Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera first made their claim to fame with a cat and mouse duo named Tom & Jerry while still working for MGM. It wasn’t until 1958 that they reintroduced a cat and mouse cast of characters to a series with Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks. Only now there were two mice causing trouble for the resident house cat—a blue bow tie wearing mouse named Pixie, and his friend Dixie, who wore a red vest.
Unlike Tom & Jerry, all three members of the Pixie & Dixie cast spoke. Mr. Jinks’ mouse chasing repertoire was also less frenetic than Tom’s had been. Mr. Jinks’ had a laid back, confident disposition that signaled he knew he would, like, catch the “meeces” in his own good time.
Although most stories took place in a residential home, occasionally Mr. Jinks had employment in some sort of profession that required him to deal with a bow tie & vest wearing rodent problem.
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks was one of three segments on the half-hour The Huckleberry Hound Show, airing in 1958. The other 7-minute segments included Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear. The cat and mouse trio made appearances in subsequent Hanna-Barbera ensemble series after their own series ended, but failed to achieve the same level of notoriety as many of their cartoon contemporaries.