When TheSmurfs invaded America in the early 1980s, or even way back when they were created in Belgium in the late 1950s, they spawned a grand tradition of cute creatures with silly names who hang out in groups and get into all manner of misadventures, then get out of them again through ThePowerOfFriendship.
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!!Examples:

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* ''{{Monchichis}}''. Originally a toy line.
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[[folder: Film ]]
* The Ewoks from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', who later got two (made-for-TV) movies and an animated series of their own.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The Fraggles of ''FraggleRock''.
* ''Series/TheWombles'', a British example. Remade as an animated show decades later.
* ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}''.
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[[folder: Toys ]]
* The Astrosniks, a German toy set.
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[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* ''{{Achewood}}'' parodies and subverts this one'. The cast consists of anthropomorphic cats and talking stuffed animals; but one of the stuffed animals is an elderly disaffected teddy bear, one is a psychopathically alcoholic stuffed lion, one is a milquetoast bear with the occasional delusion of grandeur, and one is a five-year-old otter who only exists to be scarred psychologically. Of the three cats, one is a RichIdiotWithNoDayjob, one is a severely depressed coder, and one is a nutjob holier-than-thou pseudo-activist who only finds meaning in putting down everyone around him.
* ''BearNuts'' is another webcomic subversion of this. An AffectionateParody of ''CareBears'', except with characters like Prozac and Evil bear.
* HodgesPond.
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* The ''HappyTreeFriends''. Subverted in that they [[SugarApocalypse end]] [[{{Gorn}} up]] [[BloodyHilarious dying]] [[LudicrousGibs horrible]] [[BlackComedy deaths]] in every episode.
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* ''Franchise/CareBears''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGetAlongGang''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''
* The ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' franchise
* ''WesternAnimation/ShirtTales''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSnorks'', also based on a Belgian comic strip.
* The Suntots, from ''WesternAnimation/TheSmoggies''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles''.
* ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' and friends qualify, although it was less pronounced in the [[Literature/WinnieThePooh original books]].
* The Happy Little Elves from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* Rainbow Monkeys from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''.
* Dummi Bears from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''.
* The Buddy Bears from ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' are a vicious parody of this trope.
* The Schlubs (a Smurfs parody) from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''.
* The Gigglepies from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' (subverted, they are evil and want to destroy everything not as cute as they are).
* The Woodland Critters from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. (subverted they are evil Satan worshipers)
* Squishy Bearz from ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBiskitts''
* ''The WesternAnimation/PawPawBears'' (with extra BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Monchichis}}'' also had an American cartoon (with a hideous EarWorm of a theme song)
* ''WesternAnimation/ChucklewoodCritters''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill''
* The main cast of ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop1995''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBluffers''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kissyfur}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/OvideAndTheGang''. Heck, it's right there in the title.
* ''ForestFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCentsables''
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