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* TalkingAnimal: All the animals in the Sylvanian Forest can talk.


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* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: Just like the toys the show is based on. All the animals in the Sylvanian Forest are anthropomorphic and act just like humans.


* TitleThemeTune: The theme song ''almost'' says the show's title verbatim:
-->''(Woo-hoo, Sylvanian!) All your troubles soon will melt away!''\\
''(Woo-hoo, Sylvanian!) Like a bird, you too can fly away!''\\
''(Woo-hoo, Sylvanian!) Wishes will come true and you will be''\\

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* TitleThemeTune: The theme song song[[note]]Which is completely different from the jingle heard in the commercials for the toys.[[/note]] ''almost'' says the show's title verbatim:
-->''(Woo-hoo, -->''(Whoa-oh, Sylvanian!) All your troubles soon will melt away!''\\
''(Woo-hoo, ''(Whoa-oh, Sylvanian!) Like a bird, you too can fly away!''\\
''(Woo-hoo, ''(Whoa-oh, Sylvanian!) Wishes will come true and you will be''\\


* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The original toyline is a pure SugarBowl and does not contain villains. The [=DiC=] series, on the other hand, features the villains Gatorpossum and Packbat and makes no attempts to hide the fact that they're legitimate threats.

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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The original toyline is a pure SugarBowl and does not contain villains. The [=DiC=] series, on the other hand, features the villains Gatorpossum and villain Packbat and his minion Gatorpossum, and makes no attempts to hide the fact that they're legitimate threats.threats. The latter tries to ''[[EatsBabies eat babies]]'' in one episode, for heaven's sake!

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* BigDamPlot: In "Dam Busters", Packbat's evil plan is to send Gatorpossum to destroy a dam to flood the Sylvanian Forest.


* MixAndMatchCritters: Gatorpossum is... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin part gator, part possum]].

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* MixAndMatchCritters: Packrat is part pack rat, part bat. Similarly, Gatorpossum is... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin part gator, part possum]].


Based on a toy line created and originally released in Japan by Epoch Company in 1985, the 1987 series was of American origin, though 3 Japanese studios, [[Creator/KKCAndDAsia K.K. DiC]], [[Creator/TMSEntertainment Tokyo Movie Shinsha]] and [[Creator/MookDLE Studio Mook]], provided animation production, TMS & Mook being uncredited. After the success of the show in the UK, a short four-episode stop-motion series of UK origin followed in 1988. This was followed in 2007 in Japan by [[Anime/SylvanianFamilies a three-episode 3DCG-animated OVA series]], and in 2017 with a series of Netflix-exclusive [=OVAs=] and shorts.

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Based on a toy line created and originally released in Japan by Epoch Company in 1985, the 1987 series was of American origin, though 3 Japanese studios, [[Creator/KKCAndDAsia K.K. DiC]], [[Creator/TMSEntertainment Tokyo Movie Shinsha]] and [[Creator/MookDLE Studio Mook]], provided animation production, TMS & Mook being uncredited. After the success of the show in the UK, a short four-episode stop-motion series of UK origin origin, titled ''WesternAnimation/StoriesOfTheSylvanianFamilies'', followed in 1988. This was followed in 2007 in Japan by [[Anime/SylvanianFamilies a three-episode 3DCG-animated OVA series]], and in 2017 with a series of Netflix-exclusive [=OVAs=] and shorts.


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* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: Human children visit the FunnyAnimal-populated Sylvanian Forest.


* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Gatorpossum is (at least partially) an alligator serving as a villain of the show.

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* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Gatorpossum is (at ([[MixAndMatchCritters at least partially) partially]]) an alligator serving as a villain of the show.show.
* OhCrap: In "Beauty and the Beast", Lisa, upon realizing that Packbat and Gatorpossum are right behind her, screams in panic.

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* FakingAnotherPersonsIllness: In "Daddy's Little Girl", the Slydale family, to retrieve the black bag from the Sylvanian Forest's only doctor for Packbat, pretend their daughter is sick so that he'll come to take care of her condition.


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* MixAndMatchCritters: Gatorpossum is... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin part gator, part possum]].

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* ShortRunners: The initial run was from September 1987 to December of the same year. The series ran for 13 episodes total.


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* TwoShorts: The 22-minute-long episodes consisted of two 11-minute shorts each.

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* BinocularShot: In "Here Come the Brides", Packbat looks at Sylvanian Forest through binoculars, hoping that he will soon find Sylvanians panicking from a forest fire he tried to start. We get a shot of the Forest through his binoculars as he's looking.


* DisguisedInDrag: Possumgator dresses as a woman in the episode "Boy's Intuition" to get to the babies and try to [[EatsBabies eat them]].

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* DisguisedInDrag: Possumgator Gatorpossum dresses as a woman in the episode "Boy's Intuition" to get to the babies and try to [[EatsBabies eat them]].



* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Possumgator is (at least partially) an alligator serving as a villain of the show.

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* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Possumgator Gatorpossum is (at least partially) an alligator serving as a villain of the show.


* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In "Here Come the Brides", Packbat is looking at Sylvanian Forest through a pair of binoculars and listing off some sinister sounds he expects to hear at any minute.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In "Here Come the Brides", after he starts a fire that the citizens promptly put out, Packbat is looking at Sylvanian Forest through a pair of binoculars and listing off some sinister sounds he expects to hear at any minute.


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* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Possumgator is (at least partially) an alligator serving as a villain of the show.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In "Here Come the Brides", Packbat is looking at Sylvanian Forest through a pair of binoculars and listing off some sinister sounds he expects to hear at any minute.
--> '''Packbat:''' Ah, I can hear it all now. The delicious crackling of flames... hah hah! The delightful sobbing of sad Silly-vanians... ha ha ha! The strain of a wedding march! Ha ha- WHAAAAAH! The strain of a wedding march?! AAAAUUGGH!


Based on a toy line created and originally released in Japan by Epoch Company in 1985, the 1987 series was of American origin, though 3 Japanese studios, [[Creator/KKCAndDAsia K.K. DiC]], [[Creator/TMSEntertainment Tokyo Movie Shinsha]] and [[Creator/MookDLE Studio Mook]], provided animation production, TMS & Mook being uncredited. After the success of the show in the UK, a a short four-episode stop-motion series of UK origin followed in 1988. This was followed in 2007 in Japan by [[Anime/SylvanianFamilies a three-episode 3DCG-animated OVA series]], and in 2017 with a series of Netflix-exclusive [=OVAs=] and shorts.

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Based on a toy line created and originally released in Japan by Epoch Company in 1985, the 1987 series was of American origin, though 3 Japanese studios, [[Creator/KKCAndDAsia K.K. DiC]], [[Creator/TMSEntertainment Tokyo Movie Shinsha]] and [[Creator/MookDLE Studio Mook]], provided animation production, TMS & Mook being uncredited. After the success of the show in the UK, a a short four-episode stop-motion series of UK origin followed in 1988. This was followed in 2007 in Japan by [[Anime/SylvanianFamilies a three-episode 3DCG-animated OVA series]], and in 2017 with a series of Netflix-exclusive [=OVAs=] and shorts.


Compare to ''Anime/{{Mapletown}}'', which aired on U.S. TV at the same time. On a fascinating side note, Haim Saban (yes, [[Creator/{{Saban}} that Saban]]) and Shuki Levy were involved in both projects, although their involvement in Sylvanian Families is minimal.

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Compare to ''Anime/{{Mapletown}}'', which aired on U.S. TV at the same time. On a fascinating side note, Haim Saban (yes, [[Creator/{{Saban}} that Saban]]) and Shuki Levy were involved in both projects, although their involvement in Sylvanian Families ''Sylvanian Families'' is minimal.

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