Western Animation / Shirt Tales

An early 1980s Animated Series by Hanna-Barbera, based on a group of animal characters from Hallmark greeting cards. In the Shirt Tales cartoon, the animal heroes had their base of operations in an old oak tree in the aptly named Oak Tree Park. The title came from the fact the message on their shirts changed constantly - usually reflecting what they were thinking or feeling at the moment.

This series provides examples of:

  • Ageless Birthday Episode: "Sunrise Surprise"note  is about Pammy's birthday.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Fred Travalena's Bogey Orangutan was a voice caricature of Humphrey Bogart, "schweetheart".
  • Overt Operative: Possible subversion. No one is supposed to know who the Shirt Tales really are, let alone that they are five (later six) talking animals. The mere fact that they are talking animals is the perfect cover since most humans would assume that the Shirt Tales were also humans. So, they aren't as "overt" as the trope would imply.
  • Secret Identity: A major point of the first season, but mostly downplayed in the second.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: Both seasons, but especially the second:
    "Pammy! Rick! Digger! Tyg! Kip! and Bogey! The Shirt Tales!"
  • Verbal Tic, Bogey again, "schweetheart". It's also not the only he does, "Sam".
  • Villain Song: "Concrete Paradise" in "A Song Saves the Park".note