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. The title came from the fact the message on their shirts changed constantly - usually reflecting what they were thinking of feeling at the moment.
This series provides examples of:
- Affirmative Action Girl/Sixth Ranger: Kip Kangaroo.
- Channel Hop: From NBC to CBS.note
- Expressive Shirt
- Five-Man Band
- Forgotten Theme Tune Lyrics: First season only.
- Friends to All Living Things
- Gang of Critters
- Half Dressed Cartoon Animals
- Kangaroos Represent Australia: Kip Kangaroo.
- 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 alone 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.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: Pammy Panda.
- Species Surname
- Alliterative Name: The only exceptions are Digger Mole and Bogey Orangutan.
- We Help the Helpless
- West Coast Team: The Western Shirt Tales from the episode "Moving Time" consisted of a prairie dog, a fox, a skunk and an owl.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: A non-Christmas example in "Save the Park"; features a character named "Ebenezer Grunge".