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Country of origin
United States

No. of seasons

Final episode date
30 August 1963



Original language(s)

First episode date
3 September 1962

Theme song
Wally Gator Theme Song

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Directed by
William HannaJoseph Barbera

Voices of
Daws ButlerDon Messick

American Broadcasting Company

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Wally Gator is one of the segments from The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series. The other segments that compose this trilogy are Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har and Touché Turtle and Dum Dum. The segment consisted of 52 episodes over two seasons.


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Wally Gator (voiced by Daws Butler impersonating Ed Wynn) is an anthropomorphic, happy go lucky alligator who wears a collar and a pork pie hat. Although his catchy theme song describes him as a "swingin' alligator of the swamp", his home is in the city zoo. Mr. Twiddle (voiced by Don Messick) is the zookeeper who keeps a close watch on Wally because sometimes he escapes to check out what things are like in the outside world.


Animation historian Christopher P. Lehman notes that Wally Gator follows the formula that Hanna-Barbera established in previous series, particularly the Yogi Bear series. The formula of these shows placed an animal character within a human-controlled environment and had these characters deal with the social boundaries placed and enforced by the humans. Yogi lives in a park under the care of a park ranger; Wally lives in a zoo under the supervision of a zookeeper. The theme that drives the series is Wally's desire to escape the zoo, derivative of the Top Cat series, where the titular character keeps trying to escape life in the alley. Wally successfully escapes in each episode, but by the end of the episode he returns to the zoo. In some cases someone returns him there, in others he voluntarily returns. The end result is the same.

Lehman notes a rather depressing underlying theme: the zoo and life in captivity seems to be the proper place for Wally. No matter how much he struggles to fit in the society of the outside world, Wally remains an "Other" and is doomed to fail. The status quo is preserved following every unsuccessful attempt at change.


  • Daws Butler as Wally Gator
  • Don Messick as Mr. Twiddle
  • Mel Blanc as additional voices, such as Colonel Zachary Gator (ep. "Carpet Bragger")
  • DVD release

    A DVD set release of the series was originally announced for 2006 from Warner Bros. for the H-B classics collection but was later canceled due to the poor condition of the masters. In 2006, a Warner spokesperson said of the DVDs: "They were pulled because significant remastering work needed to be researched. We are exploring adding them back to the schedule next year." There has been no news since, but fans all over the world hope they do. The first episode is available on the DVD set Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960's Vol. 2.

    Later appearances

  • Wally Gator appeared in Yogi's Ark Lark and its spin-off series Yogi's Gang.
  • Wally Gator was a member of the Yogi Yahooeys on Laff-A-Lympics (1977–1978).
  • In Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper, Wally Gator (alongside Magilla Gorilla and Yakky Doodle) was unable to help Yogi and his friends locate J. Wellington Jones.
  • Wally Gator made a cameo in one episode of Yogi's Treasure Hunt.
  • In Yogi's Great Escape, Yogi Bear encounters Wally Gator in the bayou where he was seen hiding out in an abandoned boat from zookeepers.
  • In Wake, Rattle, and Roll, Wally Gator (voiced by John Mariano) is partnered with Magilla Gorilla in the "Fender Bender 500" segment.
  • Wally Gator appeared as a teenager in Yo Yogi! voiced by Greg Burson.
  • Wally Gator appeared in The Powerpuff Girls episode, "Knock It Off", where he was giant-sized and nearly fell on top of New York City, but was saved by the first of Professor Dick Hardly's Powerpuff Girls X-Treme from nearly injuring his toe.
  • Production credits

  • Produced and Directed by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Story: Warren Foster, Michael Maltese, Dalton Sandifer, Kin Platt, Harvey Bullock, R. S. Allen, Tony Benedict
  • Story Direction: Alex Lovy, Lew Marshall, Paul Sommer, John Freeman
  • Associate Producer: Alex Lovy
  • Voice Characterization: Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Bill Thompson, Don Messick, Alan Reed
  • Story Supervision: Arthur Pierson
  • Other Voices: Julie Bennett, Joe Besser, June Foray, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley, Red Coffee, George O'Hanlon, Howard Morris, Penny Singleton, Arnold Stang, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Jean Vander Pyl, Janet Waldo, Nancy Wible, Doug Young, Ginny Tyler
  • Musical Direction: Hoyt Curtin
  • Animation: Ed Aardal, Robert Bentley, John Boersema, Bob Carr, Hugh Fraser, George Goepper, Jerry Hathcock, Harry Holt, William Keil, Ed Love, Dick Lundy, Kenneth Muse, George Nicholas, Jack Ozarks, Ed Parks, Don Patterson, Irven Spence, Carlo Vinci, Don Williams, Allen Wilzbach
  • Animation Direction: Charles A. Nichols
  • Layout: Dick Bickenbach, Lance Nolley, Iwao Takamoto, Dan Noonan, Willie Ito, Jerry Eisenberg, Jack Huber, Bill Perez, Walter Clinton, Tony Sgroi, Al Wilson, Alex Ignatiev, Noel Tucker, C. L. Hartman
  • Background: Robert Gentle, Art Lozzi, Richard H. Thomas, Montealegre, Anthony Rizzo, Neenah Maxwell, Bob Abrams, Lee Branscombe, Joseph Montell, Ron Dias, Paul Julian, Tom O'Laughlin, Harvard Pennington,
  • Production Supervision: Howard Hanson
  • Camera: Roy Wade, Charles Frekal, Frank Paiker, Frank Parrish
  • Film Editing: Greg Watson, Kenneth Spears, Joseph Ruby, Don Douglas, Warner Leighton
  • A Hanna Barbera Production
  • Approved MPAA No 19876 Certification
  • RCA Sound Recording
  • This Production Made under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiricated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • Copyright C MCMLXII Hanna Barbera Productions Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • References

    Wally Gator Wikipedia

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