A small excitable duck—only slightly easier to understand than his more famous relative in the sailor suit—Yakky Doodle needed considerable guidance in the art of recognizing danger. Stalked by the likes of Fibber Fox and Alfy Gator, Yakky would surely have perished if not for his good pal Chopper, a friendly but formidable bulldog whose protection prevented Yakky’s early demise.
Yakky Doodle made his first appearance in 1960 in an episode of Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy, which led to the character getting his own segment on the newly created Yogi Bear Show one year later. But he never became a superstar in the world of cartoons, and when The Yogi Bear Show ended in 1962, Yakky Doodle’s career as a headliner followed suit. Afterwards, Yakky’s fate was that of most Hanna-Barbera characters from that era: appearing now and then on ensemble shows like Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Wacky Races.