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(CBS, October 14,
1956-September 24, 1960, September 25, 1965-September 3, 1966
NBC, September 6,
1969-September 4, 1971)
Heckle and Jeckle
(Sid Raymond, Ned Sparks, Dayton Allen and Roy Halee) were a pair of
mischievous talking magpies created by Paul Terry. Initially, the pair
began as a married couple meant to be antagonists for his farmer Al Falfa
character in the 1946 theatrical short The Talking Magpies. However, as
the birds became a hit with audiences, the pair left Al Falfa behind to become
the stars of their own shorts. They were retooled from a married couple into a
pair of best friends, named “Jeckle” after Robert Louis
Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and “Heckle” based on their frequent method of
antagonization. While the pair were often indistinguishable on sight and rarely
called each other by name, they became identifiable when Heckle was given a
Brooklyn accent and Jeckle an English one.
The mischievous magpies.
Jeckle would appear in numerous shorts over the next 20 years; being the most
popular Terrytoon series
next to Mighty
Mouse. The shorts would find the pair either messing with someone for
fun (typically one of two dogs, Dimwit and Clancy) or
serving as comedic heroes helping someone and giving a villain his comeuppance.
They were also self-aware, knowing full-well they were cartoon characters which
allowed them to pull off impossible feats.
Theatrical advertisement for the Terrytoon library.
In 1955, Terry retired and sold his
studio and characters to CBS. CBS began airing
Heckle and Jeckle shorts on television in 1956 as part of CBS Cartoon Theater,
hosted by Dick Van Dyke.
A month after the show’s cancellation, Heckle and Jeckle were spun off into The
Heckle and Jeckle Cartoon Show, which aired three Heckle and Jeckle shorts
with another starring a different Terrytoon character. The show aired until
1960 before returning to the network on Saturday morning for a year in 1965. It
would return one more time on NBC from