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Prod. and Airdates:


January 1964 - December 1965, syndicated

January 1966 - September 1967, ABC

Hanna-Barbera Productions

Theme Song: Ricochet Rabbit (segment intro)



he fastest lawman in the West, Sheriff "ping ping ping" Ricochet Rabbit and his deputy Droop-a-long Coyote kept the peace in the small town of Hoop-n-Holler. Ricochet got his name from his habit of bouncing off objects while chasing bad guys. With the speed to outrun bullets, Ricochet created a gale of wind that pulled everything after him when he took off at top speed. Deputy Droop-a-long, who moved at a considerably slower pace, learned to grab hold of something solid or be deposited in a heap with other loose objects caught in Ricochet’s wake.


Not relying on speed alone to round up the rustlers and bring down the bandits, Ricochet's trick bullets had the quality of being able to circle around or track his target - or to stop mid-air in front of something, then pop open and produce whatever object was needed to finish the job; like a pin to puncture a hot air balloon, a cork to plug a robber's gun or a mallet to strike his opponent on the head. Obviously using a different brand of bullet, most of Droop-a-long's projectiles struggled to exit his gun, then just dropped to the ground.


Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-long was one of three segments on the half-hour Magilla Gorilla Show, before being switched in its second season to air as a segment on Peter Potamus and his Magic Flying Balloon (later called The Peter Potamus Show when it was picked up by ABC). Though Ricochet Rabbit aired for a third season on The Peter Potamus Show, only repeats from its first two seasons were shown, as no new episodes were produced.




Ricochet Rabbit

Don Messick

Droop-a-long Coyote

Mel Blanc


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