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Final episode date
June 17, 1965

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First episode date
November 5, 1959

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William HannaJoseph Barbera

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Tony Benedict
Dalton Sandifer

Release date
November 5, 1959 (1959-11-05) – June 17, 1965 (1965-06-17)(48 Shorts)

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Loopy De Loop was the only theatrical cartoon short series produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera after leaving MGM and opening their new studio, Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series, distributed to theatres by Columbia Pictures, ran from November 5, 1959 (1959-11-05) to June 17, 1965 (1965-06-17).


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Loopy is a gentleman wolf who mangled the English language in his bid to converse in a French-Canadian accent, and always wore a characteristic tuque knit cap. A self-appointed good Samaritan, he dauntlessly fought to clear the bad name of wolves and would open every episode with his trademark introduction "I am Loopy De Loop, the good wolf." Though he was always kind and helpful, his exploits usually got him beaten up or chased out of town by the very people he had helped, all for no other reason than the prejudice of being a wolf.

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The character's name was an inspired combination of a play on words:

  • "Loop the loop" is a 360-degree back flip performed by airplane stunt pilots.
  • Canis lupus is the Latin-based scientific name for the grey wolf species of the dog family, with the species' name of lupus being the basis for "loup", the French word for wolf.
  • "Loopy" is a synonym for "crazy" or "eccentric"
  • Analysis

    Animation historian Christopher P. Lehman places the Loopy De Loop character and series in the context of their time. Loopy is a wolf devoted to improving the largely negative image of his species. He does not want to be another Big Bad Wolf and chooses to be good. He performs (or attempts to perform) good deeds for other people in a recurring show of generosity. Yet the people he tried to help would be ungrateful, turning on him, and attacking him. Loopy is a character suffering persecution because of his looks and the bad reputation of his entire species, not because of his deeds or his personality. Lehman connects Loopy's fate to the then-contemporary struggles of African Americans to integrate into the wider society of the United States, while facing racial stereotypes which were socially ingrained. Black people were variously stereotyped at the time as humble servants, oversexed brutes, and childlike simpletons. Like Loopy, African Americans had to struggle and overcome the negative reputation of their entire kind.

    Lehman notes that the Loopy De Loop animated film series lasted from 1959 to 1965, the most progressive period for the Civil Rights Movement. The series ended following the desegregation efforts of the era, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963), the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The movement was noted for its use of nonviolence as a tactic, love as a theme in speech, and integration as a means to achieve the goal of forming a beloved community.

    Lehman notes some similarities between Loopy and another French-speaking animated character: Pepé Le Pew (who also had Michael Maltese story contributing). The French language was used by American animation studios to illustrate their characters' loving feelings and these two characters are prime examples of the trope. However, there is a key difference between Loopy and Pepé. Pepé is an amorous character and the aspect of love he embraces is eros. Loopy the Good Samaritan instead embraces agape.


    In 1969, Loopy's film shorts were gathered together into a syndicated television series, simply titled Loopy de Loop.


  • Daws Butler as Loopy De Loop
  • Other voices include Don Messick, Doug Young, Mel Blanc, Red Coffey, Hal Smith, Arnold Stang, June Foray, Jean Vander Pyl, Julie Bennett, Janet Waldo, Nancy Wible, Howard Morris, and Paul Frees.
  • Crew

  • Writers: Michael Maltese, Warren Foster, Tony Benedict, Dalton Sandifer
  • Story Direction: Alex Lovy, Paul Sommer, Lewis Marshall
  • Musical Direction: Hoyt S. Curtin
  • Production Supervision: Howard Hanson
  • Animation Direction: Charles A. Nichols
  • Animation: Ed Aardal, George Goepper, Bill Keil, Jerry Hathcock, George Nicholas, Chuck Harriton, Ed Love, Hugh Fraser, Dick Lundy, Ed Parks, Bob Bentley, Jack Ozark, Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge, Bob Carr, Lewis Marshall, Carlo Vinci, Don Patterson
  • Story Sketches: Dan Gordon
  • Layout: Dick Bickenbach, Walter Clinton, Dan Noonan, Jack Huber, Tony Rivera, Bill Perez, Alex Ignatiev, Lance Nolley
  • Background: Art Lozzi, Fernando Montealegre, Neenah Maxwell, Robert Gentle, Richard H. Thomas, Anthony Rizzo, Bob Abrams, Lee Branscombe
  • Titles: Lawrence "Art" Goble
  • Film Editing: Joe Ruby, Ken Spears, Don Douglas, Greg Watson, Warner Leighton
  • Eastman Color by: Pathé
  • Other appearances

  • A brief scene from "Two Faced Wolf" appears in The Monkees' film Head.
  • Loopy appeared in the 1991 NBC series Yo Yogi!, voiced by Greg Burson. He appears as an employee and owner of The Picnic Basket at Jellystone Mall's food court.
  • Loopy appeared in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Juror in Court." He escapes from the prison along with many Harvey's clients, when his cases are sent to the review. It is unknown why he was there because he never appeared in the show before and was not a client of Harvey. Loopy also appears in a recap of the previous episode in "The Death of Harvey".
  • Home media releases

    On September 9, 2014, Warner Archive released Loopy De Loop: The Complete Collection on DVD in Region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection.

    In other languages

  • Italian: Lupo de Lupis
  • Brazilian Portuguese: Loopy Le Beau
  • Portuguese: similar to English
  • Spanish: Loopy de Loop, el lobo bueno
  • References

    Loopy De Loop Wikipedia
    Loopy De Loop IMDb

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