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The Quick Draw McGraw Show, The Yogi Bear Show character
First appearanceThe Quick Draw McGraw Show (1959)
Created byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voiced byDaws Butler (1959–1988)[1]
Frank Milano (Songs of Yogi Bear and his Pals LP (1961))[2][3]
Greg Burson (1989–2002)
Earl Kress (Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Sound FX (1994))[4]
Jeff Bergman (1999)
Billy West (commercials, Wacky Races)
Scott Innes (2003, 2012)[5][6]
Stephen Stanton (MetLife commercial)
Victor Yerrid (Robot Chicken)
Chris Edgerly (Drawn Together)
Tom Kenny (Evil Con Carne, Wacky Races)
Dana Snyder (2021-present)[7]
In-universe information
SpeciesMountain lion

Snagglepuss is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon character debuted in prototype form in 1959 and established as a studio regular by 1962.[8][9] A pink anthropomorphic cougar sporting an upturned collar, shirt cuffs, and bow tie, Snagglepuss enjoys the fine things in life and shows particular affinity for the theatre. His stories routinely break the fourth wall as the character addresses the audience in self-narration, soliloquy, and asides. As originally voiced by Daws Butler,[1] Snagglepuss seeks quasi-Shakespearean turns of phrase. Some of his campy verbal mannerisms became catchphrases: "Heavens to Murgatroyd!", "Exit, stage left!", and a fondness for closing sentences with the emphatic "even".[10]


An orange mountain lion known as "Snaggletooth", featuring the eventual character's general manner and Bert Lahr-inspired voice but without collar or cuffs, first appeared on television in The Quick Draw McGraw Show in 1959.[8][9] The character subsequently appeared in a supporting role in Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy and Snooper and Blabber.[9] Under the revised name Snagglepuss the character appeared in his own series of shorts in 1961 as a regular segment on The Yogi Bear Show, featuring in 32 episodes.[11] He later appeared in other Hanna-Barbera shows, including Yogi's Gang (1973), as a co-host in Laff-A-Lympics (1977–78), Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985), and as a teenager in Yo Yogi! (1991).

Snagglepuss's appearance in a 1960s run of Kellogg's cereal television commercials prompted legal action by actor Bert Lahr, who said the similarity of the character's voice to his own could lead viewers to the false conclusion that Lahr himself had endorsed the product. As part of the settlement, the disclaimer "Snagglepuss voice by Daws Butler" was required to appear on each commercial. This made Butler one of the few voice artists to receive screen credits in a TV commercial.[12]

Butler reused his Snagglepuss voice for two other Hanna-Barbera characters: Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore from The Funky Phantom and Brutus the lion from The Roman Holidays.


Snagglepuss lives in a cavern, which he constantly tries to make more habitable for himself. No matter what he does, however, he always winds up back where he started or worse off than he was before. In some episodes, Snagglepuss is chased by Major Minor (voiced by Don Messick), a tiny-sized hunter. A few episodes involved him trying to court a lioness named Lila (voiced by Jean Vander Pyl) but who always rejected his advances for being too boorish or pathetic.

Butler's voicing of the character recalls the work of actor Bert Lahr, especially the more mellow moods of Lahr's Cowardly Lion in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film The Wizard of Oz. (Coincidentally, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera directed the Tom and Jerry cartoons for the MGM cartoon studio before opening Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1957.)[1]

Snagglepuss has three signature catchphrases. His most famous is his perpetual exclamation "Heavens to Murgatroyd!"[1] Before dashing offscreen to make an escape or run an errand, Snagglepuss announces the move in the form of a theatrical stage direction, saying "Exit, stage left!" (or "right," as the case may be, or "up" or "down" even). Finally, Snagglepuss tends to add the word "even" for emphasis at the ends of sentences:

  • After emphasizing a previous statement ("Somebody hurt! In dire pain, even!").
  • After stating a synonymous phrase ("On account of I must be a little rusty. Stale, even").
  • In a grammatically correct way, though out of order in the sentence ("I wonder if he knows my telephone number, even").
  • Simply added as an exclamation ("Heavens to Murgatroyd! A veritabububble frankenmouse monster, even!").[13]

Snagglepuss's pink color, lilting voice and theatrical manner led to the character being interpreted by viewers over the years as gay.[14] This conjecture was touched upon over the years in many parodies but was seriously explored in a darker retelling of the character's life titled Exit, Stage Left!: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, a 2018 comic miniseries from DC Comics that was part of their Hanna-Barbera Beyond initiative.[15]


  1. Major Operation / 1961-01-30
  2. Feud for Thought / 1961-02-06
  3. Live and Lion / 1961-02-13
  4. Fraidy Cat Lion / 1961-02-20
  5. Royal Ruckus / 1961-02-27
  6. The Roaring Lion / 1961-03-06
  7. Paws for Applause / 1961-03-13
  8. Knights and Daze / 1961-03-20
  9. The Gangsters All Here / 1961-03-27
  10. Having a Bowl / 1961-04-03
  11. Diaper Desperado / 1961-04-10
  12. Arrow Error / 1961-04-17
  13. Twice Shy / 1961-04-24
  14. Cloak and Stagger / 1961-05-01
  15. Remember Your Lions / 1961-05-08
  16. Remember the Daze / 1961-05-15
  17. Express Trained Lion / 1961-09-16
  18. Jangled Jungle / 1961-09-23
  19. Lion Tracks / 1961-09-30
  20. Fight Fright / 1961-10-07
  21. Lions Share Sheriff / 1961-10-14
  22. Cagey Lion / 1961-10-21
  23. Charge That Lion / 1961-10-28
  24. Be My Ghost / 1961-11-04
  25. Spring Hits a Snag / 1961-11-11
  26. Legal Eagle Lion / 1961-11-18
  27. Don't Know It Poet / 1961-11-25
  28. Tail Wag Snag / 1961-12-02
  29. Rent and Rave / 1961-12-09
  30. Footlight Fright / 1961-12-16
  31. One Two Many / 1961-12-23
  32. Royal Rodent / 1961-12-30

Other appearances


Non Hanna-Barbera

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Martin, Gary (1996–2009). "Heavens to Murgatroyd". Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  2. ^ "Frank Milano – Songs Of Yogi Bear And His Pals (1961, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Total TeleVision Cartoons – on Records". Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  4. ^ "No Artist – Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Sound FX (1994, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "The Official Scott Innes Scooby-Doo Mega Store and More..."
  6. ^ "". ScoobyAddicts.
  7. ^ Hemmert, Kylie (June 24, 2021). "Jellystone!: Hanna-Barbera Characters Return in HBO Max Original Animated Series".
  8. ^ a b Markstein, Donald D. "Snagglepuss". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on June 12, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "Snagglepuss". Cartoon Scrapbook. Archived from the original on 2012-07-08.
  10. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Studio. pp. 63–64. ISBN 978-0670829781. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  11. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 933. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  12. ^ "Today's Video Link". News From ME (Mark Evanier's blog). April 15, 2010.
  13. ^ Liberman, Mark (October 6, 2013). "Snagglepuss: early avatar of emphatic even". Language Log.
  14. ^ Hughes, William (31 January 2017). "New comic series reimagines Snagglepuss as a gay 1950s playwright". AV Club. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  15. ^ Abad-Santos, Alex (17 December 2017). "The Snagglepuss Chronicles is the first great comic book of 2018".
  16. ^ "EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1". DC. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  17. ^ "THIS: Look at those cavemen go – HiLobrow". Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  18. ^ Puc, Samantha (29 March 2019). "Syndicated Comics". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  19. ^ Hipes, Patrick (October 29, 2019). "HBO Max Sets New Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Robert Zemeckis Hybrid Series 'Tooned Out', More For Kids & Family Slate".

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