80’s Trivia – 6/10/13

Question: What movie is this image from?

Last Question: What animated series, which ran from 1982-1984, was based on characters featured on Hallmark greeting cards?

Answer: Shirt Tales

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The Shirt Tales characters were created in 1980 by greeting card designer Janet Elizabeth Manco.
Hallmark Cards released the Shirt Tale line of greeting cards with animal characters wearing T-shirts upon which was a message. The Shirt Tale cards were among Hallmark’s best sellers at that time, which led the company to team with Hanna-Barbera Productions to adapt the Shirt Tales into a Saturday morning cartoon, which premiered on NBC on September 18, 1982.

The cartoon featured Tyg Tiger (in orange), Pammy Panda (in pink), Digger Mole (in light blue), Rick Raccoon (in red), and Bogey Orangutan (in green). They lived in Oak Tree Park and wore shirts which flashed various brightly lit messages reflecting the characters’ thoughts. They spent their time teasing the park ranger, Mr. Dinkle, and battling crime in and out of their hometown of Mid City. They zipped around the world in a vehicle known as the STSST (Shirt Tales’ SuperSonic Transport) which could operate as a car, jet, boat, submarine, and other forms of transportation. Though most law enforcement agencies knew of the Shirt Tales as crime fighters by reputation, few people seemed aware that they were talking animals—including, Mr. Dinkle, whom the group often had to trick to keep their secret safe.

The first season was successful. But the show was kind of rebooted for the second season, and introduced new characters such as Kip Kangaroo and Buck Beaver.
Shirt Tales then moved to CBS for the 1984-1985 season. However new episodes were not aired. Instead, selected episodes from the season 2 run were aired until the show was cancelled on March 23, 1985. The Hallmark franchise faded not long after as well.

Here is the theme song:

And here is a full episode:

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