King Leonardo was a lion who ruled the fictitious nation of Congo Bongo. Together with his trustworthy aide, a skunk named Odie Cologne, the king had to ward off the constant attempts of his brother Itchy and Itchy’s criminal partner Biggy to seize the throne for themselves.
A victim of mange and constantly scratching, the not-so-bright Itchy Brother was far from kingly material. Never a success, he roomed with the gangster rodent Biggy Rat in a rundown shack that served as a secret headquarters from which the two plotted their latest schemes. Although Biggy did most of the planning, any success the pair had was short lived, mainly due to the competence of the king’s advisor Odie.
In the course of their underhanded endeavors, Biggy and Itchy occasionally found themselves in league with the likes of the deranged scientist Professor Messer, man of a thousand personalities, or the nefarious collector of people, Mr. Mad. Their success rate was equally bad, with or without the help of others.
The King and Odie was one of several segments on King Leonardo and his Short Subjects, which debuted in 1960 and ran for three seasons. Other four-minute segments on the show included The Hunter and Tooter Turtle, as well as a series of ninety-second stories featuring Twinkles the elephant. Two King and Odie segments bookended the other segments during each half-hour show.