Paw Paws (refered to as such on screen despite what the theme song calls them) is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon from The '80s, shown as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, a syndicated Sunday morning blocknote with Yogi's Treasure Hunt and Galtar and the Golden Lance. Basically The Smurfs + Pacific Northwest Indians as anthropomorphic bears, with their totem doubling as a sort of Combining Mecha.
Paw Paw Bears contains examples of:
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Princess Paw Paw is a blonde; Brave Paw, Trembly Paw, and Laughing Paw are brunettes, and Mighty Paw is a redhead.
- Furry Female Mane: Princess Paw Paw has one down to her hips. So does Dark Paw's Aunt Pruney.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: The tribe is governed by Princess Paw Paw, who uses her pendant to awaken the totem.
- Lilliputians: The eponymous bears are extremely small, roughly comparable to Smurfs in size.
- Mr. Fanservice: Trembly Paw. Walking Shirtless Scene? Check. Adorkable? Check. The Woobie? Check. Lets face it, if the show were more popular he'd be a fangirl magnet.
- Mundane Utility: Averted when the Paw Paws try to call Totem Bear to take a thorn out of a giant's foot and the totem animals, apparently deciding this falls under the heading of "taking the piss'', promptly cease responding to summons for most of the episode, until the Paw Paws learn An Aesop and become more able to handle things by themselves.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Totem Turtle. As the bottom of the totem animals, it's always the last one to respond to any trouble; and because of its place in the Land, Sea, Sky trio, it's prone to falling into This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman. That said, it's the only one of the totems with any skill in the water and is still a giant turtle effigy charged with protecting the Paw Paws.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Princess Paw Paw wears a pink outfit trimmed with white fur.
- Squashed Flat: in the episode "S'no Business," Dark Paw and the Meanos become this when the Totem Bear falls on them.
- Terrible Trio: Dark Paw and his two henchbears are the main antagonists and always appear together.