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Kid of the 80s


If the Snorks felt like a ripoff of The Smurfs, it is because they were.

Freddy Monnickendam, a Belgian businessman and artist, negotiated the contract between Peyo (creator of the Smurfs), NBC and Hanna-Barbera for the creation the Smurfs’ cartoon series. Differences between Monnickendam and Peyo led to legal battle, which compelled Monnickendam to compete with the Smurfs’ success by starting a new series of cartoons.

Although not as popular as The Smurfs, the Snorks ran on NBC from 1984 to 1989 and in syndication from 1986 to 1992.

Kid of the 80s


On Saturday mornings, Rubik was more than puzzle… he was our friend. Twelve episodes of Rubik, the Amazing Cube aired.

The program, broadcast as part of The Pac-Man/Rubik, the Amazing Cube Hour on ABC, featured a magic Rubik’s Cube named Rubik who could fly through the air and had other special powers.

Rubik could only come alive when the colored squares on his sides had been matched up.

In keeping with the Hispanic flavor of the show, the theme song was done by Puerto Rican boy band Menudo.

Kid of the 80s


Puffalumps were born in 1986. The lightweight stuffed animals were made of parachute material and filled with poly-fil stuffing.

The very first Pufflumps were six animals (cat, bunny, dog, bear cub, lamb, and cow). Over the years, Fisher-Price released several different lines within the Puffalump brand.

Other merchandise, including books, tote bags, Halloween costumes, umbrellas, bedding, and a short animated film (The Wild Puffalumps), was made to complement the Puffalump toys.

Kid of the 80s


We learned about excess on Saturday mornings from Richie and his dog Dollar in The Richie Rich Show. The show ran from 1980 to 1984.

The series shared time slots with Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The Little Rascals, and Pac-Man over its original broadcast run.

Hanna Barbera brought the exceeding wealthy comic book character to life. Throughout the life of the cartoon, robbers would frequently try to “cash in” on the wealth with Richie and his friends trying to stop them. His trusty robot maid, Irona, would also come to the rescue when he was in need.

Kid of the 80s


Shirt Tales leaped from a line of Hallmark Greeting cards to our Saturday morning cartoon lineup in 1982.

Shirt Tales was adapted into an animated series for TV by Hanna-Barbera, The show first aired on NBC but moved to CBS in 1984. After moving to CBS, Kip Kangaroo was added to the lineup.

The cartoon featured Tyg Tiger (in orange), Pammy Panda (in pink), Digger Mole (in blue), Rick Raccoon (in red), and Bogey Orangutan (in green). The Shirt Tales lived in a hollow tree in Oak Tree Park and, unknown to the park ranger (Mr. Dinkle), were crime fighters.

On March 23, 1985, Shirt Tales was pulled from broadcast television, and the Hallmark franchise faded not long after.