the cat - Brainy brown cat
(voice of Don Messick) featured on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon adventures of THE
RUDD AND REDDY SHOW/NBC/1957-1960.
Ruff was the sidekick of Reddy, a dim-witted white dog with a southern drawl
(voice of Daws Butler). Together, they lived in the town of Middleville. A tiny but kindly Professor Gizmo
(voice of Don Messick), a
scientist and inventor, often assisted Ruff and Reddy
on their many adventures.
Theme Song Lyrics
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
During their four season run, Ruff and Reddy appeared in such
episodes as "The Creepy Creature", "Rocket Ranger Danger", Marooned
n Typhoon Lagoon," "Rootin' Tootin' Shootin" and "Welcome Guest in a
Treasure Chest." Each season ran 13 episode which included four
segments per show that always ended with a cliffhanger.
Villains encountered by Ruff and Reddy included:
- Captain Greedy and Salt Water Daffy
- The Goon of Doubloon Lagoon
- Killer and Diller, the terrible Texas twins
- The Mad Monster of Muni Mula (aluminum spelled backwards)
- The Metal Monster
- The Planet Pirates
- Harry Safari
TV Series Title Card
Debuting on December 14, 1957, THE RUFF AND REDDY SHOW was
first cartoon series produced by H-B Enterprises (later to be named
Hanna-Barbera Productions, one of the worlds' largest producers of animated
programming founded by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators
of MGM's Tom and Jerry cartoons.
Professor Gizmo, Ruff and Reddy
THE RUFF AND REDDY SHOW was originally hosted by Jimmy Blaine who
broadcast from WNBC-TV, New York. Along with his puppet-bird sidekicks,
Rhubarb the Parrot and Jose Toucan (manipulated by puppeteers Rufus
Rose and Bobby Nicholson) Blaine introduced the cartoon
adventures (broadcast in black and white until June 1959). From 1962
until it left the network on September 26, 1964, the cartoon series
was hosted by Captain Bob Cottle and his puppets, Jasper,
Gramps and Mr. Answer.
from "The Ruff and Reddy Show"
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