outside"September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12)
Crazy Claws stays in Clyde's shack in Winter time.
C.2"The Claws Conspiracy"September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19)
Clyde tries using Glue, Fleas, and Cement to trap Crazy Claws.
C.3"Crazy Challenges"September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26)
Clyde has Crazy Claws compete with Bristletooth, as an excuse to capture Him.
C.4"Clyde's Birthday Surprise"October 3, 1981 (1981-10-03)
It's Rangerfield's birthday and Crazy Claws hopes to throw one for Him as Clyde intends to get Crazy Claws.
C.5"The Ice Rage"October 10, 1981 (1981-10-10)
While Crazy Claws and the Ranger brings a sign on top of a snowy mountain, Clyde tries to get Crazy Claws.
C.6"Claws Encounters of the Worst Kind"October 17, 1981 (1981-10-17)
Crazy Claws encounters Aliens who are really Clyde and Bristletooth, but when real aliens come...
C.7"Lookout Crazy"October 24, 1981 (1981-10-24)
While helping Rangerfield make repairs on a park tower, Crazy Claws has to avoid Clyde.
C.8"Crazy Camping"October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
Crazy Claws camps out, as Clyde intends to capture Him nearby.
C.9"Gold Crazy"November 7, 1981 (1981-11-07)
Clyde searches a mine for gold.
C.10"See Saw Claws"November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)
Clyde and Bristletooth try to capture Crazy Claws in a playground.
C.11"Choo Choo Crazy"November 21, 1981 (1981-11-21)
Chaos ensues when Crazy Claws and Rangerfield are in a runaway miniature train.
C.12"Bearly Asleep"November 28, 1981 (1981-11-28)
A grumpy bear who tries to hibernate stands between Clyde and Crazy Claws.
C.13"Old Blowhard"December 5, 1981 (1981-12-05)
Clyde uses a geyser called Old Blowhard to capture Crazy Claws.
C.14"Snow Biz"December 12, 1981 (1981-12-12)
Clyde tries to capture Crazy Claws around the snowy forest.
C.15"Claws Ahoy"December 19, 1981 (1981-12-19)
Crazy Claws tags along with the ranger on a boat, who is marking the park's sights.
C.16"Rattletrap Rawhide"December 26, 1981 (1981-12-26)
Clyde uses an automobile in hopes of capturing Crazy Claws.

Dirty DawgEdit

A vagrant Labrador Retriever named Dirty Dawg (voiced by Frank Welker impersonating Howard Cosell) seeks to improve life for himself and his friend Ratso the Rat (voiced by Marshall Efron) while staying ahead of a police officer named Officer Bullhorn (voiced by Matthew Faison).

EpisodesEdit

Title Original air date
D.1"Pigskin Pooch"September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12)
Dirty helps sneak Ratso and a few Pups to the Super Duper Bowl.
D.2"Dirty's Debut"September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19)
Dirty enters Ratso in a canine competition as they go up against Officer Bullhorn and his dog Fang.
D.3"Dirty Dawg's Faux Paw"September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26)
Dirty and Ratso infiltrate a Private Party while a burglar is on the loose.
D.4"Calling Dr. Dirty"October 3, 1981 (1981-10-03)
Dirty and Ratso infiltrate a hospital to get free food.
D.5"Lo-Cal Pals"October 10, 1981 (1981-10-10)
Dirty and Ratso infiltrate a building, not knowing it's a weight-loss Place!
D.6"A Close Encounter of the Canine Kind"October 17, 1981 (1981-10-17)
Dirty and Ratso encounter a minuscule alien.
D.7"Pie-Eyed Pooch"October 24, 1981 (1981-10-24)
Dirty hopes to acquire some pie from a fair's pie-eating contest, but how can he get any without funds?
D.8"Dirty Money"October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
Rasto digs up a case of money, which is targeted by two crooks.
D.9"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Zoo"November 7, 1981 (1981-11-07)
For Ratso's Birthday, Dirty brings him to the Zoo.
D.10"Urban Cowdawg"November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)
Dirty and Ratso find themselves in a rodeo.
D.11"Dirty-O and Juliet"November 21, 1981 (1981-11-21)
Dirty falls for a regal and clean female canine.
D.12"Sea Dawg Dirty"November 28, 1981 (1981-11-28)
Dirty and Ratso stow away on a cruiseliner, but they didn't know Officer Bullhorn is here as well!
D.13"Little White Lie"December 5, 1981 (1981-12-05)
Dirty covers Ratso in chalk dust so that he'd trade places with a white mouse at a research laboratory.
D.14"The Great Dirtini"December 12, 1981 (1981-12-12)
Dirty in hopes of getting food, finds himself in a magic show.
D.15"Disco Dawg"December 19, 1981 (1981-12-19)
Dirty opens His own restaurant using a jukebox, but Bullhorn intends to get the Jukebox for the Policeman's Ball.
D.16"Marathon Mutt"December 26, 1981 (1981-12-26)
Dirty enters Ratso in a marathon to win $1,000 cash prize.

CastEdit

Additional voicesEdit

Home mediaEdit

A VHS release of the series was issued by Worldvision Home Video during the late 1980s, and several episodes were released on DVD by Warner Home Video as part of Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1980s Collection, Volume 1 on May 4, 2010. The episodes on this set are "Dry Run", "Robinson Caruso", "High Roller", "The Claws Conspiracy", "Hat Dance" and "Dirty's Debut".

On October 11, 2016, Warner Archive released The Kwicky Koala Show: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 for the very first time, as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[1]

Other appearancesEdit

  • In the Cartoon Network bumper "Sick Days", a majority of cartoon characters call in sick to work, resulting in a programming problem due to the talent shortage. The result was CN airing a 24-hour Kwicky Koala Marathon, much to the viewers' dismay.
  • Kwicky makes some cameo appearances in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. He appears as a tattoo in the episode "Deadomutt Part 2". He also appears in "SPF", where he, along with Dirty Dawg, appears as one of the victims of Cybersquatting, and in "The Death of Harvey" during the riots, laying in a road crater and moving his head. Additionally, Officer Bullhorn appears as a jury candidate in "Juror in Court".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'The Complete Series' of the 1981 Saturday Morning Cartoons". Archived from the original on 2016-10-02.

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