The series premiered in 1958 and starred a dim-witted, good-natured hound dog with a Southern drawl. The show took television audiences by storm. Sponsored nationally by Kellogg's Cereals, the show was the first fully animated series made strictly for television, in contrast to those hosted by live performers or ones with a cinematic history.
With a limited budget of about $2,800 per television episode, Hanna and Barbera invented a technique called "limited animation." This process, used in their first series, greatly reduced the number of drawings needed to complete a single cartoon, and the technique would carry them to the top of the ratings chart for the next three decades.
Huckleberry's relaxed Southern accent was provided by the late voice actor Daws Butler. A master of more than 100 vocal characterizations, Butler had previously worked with Hanna and Barbera at the MGM studios when the team was producing the extremely popular "Tom and Jerry" theatrical cartoonsGenre:
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