Quick Draw McGraw (character)

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This article is about the character. For other uses, see Quick Draw McGraw. "El Kabong" redirects here. For the segment, see "El Kabong."
Quick Draw McGraw
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I'll do the thin'in' around here, and don't you forget it!
Species Horse
Gender Male
Member of Yogi's Gang[Note 1]
Yogi Yahooeys[Note 2]
Affiliation Baba Looey
Occupation Sheriff
Vigilante (as El Kabong)
School teacher[Note 3]
Goals To keep the Old West safe from crime
Father Not mentioned
Mother Ma McGraw
Sister(s) Matilda McGraw, in the comics
Marital status Single
Son(s) Quick Draw Jr.
First appearance QDMG: "Lamb Chopped" (1959)
Played by Daws Butler (1959-88)
Greg Burson (1989-2001)
Maurice LaMarche (2001-200)
Tom Kenny (2006)
Billy West (2018)
Bernardo de Paula (2021-present)
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Quick Draw as El Kabong.
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Wacky Races
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Deathstroke/Yogi Bear Special
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Quick Draw McGraw is an anthropomorphic horse and the main title character in the Quick Draw McGraw animated television shorts. He is a sheriff of the Old West who upheld the law in adventures with his trusty partner, Baba Looey. Though well-intentioned, he is never meant to be very smart at times; often having his ineptitude get the best of him. In certain cases, he also goes by the vigilante identity of El Kabong and uses a guitar as a melee weapon to attack his enemies. His voice was originated by Daws Butler.

Character description

Quick Draw is a tall white horse with black hair, grey hooves, and a skin-colored muzzle. He is himself an anthropomorphic horse that stands on two feet, and has flexible hooves that are able to hold objects similar to a human hand. He wears a cowboy attire, and sports a red stetson cowboy hat, a blue bandana, and a red gun belt with a holster.

Quick Draw's personality is characterized by his heroic, albeit misguided, demeanor. Although he is morally good in his intentions, he is often shown to be incredibly stupid and is prone to either be outwitted by his opponents or get himself in trouble. As such, Quick Draw's more intelligent sidekick, Baba Looey, serves as his voice of reason, trying to get him to not make as many bad decisions and help capture outlaws in the Wild West, though often being unable to convince him. Quick Draw uses a six-shooter as his main weapon of choice, although he has a running gag in which he sometimes shoots the gun on himself by accident. Despite his stupidity, Quick Draw is known for having his sheer luck and extraordinary determination, mostly succeeding in catching outlaws regardless of any obstacles he faces.

Quick Draw speaks in an exaggerated Southern accent and sometimes fractures certain words when speaking. His main catchphrases are "Now hold on there!" and "I'll do the thin'in' around here and don't you forget it!" He would also say "Ooooh, that smarts!" when he gets hurt.

As the vigilante El Kabong, Quick Draw wears an all-black gear similar to Zorro, including a black straight hat and a matching cape being tied in ribbons, and uses an acoustic guitar that serves as his primary weapon. El Kabong would attack his foes by swooping down on a rope with the war cry "OLÉ!" and hitting them on the head with his guitar (after shouting "KABOOOOOONG!"), which is always referred to as a "kabonger", producing a distinctive sound and usually destroying the guitar in the process.

In Max's reboot series Jellystone!, Quick Draw is always under the guise of El Kabong, who is depicted as having Latino heritage and speaks with a Spanish accent.


TV series





Video games


Here's Comes Quick Draw McGraw!

Yogi's Birthday Party

Crossover Era

"El Kabong" is written in graffiti on the walls of New York City.[1]

It's Yogi's Gang

Yogi's Ark Lark


First Christmas: Yogi Edition

First Christmas: Casper Edition

Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper

Yogi's Great Escape

Yogi's Treasure Hunt

The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound

Celebrating another 50 years! 50 years of fun!

Quick Draw appears in Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration, which celebrated 50 years of Hanna-Barbera making cartoons.

Fender Bender 500

Quick Draw was paired up with Baba Looey, and was the driver of the Texas Twister, which was designed to look like a horse wagon.

Yo, Yogi!

Quick Draw appears as a wild west performer in Jellystone Township.[2]

I Am Cameo

An elderly Quick Draw lives at the Old Cartoon Stars Retirement Home.[3]

Harvey Birdman Represents

In "The Dabba Don," Quick Draw is one of the severed heads delivered to Harvey by Fred Flintstone.

This death is later contradicted, however, when he appears formally in "Guitar Control," in which he is put under trial for using a "concealed weapon" (a guitar) as El Kabong while trying to stop some bad guys. His voice is patterned after Charlton Heston in the series instead of his usual vocal characterzation.

Wacky Reboot

Quick Draw makes a cameo in the Wacky Races episode "Much Ado About Wacky," during the fight scene in the Macbeth play, Penelope Pitstop calls for a horse. Quick Draw appears and charges into battle shouting his famous line, "Hold on there, Baba Louis." This angers Snagglepuss, who is also cameoing in this episode, as Quick Draw is not even an actor.

Everyone's Back in Jellystone!

In "El Kabong's Kabong is Gone," the Banana Splits break Susan, El Kabong's guitar, preventing him from stopping their crimes.

Quick Draw and Baba on Samurai Jack's train.

Quick Draw Sells Out

Quick Draw makes a cameo in the Samurai Jack episode "Couple on a Train." Baba Looey informs him that a fight is about to commence on the train. Quick Draw states that no one will be fighting on this train as long as the two of them are around. He is then shot in his hat, covering his eyes. He assumes that it's already time for bed due to how dark it is under his hat.

In the first half of the Class of 3000 two-parter series premiere, "Home," Philly Phil makes it so El Kabong appears on the many cartoon stations (specifically the episode "Kabong Kabong's Kabong"), speaking in different languages as the channel is changed.

In the DTV Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown, the font that Velma hates so much is based on El Kabong's logo. How someone can get so hysterical over El Kabong's logo is anyone's guess.

Kellogg's Corn Flakes

Quick Draw in the Funny Books

Marvel's Laff-A-Lympics

Flintstones visit New York World's Fair

Scooby-Doo teams up with Quick Draw

In Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #23, in the story "Go West, You Meddling Kids," Quick Draw (as El Kabong) teams up with Mystery Inc. to take down the Fastest Ghost in the West, who turns out to be Ricochet Rabbit.

The Not So Funny Books

In the Deathstroke/Yogi Bear Special, he's one of the animals captured at the end of the issue.

In Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Quick Draw is a closeted police officer who is involved with the raiding of Stonewall. After losing his job after being caught with another man and losing his lover Huckleberry Hound to suicide, he becomes a cartoon artist and offers Snagglepuss a job at his animation studio.


The Quick Draw McGraw cartoons were created as a lampoon on television westerns, which were a popular genre among the American public in the 1950s. As such, Quick Draw was made as a parody of the typical western protagonist of the time, depicted as a bumbling sheriff who couldn't solve a crime without the aid of his sidekick.

Daws Butler's Quick Draw voice originally started off as a derivation of a Red Skelton character, but moved so far from the source that Butler admitted to having no idea which Red Skelton characterization it was.[4]


Main article: Quick Draw McGraw (character)/Gallery

Toys and merchandise

Main article: Quick Draw McGraw (character)/Toys

Behind the scenes

  • According to Hanna-Barbera's 1982 calendar, he was born on November 21st.
  • The studio behind The Flintstones: On the Rocks was working on a Quick Draw McGraw special of the same vein as their last work, being allowed more creative freedom as Hanna-Barbera wasn't super protective of Quick Draw. However, the project was scrapped as the studio couldn't be bothered to finish the special. A full storyboard of the special exists but nothing has been found beyond that.
  • Quick Draw, among the other canned Hanna Barbera characters, was planned for the film Scoob! Early concept art shows him chilling at Blue Falcon's sauna.
  • Judging by this storyboard of a scrapped scene from the Jellystone! episode "Grocery Store," Quick Draw had been planned to appear in the series but was changed to be just El Kabong mid production. The reason was made unclear.
  • In the Spanish American dub of Quick Draw McGraw, Quick Draw was renamed to Tiro Loco McGraw and speaks in a very American influenced accent. El Kabong in the dub is El Cabazorro, or the Zorro Horse. In some parts of Latin America, El Kabong is El Rempalgo.
    • Similarly, in the Brazilian dub, Quick Draw is renamed Pepe Legal and speaks in drawn out Portuguese to suggest that he was either a Texan-American or Mexican cowboy.
    • For Jellystone!, El Cabazorro dons a Spanish accent.

In popular culture

  • On a July 26, 1990 taping of The Howard Stern Show, Executive Producer Gary De'llAlbate mistakenly called Baba Looey "Baba Booey" when discussing how he wanted to purchase an animation cel of Quick Draw and Baba Looey. "Baba Booey" then became Gary's nickname on the show. Dell'Abate later explained that when he watched Quick Draw McGraw as a child, Quick Draw would often call Baba Looey "Baba Boy", usually in frantic moments ("Help me, Baba Boy!"). Quick Draw's drawn-out pronunciation of "boy" sounded more like "booey", which led Dell'Abate to think that the character's name was actually "Baba Booey".[5]
  • In the Kenan & Kel TV movie Two Heads Are Better Than One (part one in syndication), Kel is so frightened by Sheryl pretending to be the Headless Knight that he still whacks her with an El Kabong-sounding guitar even after she pops her head back up.
  • In the Saturday Night Live episode "Reese Witherspoon/Alicia Keys," the Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch has Reese Witherspoon play Anne Heche, who puts her résumé as the question in the final round, which includes the number of people she slept with, with Quick Draw among them.
  • In the Robot Chicken skit "Laff-A-Munich" segment of the episode "Ban on the Fun," while hearing in on the commotion of the Really Rottens killing the Yogi Yahooeys, he attempts to escape from the window, but then decides to fight back by dressing as El Kabong, only for him to get shot to death by the Dread Baron.
  • In the South Park episode "Imaginationland Episode III," Quick Draw is on the good guy side fighting the bad imaginary characters in the final battle.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Ocean's Three and a Half," when Stewie throws his guitar on the ground, it makes El Kabong's infamous "Kabong" sound effect.
  • In the Pointless game show, one of the questions was on characters from HB, which included Quick Draw.
  • In Ecuador, there is a steakhouse named Tiro Loco, named after Quick Draw's Spanish name.
  • In the Holo no Graffiti episode "All Your Fault," Omaru Polka uses the "Magic Lamp to Summon Hololive Members" by rubbing it and saying "Abracadabraquickdrawmcgraw".
  • In the Netflix movie Unfrosted, Thurl, an actor who plays Tony the Tiger for Kellogg's, who already feels disrespected as a mascot has heard that Kellogg's is ditching the need for a mascot for their new product Pop Tarts, which fuels him to lead a rebellion full of other mascots, including a yellow Quick Draw, in an attack against Kellogg's headquarters.

The Simpsons

Main article: The Simpsons
  • "Million Dollar Abie:" El Kabong is seen among celebrity impersonators during the "Springfield Blows" musical section.
  • "Treehouse of Horror XXXI:" "Into the Homer-verse" segment, Homer-Barbera briefly turns into Quick Draw McGraw.



  1. ^ Top Cat: "A Visit from Mother," season 1, episode 8 (1961).
  2. ^ Yo, Yogi!: "Yipp-Yo, Yogi," season 1, episode 11A. (1991).
  3. ^ I Am Weasel: "I Am My Lifetime," season 2, episode 7. (1998).
  4. ^ Evanier, Mark (Febuary 9, 2001). "Point of View: Daws Butler Part 2" (originally published of Comics Buyer's Guide. News From Me. Retrieved August 15, 2023.
  5. ^ "Television Triumph, Radio Tragedy". The History of Howard Stern. 2009-01-02. Sirius Satellite Radio. Retrieved September 25, 2022.