Loopy De Loop was the only theatrical cartoon short series produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera after leaving MGM and opening their new Hanna-Barbera Studios. The series, distributed to theatres by Columbia Pictures, ran in theaters from 1959 to 1965.
Loopy was a gentleman wolf who mangled the English language in his bid to converse in a bad French accent. A self-appointed good Samaritan, he dauntlessly fought to clear the bad name of wolves, and would open every episode with his trademark introduction, “I am Loopy De Loop, the good wolf.” Though he was always kind and helpful, his exploits would normally get him chased out of town by the very people he had helped, all for no other reason than his being a wolf.
The character's name was an inspired combination of play-on-words:
- "Loop the loop" is a 360-degree back flip performed by airplane stunt pilots.
- "Lupis" is the Latin term for the wolf species of the dog family, which is the basis for "loup", the French word for wolf.
- "Loopy" is a synonym for "crazy" or "eccentric"
List of theatrical shorts
- Count Down Clown (January 5, 1961)
- Happy Go Loopy (March 2, 1961)
- Two Faced Wolf (April 6, 1961)
- This Is My Ducky Day (May 4, 1961)
- Fee Fie Foes (June 9, 1961)
- Zoo Is Company (July 6, 1961)
- Child Sock-Cology (August 10, 1961)
- Catch Meow (September 14, 1961)
- Kooky Loopy (November 16, 1961)
- Loopy's Hare-do (December 14, 1961)
- Just a Wolf at Heart (February 14, 1963)
- Chicken Hearted Wolf (March 14, 1963)
- Whatcha Watchin' (April 18, 1963)
- A Fallible Fable (May 16, 1963)
- Sheep Stealers Annoymous (June 13, 1963)
- Wolf in Sheep Dog's Clothing (July 11, 1963)
- Not In Nottingham (September 5, 1963)
- Drum-Sticked (October 3, 1963)
- Bear Up! (November 7, 1963)
- Crook Who Cried Wolf (December 12, 1963)
- Habit Rabbit (December 31, 1963)
In 1969, Loopy's film shorts were gathered together into a syndicated television series, simply titled Loopy de Loop
- Daws Butler as Loopy De Loop
- Other voices include Don Messick, Doug Young, Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jean Vander Pyl, Hal Smith, Arnold Stang, Julie Bennett, Janet Waldo, Nancy Wible, John Stephenson, Red Coffee.
- Loopy has been seen as recently as the early-'90s series Yo Yogi!, in which he appeared as an employee in Jellystone Mall's food court called the Picnic Basket.
- Loopy De Loop made a cameo in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Juror in Court" where he is seen amongst the prisoners released from prison.