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Hong Kong Phooey

HongKongPhooey

Real Name
Penrose "Penry" Pooch
First Appearance
Hong Kong Phooey, "Car Thieves"
Creators
Joseph Hanna, William Barbera
Team Affliations
The Scooby Doobies (Laff-A-Lympics)
Aliases
None
Base of Operations
Unknown (unnamed metropolis)
Powers
None
Skills and Abilities
Kung Fu Expertise (or so he claims)
Tools and Weapons
The Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu, Phooey Mobile

Hong Kong Phooey (Penrose "Penry" Pooch) is a martial arts superhero and the star of the animated TV series of the same name.

He is voiced by Scatman Crothers.

OriginEdit

No information has been released about Hong Kong Phooey's origin except that he claims that he learned kung fu from the Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu.

BiographyEdit

The youth of Hong Kong Phooey is unknown, though it might be tied to the copy of the Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu that he carries with him and relies on to give him advice.  Where he got his car, the Phooeymobile, is unclear also, although it can be assumed it is custom.

As Penry Pooch, Phooey works as a mild-mannered janitor working for the local police station.  As soon as he hears about a crisis, he dives into the filing cabinet of Sargeant Flint (most commonly known as "Sarge") and comes out as Hong Kong Phooey.  However, every time he dives into the cabinet, Hong Kong Phooey always gets stuck and gets unstuck with the help of his sidekick/cat Spot.  Hong Kong Phooey then takes whatever case Sarge has for him and takes off in his car, the Phooeymobile, with his cat to stop the crisis.  Most of the time he makes mistakes and his Spot is the one to get him out of a tight spot and secretly save the day, with everyone, including Phooey himself, believing Hong Kong Phooey is responsible.

It is very common for Phooey to accidentally causing havoc across the city, but it is usually taken as a form of honour to have one's "day ruined by the great Hong Kong Phooey."

Hong Kong Phooey later joined the Scooby Doobies in the Laff-A-Lympics, a sporting event participated in by various cartoon characters (the Scooby Doobies being the team made up of crime-fighting characters).

Later, he appeared again in a web cartoon, in which he appeared to be much stronger and more competant than before, winning fights without the help of Spot the Cat.

PersonalityEdit

Hong Kong Phooey acts cool and collected, seemingly unaware of his own incompetence.  Though he has an earnest passion for fighting for truth and justice, he is also incredibly laid back, keeping a relaxed attitude most of the time,

Skills and AbilitiesEdit

Hong Kong Phooey claims to be a high-level martial artist, but it would seem that this is not the case.  In fact, if he has a skill, it may be a bit of luck and the assistance of his cat Spot.

Tools and WeaponsEdit

Phooey Mobile

Hong Kong Phooey frequently uses the Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu as a reference guide, though how helpful the book is isn't clear.

Phooey travels to crime scenes in his Phooey Mobile, a small green car with a Chinese-architecture motif.

Theme SongEdit

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Hong Kong Phooey

Hong Kong Phooey has a theme song sung by Scatman Crothers (who is also Phooey's voice actor) and appears at the opening of every episode of Hong Kong Phooey.

In the album Saturday Morning: Cartoon's Greatest Hits , the band Sublime perform a cover of the Hong Kong Phooey Theme Song.

Appearances and References in Other MediaEdit

- In 2009, a Hong Kong Phooey movie was announced and in 2012, test footage for the potential film was released, though no word of any progress in making the film was revealed since then.  The current production team includes David A. Goodman as writer, Alex Zamm as director, Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Brett Ratner and Jay Stern as producers and Eddie Murphy as the voice of Hong Kong Phooey.

- Rand McNally released two short Hong Kong Phooey novels in 1975 and 1976: Hong Kong Phooey and the Fortune Cookie Caper and Hong Kong Phooey and the Bird Nest Snatchers. The books were written by Jean Lewis and illustrated by Phil Ostapczuk.

- Hong Kong Phooey is listed in the Moldy Peaches song "Nothing Came Out" in the lyrics, saying "I want you to watch cartoons with me. He-ManVoltron and Hong-Kong-Phooey".

- In the Space Monkeys' song "Sugercane", the artists compare the effects of drugs being "quicker than the human eye" (a reference to lyrics from the theme song) "or Hong Kong Phooey." 

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