Heyyy, It's the King!

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Heyyy, It's the King!
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On-screen title card.
Network: NBC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 10December 3, 1977
Starring: Lennie Weinrib
Sheldon Allman
Don Messick
Marvin Kaplan
Ginny McSwain
Susan Silo
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Bill Ackerman
Haskell Barkin
Barry Blitzer
Tom Dagenais
Karl Geurs
Orville Hampton
Don Jurwich
Jon Kubichan
Joan Maurer
Ray Parker
Howard Post
Dick Robbins
Jerry Winnick
Director(s): Charles Nichols

Heyyy, It's the King! is a series of animated segments as part of the CB Bears, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for NBC's Saturday morning children's programming debuting. It ran in 1977, airing 13 episodes.

The segments aired separately for the second half hour of the CB Bears, during the half hour, it aired with segments Undercover Elephant and Shake, Rattle and Roll.

The King is a parody of the Fonz, played by Henry Winkler, from the live-action sitcom Happy Days. As it happens, three years later Hanna-Barbera got to do their own animated spin-off called The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang.

The King, Yuka Yuka, Big H, Clyde and Skids appear in the HBO Max original series, Jellystone!, their probable role being in the episode "Cats Do Dance", in which they are depicted as a dancing group where they take Top Cat's alley, which causes Top Cat and his gang to move in with Peter Potamus temporarily. Big H and Skids are depicted as female in this series. The group is also more played off as being villainous (likely due to the lack of villainous groups Hanna-Barbera had).

Production

Development

Music

When Heyyy, It's the King! aired in half hour format with Undercover Elephant and Shake, Rattle and Roll, it featured it's very own theme song:

Opening theme song lyrics

Hey, Hey, Hey, it's the King!

He has a triple tread of humor and hi-jinx!

Starring the King, and his bunch of real cool characters!

And featuring that pachyderm of a thousand faces, Undercover Elephant!

Along with three goofy ghost in a series of harry scary fast moving adventures, it's Shake, Rattle and Roll!

Put them all together and it's a biggg daddy show! Hey, Hey, Hey it's the King!

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"The Blue Kangaroo" 1x01 September 10, 1977
"The First King on Mars" 1x02 September 17, 1977
"The Riverbed 5000" 1x03 September 24, 1977
"Surf's Up" 1x04 October 1, 1977
"The King and His Jokers" 1x05 October 8, 1977
"Hot Gold Fever" 1x06 October 15, 1977
"The Carnival Caper" 1x07 October 22, 1977
"The Unhappy Heavy Hippo" 1x08 October 29, 1977
"The King for Prez" 1x09 November 5, 1977
"Snowbound Safari" 1x10 November 12, 1977
"Great Billionaire Chase Case" 1x11 November 19, 1977
"Boat Fever" 1x12 November 26, 1977
"Go for It, King" 1x13 December 3, 1977

Cast

References