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♫ Each one is special in their own way! ♫ (From left-to-right, top-to-bottom) Dotty Dog, Zipper Cat, Montgomery Moose, Bingo Beaver, Portia Porcupine, Woolma Lamb

The Get Along Gang were characters created in 1983 by American Greetings' toy design and licensing division, "Those Characters from Cleveland" (now American Greetings Properties), for a series of greeting cards. The Get Along Gang was a group of twelve (and later, fourteen) pre-adolescent anthropomorphic animal characters in the fictional town of Green Meadow, who had formed a club that met in an abandoned caboose and who had various adventures whose upbeat stories intended to show the importance of teamwork and friendship. The success of the greeting card line led to a Saturday morning television series, which was produced by DiC Entertainment and aired on CBS for one season, from 1984 until 1985. The time slot was replaced by Disney's The Wuzzles. From January until July 1986, CBS aired reruns.


Each of the characters had obvious faults, which they learned to overcome with the aid of their friends. Montgomery Moose, the group's leader, was quite clumsy, Woolma Lamb was extremely vain and self-centered, Dotty Dog could be careless, Portia Porcupine had temper tantrums, Zipper Cat could be overbearing, and Bingo Beaver could be greedy and tended to get himself and/or others into trouble, although he was not mean-spirited like the Gang's enemy, Catchum Crocodile.


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  • Ageless Birthday Episode: In the episode "Woolma's Birthday", we never find out how old the eponymous Woolma is.
  • Alliterative Name: Montgomery Moose, Dotty Dog, Portia Porcupine, Bingo "Bet-It-All" Beaver, Rocco Rabbit, Flora "Forget-Me-Not" Fox, Bernice Bear, Catchum Crocodile, Leland Lizard.
  • Animation Bump: The pilot, which was produced by Nelvana rather than DiC Entertainment, features not only some notably different, more cartoony character designs, but also much smoother, livelier and more fluent animation than the series.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Montgomery, and Dotty wear shirts that have "M", and "D" respectively.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the pilot Catchum was slyer and craftier and Leland was dumber.
    • Portia was a bit of a ditz; when the gang was thinking of better prize for the scavenger hunt than a blue ribbon, she suggested two blue ribbons. She also messes up two of the scavenger items: bringing a phone booth instead of a phone book and a trampoline instead of a tambourine.
  • Child Prodigy: Montgomery's scientific creations include a fully functional robot and an anti-gravity formula.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: The show has acquired the reputation among some people as being solely built around this trope, but in fact the trope isn't all that prominent for an 80s cartoon. The idea that this is "The Complainer Is Always Wrong, the Cartoon" probably stems less from the show itself and more from an oft-quoted interview with Mark Evanier, where he lambasted the show:
    This was the message of way too many eighties' cartoon shows. If all your friends want to go get pizza and you want a burger, you should bow to the will of the majority and go get pizza with them. There was even a show for one season on CBS called The Get-Along Gang, which was dedicated unabashedly to this principle. Each week, whichever member of the gang didn't get along with the gang learned the error of his or her ways.
    • Inverted in the episode School's Out. All of them save one, had very good reason to complain: Catchum and Leland had switched test papers, making it look as though none of them even answered the test questions. Montgomery was willing to have all of them accept their "punishment" anyway, but the others knew it wasn't right. In this case, the "complainers" were right this time, plus they were even able to get Catchum and Leland to confess what they had done.
  • Demoted to Extra: Any gang members who weren't the original six. The pilot and the series handle these characters differently:
    • In the pilot, only the original six have actual dialogue. The rest of the members are all there, and get the occasional small moment (especially during the opening and closing credits) but apart from some nondistinct background chatter (and a single "hmmph!" from Flora in the final scene), none of them speaks a single word.
    • In the series they were simply not in the gang. Braker became an unaffiliated friend, Rocco, Flora and Bernice had non-speaking cameos and Rudyard and Lolly didn't appear at all.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Bingo attempts to get rich by using Montgomery's anti-gravity formula on himself and the head of an airline company. The man is impressed but then asks how they're supposed to get down... Fortunately for them, the formula's effects were only temporary.
  • The Fashionista: Woolma seems to be this, often worrying about her appearance, and not liking disgusting themes. She even talks one.
  • Free-Range Children: The gang is able to go pretty much anywhere they pleased. They can even travel in their Clubhouse Caboose using a handcar-like lever. A few members have their parents mentioned a couple times but are never seen.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: The anthropomorphic critters in the cast all wear clothes. Even Braker Turtle.
  • Funny Animal: The cast, obviously.
  • Furry Confusion: One story involves a non-anthropomorphic elephant named Elmer who got separated from a circus. He's the size of an actual elephant, walks on all fours, and doesn't speak, trumpeting like an elephant usually does. The gang eventually finds him and returns him
  • Gang of Critters: May be the trope namer.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In "The Bullies" Catchum gets the gang banned from the park by convincing the Pig sisters that the gang is trying to keep them out. Catchum boasts that he and Leland now have the park all to themselves, but then the Pig sisters kick them out, saying the park is theirs.
  • Informed Flaw: It isn't said why exactly everyone's so scared of Sammy. It might be because he's a skunk but again, nobody outright says so.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Removing Bingo "Bet-It-All" Beaver would have saved the gang some problems.
  • The Load: Portia gets treated like this in one story, which is strangely out of character for the others who usually include her in all of their activities, but in this story, everyone is so busy with the kites they're building for a kite flying contest, they don't have time for her, and start treating her like a pest. She later makes her own kite, and then wins the contest.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: The closest is Rudyard's crush on Woolma but he didn't appear in the show.
  • Not as You Know Them: The thankfully canned reimagining. You can't watch this pilot without planting some Epileptic Trees regarding how sweet little Portia Porcupine may have possibly betrayed the original Gang sometime in the past 60 years and is now organizing a new Get Along Gang either to atone for her previous sins or to facilitate a Batman Gambit against the "common foe" the theme song speaks of... or both. Bonus: Where did they get Holograms?
  • Not-So-Forgotten Birthday: This happens to Woolma in the eponymously named "Woolma's Birthday", although in this case, they were trying to avoid her. This leads to her writing a note saying she was going to visit her aunt onnthe waterfront, which is implied to not be a safe place. Eventually, not only does the gang celebrate her birthday, they also celebrate Sammy Skunk saving Montgomery from being run over by a car.
  • On One Condition: Zipper was once given a deadline to claim an inheritance.
  • Pom-Pom Girl: With her white monogrammed sweater, pleated skirt, and saddle oxford shoes, Dotty looks just like one, although she doesn't do actual cheerleading in the show. Some artwork, including the episode title cards, even has her holding/waving pom-poms.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Bad guys: Catchum Crocodile and Leland Lizard; Good guys: Braker Turtle. Of course.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Dotty" is the official spelling of her name.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Again, Catchum and Leland.
  • Too Smart for Strangers: Ends up being subverted, since one-off character Sammy Skunk ("The toughest carny there is") is really a nice guy. He did save Montgomery from being hit by a car, after all.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Zipper and Bingo. Zipper is always annoyed by Bingo's antics and is constantly yelling at him, but there has been proof in the show where Bingo has referred to Zipper as his "best buddy."
  • Zany Scheme: Bingo sometimes tries these, and sometimes they get the entire gang into trouble, like in "School's Out" when he... "borrowed" Officer Growler's megaphone for their plan to trick Catchum and Leland into confessing to Ms. Dearing (the teacher) about switching the test papers. Woolma even calls him out on it.


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