1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 2 (USA)
21 x 30 minute episodes
1 9 8 2 – 1 9 8 4 (USA)
35 x 30 minute episodes
Richie Rich – “the richest kid in the world” – had been a character in Harvey comic books for nearly 20 years by the time he finally made it to animation form, courtesy of Hanna-Barbera.
Despite the implications of his name, Richie (voiced by Sparky Marcus) was actually a rather unspoiled child who preferred to hang out with his redhead friend Freckles (Christian Hoff) and girlfriend Gloria (Nancy Cartwright) and interact with the staff, including Professor Keenbean (Bill Callaway), the head of the Rich Science Center and developer of many eccentric inventions.
Richie’s adorable Dalmatian was called Dollar (Frank Welker). Cadbury (Stan Jones) was the butler, and Irona the robot maid, (Joan Gerber) whose body converted to any form and tool needed in any situation.
Between 1980 and 1982, Richie’s stories were interspersed with adventures of Scooby-Doo and billed as The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show.
In 1982 – 1983, Richie shared billing in The Pac-Man/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show, adding Pac-Man and an animated version of the Our Gang comedy shorts of the 1930s.
From 1983-84, the series became The Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show, and then in 1986, CBS showed repeats briefly under the title Richie Rich.
A live-action version of the character appeared in a theatrical movie titled Richie Rich in 1994 with Macauley Culkin as the lead character.
Another cartoon version of the show aired in syndication in 1996.
Mr Rich/Cadbury the Butler
Mrs Rich/Irona the Maid