Western Animation / Foofur

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Foofur was an animated series created by Hanna-Barbera that debuted on NBC in 1986.

The series followed the titular character, a skinny blue dog who lived in the house of his late owner, along with his canine friends: his niece Rocki; Louis, a bulldog; Annabell, a sheepdog and Louis's mate; Fritz-Carlos, a tiny mustachioed dog with a French accent; Hazel, a cocker spaniel and Fritz-Carlos's mate; Dolly, a basset hound; Burt, a wolfhound, and Fencer, the only cat of the group. They all worked together to keep their beloved home from being sold by the real estate agent Mrs. Escrow, and her pet Chihuahua, Pepe, who constantly tries to expose Foofur's pals, without any success.

Tropes:

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Foofur has blue fur, which is unusual for a dog of his breed, while his niece Rocki has blue-purple fur.
  • Animation Bump: In most of Season 2's episodes, the few changes are that Annabell's irises are blue, and Fencer's scalp is all black.
  • Ass in a Lion Skin: The episode "The Dog's Meow" had Louis get hypnotized into thinking he's a cat, courtesy of a professional hypnotist on TV.
  • Blinding Bangs: Annabell has these, as does a baritone-singing cat in one episode.
  • Bully Bulldog: Louis would be a subversion.
  • Catch Phrase: Pepe's, "You are my prisoner!"
    • Fencer always belts out a "Chiyap" when leaping into action.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted with Fencer, but played straight with the Cat Pack, led by Vinnie, who always antagonize Foofur and the gang.
  • Circus Episode
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: Foofur had a comic book released in 1987, and six issues were produced.
  • Downer Ending: To a lesser extent in "You Dirty Rat", the Rat Brothers didn't mind keeping their word of not harming Rocki, absconding with Louis' food, and chewing up Annabell's bed comforter, but they still proceeded to bully Fencer.
  • Dreadful Musician: Fencer's singing in "Foofur Falls in Love", "My Pharaoh Lady", and "Fencer Gets Soul". in the third one, he sings—well, meows so horribly, he made a TV explode, dishes fall from the kitchen cabinets, and a train shake.
  • Eatthe Camera: This happens when Vinnie and his Cat Pack were scared out of their wits when they heard barking inside an aquarium they infiltrated.
  • Enemy Mine: The episode "Pepe's Pet Peeve" had Foofur and the others team up with Pepe in order to help him get rid of a so-called monstrous dog named Killer that Mrs. Escrow brought home. Killer actually turns out to be a Big, Friendly Dog.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Pepe is always unsuccessful in trying to expose Foofur and his friends to his Owner.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: All the Dogs, Cats, and other animals in the cartoon.
  • Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: While Foofur and the rest of the gang mostly walk around on all fours like real dogs do, the only ones who are most often seen walking on two legs are Rocki, Fencer, and Fritz-Carlos.
  • Gratuitous French: Fritz-Carlos.
  • Informed Species: Louis is supposed to be a bulldog, but while his face and ears are like those of a real bulldog, his big bulky body would suggest otherwise.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Louis says that when he attempts to leave through the cruise ship's ventilation shaft while Foofur and Fencer push him in, Foofur remarks that Louis is too fat to fit through.
  • Ironic Name: Killer, the dog that Mrs. Escrow brings home and whom Pepe fears, is actually a good-natured St. Bernard who just wants to play.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Louis again.
  • Jive Turkey: Fencer talks like this.
  • Karma Houdini: The Rat Brothers mostly.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: In "A Royal Pain", Abigail, who treats her cats like royalty.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Fencer always thinks that he is a master at karate, yet he is always at the mercy of the rat trio that constantly bully him.
  • Love at First Sight: When Foofur sees Dolly at the cafe in "Foofur Falls in Love", and again for Pepe when He sees a white Poodle belonging to his owner's cousin in "Clothes make the Dog", and yet again for Rocki when she sees Norris in "Puppy Love".
  • Love Before First Sight: In "My Pharaoh Lady", Fencer goes head over heels for a purple cat named Cleo, but he doesn't really encounter her until Cleo's owner, an Archaeologist throws a bar of soap at him.
  • Napoleon Complex: Pepe, who is always a nuisance to Foofur and the others.
  • Neat Freak: Hazel was this in "A Clean Sweep".
  • Opposites Attract: Louis, an easy-to-anger bulldog, and Annabell, an even-tempered sheepdog.
  • Punny Name: The real estate agent, Mrs. Escrow.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Big Boombah seen in "You Dirty Rat" and "Rocki's Big Fib". Big Boombah is nastier than the Rat Brothers, and he is as big as a puppy.
  • Save the Villain: Even though Mrs. Escrow isn't exactly a villain, Foofur and the others helped her by exposing a con artist who intended to sue her for his dog being injured.
  • Shout-Out: When Fencer and Foofur go to a club in New Orleans, they see a lavender cat looking a lot like Scat Cat from The Aristocats, playing the kazoo.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Pepe. It comes with the territory, being a chihuahua.
  • Smoochof Victory: Rocki does this after she was saved by a dog food mascot.
  • Sneeze of Doom: When Fencer got a nasty cold, his sneezes broke a stepladder support.
  • Swarm of Rats: In "You Dirty Rat", Mrs. Escrow tries to get rid of the rats in the mansion, but runs for it when she realizes there are too many rats to deal with.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Mel and Harvey, the two dog catchers who are regular foes of the gang.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Fritz-Carlos and Hazel, respectively.
  • Token Enemy Minority: Fencer the cat.
  • Two Shorts: Twenty of the half-hours each have two 11-minute stories, and the remaining six are half-hour stories.
  • Verbal Tic: Louis often ends his sentences with the word there.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Fritz-Carlos' accent seems to waffle among French, Spanish and Italian.
  • You Dirty Rat!: The rat trio that constantly accost Fencer.

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