The friendly, pink furred mountain lion called Snagglepuss was a minor character in several Hanna-Barbera cartoons before he got his own series, although his first appearance is open to debate. A character similar in design, called Snaggletooth, originally appeared in an episode of Quick Draw McGraw in 1959, but despite the name difference he clearly formed the seed of the Snagglepuss character. In addition to Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss got work as a supporting character on Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy and with Snooper & Blabber before getting his own segment. Beginning in 1961, seven-minute Snagglepuss segments played alongside segments of Yogi Bear and Yakky Doodle on The Yogi Bear Show.
Despite having an air of sophistication and fancying himself an actor and poet, Snagglepuss’s mountain lion heritage meant that he spent much of his time in the gun sights of hunters or having to escape capture from zoos, circuses or simple cages—although his natural home was either a stone house or a furnished cave. His passion for classic literature came through in his frequent *mis*quotes of Shakespearean phrases or passages. Just as frequently, he uttered his catchphrase “Heavens to Mergatroyd!” when he was surprised or alarmed, or “Exit… stage left (or right)” before running off screen when fleeing danger.
Snagglepuss found himself in conflict with a different adversary in nearly every episode. The only recurring supporting character in the series was Major Minor, an otherwise successful big game hunter whose one failure was bagging Snagglepuss. Major Minor’s membership with The Adventurers Club was always in jeopardy because of this embarrassment.
When his own series ended, Snagglepuss went on to appear in a variety of made-for-TV specials, as well as becoming a regular cast member of several brand new series, including Yogi’s Gang (1973), Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics (1977), Yogi’s Treasure Hunt (1985) and Yo Yogi! (1991).