Lesser-Known 80s Cartoons: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Based on the song of the same name, (For beneath the trees where nobody sees, they’ll hide and seek as long as they please, and that’s the way the teddy bears have their picnic) The Teddy Bears’ Picnic was just a half-hour short aired in 1989 by CTV network and followed by The Teddy Bears’ Christmas in 1992, The Teddy Bears’ Scare in 1998 and the 2003 actual series The Secret World of Benjamin Bear. Have you seen any of these specials? courtesy Smokey(TheBear)125

Lesser Known 80s Cartoons: Fluppy Dogs

Fluppy Dogs were a Disney creation that made it to the toy and book world of the 80s but not so much on the television front. One one-hour special is all the alien flop-dogs were granted after plans for an actual series were scrapped because the Thanksgiving-Day special bombed in the Nielsen ratings. I have to wonder why Disney picked such a crap day to air a pilot but whatever. Did you have any of the rag-tag pups? courtesy Bonkers D. Bobcat

Lesser-Known 80s cartoons: Dr. Snuggles

Dr. Snuggles was a kindly looking English gentleman animal doctor who rode around on a pogo stick and was animated by Topcraft, the studio that produced many Rankin/ Bass animated specials. We didn’t get the good doctor in the U.S. as it aired in the U.K. on ITV but was shown in Canada so northern U.S. kids may have seen it. Writers for the show included Douglas Adams of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Did you ever see Dr. Snuggles? courtesy Biro Calk

Lesser-known 80s cartoons: Moon Dreamers

Moon Dreamers was part of the My Little Pony and Friends hour in 1986 which showed the ponies and then an episode of either Moon Dreamers, Potato Head Kids or the Glo-Worms (re-run in 1989). Of course the entire show was brought to us by Hasbro who made the accompanying toys for each. Moon Dreamers were glowing little extremely-80s looking kids who brought good dreams to children and lived in the stars. Did you have any of the toys?  They were pretty rad. Episode 12 courtesy cactusgerbil

Lesser-known 80s cartoons: The Charmkins

This month we’re going to watch some episodes of short-lived cartoons you might have seen a little bit of or not at all. There was so much TV on in the 80s and so many shows were to boost toy sales so specials and one-offs abounded. First up: The Charmkins. Charmkins were charm-sized figures with a flower theme who could be worn and came with an accessory or playset. They didn’t get a whole series, just a special in 1983 starring Aileen Quinn (who played Annie) as Brown-Eyed Susan. courtesy IvIagneto Two

Yello80s Christmas Eve Marathon: Twas the Night Before Christmas

This ‘regular’ animated special (read: non-puppet) from Rankin-Bass finds a clockmaker trying to fashion a fancy clock to prove to Santa the town still needs him after a brat mouse writes a Christmas letter telling him to buzz off,  It has some really cute songs and is another one of those specials that looks dated but still deserves more airtime than it gets. Rankin-Bass Productions: Twas the Night Before Christmas courtesy CHRISTMASjoy365