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Teen Wolf, also known as The Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf, is the 1986 Animated Adaptation of Teen Wolf. It contains several changes from the film, such as Scott's werewolf nature being a secret. It ran for one season of 21 episodes on CBS. It was a co-production by Southern Star Productions and Hanna-Barbera's Australian-based animation house.

Contains examples of:

  • The Alleged Car: Styles's werewolf-themed car the Howlmobile. Styles often denies the rough shape it's in, though.
  • Alternate Continuity: From the movies. The cartoon features Scott's sister, and their grandparents living with them. Scott keeps his werewolf form a secret. Also Mick is the popular jock in Scott's school instead of a rival school.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Grandparents, actually, who are from the "old country" (Transylvania). They always stay wolfed-out, and Grandpa in particular likes to run around on all fours and chase cats.
  • Animated Adaptation: Of the original Teen Wolf film. The eponymous character's family was made larger, giving him wolfish grandparents and a little sister who was permanently in half-werewolf status.
  • Animation Bump: Happens quite a bit, most likely due to Jon McClenahan (whom would go on to found StarToons) and Darrell Van Citters (whom would go on to found Renegade Animation) being animation directors. It's often done with very expressive-looking character animation.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Was completely ignored by the sequel Teen Wolf Too.
  • Canon Foreigner: Lupe Howard and Scott's grandparents were created for the series.
  • Costume-Test Montage: Scott and Boof go through one in "Teen Wolf Punks Out," when meeting some friendly 80s punks downtown that take them to a used clothes store to try and update their look (and despite being a full moon, Scott in his werewolf form blends right in with all the crazy hairstyles and trends seen around town, without anyone suspecting the truth.) The punk friends reject a fancy-dress suit and army outfit Scott tries on, and an elegant dress and a fringe outfit Boof tries on, telling them "Try again."
  • Jerk Jock: Mick McAllister, a mean jock at Wolverton High, and based on the character of the same name from the 1985 film.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In "Wolf Pride", a movie crew comes to Wolverton to film a stereotypical werewolf horror film that offends Scott. The director, Del Davies, is an obvious Expy of Steven Spielberg, complete with Frank Welker giving him a similar voice (just as he later would on Animaniacs and Freakazoid!.)
  • Nosy Neighbor / Secret Chaser: Mrs. Seslick lives next door to the Howard family, and is always a step away from figuring out the family's secret and outing them to the community.
  • Oblivious to Love: Pam to Scott, and more pointedly Scott to Boof.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Scott wishes he could be one, but it's hard when you have a werewolf's curse.
  • Secret-Keeper: As Scott himself states in the opening credits, "Only my friends Boof and Styles know my hairy secret."
  • Stock Footage: Done in most cases whenever Scott "wolfs out", showing the same transformation close-ups (ala the original movie) against a black background. Sometimes when going back to normal, the footage is played in reverse.
  • With Friends Like These...: With the number of times Styles has put Scott into embarrassing situations, or tried to take advantage of Scott's family curse, for the sake of making a quick buck for himself, one has to wonder why Scott keeps him as a friend, or hasn't at least mauled him at some point.
    Scott: You'd sell my family secret for a buck a picture?!
    Styles: ...a buck-fifty.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: One episode has a movie director filming a werewolf movie in Scott's town. Scott, in wolf-form, accidentally botches one of the scene takes, but the director's impressed with his appearance and offers him a part as a stuntman... only he says Scott's "costume" isn't realistic enough, and offers him a "more authentic" suit.