It's the Wolf
- This article is about the segments. For the episode, see It's the Wolf (episode). For the VHS, see It's the Wolf (VHS).
|It's the Wolf|
On-screen title card.
|Original release:||September 6, 1969—November 7, 1970
|Music composed by:||Hoyt Curtin|
It's the Wolf is a series of animated segments as part of the Cattanooga Cats, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for ABC's Saturday morning children's programming debuting. It ran from 1969 to 1970, airing 25 episodes that spanned two seasons.
Gaining inspiration from the Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog shorts, Mildew Wolf would go different lengths in order to catch Lambsy, usually by wearing different disguises to try and trick Lambsy, but he would usually see through Mildew's disguise and holler "It's the Wolf!," which cues Bristlehound to stop Mildew's scheme, usually by tossing him into the air using his shepherd staff.
So far, the shorts have not been released onto DVD by Warner Archive Collection, likely due to remastering work needed for fully restoring the quality of the episodes. The episode "Slumber Jacks" was originally announced to be featured on the DVD, Best of Warner Bros. 25 Cartoon Collection: Hanna-Barbera, part of the Best of Warner Bros. series, but was removed for an unknown reason., however, the first half of them have been released onto VHS by Hanna-Barbera Home Video in 1988.
The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.
Despite how little known the segments were, Lambsy would later reappear for the Yogi's Ark Lark TV movie and Mildew would later reappear for the Laff-A-Lympics TV series as an on-the-field sportscaster alongside Snagglepuss. Mildew would also later reappear for the Wacky Races 2017 episode "Little Pink Riding Hood," where he played a villainous role, much like he did on his debut series role. Mildew, Lambsy and Bristlehound later appear in the Jellystone! reboot in 2021.
In popular culture
- In the Partridge Family episode "I Left My Heart in Cincinnati", the Partridge Family visit Kings Island, where various HB walk around characters can be seen including Mildew, Lambsy and Bristlehound.
- DVD Review: The Best of Warner Bros.: Hanna-Barbera 25 Cartoon Collection. Tiahblog Blogspot (June 7, 2013)