animated series The Hillbilly Bears © Hanna-Barbera
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The Hillbilly Bears

What can you say about this mid 60's Hanna Barbera series? They're bears, and they're hillbillies. A wordplay on 'The Beverley Hillbillies' no doubt. A family of four, the Ruggs patriarch is Paw Rugg, who has a penchant for discharging firearms at the slightest opportunity, and whose speech is practically indecipherable apart from his frequent guffaws (usually after he's just discharged a firearm). Maw Rugg is somewhat more sane and considerably more legible. Young son Shag is probably the brightest of the lot, though still pretty credulous. He's inclined to rescue Paw from his own stupidity. There is also a teenage daughter, Floral, who serves roughly the same function as Judy in The Jetsons.

see also: Precious Pupp (TV Series), Secret Squirrel (TV Series), Atom Ant (TV Series), Winsome Witch (TV Series) and Squiddly Diddly (TV Series)
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In Australia this appeared on 'The Atom Ant Show' along with Precious Pupp - though I gather it appeared on about 4 other US shows. Hillbilly Bears was produced in 1965,...
Created by: Hanna-Barbera
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Featuring the voices of:
Henry Gordon ... Paw Rugg
Don Messick ... Shag Rugg
Jean Vander Pyl ... Maw Rugg, Floral Rugg
Directed by: Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
Produced by: Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
Musical Score by: Ted Nichols

animated series The Hillbilly Bears © Hanna-BarberaStarted off as part of the Secret Squirrel/Atom Ant show, soon breaking off to become part of the Atom Ant show, along with Precious Pupp. Is alledged to have appeared as part of the Banana Splits Adventure Hour, and even later in 'Yogi's Ark Lark' and 'Yogi's Gang'

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