Western Animation / Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater

Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater is a 1987 animated series staring everyone's favorite, Hello Kitty!

The main premise of the series is that Hello Kitty and her friends preforming plays of either retelling classic fairy tales note  , storybooks note  , or parodying various films. note 

This is the only Hello Kitty show that's done outside of its home country, though the animation is done in Japan.

You can watch the whole series on Hulu. VUDUnote  is also streaming the show for free.


Furry Tale Theater contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: "K. T., the Kitty Terrestrial" puts a particular emphasis on this, as the titular alien feline is separated from her parents and hunted by opportunistic researchers while on Earth.
  • Anachronism Stew: A regular feature of the stories involves a dose of this. Such as the curse in "Sleeping Kitty" being brought upon by watching television. Or the evil fairy of the same segment using a moped in her attempt to foil the heroes.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: "Phantom of the Theater", the Series Finale, deals with the cast's investigation of strange happenings in the theater, rather than a performance.
    • This also applies to the segments that parody movies, rather than traditional fairy tales. "Paws" and "Crocodile Penguin" come to mind.
  • Androcles' Lion: "Paws", the Hello Kitty retelling of Jaws, features the revelation that the shark's aggression was prompted by a fish hook caught in his fin. He befriends the protagonists after they pull it out.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Grinder Genie and the Magic Lamp," Sultana Catnip says the penalty for Grandpa Kitty not paying his taxes would be the taking away of his houseboat, the taking of his children to be her slaves, and having to do homework every night.
  • Big Bad: Catnip often portrays these roles in the performances.
  • Canon Foreigner: Catnip and Grinder. Chip the seal may also be one, as there doesn't appear to be any other Sanrio works (or merchandise) featuring him.
  • Composite Character: In "Cat Wars", Grandpa Kitty's role is a mix of Obi-Wan and Yoda.
  • Dumb Jock: Grinder's not the sharpest knife by a long shot, and he usually wears a number 0 jersey which implies this.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: While not an evil character, per se, Catnip is generally antagonistic and snide. Cue her surprise as to why Hello Kitty would prepare her a sandwich with her favorite ingredients, and then commenting that the suggestion to be nice like her is a "strange idea".
  • Green Eyes /Green-Eyed Monster: Catnip.
  • How Scrinchenip Stole Christmas
  • Interspecies Romance: A few of the stories involve Hello Kitty and Tuxedo Sam (a penguin) as love interests to one another.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Catnip's offstage personality. She's self-involved, snide, and sometimes antagonistic, but she has moments that show she cares for the others, and she's not all bad.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Grinder has one eye that's black bead, and one detailed eye.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Grinder normally acts as The Dragon to Catnip whenever she is the main antagonist of plays, but when he' not acting he's a sweet-natured Gentle Giant.
  • Off-Model: While the animation is incredibly smooth for an eighties cartoon, there are some moments where certain parts of a character look kinda off. (eg. Catnip's eyes, miscolored arms)
  • Off to See the Wizard: The show did this with the story "Wizard of Paws."
  • Punny Name: Besides the names of each individual storynote  The show's name seems to be a pun on the Showtime series Faerie Tale Theatre.
  • Setting Update: Sometimes employed, such as Little Red Riding Hood reimagined as a western.
  • Stage Mom: Catnip's mom Fangora is implied to be one of these, but it's never really confirmed outright.
  • The Teaser: The show has these before the opening sequence.note  Additionally, in most episodes, there's a prologue of what the characters are doing before the show starts. These actions will be used or mentioned in the play. For example, in "KT", some of the cast members were eating cookies that were meant for the show. Grandpa Kitty had to replace them with wooden replacements, but Sam later spit them out, saying they taste like wood.
  • Typecasting: Catnip lampshades her In-Universe typecasting when she complains about how she's always a villainess like a witch and would just like to be the lead for once.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Played with. The Christmas Episode of the series starts out as A Christmas Carol, but then becomes a parody of The Grinch.
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