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Hunky and Spunky

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Hunky and Spunky are fictional characters, appearing in the series of animated short subjects produced by Fleischer Studios for Paramount Pictures from 1938 to 1941.[1] Filmed in Technicolor (three-strip), the series revolves around a mother burro and her son.


Hunky is a mother burro and Spunky is her young son. The initial film, titled Hunky and Spunky, takes place in the Old West, where a prospector attempts to make Spunky into his pack animal. Hunky and Spunky was nominated for the 1938 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).

Fleischer Studios went on to produce 7 more cartoons featuring Hunky and Spunky: Always Kickin' (1939), The Barnyard Brat (1939), A Kick in Time (1940), Snubbed by a Snob (1940), You Can't Shoe a Horsefly (1940), A Hunky and Spunky Christmas Special (1940), and Vitamin Hay (1941). The series ended in 1941 with Vitamin Hay.

After Famous Studios succeeded Fleischer Studios in 1942, they revived the Spunky character alone for five cartoons in their Noveltoons series, Yankee Doodle Donkey (1944), Spunky Skunky (1952), Boo Kind To Animals (1955), Okey Dokey Donkey (1958) and Chew Chew Baby (1958), with the latter featuring a simplified drawing style.

A positive contemporary review of Hunky and Spunky in Film Daily praised the short for introducing "funny new characters", and stated that the short's device of having the animals speak in "donkey talk" "will amuse the kids".[2]


Title Original release date Directed by
Hunky and Spunky June 24, 1938 Dave Fleschier
Always Kickin' January 27, 1939
The Barnyard Brat June 30, 1939
A Kick in Time May 17, 1940
Snubbed by a Snob July 19, 1940
You Can't Shoe a Horse Fly August 23, 1940
A Hunky and Spunky Christmas Special December 17, 1940
Vitamin Hay August 22, 1941

Noveltoon Filmography

Title Directed by Animated by Story by Scenics by Original release date
Yankee Doodle Donkey I. Sparber Nick Tafuri, Tom Golden Jack Mercer, Jack Ward N/A November 27, 1944
Okey Dokey Donkey Al Eugster, Dante Barbetta Jack Mercer John Zago May 16, 1958

Casper The Friendly Ghost Filmography

Title Directed by Animated by Story by Scenics by Original release date
Boo Kind to Animals I. Sparber Tom Golden, Bill Hudson Carl Meyer Robert Owen December 23, 1955
Ghost of Honor I. Sparber Myron Waldman, Nick Tafuri I. Klein Robert Owen July 19, 1957


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 66–67. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ (July 1, 1938). Review of Hunky and Spunky. Film Daily, Vol. 74, No. 1, p. 4

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