Origins of Baby Huey

babyhuey-minIn the world of American pop culture, the cartoon has a special place in all of our hearts. Many of us remember the Saturday morning cartoons of our youth that represented slapstick action that always had a set villain and a hero who would outsmart the bad guy to comic effect.

Many of these cartoons were originally created in the late 40s and 50s and included characters like Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Donald, and Daffy Duck. These characters were always hilarious and imaginative, but sadly, many aren’t on the airwaves like they were 20 years ago.

One character that is often overlooked is the beautifully dopey and innocent Baby Huey. This character is a giant two year old duck whose wide-eyed and innocent nature often got him into various adventures. Huey was always running afoul of a fox who was always trying to eat the resilient duckling, which led to a series of comic misadventures.

Huey’s resilience and large size was important to the character’s unique comedy. Huey was something of a super duck. Most of the early shorts told a very similar story: Baby Huey would be doing some mundane activity with his mom, he would notice other ducklings playing, and the dim-witted duckling would want to go play in their games as well.

Unfortunately, the massive Huey was a bit of a klutz and would ruin the fun of his erstwhile compatriots, and they would respond by tricking the baby duck, so that they could play elsewhere. It would always happen at this point that the dastardly fox would show up, intent on eating the smaller ducks, but would see Huey and decide that he would make a far better meal.

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