The series Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks involved a pair of house mice who had to contend with the resident cat, Mr. Jinks. The mouse Pixie wore a blue bow tie, and his friend Dixie wore a red vest.
Unlike the Tom & Jerry, cat and mouse duo for which the show’s creators Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera first made their claim to fame, 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.
Most stories took place in a residential home. Occasionally a story had Mr. Jinks employed 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.