October 1958 - April 1962,
Dixie was one of three segments on the half-hour
Huckleberry Hound Show.
Pixie (who wore a blue bowtie) and Dixie (who wore a red vest)
were a pair of house mice who had to contend with the resident
cat, Mr. Jinks. Unlike the
Tom & Jerry, cat and mouse duo for which Bill Hanna and
Joe Barbera first made their claim to fame, all three members
of the Pixie & Dixie cast could and did speak, and Mr. Jinks'
mouse chasing repertoire was less high strung or frenetic than
Tom's had been. In fact, Mr. Jinks' disposition was normally
laid back and confident, knowing he would, like, catch the "meeces"
in his own good time.
Most of the stories took
place in a residential home,
but occasionally Mr. Jinks was employed in some sort of
profession that required him to take care of the bowtie and
vest wearing rodent problem.
All three characters made
appearances in subsequent Hanna-Barbera ensemble series, but
failed to achieve the same level of notoriety as many of their
contemporary cartoon headliners. Perhaps the idea of a cat chasing mice
simply wasn’t novel enough by the time this series appeared on