Western Animation: The Wuzzles

"Ooh, they got o-ri-gi-nality!/Living with a split... personality!"
opening theme song

The Wuzzles was the first Disney original animated series. It debuted in 1985, and aired on broadcast television as a Saturday Morning Cartoon. It is also their shortest running series of The Eighties, at 13 episodes, though it went into reruns for quite a while.

Like many other shows of the 1980s, it had a plush line (which it may have been was designed to sell) and each stuffed animal character came with a picture book that helped set up the world of the series.

It was a fun little cartoon and toy line that followed the great tradition of 80ís cartoons and toys: It was colorful, had kind of a sci-fi/fantasy theme, and made you wonder what kinds of legal or illegal drugs the people who came up with it were taking at the time.

All of the main characters were Mix-and-Match Critters:
  • Bumblelion (bumblebee/lion)
  • Hoppopotamus (hippo/rabbit)
  • Eleroo (elephant/kangaroo)
  • Butterbear (butterfly/bear)
  • Moosel (moose/seal)
  • Rhinokey (rhino/monkey)
  • Tycoon (tiger/raccoon... but really, part raccoon with tiger stripes, part Donald Trump)
  • Crock (crocodile/bear or crocodile/tyrannosaurus... maybe? [see below])
  • Brat (boar/rat... but more honestly Taz/Enough features from other random animals that he isn't a total copyright infringement)
  • Flizard (frog/lizard... with a few monkey parts?)

The plush line actually outlived the cartoon, and involved several more characters who never got a chance to appear in the cartoon. Additionally, a few episodes of the television show were given theatrical runs in Europe, acting as animated shorts before Disney films.

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