Snooper and Blabber is one of the sequences from The Quick Draw McGraw Show (produced by Hanna-Barbera, between 1959 and 1962). Snooper and Blabber form a pair of cat and mouse detectives. Daws Butler voiced both characters. Michael Maltese crafted the stories. The characters have appeared in other Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Yogi’s Treasure Hunt.
Super Snooper (the cat) is more or less the one in command whenever the pair takes on a case while Blabber Mouse (the mouse, a play on “blabbermouth”) follows whatever orders Snooper gives him. Snooper’s voice was patterned after Ed Gardner’s Archie on the 1940s radio show Duffy’s Tavern. Blabber speaks with a lisp, hence he calls his senior partner “Shnooper.”
It should be noted that some of the pair’s cartoons featured early versions of other Hanna-Barbera characters, such as Snagglepuss and Hardy Har Har.
Appearances on Quick Draw McGraw
Snooper and Blabber starred in the following seven-minute cartoons on The Quick Draw McGraw Show
- Puss n’ Booty (September 19, 1959)
- Switch Witch (September 26, 1959)
- Real Gone Ghosts (October 3, 1959)
- Desperate Diamond Dimwits (October 10, 1959)
- Big Diaper Caper (with Mr. & Mrs. J. Evil Scientist; October 17, 1959)
- The Flea and Me (October 24, 1959)
- Disappearing Inc. (October 31, 1959)
- Baby Rattled (November 07, 1959)
- Not So Dummy (November 14, 1959)
- Fee-Fi-Fo Fumble (November 21, 1959)
- Masquerader Raider (November 28, 1959)
- Motor Knows Best (December 5, 1959)
- Slippery Glass Slipper (December 12, 1959)
- Monkey Wrenched (December 19, 1959)
- Gopher Goofers (December 26, 1959)
- Impossible Imposters (January 2, 1960)
- Adventure Is My Hobby (January 9, 1960)
- Cloudy Rowdy (January 16, 1960)
- Snap Happy Saps (with the Gruesomes; January 23, 1960)
- The Lion Is Busy (with Snagglepuss; January 30, 1960)
- Laughing Guess (with Hardy Har Har; February 6, 1960)
- The Case Of The Purloined Parrot (February 13, 1960)
- Poddle Toodle-Oo! (February 20, 1960)
- Doggone Dog, Gone (February 27, 1960)
- Hula Hula Hullabaloo (March 5, 1960)
- Wild Man, Wild! (March 12, 1960)
- Ala-Kazoop! (September 10, 1960)
- Hop To It (September 17, 1960)
- Fleas Be Careful (September 24, 1960)
- Observant Servants (October 1, 1960)
- De-Duck-Tives (with Yakky Doodle; October 8, 1960)
- Big Shot Blab (October 15, 1960)
- Big Cat Caper (with Snagglepuss; October 22, 1960)
- Scoop Snoop (October 29, 1960)
- Prince Of A Fella’ (November 5, 1960)
- Flea For All (November 12, 1960)
- Outer Space Case (November 19, 1960)
- Bear-ly Able (November 26, 1960)
- Surprised Party (with Mr. & Mrs. J. Evil Scientist; December 3, 1960)
- Zoom-Zoom Blabber (September 15, 1961)
- Eenie Genie Minie Moo! (September 22, 1961)
- Bronco Bluster (September 29, 1961)
- Chilly Chiller (with the Gruesomes; October 6, 1961)
- Gem Jams (October 13, 1961)
- Person To Prison (October 20, 1961)
Snooper and Blabber appeared in the 1972 TV-movie Yogi's Ark Lark
, which was part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie
and the pilot for Yogi’s Gang
The duo later appeared in the following Hanna-Barbera cartoon series:
- Snooper and Blabber appeared in Laff-A-Lympics as members of Yogi’s team.
- Snooper and Blabber appeared in Yogi's Treasure Hunt as regular characters.
- Snooper and Blabber appeared in Yo Yogi! with Snooper voiced by Rob Paulsen and Blabber voiced by Hal Smith. Snooper was a celebrity detective while Blabber ran the "Crooks 'n' Books Store" at Jellystone Mall.
- Snooper and Blabber appeared in the Super Secret Secret Squirrel segment (the episode “Agent Penny") of 2 Stupid Dogs. Rob Paulsen reprises Snooper here.
Snooper and Blabber appeared in the Robot Chicken
episode “Ban on the Fun
” with Snooper voiced by Seth Green
. In a segment that parodies the Laff-A-Lympics
in the style of the Munich massacre
, Snooper and Blabber confront The Great Fondoo after their teammates were killed by his disguised teammates, and they end up shooting him.
Snooper and Blabber made appearances in a number of comic books
, and had their own title from Gold Key Comics
, which only ran for three issues (1962–1963).
In the mid-1960s, Snooper and Blabber were the stars of two LP albums from Hanna-Barbera Records:
- James Bomb, in which the duo were involved in a James Bond-type adventure; the record included songs with titles like “Dr. Oh No” and “Gold Pinky.”
- Monster Shindig, in which Snooper and Blabber are called to investigate a loud party, which is being thrown by The Gruesomes.
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