I guess it's time to pull the next, and last, name out of the hat. I do it with just a bit of sadness since it means there will be tons of dogs that will not get their moment in the sun. I know I could keep those bits of paper until sometime next year, but that's just an awful mess to hold onto for that long. I'm actually impressed that I managed to do it for a month. I've had a lot of fun highlighting some of my favorite canine characters over the last month and I think, though it was through chance, that the dogs selected offer a good overview of man's best friend in the fictional world. With that being said, I would like to introduce Huckleberry Hound.
I think there is strong argument to make over whether Disney or Hanna-Barbera has contributed the most to pop culture. I'm not even sure I could pick a winner between the two of them, but if my feet were held onto burning coals, I would have to give the edge to Hanna-Barbera. When you think of iconic cartoon characters, some of which have been featured on the blog in past years, I will guarantee most of them are Hanna-Barbera creations. One of my favorites, who I don't think gets the love he deserves, is Huckleberry Hound. The blue dog with a southern drawl who never seems to have a good grasp on any job, has to be one of those classic characters that brings a smile to my face every time I run across one of his cartoons.
Huckleberry, bless his heart, just can't seem to do anything the way he's supposed to. He's been a police officer, dragon slayer, cowboy, knight, jungle boy, and just about anything else you can think of. The fact that he survives these "occupations" has to be attributed to a guardian angel hovering around him constantly. As much as he tries, and he does tries, nothing goes the right way. But like any true hero, he never gives up or becomes discouraged. He keeps on keeping on, of course it wouldn't be as much fun to watch if he didn't.
I think I'm going to end this now and go watch a few of his cartoons on YouTube. Nothing moves me quite the way Huckleberry does when he is singing "Oh My Darling, Clementine."