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The New Adventures of Huck Finn had very little to do with Mark Twain’s literary masterpiece.
This version began with Huck, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher being chased by the villainous Injun Joe (presumably this action took place before the end of Tom Sawyer since Joe was still alive). As they entered a cave, the three were all swept up in a time vortex that would deposit them in different places and times every week.
Over the show’s single-season run, Huck, Tom and Becky battled the Black Knight alongside King Arthur and found themselves face to face with other literary icons like Don Quixote.
Injun Joe would always end up making an appearance, usually in disguise, in an effort to capture the teens and exact his revenge.
When the show began, all of the action was live but after the characters entered the vortex, the background and all the characters, with the exception of Tom, Huck and Becky, became animated. This helped to give the show a fantasy feel.
Injun Joe was animated as well, although his voice was still provided by Ted Cassidy (The Addam’s Family‘s Lurch), who played Joe before his entrance into the vortex.
While the stories may have been light on literary content, the effect of real people interacting with animated characters made this show a favourite among kids.
After its cancellation, The New Adventures of Huck Finn was seen as part of the syndicated show Banana Splits and Friends.
Lu Ann Haslam