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Ruff and Reddy Show, The


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Characters & Voices
Hosts/Performers: -
Jimmy Blaine (12/14/1957 - 10/1960)
Captain Bob - Bob Cottle (9/29/1962
Puppeteer/Puppet - Maker
Puppeteer/Puppet - Maker
Puppet Voices: -
Don Jose The Tucan - Bobby Nicholson
Rhubarb The Parrott - Bobby Nicholson
Gramps - Bob Cottle
Jasper - Bob Cottle
Mr. Answer The Magic Talking Question Box - Bob Cottle
Jasper's Cousin - Bob Cottle
Barnicle Bill The Pirate - (actor is unknown)
Cartoon Voices: -
Ruff The Cat - Don Messick
Reddy The Dog - Daws Butler
Prof. Gizmo - Don Messick
Harry Safari An evil hunter - Don Messick
Capt. Greedy - Daws Butler
Salt Water Daffy - Don Messick
The Narrator - Don Messick
Ubble Ubble - Don Messick
Ruff: Smart cat.

Reddy: Dumb dog.

Professor Gizmo: Kindly scientist.

Mission: To foil the plans of do-badders Killer & Diller, the Terrible Texas Twins, Captain Greedy, Salt Water Daffy, Chickasaurus, and the Goon of Glocca Morra.

This show was the first for the newly formed H-B Enterprises (the future Hanna-Barbera), a company started by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera when MGM shut down its animation department. The move had its financial drawbacks. MGM's Tom & Jerry had been budgeted at upwards of $40,000 per episode, but H and B were allotted a paltry $2,800 for Ruff and Reddy. Luckily, the show made up for its skimpy animation with voiceovers by Daws Butler and Don Messick, two voice kings who went on to become Hanna-Barbera essentials.

The show was initially hosted by Jimmy Blaine and his puppet birds, Rhubarb the Parrot and Jose the Toucan. When the show began rerunning in 1962, Captain Bob Cottle and his band of puppets-Jasper, Gramps, and Mr. Answer-became the new hosts.

The original 1957-1960 run of "The Ruff & Reddy Show" also featured reruns of The Columbia/ Charles Mintz "Lil Abner", "Fox & Crow", "Prof. Small & Mr.Tall" movie cartoons.
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