The Ruff & Reddy Show

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 52

    Have Blop, Will Travel

    Aired 4/2/60

  • S 3 : Ep 51

    Spin--Spin A Web To Catch A Blop In

    Aired 4/2/60

  • S 3 : Ep 50

    Whap--Caught In A Trap By A Sap

    Aired 4/2/60

  • S 3 : Ep 49

    Things Get Tuff For Ruff--Sure 'Nuff

    Aired 4/2/60

  • S 3 : Ep 48

    Big Bop For A Big Blop

    Aired 3/26/60

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Messick

    Ruff

  • Daws Butler

    Reddy

  • Charles Shows

  • Bob Hultgren

  • Joseph Barbera

  • show Description
  • The Ruff & Reddy Show was Hanna-Barbera's first cartoon series which featured a cat (Ruff) and dog (Reddy) in serialized adventures, with thirteen episodes comprising a story arc. Ruff, was voiced by Don Messick, and Reddy was voiced by Daws Butler. Hanna and Barbera opened their cartoon studio the same year MGM (the studio they worked for) closed down its cartoon studio. After much effort, they were able to sell Ruff & Reddy to NBC, but they were only able to get $2700 per half hour of cartoon show, so all the meticulous detail into making the Tom and Jerry shorts were eschewed for a production-line process. Bill and Joe, taking a cue from 1949's "Crusader Rabbit," reasoned the best way to offset the low production values was to create appealing heroes and captivating storylines. Ruff and Reddy made their way through clandestine escapades squaring off against villains like Scarey Harry Safari, Killer and Diller, and Captain Greedy and Salt Water Daffy. Assisting our heroes in several adventures was wacky scientist Professor Gizmo.The show was first aired on NBC in December 1957 as part of live action host segments. Jimmy Blaine was the host on the show's first run (1957-60), and Captain Bob Cottle replaced him in the second run (1962-64). When the show went into syndication, the opening titles, which were never shown on the NBC telecasts, were seen with the "H-B Enterprises" card. The theme song was also heard for the first time:Get set, get ready Here comes Ruff and Reddy They're tough but steady Always rough and ready They sometimes have their little spats Even fight like dogs and cats But when they need each other That's when they're Ruff and Reddy Ruff & Reddy episodes appeared on Family Channel's "Incredible Animals" cartoon show in 1992 and recently the series has aired on Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang.moreless

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  • Quotes (69)

    • Ruff: Poor Reddy. This kid will believe anything.

    • Reddy: Boy, when those flying saucer fellers come, old Reddy will be ready all ready. I'll...(he fires his squirt gun hitting Ruff)...Blast 'em. Ruff: (spits out the water) Steady Reddy and put that squirt gun down. There's no such thing as a flying saucer.

    • Ruff: Wouldn't you know it, he's a poet.

    • Ruff: Oh brother! (laughs) Where'd ya get that space cowboy outfit? Reddy: I won it on Captain Comet's television show for writing the best poem. You wanna hear it? Ruff: Not especially. Reddy: Well, you're gonna.

    • Reddy: Hey Ruff, what's a ufo? Ruff: Not a ufo, you goofo. That's U.F.O., unidentified flying object. Any dope would know that. Reddy: Well, here's one dope that didn't.

    • Reddy: Some days it just don't pay to get out of bed.

    • Reddy: Boy. The moon's out kinda early today. Ruff: That's not the moon, you goon. That's the Earth. Reddy: Golly, it's a small world, ain't it. The Earth! What's it doin' way down there and what am I doin' way up here?

    • Ruff: We've been shanghaied. Reddy: Shangwho'd? Ruff: Shanghaied. Captured. While we cat-napped we got kidnapped.

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    Notes (42)

    • Professor Gizmo appears for the first time in this installment and will be a recurring character in the series. In 1978, Gizmo was a central character in the Marvel Comics Laff-A-Lympics special, "The Man Who Stole Thursday." (One panel has a framed picture of Ruff and Reddy in back of Gizmo)

    • Once again, the media disproves the existence of life on other worlds by disclosing the occupants of the rocket coming from space were "an ordinary dog and cat...and a wacky professor" (Reddy, Ruff and Professor Gizmo, all bandaged up and watching the news report non-plussed).

    • This is the conclusion of the "Planet Pirates" story arc.

    • This story arc was adapted and truncated into the comic book story "Scary Safari" (Dell Four Color issue #937; 1st issue of Ruff & Reddy, Sept. 1958).

    • Daws Butler voices Pinky.

    • Waste not, want not: The design of Cross Bones Jones would be reused a year later in the Pixie and Dixie cartoon "Pistol Packin' Pirate."

    • Scarey Harry Safari appears for the first time in this episode.

    • This episode concludes the "Pinky the Pint-Sized Pachyderm" story arc.

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    Trivia (7)

    • The budget for this episode was $2700.

    • Reddy's mouth is missing in one scene.

    • This episode had a budget of $2700.

    • The budget for this episode was $2800.

    • The budget for this episode was $2800.

    • The Budget for this episode was $3000.

    • In one scene, the Creepy Creature is missing his left arm.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Narrator: Next time, take the bus and leave the driving to us! (The tag line for Greyhound bus lines, which actually went "Go Greyhound and leave the driving to us.")

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Get Set, Get Reddy Here Ruff And Reddy!

    By TomAmos, Apr 01, 2013

  • Hanna-Barbera's first show is still memorable to us baby-boomers.

    By Uncatoon, Jan 23, 2007

  • an memorable television series

    By GeorgeJobson, Oct 16, 2006

  • The Ruff & Reddy Show is yet another classic Hanna-Barbera animated show that needs to come back.

    By SammyJ131, May 06, 2006

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