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Short-Lived Shows: Foofur

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 22nd 2006 3:01PM

foofurThe creation of Foofur, a Saturday morning cartoon that ran on NBC for two seasons starting in 1986, is typically credited to Freddy Monnickendam, the man who helped bring The Smurfs to American television and who later created The Snorks. However, Don Markstein of Toonopedia writes that the cartoon is more precisely attributed to Phil Mendez, who created Kissyfur one year earlier. Whoever created it, Foofur was a staple of my Saturday mornings, and I was glad to find a few episodes on YouTube.

Foofur was a blue hound who lived in the mansion of his late master, which he inherited after she passed away. He shared the home with some dogs he rescued from the pound, along with his little nephew (nephews being an essential part of any cartoon family) and a cat that knew karate. A lady by the name of Miss Escrow (a joke I didn't understand when I was younger) would constantly try to sell the mansion, so it was up to Foofur and his pals to thwart her attempts every week, and to sneak out of the mansion whenever she came around.

Foofur himself was voiced by Frank Welker, a legendary voice actor who played Fred on Scooby-Doo and is essentially the "go to" guy for animal voices (he also does Santa's Little Helper on The Simpsons). The show was typical Saturday morning fare, and my fond memories of it probably stem more from nostalgia than anything especially remarkable about the show itself. Still, the show wasn't without its charm, and it had a hip edge to it that made it stand out just a little from the more sugary animal 'toons of the time.

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blackacre

I echo what the first poster said.

I vaguely remember this show (and I'm mildly excited to know its not something I hallucinated), but man - the ALF cartoon. I periodically still get the doo wop theme song from Alf's show in my head...you know, where they actually called him Gordon Shumway??? Come to think of it, I ought to use that as an internet alias...

And Galaxy High was awesome.

October 22 2006 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tr

i used to watch Foofur, but i think i was more a Kissyfur fan. and i always thought, "that would suck if your name was Kissyfur."

October 22 2006 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

Wow, I remember Turbo Teen. I even remember the fact that they used Muzak versions of the top hits of that time for the soundtrack.

Here's another one--Wolf Rock TV! Anyone remember that gem? Wolfman Jack had his own Saturday Morning cartoon.

October 22 2006 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam Finley

I do remember Turbo Teen :)

October 22 2006 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zack

Good god, I remember this. Not one of my favorites...for pure obscure fun, you'd have to go with the ALF cartoon, which was set on Melmac and featured episodes such as the one where they went to a farm and raised giant slugs they milked for mayonaise.

I also have a weird fondness for GALAXY HIGH and WILDFIRE on CBS, but any of y'all recall TURBO TEEN, about a teen who actually turned into a car? Wow, that was horrible.

October 22 2006 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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