Snooper and Blabber
Created by Bill Hanna & Joe Barbera

One's a cat in a deerstalker cap. The other's a mouse in a fedora and trenchcoat. Yep, we're back in the weird world of Saturday morning cartoons. This early Hanna-Barbera feature, all six-minute shorts, which ran as part of the Quick Draw McGraw show, featured the far-featched adventures of mismatched private detectives BLABBER MOUSE and SUPER SNOOPER. Yeah, it could happen. Why not?

Each episode followed the two toon eyes as they tried to unravel some case or another, like "The Case of the Unhappy Hyena" or "The Big Diaper Caper". Real thrilling stuff. Snooper spoke in the usual PI "Just the Facts" tough guy monotone, and Blabber had a lisp, and tended to have real problems with the letter "S". It was a fondly remembered cartoon.

Bill Hanna & Joe Barbera created several other crime-fighting characters for Saturday morning consumption, according to RonnWebb, including MUMBLY (file pending), who spoke and looked just like Muttley, wore a trench coat and appearred on the Tom and Jerry, Grape Ape Show and The Scooby Doo All Star Laffa Lympics. Other detective shows were The Amazing Chan & the Chan Clan, Jabberjaw, Hong Kong Phooey, and Ronn's favorite show Clue Club with WOFFER and WIMPER! I'm not sure if any of these were private eyes or not, but Inch High definitely was. He was human, at least, although he was only an inch high.



Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Jan Long for the heads up on this one.

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