Over the weekend I was able to catch up on some television shows that I had been neglecting for a while. I ended up watching four episodes of Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater, a fantastic animated television series that was years before its time. Directed by Michael Maliani in the late 1980s, each episode features Hello Kitty and friends reenacting popular fairy tales and stories.
Clocking in at just under an hour, these short episodes are sure to please children and adults and alike. The balance between entertainment and socio-political commentary is extraordinary. The Chernobyl disaster of 1986 clearly had an influence on Little Red Bunny Hood, which features unsafe environments.
In Hello Mother Goose, we follow the lead character as a private eye trying to solve a case of multiple thefts. Throughout the abstruse mystery Mother Goose encounters multiple people under a massive state of confusion. In this reviewer’s eyes, this is a political statement about President Regan’s war on drugs at the time. Mother Goose’s line, “A series of borrowings without permission” further illustrates the political nature of the episode.
But Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater isn’t without some light-hearted entertainment. Throughout the running time we are treated to a multitude of clever puns (Each episode begins with the line, “Once upon a meow”) and playful jabs at the various genres that are present (“Meanie? Of course I’m a meanie. I’m a witch!” – Kitty and the Beast)
The episodes in this set include Grinder Genie and the Magic Lamp, Hello Mother Goose, Kitty and the Beast, and Little Red Bunny Hood. While each is about a different fairy tale, they all amalgamate together to form an entertaining, yet thought-provoking whole; a piece of art that continues to survive the test of time.
If you would like to join the crowd of enlightened viewers, the first season of Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater is available on iTunes for $21.99 As King Cole would say, you should “Cat-nab-it” while you still can! (Or you can rent it for free at your local library. Your choice)
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