We here at the American Treasure Tour think of our museum as one giant toy box, what with all the fun treats displayed throughout our massive space. But that doesn't mean we don't have actual toy boxes here, too. This week, we're going to explore some of the wonderful stuffed animals 'stored' inside our five-foot tall pink and yellow toy box in ... um ... our Toy Box. There's a lot going on inside this one, and we're going to start our tour with that blue guy in the middle. His name is Huckleberry Hound, and if you don't know him, we want to help you change that!
The Hanna-Barbera was a hugely successful animation studio that was established in 1957 by the former animation directors (and creators of the Tom & Jerry cartoons) for MGM Studios, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. They became a hugely successful company, creating some of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time, including Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, and of course Huckleberry Hound. “Huck’s” inspiration was, of course, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, at least in name. His Southern drawl and slow movements were used to comic effect as he explored countless different careers throughout his life, and famously butchered the classic song “My Darlin’ Clementine.” His first appearance was in 1957. Three years later, he earned an Emmy for Hanna-Barbera and he’s been a favorite ever since. An important side note: Huck Hound is a Bluetick Coonhound by species, which are known for their friendly personalities, their cold noses, and their “deep bawl” mouths.