Remember Jinks the Cat?


Mr. Jinks is a Hanna-Barbera character from the Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks segments that ran as part of The Huckleberry Hound Show from 1958 to 1961. Jink was sort of like Tom from Tom and Jerry in that he was constantly trying to catch him a mouse meal, but the similarities end there. Jinks was nowhere near as sinister as Tom, he was much “simpler” and his relationship with the mice, while adversarial, never felt as deadly as in Tom and Jerry.

Mr. Jinks was voiced by Daws Butler doing an impersonation of Marlon Brando. Butler also voiced Dixie, while Pixie was voiced by Don Messick. If you have never seen this cartoon, you are in for a treat, here is Judo Jack.

I started watching these cartoons again after stumbling upon a “Mr. Jinx” statue in the Hake’s catalog. I had always spelled it Jinks, and that is how it is spelled in the title. So I am left wondering, why did they use an X in the statue?



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One thought on “Remember Jinks the Cat?

  1. I remember watching this, and many other H/B shorts on USA network’s cartoon express back in the 80s (before cartoon network came along & hijacked all the old H/B toons). I believe I also watched them when I was younger (many chars like huckleberry hound & yogi were already quite familiar to me), but I don’t specifically remember doing so.
    As for the spelling, I think they just weren’t paying attention & simply used the more common spelling of the word. Considering the fact that that statue looks more like yogi than like jinks/x, I wouldn’t put much stock in the manufacturer’s quality control. :p

    Interestingly, tom and jerry were originally jasper and jinx (respectively, and with the “x” spelling).

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