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Western Animation: Kissyfur

Kissyfur is a Saturday Morning Cartoon from The Eighties on NBC. It focused on a father and son pair of bears named Gus and Kissyfur. En route to join the circus, the bears end up in a swamp town called Paddlecab after the train derails. There, they meet a Gang of Critters and create a boat tour business. Really, it's not as sappy as the name would have you believe.

The show began with a half-hour prime-time special on NBC before moving to its Saturday slot. It was canceled after its first season, went on hiatus for a year, then came back in the 1988-89 season.


Kissyfur provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Miss Emmy Lou is a blue bear with Blush Stickers, although her blue coloration could just be indication of a gray bear.
  • Casting Gag/Relationship Voice Actor: Gus and Kissyfur's VAs (Ed Gilbert and R.J. Williams) later voiced Baloo and Kit, respectively, on TaleSpin.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: It was published by DC Comics.
  • Dodgy Toupee: In a female example, Jolene values her wig to the point of diving after it and putting it atop her head after it's been thrown into a pot of boiling water. Of course, her vanity doesn't stop her from smacking the beejezus out of Floyd with it when he angers her.
  • The Eeyore: Stuckey, who always speaks in depressed monotone voice and expresses pessimism with various things
  • Gang of Critters: Like so many other eighties cartoons.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Prevalent in some episodes, particularly the "Bear Roots" special in which Gus and Kissyfur and all the other circus animals labored under the harsh pressure of the humans, especially the Ringmaster, before Gus and Kissyfur escaped, and "A Basket Case" when humans come into the swamp and the animal inhabitants have to hide out until the coast is clear. Of course, for the latter episode, it is more or less averted afterwards when the critters happen upon a human baby that has drifted away from its family and do everything they can to return it without getting in trouble.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: Quite unusually for an eighties cartoon.
  • In the Blood: Lenny pretty much takes after his dad.
  • Jerk Ass: Lenny.
  • Kiss-Kiss-Slap: A major one in "The Birds and the Bears". Beehonie gives Kissyfur a cake for being such a good friend to her throughout the whole school year. As Kissyfur accepts the gift, Beehonie kisses him on the cheek. Kissyfur likes it, but when Lenny and the others start taunting him, he gets so embarrassed that he tells Beehonie to "cut out all the mushy stuff", at which point Beehonie gets pissed, runs the cake that she gave him into his face, and storms off.
    • Of course, it's later resolved at the end after Kissyfur, Beehonie, Miss Emmy Lou, Toot, and Gus rescue the captured cubs from Floyd and Jolene and retrieve the stolen paddlecab. Kissyfur acknowledges Beehonie and Toot's loyalty and gives Beehonie a well-deserved kiss on the cheek, which nearly starts further taunting from Lenny who is stopped by the others.
  • Lying Finger Cross: In one episode, Lenny constantly bullied other kids for their lunches. Near the end, he saw himself in a pinch where he needed their help and they only agreed when he promised he'd no longer bully them. The next day, he broke his promised and, when called out on it, he claimed he had his fingers crossed when he made it. Fortunately, they'd learned how to use the strength of numbers against him.
  • Messy Pig: Averted with Duane who hates being messy
  • Missing Mom: Kissyfur's mother died sometime before the show began.
  • Papa Wolf: Gus always manages to put gators Floyd and Jolene in their place whenever they mess with his son and the other youngsters.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Toot.
  • Sapient Cetaceans: One episode features Kissyfur and the gang helping a beached whale, who speaks a bit like a surfer (as he apparently got caught off-guard while surfing "gnarly waves")
  • Scenery Porn: The natural backgrounds do look appealing.
  • Ship Tease: In addition to Kissyfur and Beehonie in the aforementioned example, there is also one between Gus and Miss Emmy Lou
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: Jolene.
  • Southern Belle: Miss Emmy Lou exhibits some of the qualities like her accent and mannerisms.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: You can tell Beehonie's gender by the bows on her rabbit ears.
    • How about the fact that Miss Emmy Lou has a flower behind her ear?
  • Weird Moon: In the opening sequence it is bigger than it should be.

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