Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater

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Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater
Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater title card.png
Title card
Genre Comedy
Family
Adventure
Fantasy
Developed by Sanrio
DIC Entertainment
MGM/UA
Directed by Michael Maliani
Voices of Carl Banas
Len Carlson
Cree Summer Francks
Greg Morton
Sean Roberge
Mairon Bennett
Tara Charendoff
Elizabeth Hanna
Denise Pidgeon
Noam Zylberman
Theme music composer David Pomeranz
Composer(s) Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Country of origin Canada
United States
Japan
Original language(s) English
Japanese
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Producer(s) Michael Maliani
Running time approx. 22–23 min.
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
MGM/UA Television
Release
Original network CBS
TV Osaka
Univision (Spanish dub)
Original release September 19 – December 12, 1987

Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater is a Japanese-American-Canadian co-produced animated series based on the Japanese character, Hello Kitty. The series involved her and her friends doing their own version of popular fairy tales and stories. Each of the 13 episodes consisted of two 11-minute cartoons, for a total of 26 “shows”; each show was a spoof of a well-known fairy tale or movie.[1]

Characters[edit]

  • Hello Kitty (Voiced by Tara Charendoff) - The kind and cheerful director of the theater. In many tales she is the protagonist or a supportive fairy.
  • Mama Kitty (Voiced by Elizabeth Hanna) – Kitty's mother, who plays motherly roles in the tales.
  • Papa Kitty (Voiced by Len Carlson) - Kitty's father who plays fatherly roles in the tales.
  • Grandma Kitty (Voiced by Elizabeth Hanna) - Kitty's grandmother.
  • Grandpa Kitty (Voiced by Carl Banas) - Kitty's grandfather.
  • Tuxedo J. Orville Sam (Voiced by Sean Roberge) - The stage helper of the theater.
  • My Melody (Voiced by Mairon Bennett) - A feisty white and red-hooded bunny supporting actress and Kitty's best friend.
  • Chip (Voiced by Noam Zylberman) - A boisterous white seal supporting actor.
  • Catnip (Voiced by Cree Summer Francks) - An evil and mean green Siamese Cat. She often takes the role of the antagonist in the tales.
  • Fangora (Voiced by Denise Pidgeon) - A violent purple Siamese Cat and Catnip's mother. She sometimes fills in for the role of a secondary antagonist in the tales.
  • Grinder (Voiced by Greg Morton) - A ferocious and rude bulldog who often takes the role of a secondary antagonist or a bumbling accomplice to Catnip. He is like her minion.
  • Mouser (Voiced by Fred Savage) - A trickster mouse.

Format[edit]

Each cartoon opens with the theater filling up with patrons, and usually a look at some comical goings-on backstage. The play then begins (with Hello Kitty or another character saying “Once upon a meow”) and the stage transforms into whatever setting the story calls for (outer space, the American Old West, etc.). Each show is a lighthearted takeoff of a children’s story and a popular movie. At the end, the stage returns to normal, and the actors take their bow.

One exception to this format is the cartoon “The Phantom of the Theater,” which begins after the actors have finished a show (specifically "Robin Penguin"); all the action in this story takes place backstage.

Episode list[edit]

Ep. Cartoon Spoof of: Release Date
1 The Wizard of Paws The Wonderful Wizard of Oz September 19, 1987
Pinocchio Penguin Pinocchio
2 Cinderkitty Cinderella September 26, 1987
The Pawed Piper The Pied Piper of Hamelin
3 K.T. the Kitty Terrestrial E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial October 3, 1987
Peter Penguin Peter Pan
4 Kittylocks and the Three Bears Goldilocks and the Three Bears October 10, 1987
Paws, the Great White Dog Shark Jaws
5 Cat Wars Star Wars October 17, 1987
Tar-Sam of the Jungle Tarzan
6 Sleeping Kitty Sleeping Beauty October 24, 1987
Kitty and the Kong King Kong
7 Kitty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast October 31, 1987
Little Red Bunny Hood Little Red Riding Hood
8 Snow White Kitty and the One Dwarf Snow White November 7, 1987
Frankencat Frankenstein
9 Catula Dracula November 14, 1987
Paws of the Round Table Knights of the Round Table
10 Rumpeldogskin Rumpelstiltskin November 21, 1987
Robin Penguin Robin Hood
11 Hello Mother Goose Mother Goose November 28, 1987
Crocodile Penguin Crocodile Dundee
12 The Ugly Quackling The Ugly Duckling December 5, 1987
Grinder Genie and the Magic Lamp Aladdin, One Thousand and One Nights
13 The Year Scroogenip Swiped Christmas A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! December 12, 1987
The Phantom of the Theater The Phantom of the Opera

Availability[edit]

Two VHS videocassettes were released March 24, 1998, and another one VHS in April 14, 1998 of K.T. The Kitty Terrestrial, Catula and Paws: The Great White Dog Shark, are each containing four cartoon shorts, as well as the opening and closing sequences.

In 2003, five DVDs were released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, each containing five cartoon shorts; the only one of the 26 not to be included was “How Scrinchip Stole Christmas.” The opening and closing sequences are not included.

Home video[edit]

  • Hello Kitty: Kitty and the Beast (also includes “Grinder Genie and the Magic Lamp,” “Hello Mother Goose,” and “Little Red Bunny Hood”)
  • Hello Kitty: Wizard of Paws (also includes “Snow White Kitty,” “Sleeping Kitty,” and “Peter Penguin”)
  • In 1989, episodes from "Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater" were in a VHS from Burbank Video called Hello Kitty and Friends Get Along

DVD list[edit]

  • Hello Kitty Becomes a Princess (February 4, 2003), (Cinderkitty, Kittylocks and the Three Bears, Sleeping Kitty, Kitty and the Beast, Snow White Kitty and the One Dwarf)
  • Hello Kitty Goes to the Movies (February 4, 2003), (K.T. The Kitty Terrestrial, The Wizard of Paws, Kitty and the Kong, Cat Wars, Paws: The Great White Dog Shark)
  • Hello Kitty Saves the Day (February 4, 2003), (Peter Penguin, Tar-Sam of the Jungle, Paws of the Round Table, Crocodile Penguin, Grinder Genie and the Magic Lamp)
  • Hello Kitty Plays Pretend (February 17, 2004), (The Phantom of the Theater, Frankencat, Catula, The Pawed Piper, Rumpeldogskin)
  • Hello Kitty Tells Fairy Tales (February 17, 2004), (Robin Penguin, Hello Mother Goose, The Ugly Quackling, Pinocchio Penguin, Little Red Bunny Hood)

iTunes[edit]

In 2008, all thirteen episodes were made available to download on iTunes for $1.99 an episode or $21.99 for the entire series. To promote the series, iTunes offered the episodes "Wizard of Paws and Pinocchio Penguin" as a free download for a limited time.

Hulu[edit]

In 2010, all 26 half episodes were made available to watch on hulu.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CHARLES SOLOMON (1987-10-09). "Kidvid Reviews : Cartoon Debuts Are All Drawn Out - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 

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