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The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a half-hour live-action/animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions on NBC primetime in 1968, based on the famous Mark Twain characters.

Plot

Huck Finn (Michael Shea), Becky Thatcher (Lu Ann Haslam) and Tom Sawyer (Kevin Schultz) were constantly on the run from Injun Joe (Ted Cassidy), who sought revenge on them for testifying against him in court, Tom and Huck having witnessed Joe's murder of Dr. Robinson. The episodes which ensued thrust them into various make-believe fantasy worlds; their surroundings were animated, while Huck, Becky and Tom themselves remained live-action.

The series itself aired from September 15, 1968 to September 7, 1969 for 20 episodes, airing Sunday evenings on NBC-TV at 7:00pm/6:00pm Central. It was later syndicated as part of The Banana Splits and Friends series.

On cable, repeats of this show (without the original opening sequences) aired on Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang.

In December 1968, Gold Key Comics published a one-issue New Adventures Of Huck Finn comic book, based on the episode "The Curse Of Thut" (which aired around the same time).

Episode guide

# Title Repeat Dates Director Writer(s) Original airdate Prod Code

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep1">1</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Magic Shillelah" </td><td>16/03/1969, 03/08/1969</td><td>Hollingsworth Morse</td><td>Frank Crow, Leo Rifkin</td><td>15/09/1968</td><td id="pc30-14">30-14</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Leprachauns seek their lost Magic Shillelah which Becky finds first. Tom and Huck are taken prisoner by the gypsy chieftain Zarko who eventually gets hold of the magic Shillelah. Becky and the Leprachauns come to the rescue and recover the Shillelah. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep2">2</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Huck Of La Mancha" </td><td>26/01/1969</td><td>Hollingsworth Morse</td><td>George Eckstein</td><td>22/09/1968</td><td id="pc30-9">30-9</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Tom, Huck and Becky meet Don Cihote De La Manche. Together they head off to rescue Cihote's squire Sandro and challenge the brigand leader Don Jose. Instead Don Jose captures Tom and Cihote, who make their escape and overthrow Don Jose and his lot. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep3">3</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Terrible Tempered Kahleef" </td><td>23/03/1969, 24/08/1969</td><td>Bruce Bilson</td><td>Joanna Lee</td><td>29/09/1968</td><td id="pc30-7">30-7</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> In the city of Baghistan ruled by the tyrannical lady snatching Kahleef, Becky gets captured, so Tom and Huck stowaway on a ship and sneak into to the palace. The retired sorcerer Muzaffar helps provide Tom and Huck a way to stealthily rescue Becky. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep4">4</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Little People" </td><td>30/03/1969, 31/08/1969</td><td>Walter S. Burr</td><td>?</td><td>06/10/1968</td><td id="pc30-3">30-3</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Tom, Huck and Becky get shipwrecked and separated on an island. Huck meets the Lilliputs and is to be wed to King Bigun's daughter Tina. Tom and Becky rescue a hunter Bitto and his partner and head to the Lilliputs to help each other from a tribe of savages. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep5">5</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Pirate Island" </td><td>13/04/1969, 17/08/1969</td><td>Byron Haskin</td><td>Kenneth L. Kolb</td><td>13/10/1968</td><td id="pc30-4">30-4</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Tom, Huck and Becky row to an island inhabited by apes. Pirates led by Captain X come to the island and capture Tom and Becky. Huck and an ape named Bulu, help Tom and Becky to battle the pirates and they narrowly escape the ship as it blows up. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep6">6</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Last Labor of Hercules" </td><td>06/04/1969, 08/10/1969</td><td>Hollingsworth Morse</td><td>David Duncan</td><td>20/10/1968</td><td id="pc30-6">30-6</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Tom, Huck and Becky are lost in the woods and meet Hercules, who has his final labor to complete. The king and his centaur try to make sure he fails and imprison Tom, Huck and Becky, but they escape and with the aid of Pegasus, prevent Hercules falling into the king's trap and enable him to complete the last labor. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep7">7</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Gorgon's Head" </td><td>N/A</td><td>Hollingsworth Morse</td><td>Herman Miller</td><td>27/10/1968</td><td id="pc30-16">30-16</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> In a cave Tom, Huck and Becky free a maiden who was to be a sacrifice and for that the Guru imprisons them, but the Guru's servant releases them. Together the three head off to get Gorgon's gaze in order to defeat the fire hydra and rescue the maiden, which follows in the stoning of the Guru. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep8">8</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Castle Of Evil" </td><td>20/04/1969</td><td>Walter S. Burr</td><td>Kenneth L. Kolb</td><td>03/11/1968</td><td id="pc30-5">30-5</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> In a dark forest Becky is caught by skeleton warriors of the wizard Zilbad. Tom and Huck infiltrate the castle and break into Zilbad's lab. After a tricking encounter, Huck makes Zilbad turn himself into a crystal statue which undoes his evil curses. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep9">9</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Hunting The Hunter" </td><td>27/04/1969</td><td>Hollingsworth Morse</td><td>Kenneth L. Kolb</td><td>24/11/1968</td><td id="pc30-11">30-11</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> While trying to find food Tom, Huck and Becky are surrounded by animals who don't take a liking to humans. After a judgement trial a hunter arrives. Becky aids an injured fox, while Tom and Huck distract the hunter to the enable the animals to ambush him. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep10">10</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Curse Of Thut" </td><td>22/06/1969</td><td>Bruce Bilson</td><td>David Duncan</td><td>01/12/1968</td><td id="pc30-2">30-2</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Lost in the desert Tom, Huck and Becky are met by Thut who seeks his lost Marna and are taken to the Typhonian Pharoah for a deadly trial, but they manage to summon Thut who ends his 5000 year search for Marna and provides the three the way out.

This story was adapted in issue #1 (10232-812, December 1968) of the Gold Key comic HANNA-BARBERA THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep11">11</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Ancient Valley" </td><td>29/06/1969</td><td>Hollingsworth Morse</td><td>David Duncan</td><td>15/12/1968</td><td id="pc30-13">30-13</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Tom, Huck and Becky fly in a balloon to a Prehistoric valley. A spear throwing tribe are at war with a rock throwing tribe. Becky tries to stop this useless war, but the three are captured by a mountain tribe. They make their escape after disposing of the mountain chieftain. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep12">12</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Menace In The Ice" </td><td>15/06/1969</td><td>Walter S. Burr</td><td>Peter Allan Fields</td><td>22/12/1968</td><td id="pc30-10">30-10</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Tom, Huck and Becky are abducted by Captain Calidor and put to work on his ship. Calidor is intent on melting the snowland glaciers. Huck with difficulty gets help from the abominable snowmen whilst the ship servant Huga turn against Calidor and overthrows him. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep13">13</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Eye Of Doorgah" </td><td>13/07/1969</td><td>Robert Gist</td><td>Herman Miller</td><td>29/12/1968</td><td id="pc30-1">30-1</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> A gem called the Eye of Doorgah is stolen from a temple. Both Tom and Huck go off to find it and but are caught at a Thuggee Clan lair, but they manage to escape, recover the gem and return it to the temple and Doorgah banishes the Thuggee Clan. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep14">14</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Mission Of Captain Mordecai" </td><td>11/03/1969</td><td>Ezra Stone</td><td>Joanna Lee</td><td>05/01/1968</td><td id="pc30-8">30-8</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Lost at sea Tom, Huck and Becky board on Captain Mordecai's ship. The captain's mission is to kill a monstrous whale. As the three are swallowed by the whale, the captain chases them around the whale's body until they escape through the whale's blowhole. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep15">15</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Jungle Adventure" </td><td>18/03/1969</td><td>Hollingsworth Morse</td><td>Bill Lutz</td><td>19/01/1968</td><td id="pc30-15">30-15</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> In the jungle, Tom is poisoned by a Anatrata Bush. Huck and Becky get caught on slave trading ship while Tom is taken by tribal warriors. Huck and Becky escape with Chibunu and back to the tribe in time to cure Tom. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep16">16</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Son Of The Sun" </td><td>06/07/1969</td><td>Hollingsworth Morse</td><td>Al C. Ward, Kenneth L. Kolb</td><td>26/01/1968</td><td id="pc30-19">30-19</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Tom splits with his friends and enters an Aztec city where he is made the Sun King, but his trial for true kingship is bound to fail. Huck and Becky save Tom and they all make their escape.

NOTE: The episode was originally scheduled to air Sept. 22, 1968 </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep17">17</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Prophecy Of Peril" </td><td>27/07/1969</td><td>Hollingsworth Morse</td><td>David Duncan</td><td>02/02/1968</td><td id="pc30-17">30-17</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Tom, Huck and Becky thwart a Mongol ambush on a Chinese prince. The Khan sends Tom to enter the city of Petua by Trojan horse. Huck and Becky escape with the help of a dog while Tom escapes Petua in a dragon kite and blows up the Mongol camp. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep18">18</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Strange Experiment" </td><td>06/07/1969</td><td>Hollingsworth Morse</td><td>Kenneth L. Kolb</td><td>09/02/1968</td><td id="pc30-12">30-12</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Tom, Huck and Becky enter the house of a mad scientist Dr. Filostro who shrinks Huck. Tom and Becky escape their prison and get Huck to his normal size. In the chaos that follows, Filostro, Creech and a hideous monster all get shrunk. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep19">19</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Conquistador Curse (The Curse Of The Conquistador)" </td><td>01/06/1969</td><td>Bruce Bilson</td><td>Tom and Helen August</td><td>0216//1968</td><td id="pc30-18">30-18</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> In Ancient Incan ruins lies the cursed Conquistador who haunts Tom, Huck and Becky for the gold they took away, which lose as they progress. But they time the lose all their gold they find themselves free from the curse. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep20">20</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"All Whirlpools Lead To Atlantis" </td><td>20/07/1969, 07/09/1969</td><td>Robert Gist</td><td>?</td><td>23/02/1968</td><td id="pc30-20">30-20</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #964B00" colspan="7"> Tom, Huck and Becky get sucked down a whirlpool to the seabed. King Llandor and Huck exchange clothes, so Morpho's minions mistake Huck for Llandor. Morpho next captures Tom and Becky, but all three make their escape and help Llandor defeat Morpho and his minions. </td></tr>

Preemptions on NBC

Preempted Nov. 10, 1968 by The Hawaiian Open

Preempted Nov. 17, 1968 by Heidi

Preempted Jan. 12, 1969 by Wild Kingdom

Preempted Mar. 2, 1969 by President Nixon's Trip

Preempted Mar. 9, 1969 by The Wizard of Oz

Preempted May. 14, 1969 by Cardinal Cooke

Preempted May. 25, 1969 by NBC Children's Theatre (Little Women)

The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was replaced on NBC September 14, 1969 by Wild Kingdom.

Series production credits

  • Executive Producers: Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
  • Producer: Edward Rosen
    • Michael Shea as Huck Finn
    • Lu Ann Haslam as Becky Thatcher
    • Kevin Schultz as Tom Sawyer
    • Ted Cassidy as Injun Joe
    • Dorothy Tennant as Mrs. Thatcher
    • Anne Bellamy as Aunt Polly
  • Voices: Julie Bennett, Ted Cassidy, Tommy Cook, Paul Frees, Don Messick, Herb Vigran, Mike Road
  • Director of Photography: Kenneth Peach, A.S.C.
  • Art Director: Jack Poplin
  • Film Editors: Edward Warschilka, Donald A. Douglas
  • Music Editor: Tony Milch, Larry Cowan
  • Effects Editor: Pat Foley
  • Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
  • Production Coordinator: Victor O. Schipek
  • Xerography: Robert "Tiger" West
  • Titles: Robert Schaefer
  • Character Design: Alex Toth, Iwao Takamoto
  • Layouts: Bill Perez, Iwao Takamoto, Robert Singer, Willie Ito, Lance Nolley, Lew Ott
  • Backgrounds: F(ernando). Montealegre, Dick Kelsey, Ron Dias, Paul Julian, Janet Brown, Rene Garcia, Don Watson
  • Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols
  • Animation: Jerry Hathcock, George Rowley, Irv Spence, Ed Aardal, Ed Barge, George Kreisl, George Nicholas, Don Patterson, Ray Abrams
  • Musical Director: Ted Nichols
  • Production Supervisor: Elaine Michea
  • Assistant Director: Russell Llewellyn
  • Sound Supervisor: Richard Olson
  • Sound Recording: Al Overton, Jr.
  • a Hanna-Barbera production - a division of Taft Broadcasting Company
© 1968 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

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