Breezly & Sneezly, just before.


Medium: TV animation
Produced by: Hanna-Barbera
First Appeared: 1964
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The Hanna-Barbera studio was the first huge mass-producer of animation for the TV market — and as with all huge mass-producers, there was a certain sameness in its product. When it …

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… had a hit like Yogi Bear, elements of Yogi started turning up in new characters, such as Wally Gator and Magilla Gorilla. Here's a series about a pair that had a dominant tall guy like Yogi paired with a secondary short guy like Yogi's pal Booboo, were mostly motivated by the tall guy trying to score unearned goods like Yogi's "pic-a-nic" baskets, and whose main character dynamic was a love-hate relationship with the local authority figure like Yogi's with Ranger Smith.

The tall one was Breezly Bruin, a polar bear, and the short one was Sneezly Seal, a seal — who, by the way, frequently issued destructive sneezes, like Tiny Toons' Little Sneezer or Winsor McCay's Little Sammy Sneeze, and that was his supposedly "unique" characterization. The authority figure was Col. Fuzzby. (Most sources spell his name "Fusby", but "Fuzzby" is taken from the sign over his door.) Fuzzby commanded Camp Frostbite, an Army outpost in the frozen north, and the other two lived in a nearby igloo. Breezly's voice was done by Howard Morris (Atom Ant, Jughead Jones), Sneezly's by Mel Blanc (Pepe LePew, Henery Hawk, among others), and Fuzzby's by John Stephenson (Finkerton in Inch High, narrator in Ruff & Reddy).

The Breezly & Sneezly series began as one of the two minor segments on Peter Potamus's show. The other was a Three Musketeers parody called Yippee, Yappee & Yahooey. That show debuted in syndication, on September 16, 1964. The Breezly & Sneezly segment was part of the show only during its first season, 14 episodes. They were replaced the following year by Ricochet Rabbit, who had formerly been part of the Magilla Gorilla show, in hopes that some of Magilla's viewers would follow him. Breezly & Sneezly took Ricochet's place, and continued another nine episodes as one of Magilla's back segments.

Those 23 episodes were all that were ever made of Breezly & Sneezly — unlike Yakky Doodle, Augie Doggie and other early secondary characters at Hanna-Barbera, they didn't have an afterlife in ensemble shows like Yogi's Treasure Hunt or Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics. They made it into toys and lunchboxes, but only in a minor way. Gold Key never published a comic book about them, tho they may have appeared in the back pages of one or two, nor did they ever appear in a Little Golden Book.


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