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    Cartoon pioneer Tex Avery was lured out of retirement in 1979 to create a new cartoon for old colleagues William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Avery’s dream was a return to the unbridled zaniness of his earlier MGM work. His creation was Quicky (later renamed Kwicky) Koala, a zippy little Aussie marsupial who could teleport out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, Avery died before his final creation could be launched. The Kwicky Koala Show premiered in 1981, a year after Avery’s death, with four weekly segments:

    Kwicky Koala followed the eucalyptus-eating title creature as he eluded the pursuit of Wilfred Wolf.

    Crazy Claws was a wildcat with Groucho Marx voice and eyebrows. Skunk-capped Rawhide Clyde and his wicked mutt Bristletooth tried to catch Crazy Claws, who escaped from trouble with a combination of razor-sharp claws and insulting banter. Wimpy Ranger Rangerfield pursued Clyde and Bristletooth, with no more success than they had catching Crazy Claws.

    Dirty Dawg and his chum Ratso lived in a city garbage dump, fighting the man (in the form of police officer Bullhorn) while trying to get a meal.

    The Bungle Brothers was actually a series of one-minute fillers between the other three segments. The Brothers, George and John, were a pair of beagles who desperately wanted to be stars. Their ill-fated shots at fame always failed spectacularly.

    Without Avery's guiding hand, the show lasted only one season on CBS, a final tribute to one of animation's great talents.