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The Hillbilly Bears

The Hillbilly Bears
The Hillbilly Bears title card.
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices of Henry Corden
Jean Vander Pyl
Don Messick
Paul Frees
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 6 minutes (per short)
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Original channel NBC
Original release October 2, 1965 (1965-10-02) – September 7, 1967 (1967-09-07)
Related shows The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show

The Hillbilly Bears is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which aired as a segment on The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show from October 2, 1965 to September 7, 1967.


  • Overview 1
  • Episodes 2
    • Season 1 (1965-1966) 2.1
    • Season 2 (1966) 2.2
  • Cast 3
  • DVD release 4
  • Other appearances 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7


The Hillbilly Bears played on a social stereotype of the "hillbilly", with a gun toting, mumbling father Paw Rugg (voiced by Henry Corden) who was always "feudin" ("feudin" was usually a lethargic operation, in which the protagonists fired the same bullet back and forth from the comfort of their rocking chairs) with the neighbors the Hoppers.

Paw Rugg's voice was a mumble, splattered with a few understandable words. Particularly in the first episodes, Paw Rugg's voice was incomprehensible; his speech improved with the later episodes. His wife Maw (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl) was a homemaker who appeared as the more level-headed parent; their daughter Floral (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl) had lemon-colored fur (as opposed to the darker-colored fur of Maw, Paw and Shag); she was the southern belle and most sophisticated member of the family while Shag (the youngest and smallest of the family, voiced by Don Messick) was a troublemaker who looks up to his father. The voices and personas of Floral and Shag were nearly identical to Elroy and Judy Jetson from The Jetsons.


Season 1 (1965-1966)

# Title Airdate Summary
1 Detour For Sure Oct-02-1965
2 Woodpecked Oct-09-1965 A woodpecker is disturbing Maw's beauty rest. Paw and Shag try to get rid of it, but it outwits them at every turn.
3 Anglers Aweigh Oct-16-1965
4 Stranger Than Friction Oct-23-1965
5 Goldilocks and the Four Bears Oct-30-1965
6 Going, Going Gone Gopher Nov-06-1965
7 Courtin' Disaster Nov-13-1965
8 Picnic Panicked Nov-20-1965
9 Judo Kudos Nov-27-1965
10 Just Plane Around Dec-04-1965
11 War Games Dec-11-1965
12 Bricker Brats Dec-18-1965
13 Slap Happy Grandpappy Dec-25-1965
14 Pooped Pops Jan-01-1966
15 Leaky Creek Jan-08-1966
16 My Fair Hillbilly Jan-15-1966
17 Rickety-Rockety-Raccoon Jan-22-1966
18 Modern Inconvenience Jan-29-1966
19 Rabbit Rumble Feb-05-1966
20 Speckled Heckler Feb-12-1966

Season 2 (1966)

# Title Airdate Summary
21 Whirly Bear Sep-10-1966
22 Saucy Saucers Sep-17-1966
23 Chipper Chirper Sep-24-1966
24 Gettin' Paws Goat Oct-01-1966
25 Buzzin' Cuzzins Oct-08-1966
26 Do the Bear Oct-15-1966


DVD release

The episode "Woodpecked" is available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960's vol. 1. The episode "Picnic Panicked" is available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960's Vol. 2.

Other appearances

The Hillbilly Bears appeared in Yogi's Ark Lark and its spin-off series Yogi's Gang.

Paw and Maw Rugg appeared in Yogi's Treasure Hunt.

The Hillbilly Bears appeared in a Cartoon Network Shortie, "Miss Understanding," where Maw takes them on a Jerry Springer-like show due to the fact she can't understand Paw, although the audience assumes that she means she doesn't "understand" him in the sense that she doesn't know who he is anymore. This results in Paw shooting on the wall "I luv you Maw".

On the Dexter's Laboratory episode, "Chubby Cheese" an animatronic Paw Rugg is seen playing the xylophone during Chubby's song.

The Hillbilly Bears appear in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Guitar Control" defending their home from the SWAT team and Bear. Paw Rugg's name can be seen in Harvey's black book in "BabySitter" and Paw can be seen using a crowbar to tear off the logo for Sebben and Sebben in "The Death of Harvey".

See also

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