Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Snooper and Blabber-Vive Risto-1962

Hanna-Barbera's Snooper and Blabber cartoons were great favorites of three year old me back in the day. Little did I suspect that Daws Butler's voice for the lead was inspired--in fact, lifted--from Archie the Manager on DUFFY'S TAVERN, one of THE great radio characters as played by Ed Gardner. Finnish-born Vive Risto, who drew this tale, was a veteran animator and comic book artist known for his Bucky Bug stories for Dell's WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES.


  1. Hi Steve.

    Glad you featured Risto's art. He is one of the great unsung heroes of funny animal art. By the way - - He had Finnish origins but he was born in Terry, South Dakota, on November 1, 1902. He was a Fleischer, Terrytoons and Schlesinger/Warner Bros. animator from 1935-42, then devoted himself to comics. He started drawing Bugs Bunny, Beaky Buzzard and Elmer Fudd stories for Looney Tunes, then tackled such "minor" strips as Bucky Bug, Wuff the Prairie Dog and Chilly Willy for Western Printing through the 1950s. He went back to animation at Hanna-Barbera from 1964-78 and mainly drew their characters in the early 1960s. He passed away in Los Angeles on April 23, 1981.


  2. Seems like most of Daws Butler's voices had their basis in celebrities or well known characters:
    Yogi Bear: Ed Norton (Art Carney)
    Huckleberry Hound: Andy Griffith
    Mr. Jinks: Stanley Kowalski (as played by Marlon Brando)
    Wally Gator: Ed Wynn
    Snagglepuss: Bert Lahr
    Quick Draw McGraw: one of Red Skelton's characters (I think)
    Baba Looey: Desi Arnaz
    Doggie Daddy: Jimmy Durante

  3. It seems which Michael Maltese scripted this material.
    And one of the curious things which I saw on this Snooper & Blabber comic-book episode, it's that the burglar appears wearing a mask which looks like the Xavier Cugat's face.

  4. Veve Risto also was involved in the animation of several Hanna-Barbera series, such as: Wacky Races (1968), Dick Dastardly & Muttley on Their Flying Machines (1969) and Yogi's Gang (1973), among others.