Unlike his literary namesake, this great white
whale was a gentle friend. While he was definitely
whale-sized, he was basically the pet of human boys Tom
and Tub, who had been orphaned after an underwater
earthquake tragically killed their families.
Tom and Tub loved the sea, and it was this love of the
sea that was always getting them into trouble.
Fortunately, Moby would rush to their rescue. Whether he
was saving them from everyday hazards such as man-eating
sharks and giant squid or more complex dangers like the
Clam Creatures or Captain Squid, the boys were always
happy to see Moby. They repaid him by refusing to hunt him
down and pierce him with spears.
Tom and Tub also had a much smaller pet, a seal named
Scooby (no relation), who hung around as comic relief and
often managed to get into even more trouble than the boys.
Moby Dick originally
teamed up with another Hanna-Barbera cartoon,
The Mighty Mightor,
to form the half-hour show, Moby Dick and Mighy Mightor. Each
show featured two 8-minute Mighty Mightor episodes bracketing
one Moby Dick cartoon.