Hokey Wolf

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This article is about the segments. For the character, see Hokey Wolf (character).
Hokey Wolf
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On-screen title card.
Created by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Network Syndication
Production company Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Screen Gems
Original release March 16, 1961February 22, 1962
Starring Daws Butler
Doug Young
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s) Warren Foster
Tony Benedict
Paul Sommer
Carl Kohler
Director(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

Hokey Wolf is a series of animated segments as part of The Huckleberry Hound Show, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Airing in syndication, it served as the replacement of the Yogi Bear shorts after Yogi got his own show. It ran from 1961 and 1962, airing 28 episodes that spanned two seasons.

Much like Yogi Bear, most of the cartoons consist of Hokey Wolf and Ding-a-Ling attempting to steal food or a place to stay in. Some Hokey cartoons are also similar to the Loopy De Loop shorts, in the sense that both use Brothers Grimm fairy tale characters and stories in some plots.



Early concept art, drawn by Ed Benedict.
Newspaper announcement.

After it was discovered that Yogi Bear was more popular than Huckleberry Hound, the former was moved to his own series in 1961. Because Yogi was no longer on The Huckleberry Hound Show, his spot had to be replaced with a new character for its third season. Animator Ed Benedict provided early designs of Hokey and Ding-a-Ling, while Richard Bickenbach—known for drawing many early Hanna-Barbera characters like Huck, Yogi and Quick Draw McGraw—drew a model sheet of their official designs on October 13, 1960.[1][2]

Somewhere in between early production, Hokey was originally attended to be named "Wacko Wolf". However, his name was quickly changed due to another similar looking character from Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown already using the name at the time. Additionally, the second working title for the character was "Wacky Wolf"[3]. However, the name was most likely too similar to "Wacko Wolf", and it was changed to "Hokey Wolf".

The voices of Hokey and Ding-a-Ling are impressions of comedians Phil Silvers and Buddy Hackett respectively.


The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin. Curtin used an instrumental version of the song "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here" for the main Hokey Wolf intro.


Episode Original air date
1x01 Week of March 16, 1961
1x02 Week of March 23, 1961
1x03 Week of March 30, 1961
1x04 Week of April 2, 1961
1x05 Week of April 9, 1961
1x06 Week of April 16, 1961
1x07 Week of April 23, 1961
1x08 Week of April 30, 1961
1x09 Week of May 11, 1961
1x10 Week of May 18, 1961
1x11 Week of May 25, 1961
1x12 Week of May 27, 1961
1x13 Week of June 3, 1961
1x14 Week of June 10, 1961
1x15 Week of June 17, 1961
1x16 Week of July 6, 1961
1x17 Week of July 13, 1961
1x18 Week of July 20, 1961
1x19 Week of July 27, 1961
1x20 Week of August 3, 1961
1x21 Week of August 10, 1961
1x22 Week of August 17, 1961
1x23 Week of August 24, 1961
1x24 Week of August 31, 1961
2x01 Week of September 7, 1961
2x02 Week of February 8, 1962
2x03 Week of February 15, 1962
2x04 Week of February 22, 1962



Title Number Original air date
Yogi Bear: "Yogi's Birthday Party" 1 October 1, 1961
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "SPF" 1 January 1, 2004


Reruns of the shorts were featured as part of episodes of Yogi Bear and Friends.

In the years since, Hokey Wolf (and Ding-a-ling) made several comebacks in other Hanna-Barbera series, with the two both making appearances in the film, Yogi's Ark Lark and in the Yogi's Gang TV series (although Ding-a-Ling only appeared for the title sequence), and the former notably appearing as a member of the Yogi Yahooeys in Laff-A-Lympics and making several guest appearances on Yogi's Treasure Hunt. In 1991, Hokey and Ding-a-Ling appeared in the Yo, Yogi! episodes, "Super Duper Snag" and "Polly Want a Safecracker," with Hokey voiced Matt Hurwitz and Ding-a-Ling voiced by Patric Zimmerman, Hokey also appears as the mayor of Jellystone Township, with Ding-a-Ling as his publicist.

In Adult Swim series, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, the two made several cameos, with Ding-a-Ling getting a starring role in the episode, "SPF," voiced by Neil Ross, he gets Harvey's help in representing him in suing Mr. Twiddle for the creation of a porn site using his name.

Hokey and Ding-a-Ling also had cameos in Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration and Cartoon Network's The 1st 13th Annual Fancy Anvil Awards Show Program Special: Live in Stereo.

Hokey shorts also reran on Cartoon Network and Boomerang during the 1990s and 2000s, but have since been pulled from airing.

Recently in 2021, both Hokey and Ding-a-Ling have appeared in Jellystone!, albeit as cameos.

In popular culture

In other languages

Language Name
Brazilian Joca e Dingue-Lingue
French Garoup le Loup
Italian Ugo Lupo
Serbian Vuk Vučko
Spanish El Lobo Hokey