Cartoon Resource entry #048 - The Heathcliff and Dingabt Show (1980)


ORIGINAL AIRDATES: Oct 4, 1980-Sept 5, 1981 on ABC
RERUNS: 1994 on The Family Channel, 1995 on Cartoon Network, 
Apr 5, 2002-2004 on Boomerang
EPISODES: 13 (26 Heathcliff shorts and 26 Dingbat shorts)
ANIMATION: Ruby-Spears Enterprises
DISTRIBUTED AND OWNED BY: Warner Bros. Television and McNaught Syndicate (1973-1988) and Creators Syndicate (1988-present)

SUMMARY: The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show was the first animated series to feature Heathcliff, the fiesty orange cat that began as a newspaper comic strip in 1973 by artist George Gately.  This first series featured two five-minute Heathcliff shorts as well as two five-minute shorts featuring Dingbat and the Creeps.  Dingbat is a vampire dog, accompanied by Nobody, a talking pumpkin and Spare Rib, a Curly-inspired skeleton.  These characters were created by Ruby-Spears specifically for the series.  Heathcliff returned for a second season as Dingbat was dropped for Marmaduke, another comic strip feature.

EPISODE GUIDE #8001  Dingbat and the Creeps: Health Nuts Heathcliff: Doggone Dogcatcher Dingbat and the Creeps: U.F.Oafs Heathcliff: Feline Fugitive  #8002 Dingbat and the Creeps: French Fried Fracas Heathcliff: Cat and the Beanstalk Dingbat and the Creeps: Treasure Haunt Heathcliff: The Great Chase  #8003  Dingbat and the Creeps: Window Washouts Heathcliff: Angling Angler Dingbat and the Creeps: Prized Pooch Heathcliff: Cake Flakes  #8004 Dingbat and the Creeps: Detective Ding-A-Lings Heathcliff: Red Hot Riding Hooded Heathcliff Dingbat and the Creeps: Showbiz Shenanigans Heathcliff: The Great Milk Factory Fracas  #8005  Dingbat and the Creeps: Service Station Screwballs Heathcliff: Kitty a la Carte Dingbat and the Creeps: Beach Blanket Bozos Heathcliff: Mystery Loves Company #8006  Dingbat and the Creeps: Nautical Noodnicks Heathcliff: Gold Digger Daze Dingbat and the Creeps: Bungling Baby Sitters Heathcliff: Hives #8007 Dingbat and the Creeps: Batty Boo-ticians Heathcliff: Robinson Cruise Ho Dingbat and the Creeps: Door To Door Sales Creeps Heathcliff: Lion Around the House #8008 Dingbat and the Creeps: Creep Crop Crack-Ups Heathcliff: Heathcliff and the Sleeping Beauty Dingbat and the Creeps: Retail Ruckus Heathcliff: The Mouse Trapper #8009  Dingbat and the Creeps: Carnival Cut-Ups Heathcliff: Rodeo Dough Dingbat and the Creeps: LeMans-ter Rally Heathcliff: Pinocchio Rides Again #8010  Dingbat and the Creeps: High Flying Fools Heathcliff: Star Trick Dingbat and the Creeps: No News Is Ghoul News Heathcliff: The Big Fish Story  #8011  Dingbat and the Creeps: Nutty Knights Heathcliff: Pumping Irony Dingbat and the Creeps: Safari Saps Heathcliff: The Watch Cat  #8012  Dingbat and the Creeps: Heir Today Gone Tomorrow Heathcliff: Mascot Rumble Dingbat and the Creeps: It's a Snow Job For a Creep Heathcliff: Heathcliff of Sherwood Forest #8013  Dingbat and the Creeps: Football Flunkies Heathcliff: Milk Run Mayhem Dingbat and the Creeps: Lumbering Loonies Heathcliff: The Great Cop 'n' Cat Chase

Mel Blanc (1908-1989) as Heathcliff, Milkman and Spike
Henry Corden (1920-2005) as Clem, Digby and Dogcatcher
June Foray (1917) as Grandma, Iggy, Marcy, Muggsy and Sonja
Don Messick (1926-1997) as Mr. Post, Nobody and Spare Rib
Frank Welker (1946) as Dingbat

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