The Hugga Bunch

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The Hugga Bunch
Type Action figures
Company Kenner
Country United States
Availability 1985–

The Hugga Bunch was a 1980s toy line from the Kenner company and Hallmark Cards.

Toy Line[edit]

Starting in early 1985, the Kenner company and Hallmark Cards[1][2] manufactured the Hugga Bunch dolls, each of which held a smaller doll called a "huglet" in their arms.[3] During that year, the line generated over US$40 million in sales.[4]

The title characters in the franchise lived in a place called "Huggaland".

Film[edit]

The Hugga Bunch
Directed by Gus Jekel
Written by David Swift
Budget US$1.4 million[5]
Country United States
Language English
Release date 1985

The toys inspired The Hugga Bunch, a 1985 television film produced by Filmfair Communications.

Written by David Swift and directed by Gus Jekel, it earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects. Produced for US$1.4 million, it was the most expensive TV special ever produced at the time.[5] Along with a making-of special, it was released on VHS, Laserdisc, and Beta by Vestron Video's Children's Video Library.[6] Whether it will be released on DVD and/or Blu-ray remains to be seen.

Plot[edit]

In the film, a girl travels through her mirror into HuggaLand to find a way to keep her grandmother—the only one who knows how to hug—young.

Cast[edit]

  • Gennie James - Bridget Severson
  • Natalie Masters - Grams Severson
  • Terry Castillo - Huggins
  • Tony Urbano - Hugsy
  • Aarika Wells - Queen Admira
  • Carl Steven - Andrew Severson
  • Susan Mullen - Janet Severson
  • Mark Withers - Parker Severson
  • Kelly Britt - Aunt Ruth

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haynes, Kevin (1985-06-18). "Licensing show spurs vendors, but retail turnout disappoints". Women's Wear Daily (WWD) (Fairchild Publications) (149): 15. 
  2. ^ Haynes, Kevin (1985-03-11). "A matter of character". Women's Wear Daily (WWD) (Fairchild Publications) (149): Y50. 
  3. ^ "Pound Puppies, Hugga Bunch to seek plush stardom". Discount Store News (Lebhar-Friedman Inc.) (24): 41. 1985-02-18. 
  4. ^ Forbes 140 (10–14): 192. 1987. "In 1985 Kenner Parker sold about $40 million worth of its Hugga Bunch doll, good for a new toy. Sad to say, Kenner Parker manufactured dolls valued at $60 million." 
  5. ^ a b Television/Radio Age (Television Editorial Corp.) 33: 49. 1985 http://books.google.com/books?id=Bli4AAAAIAAJ&q=Hugga+Bunch&dq=Hugga+Bunch&hl=en |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  6. ^ "These Hugs Are Worth Millions!" (Advertisement). Billboard (VNU/Nielsen Business Media) 97 (51): 35. 1985-12-21. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 

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