The Ruff & Reddy Show

NBC (ended 1964)



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The Ruff & Reddy Show

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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.

Daws Butler

Daws Butler

Reddy / Killer / Various

Don Messick

Don Messick

Ruff / Narrator / Professor Gizmo / Ubble-Ubble / Various

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  • Get Set, Get Reddy Here Ruff And Reddy!

    This was Hanna-Barbera first TV cartoon and was a good show. The show about a cat named Ruff and a dog named Reddy as they go wacky adventure. Ruff and Reddy only lasted 3 minutes per episode so its easy to watch a whole season. Sadly Ruff and Reddy is NOT on DVD and does not air or Boomerang but you find a lot of seasons on YouTube what are you waiting for GO WATCH!moreless
  • Hanna-Barbera's first show is still memorable to us baby-boomers.

    By the standards of animation in 1957 and the standards that animation buffs expect, "Ruff & Reddy" was pure cheese. They were not aware that Hanna-Barbera made the cartoons like this not because they wanted to but because they had to. After much finnagling with NBC, they were only able to get $2700 per half hour, and that's why the show came out the way it did.

    But two years before Rocky & Bullwinkle, "Ruff & Reddy" helped standardize the serialized stories pioneered in 1949 by Alex Anderson and Jay Ward with "Crusader Rabbit." Again, chemistry is formed by two animal characters who by nature should be mortal enemies: Ruff, the cute, smart kitten; and Reddy, the noble, dimwitted dog. This being Saturday morning, Hanna-Barbera's stories for "Ruff & Reddy" eschewed satire and any political undertones, so they wouldn't talk over the kids' heads but at the same time didn't talk down to them. The staging H-B would apply to later shows like Huckleberry Hound would not be present, but when you're hooked on the storylines, it's irrelevent.

    It's a pity H-B wouldn't revive their debut stars like they did Yogi Bear, the Flintstones and Scooby Doo, although they did appear in "Yogi's Ark Lark" (1972) and Ruff had a cameo in a 1986 episode of "Yogi's Treasure Hunt." But given how the newer versions of Yogi, Fred and Scooby have hideously evolved into something no longer resembling what they were, it's just as well. While critics may beef about the production values, "Ruff & Reddy" looked like Disney compared to the show that replaced it on NBC in 1960, "King Leonardo & His Short Subjects." Those of us who tuned in to Ruff and Reddy in the late 50s and still recall it take them whenever and wherever we can get them.moreless
  • an memorable television series

    I can clearly remember "Ruff and Ready" while watching the series as a kid. I watch them every chance I get. I watch them get into sticky situation and get back out of them again. I was made by hanna-Barbara and it was the very first television series and the other day, I was reading back issues of TV guide, and I found that "Ruff and Ready" aired on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. way back in 1958. I saw the series 10 years later when I was l little kid. I had fun with the series. I wish they come back so I can see them again.moreless
  • The Ruff & Reddy Show is yet another classic Hanna-Barbera animated show that needs to come back.

    The Ruff & Reddy Show is yet another classic Hanna-Barbera animated show that needs to come back. I think I had totally forgot about his show now I'm trying to get the song going. All I can remeber is something like "He's Ruuf, He's Ready ..." I don't know something like that. I can hear the tune in my head i just can not remeber all the words. I want all of these shows to come back. i really wish they would make there own chanel and show H & B shows 24/7. No infometials, no new series ... just all of the clasic shows that we love.moreless