Great Unanswered Questions of Cartoon History

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For me, the best thing about Blake Edwards’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s is its quirky theme song, Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini’s Moon River. It includes the somewhat mysterious line “…my huckleberry friend.”

And the movie itself has a scene (see screen grab at left) in which Audrey Hepburn briefly dons a Huckleberry Hound mask in a five-and-dime store.

So my question is this: Is “…my huckleberry friend” actually a reference to Huck Hound? If you’ve got a theory–assuming you care about this at all–I’d love to hear it.

Oh, and a bonus trivia question (courtesy of Andrew Leal): Besides the mask scene, name one other significant Hanna-Barbera connection in this movie.

5 thoughts on “Great Unanswered Questions of Cartoon History”

  1. I think it’s a reference to Huckleberry Finn. In the movie Tombstone, Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday sarcastically tells a bad guy, “I’ll be your Huckleberry.”

  2. I remember hearing this discussed on radio somewhere. It actually refers to a childhood memory of Johnny Mercer’s of going out to the wilds to pick huckleberries. At least that’s my memory of it.

  3. to be someone’s huckleberry is to be someone’s sweetheart, friend, and was first used in 1832 by J. K. PAULDING in Westward Ho! (I. ix. 80)”If the [broad-]horn gets broadside to the current, I wouldn’t risk a huckleberry to a persimmon that we don’t every soul get treed, and sink to the bottom.”

  4. I am trying to find the name of the creature that, I thought, was on a ruff and reddy cartoon. The creature, which I thought was on the planet munimula, had horns coming out of his head, a bunch of feet, and chased them around blowing those horns. He was like in a cave alot too.
    PLEASE, any help, this is driving me nuts.

    KT

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