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Heathcliff (1980 TV series)

Also known as Heathcliff and Dingbat
Heathcliff and Marmaduke
Genre Animated series
Created by George Gately (Heathcliff character)
Brad Anderson (Marmaduke character)
Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Voices of Mel Blanc
June Foray
Paul Winchell
Henry Corden
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 25
Executive producer(s) Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Producer(s) Jerry Eisenberg
Running time 30 minutes
Production companies Ruby-Spears Productions
McNaught Syndicate
United Features Syndicate (season 2)
Distributor Filmways (season 1)
Original channel ABC
Picture format NTSC
Audio format Mono
Original run October 4, 1980 – September 18, 1982
Related shows Heathcliff (1984)
External links

Heathcliff is an animated TV series that debuted on October 4, 1980. It was the first series based on the Heathcliff comic strip and was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. It ran until September 18, 1982 with a total of 25 episodes, under two different names (see next paragraph).


The first season, called "Heathcliff and Dingbat", ran for 13 episodes and included backup segments with Dingbat and the Creeps, who were created for the show. "Dingbat and the Creeps" revolved around the adventures of three monstrous characters who were self-employed as "Odd Jobs, Inc." which consisted of Dingbat, a vampire dog who used a bat-shaped novelty straw to eat most foods, Sparerib, a strangely rotund skeleton with the ability to change himself into useful items (such as a floor lamp, which he did in the opening credits), and Nobody, a gravelly-voiced jack-o-lantern who led the team and often found them various work.

The second season, called "Heathcliff and Marmaduke", ran for 12 episodes and featured backup segments with fellow comic strip character Marmaduke (although the Marmaduke segments are actually the first to be seen in each half-hour show).

Reruns of the second season ("Heathcliff and Marmaduke") can be seen occasionally on Boomerang.

Two years after this show ended, another one based on Heathcliff was produced by DIC, which was called simply "Heathcliff", although for distinction this series is usually referred to by the expanded title of "Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats".


DVD release

On August 14, 2012, Warner Bros. released The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively in the US and only through Warner's online store or[1]


External links

  • Heathcliff Official Website
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Big Cartoon Database – Heathcliff and Dingbat
  • Big Cartoon Database – Heathcliff and Marmaduke
  • planete-jeunesse (French)
  • Retroland
  • RetroStatic

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