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Heckle and Jeckle
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The Heckle and Jeckle Paul Terry Title Card from 1951

First appearance

The Talking Magpies (1946)

Created by

Paul Terry

Voiced by

Dayton Allen
Sid Raymond
Roy Halee
Ned Sparks
Frank Welker

Species

Magpie

Gender

Male

Heckle and Jeckle are cartoon characters created by Paul Terry, and released by his own studio, Terrytoons for 20th Century Fox. The characters are a pair of identical magpies who calmly outwit their foes in the manner of Bugs Bunny, while maintaining a mischievous streak reminiscent of Woody Woodpecker. However, in a number (perhaps most) of their cartoons (Moose On The Loose, Free Enterprise, The Power of Thought, Hula Hula Land) their foes win in the end. Their names were inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Who's Who?Edit

One magpie spoke with an English accent, while the other spoke with a New York dialect. Heckle often refers to Jeckle simply as 'chum' or 'pal', while Jeckle often refers to Heckle as 'old chap' 'old boy' and 'old featherhead', indicating a close friendship between them. Although there seemed to be a great deal of uncertainty as to which was which, in the short Bulldozing The Bulls, they clearly refer to each other by name, with the Brooklyn accent belonging to Heckle and the English accent belonging to Jeckle. In the later short Stunt Men, Jeckle, in an English accent, calls Heckle by name again. Furthermore, in the cartoon Rival Romeos, the magpies, after being simultaneously smitten by the same female, run home to get dressed. They are shown to occupy two sides of the same tree, and each character's home is marked with a sign—Heckle is clearly designated as the Brooklyn magpie with his jaunty hat, and Jeckle dons an English-looking bowtie and monocle. While they usually referred to each other by such names as Old Featherhead, these episodes clearly give the names to the accents. Both characters were voiced at different times by Dayton Allen, Sid Raymond, Roy Halee, Ned Sparks and Frank Welker. In 1979's The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle, the birds introduced themselves by name in the opening credits; Heckle had the Brooklyn accent, and Jeckle the English one.

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