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Short-Lived Shows: Kissyfur

by Adam Finley, posted May 21st 2006 9:02AM

kissyfurIf you coated a Care Bear in honey and sugar you might end up with something as sickeningly sweet as Kissyfur, a cartoon which aired Saturday mornings on NBC during the 1986-87 season. Somewhat (but not really) like Walt Kelly's Pogo comic strip, the show focused on a group of animals living in a swamp and having crazy adventures while trying to protect themselves from danger, including a group of crocodiles who were always trying to eat the young cubs. "Kissyfur" was a young bear cub who escaped from the circus to live in the swamp. This is all explained in the opening credit sequence, which you can view here.

Despite my somewhat sarcastic first sentence, I actually loved this show as a kid, even if it did sometimes pile on the sentimentality a little thick. I suppose that's unavoidable when your main character is named "Kissyfur" for crying out loud. Still, it's probably that name which caused this cartoon to stick in so many people's heads. Also, save for early morning preschool programming, I don't know if cartoons like this still exist that so openly embrace concepts like love, trust, and family. I guess being cheesy isn't always so bad.

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My dog of many years was named "Kissyfur," in honor of a cartoon I never watched or cared remotely about.

May 21 2006 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Would you believe that this was shown here in Brazil on weekday mornings on SBT, the #2 network, from the late 80's well until the mid 90's? Of course, since Kissyfur only lasted one season, it was basically the same episodes over and over again (although at times it would disappear from the schedule, only to get back on after a couple of months). As a kid back then, I sure didn't mind all the reruns.

This brings back many memories of this fun show.

May 21 2006 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wow, i do remember this show....that brings me back

May 21 2006 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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