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The Hillbilly Bears is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that aired as a segment on The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show for two seasons, from 1965 to 1967. During the first half of the 1966-67 television season, The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show was split into two seperate shows, and The Hillbilly Bears aired as part of The Atom Ant Show.

Reruns of the series formerly aired on Cartoon Network and Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang.

Overview

A situational comedy (inspired by The Beverly Hillbillies) about the Rugg family of hillbilly bears consisting of Paw Rugg, Maw Rugg, Floral Rugg, and Shag Rugg.

The Hillbilly Bears/Yogi Bear's Family played on a social stereotype of the "hillbilly", with a gun toting, mumbling father Paw Rugg who was always "feudin" ("feudin" was usually a lethargic operation, in which the protagonists fired the same bullet back and forth from the comfort of their rocking chairs) with the neighbors the Hoppers.

Paw Rugg's voice was a mumble, splattered with a few understandable words. Particularly in the first episodes, Paw Rugg's voice was incomprehensible; his speech improved with the later episodes. His wife Maw was a homemaker who appeared as the more levelheaded parent, The fur of his daughter Floral had lemon-colored fur (as opposed to the darker-colored fur of Maw, Paw and Shag) and Floral was the southern belle and most sophisticated member of the family while Shag was a troublemaker who looks up to his father.

Cast

  • Henry Corden - Paw Rugg
  • Jean Vander Pyl - Floral Rugg, Maw Rugg
  • Don Messick - Shag Rugg
  • Paul Frees - Claude Hopper

Episodes

Season 1

  1. "Detour For Sure"
  2. "Woodpecked"
  3. "Anglers Aweigh"
  4. "Stranger Than Friction"
  5. "Goldilocks And The Four Bears"
  6. "Going, Going Gone Gopher"
  7. "Courtin' Disaster"
  8. "Picnic Panicked"
  9. "Judo Kudos"
  10. "Just Plane Around"
  11. "War Games"
  12. "Bricker Brats"
  13. "Slap Happy Grandpappy"
  14. "Pooped Pops"
  15. "Leaky Creek"
  16. "My Fair Hillbilly"
  17. "Rickety Rockety-Raccoon"
  18. "Modern Inconvenience"
  19. "Rabbit Rumble"
  20. "Speckled Heckler"

Season 2

  1. "Whirly Bear"
  2. "Saucy Saucers"
  3. "Chipper Chirper"
  4. "Gettin' Paws Goat"
  5. "Buzzin' Cuzzins"
  6. "Do The Bear"

In Other Media

  • The Hillbilly Bears appeared in Yogi's Ark Lark and its spin-off series Yogi's Gang.
  • Pa and Maw Rugg appeared in Yogi's Treasure Hunt.
  • The Hillbilly Bears appeared in a Boomerang short, where Maw takes them on a Jerry Springer-like show due to the fact she can't understand Paw, although the audience assumes that she means she doesn't "understand" him in the sense that she doesn't know who he is anymore. This results in Paw shooting on the wall "I luv you Maw".
  • On the Dexter's Laboratory episode, "Chubby Cheese" an animatronic Paw Rugg is seen playing the xylophone during Chubby's song.
  • The Hillbilly Bears appear in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Guitar Control" defending their home from the SWAT team and Bear. Paw Rugg's name can be seen in Harvey's black book in "BabySitter" and Paw can be seen using a crowbar to tear off the logo for Sebben and Sebben in "The Death of Harvey".

Home Release

The episode "Woodpecked" is available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960's vol. 1. The episode "Picnic Panicked" is available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960's Vol. 2.

Hanna-Barbera Series

1980 Drak PackThe Flintstone Comedy ShowThe Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show
1981 Laverne & Shirley in the ArmySpace StarsTeen ForceThe Kwicky Koala ShowTrollkinsThe Smurfs
1982 The Flintstone FunniesMork and Mindy: The Animated SeriesThe Little RascalsPac-ManJokebookShirt TalesThe Gary Coleman Show
1983 The DukesMonchhichisThe New Scooby and Scrappy Doo ShowThe Biskitts
Lucky Luke
1984 SnorksChallenge of the GoBots
1985 Paw PawsYogi's Treasure HuntGaltar and the Golden LanceThe Berenstain Bears
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-DooThe Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
1986 The New Adventures of Jonny QuestPound PuppiesThe Flintstone KidsFoofurWildfire
1987 Sky CommandersPopeye and Son
1988 A Pup Named Scooby-DooThe Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
The New Yogi Bear ShowFantastic Max
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTedPaddington Bear

1990 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho PandaTom & Jerry KidsWake, Rattle, and RollRick Moranis in Gravedale HighMidnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone
1991 The Pirates of Dark WaterYo Yogi!
1992 Fish PoliceCapitol CrittersThe Addams Family
1993 Droopy, Master DetectiveThe New Adventures of Captain Planet2 Stupid Dogs
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
1995 Dumb and DumberWhat a Cartoon!
1996 Cave Kids: Pebbles & Bamm BammThe Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
Dexter's Laboratory
1997 Johnny BravoCow & ChickenI Am Weasel
1998 The Powerpuff Girls

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