Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired as a part of The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series starring the animated anthropomorphic lion and hyena pair in a series of goofy misadventures. Lippy, a lion wears a tattered top hat and vest while Hardy, a hyena wears a porkpie hat and bow tie. Lippy's voice, patterned after comic Joe E. Brown, is identical to that of Peter Potamus (both provided by Daws Butler). Hardy Har Har's name is ironic, as it suggests the sound of laughter associated with a hyena (see onomatopoeia) and Hardy is an eternal pessimist.
|Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har|
Walking on a ship's deck, Lippy (right) leads Hardy Har Har (left)
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin|
|Opening theme||Theme from Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har|
|Ending theme||Theme from Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||52|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
Lippy the Lion (voiced by Daws Butler) and Hardy Har Har the hyena (voiced by Mel Blanc) first appeared in The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series in 1962, along with Wally Gator and Touché Turtle and Dum Dum. Mel Blanc used the same voice, personality and expressions for Hardy Har-Har that he used playing the postman on the Burns and Allen radio show.
Their cartoons revolved around ever-hopeful Lippy's attempts to get rich quick, with reluctant Hardy serving as a foil. Whatever the consequences were to Lippy's schemes, Hardy would end up getting the worst of it — a fact he always seemed to realize ahead of time, with his moans of, "Oh me, oh my, oh dear". Although the intro shows them in a jungle setting proper for such beasts, most of the cartoons' stories took place in an urban setting.
Since then, the duo have been infrequently included in the cast of Hanna-Barbera's ensemble shows (e.g., Yogi's Gang). They were no longer constantly pursuing Lippy's get-rich-quick schemes, but their personalities were unchanged; Lippy was still the smiling optimist, Hardy the moaning pessimist.
The first episode, "Sea-saw," is available on the DVD Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960's Vol. 2. There has yet to be a DVD of the complete series from Warner Archive.