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Series based on the characters created by American Greetings toy and greeting card line
Aired for 2 seasons during the CBS Saturday Morning cartoon block
The pilot episode aired on Nickelodeon and the show has also appeared in syndication on ABC Family and ION networks
The characters are loosely inspired by Hal Roachs Our Gang comedy shorts from the 1930s
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The series centers around 6 main characters, Monty (the moose), Dotty (the dog), Woolma (a sheep), Zipper (a cat), Bingo (a beaver), and Portia (a porcupine) who hang out in a train caboose clubhouse and have adventures around their town. Each episode typically features a moral of good behavior, as well as a run in with the town bully Catchum (an aligator) and his toady Leland (a lizard.)
This is the firs time the series has been released on DVD in the US and it features 10 of the 13 original episodes. It also excludes the original pilot episode. The quality of the transfer seems to be at VHS quality.
Personally, though I'm extremely glad to finally have this DVD in my collection I find it odd that Cookie Jar/Millcreek didn't include a second disc with the final three episodes. At such a low MSRP for these 10 I can't imagine them putting out a second disc with only three episodes for a couple bucks. I guess most of the episodes are better than none though...
The concept of animal kids living in something of a "real world" small town setting (circa 1980s) did have great potential for gentle identifiable humor. There wasn't any fantasy world gimmickry and the kids didn't have super magical powers. They lived their day to day life through their eyes as kids...making mistakes from time to time and trying to help each other out of trouble... and they remained friends no matter what differences or disagreements they might have.
While critics might complain about the "conformity" aspect of the show (that the gang kids all had to agree on the same thing in every story), moral dilemmas like obeying the law, helping someone, or saving valuable things from destruction might make saying "no" against the gang's majority feelings a non-option...if one has a conscience. When the kids usually hang out at Hoofnagel's Ice Cream Emporium, one never sees the kids eating the same colored flavored scoops of ice cream when they gather together...that was a rather clever way to dispel the "Conformity" stereotype..
Do the right thing...or act like a jerk. Luckily the kids choose the former.
While it is disappointing to have the first 10 half hour programs (two 10 minute stories per half hour), the remaining 3 episodes can be found in the "TV Toons To Go" compilation from the same manufacturer. Well worth the cost to buy for fans and for those new viewers who want to experience an example of the fondly remembered 80s tv cartoon boom.
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Bought back childhood all over again plus now my teen daughter& grandchild loves it !Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
The get along gang is okay. I chose to check out an episode just to see if I would like it from an online site before choosing to purchase some episodes of it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by time man