The Peter Potamus Show

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The Peter Potamus Show
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On-screen title card.
Network Syndication
Production company Hanna-Barbera
Original release September 16, 1964October 23, 1967
Starring Daws Butler
Don Messick
Howard Morris
Hal Smith
Mel Blanc
John Stephenson
Doug Young
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s) Tony Benedict
Warren Foster
Dalton Sandifer
Director(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

The Peter Potamus Show is an American animated anthology television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. It originally aired in syndication, but was later picked up for ABC's Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1964 to 1967, airing 27 episodes that spanned two seasons.

The show debuted with segments, Peter Potamus and So-So, Breezly and Sneezly and Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey.

The entire series has been released on DVD.



In partnering with Hanna-Barbera and sponsoring The Peter Potamus Show, the Kitsap Sun reported that the Ideal Toy Corporation invested $30,000,000 in a five year period to sponsor four animated shows, on a 52-week basis.[1][2] On December 23, 1963, Variety reported that the studio budgeted $4,200,000 for the Peter Potamus and Magilla Gorilla shows;[2] with Magilla preceeding the former's airing on January 15, 1964.

In developing the lead character of the series, animator and layout artist Jerry Eisenberg recounted on how Peter Potamus was created:

"Once I was thinking about a hippopotamus… Since I was overweight, I could relate to that. So I started making some drawings in the Hanna-Barbera style—the character standing on two legs. I put a safari coat on him and a pith helmet. Joe kind of liked it, so he got some writers together and we began to work on it. I don't know who came up with the name, but that was Peter Potamus."

- Jerry Eisneberg[3]



The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.

Opening Theme Lyrics

He's been everywhere,
flying through the air,
he is everyone's friend.

He will always land,
Just to land a hand,
He's a friend to the end.

Peter Potamus has the charm,
He will never conceal.

It's time to meet Peter Potamus,

Look out!

Watch it!

The Peter Potamus Show, presented by... IDEAL!

Their wonderful toys, their Ideal
Yes it's time to meet Peter Potamus, our Ideal!




  1. ^ (October 23, 1964). "250 People, 10,000 Drawings Go Into Cartoon Production". Kitsap Sun, page 10. Retrieved January 25, 2024.
  2. ^ a b Yowp, Don M. (9 April 2015) "Here Comes a Star or Six". Yowp Yowp Blogspot. Retrieved January 25, 2024.
  3. ^ King, Susan (August 29, 2009). "Those yabba-dabba-doo-ers." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 23, 2023.