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Wally Gator
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Genre Animated
Comedy
Format Animated television series
Voices of Daws Butler
Don Messick
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52
Production
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 3, 1962 – August 30, 1963

Wally Gator is one of the segments from The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series. The other segments that compose this trilogy are Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har and Touché Turtle and Dum Dum. The segment consisted of 52 episodes over two seasons.

Plot

Wally Gator (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Ed Wynn) is an anthropomorphic Cajun Alligator. He is more comfortable when he is at home in the city zoo. Mr. Twiddle (voiced by Don Messick) is the zookeeper who keeps a close watch on Wally because sometimes he escapes to check out what things are like outside of the zoo.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Hanna–Barbera New Cartoon Series episodes

Cast

  • Daws Butler as Wally Gator
  • Don Messick as Mr. Twiddle
  • Mel Blanc as additional voices, such as Colonel Zachary Gator (ep. "Carpet Bragger")

DVD release

A DVD set release of the series was originally announced for 2006 from Warner Bros. for the H-B classics collection but was later canceled due to the poor condition of the masters. In 2006, a Warner spokesperson said of the DVDs: "They were pulled because significant remastering work needed to be researched. We are exploring adding them back to the schedule next year." There has been no news since, but fans all over the world hope they do. The First Episode is available on the DVD set Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960's Vol. 2.[1]

Later appearances

Hanna-Barbera

  • Wally Gator was a member of the Yogi Yahooeys on Laff-A-Lympics (1977–1978).
  • In Yogi's Great Escape, Yogi Bear encounters Wally Gator in the bayou where he was seen hiding out in an abandoned boat from zookeepers.
  • Wally Gator appeared as a teenager in Yo Yogi! voiced by Greg Burson.
  • Wally Gator appeared in The Powerpuff Girls episode, "Knock It Off", where he was giant-sized and nearly fell on top of New York City, but was saved by the first of Professor Dick Hardly's Powerpuff Girls X-Treme from nearly injuring his toe.

Other appearances/references

  • In the Enfants Directeurs episode "A Crocodile Day" A cool 3D plastic doll-like version of Wally Gator is "liberated" from the confines of the city zoo by a group of concerned citizens.
  • In the Animaniacs episode "Hercule Yakko," Yakko asks Slappy Squirrel if she's seen anything strange and she said, "I saw Wally Gator slam dance with a Smurf. Is that strange enough for you?".
  • Wally Gator made a cameo appearance in the Team Umizoomi episode "The Aquarium Fix-it."
  • In the Aaahh!!! Real Monsters episode "Simon Strikes back" Wally Gator was among the poached monsters on Simon the Monster hunter's truck.
  • Wally made a cameo appearance in Sealab 2021 episode, "Fusebox".
  • As with many classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Wally Gator was the subject of an episode of Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, voiced by Maurice LaMarche. He is characterized as a backwoods hick railing against the establishment.
  • In The Brady Bunch episode "Garage sale" a Wally Gator plush doll is seen amongst the toys in the box.
  • In The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Zoobotik" there is an alligator bearing a resemblance to Wally Gator also in the episode "Magnificent Sonic" Wally's name is seen amongst the list of criminals Sonic has to turn in.
  • Wally Gator also made a cameo appearance in a 2012 MetLife commercial entitled, "Everyone".
  • In T.U.F.F. Puppy, D.O.O.M. member Francisco wears a hat resembling Wally Gator's and is an alligator as well.

Production Credits

  • Produced and Directed by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Story: Warren Foster, Michael Maltese, Dalton Sandifer, Kin Platt, Harvey Bullock, R. S. Allen, Tony Benedict
  • Story Direction: Alex Lovy, Lew Marshall, Paul Sommer, John Freeman
  • Associate Producer: Alex Lovy
  • Voice Characterization: Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Bill Thompson, Don Messick, Alan Reed
  • Story Supervision: Arthur Pierson
  • Other Voices: Julie Bennett, Joe Besser, June Foray, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley, Red Coffee, George O'Hanlon, Howard Morris, Penny Singleton, Arnold Stang, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Jean Vander Pyl, Janet Waldo, Nancy Wible, Doug Young, Ginny Tyler
  • Musical Direction: Hoyt Curtin
  • Animation: Ed Aardal, Robert Bentley, John Boersema, Bob Carr, Hugh Fraser, George Goepper, Jerry Hathcock, Harry Holt, William Keil, Ed Love, Dick Lundy, Kenneth Muse, George Nicholas, Jack Ozarks, Ed Parks, Don Patterson, Irven Spence, Carlo Vinci, Don Williams, Allen Wilzbach
  • Animation Direction: Charles A. Nichols
  • Layout: Dick Bickenbach, Lance Nolley, Iwao Takamoto, Dan Noonan, Willie Ito, Jerry Eisenberg, Jack Huber, Bill Perez, Walter Clinton, Tony Sgroi, Al Wilson, Alex Ignatiev, Noel Tucker, C. L. Hartman
  • Background: Robert Gentle, Art Lozzi, Richard H. Thomas, Montealegre, Anthony Rizzo, Neenah Maxwell, Bob Abrams, Lee Branscombe, Joseph Montell, Ron Dias, Paul Julian, Tom O'Laughlin, Harvard Pennington,
  • Production Supervision: Howard Hanson
  • Camera: Roy Wade, Charles Frekal, Frank Paiker, Frank Parrish
  • Film Editing: Greg Watson, Kenneth Spears, Joseph Ruby, Don Douglas, Warner Leighton
  • A Hanna Barbera Production
  • Approved MPAA No 19876 Certification
  • RCA Sound Recording
  • This Production Made under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiricated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • Copyright C MCMLXII Hanna Barbera Productions Inc. All Rights Reserved

See also

References

  1. tvshowsondvd.com

External links

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