I’m not sure when I first encountered Ruff and Reddy. According to Wikipedia, the characters (and the shorts) were created in 1957, and The Ruff and Reddy Show was Hanna-Barbera’s first foray into producing animation for television. Initially, the show ran for fifty episodes, which were comprised of 155 shorts.
My guess is that I first saw these shorts as part of the Bozo the Clown show, which often inserted shorts such as these in between the live-action segments, though it’s also possible that one of the local stations may simply have run the episodes as part of their early morning kiddie fare. Yes, there was a time when instead of incessant “news” programs, the early morning hours of local television would be filled with kid-friendly shows such as these that parents could use to keep the younger kids occupied while they got everyone prepared for school. I even remember some of my elementary school classrooms having televisions in them which would be tuned to the same programs before class time actually started in order to keep us kids occupied and quiet while everyone arrived and teachers prepared for the day.
What I do remember is that these were some of my favorite characters (along with Felix the Cat and Underdog) from those years.
Below you’ll find a 50 minute or so compilation of these shorts, all taken from the third season of the show which was posted to YouTube by a user going by the handle “Emah Mushu”.
- Cool Stuff: 600 Hanna-Barbera Characters Size Comparison Infographic (slashfilm.com)
- No Necks Allowed (nowiknow.com)