The Hunter premiered in 1960 as one of several, four-minute segments on King Leonardo and his Short Subjects. Other segments included Tooter Turtle and The King and Odie, as well as a series of ninety-second stories starring Twinkles the elephant. An additional season’s worth of The Hunter episodes were produced for the series Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales when it premiered in 1963.
The Hunter was a private eye who spent much of his time exposing the schemes of The Fox, a wily criminal who engaged in one scam after another. The sleuthhound received most of his assignments from Officer Flim Flanagan. Flanagan, who had a great deal of respect for The Hunter’s talent in solving cases, was totally unaware that his go-to detective got outsmarted at every turn, and only ever solved a case through pure luck.