Saturday, November 20, 2010
Hanna Barbera's Paw Paws
In 1985, Hanna Barbera had an animated TV series called Paw Paws. This was part of The Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera, a rotating syndicated block of shows. I don't really remember much about the show, but a couple of years ago I found these PVC figures (made by Applause) in a bin at a gift shop that seemed to be frozen in time. I had to look up the names of these characters. On the left is Slippery Paw (a villain) and the dog is Pupooch.
This series featured a civilization of tiny Indian bears. Hanna Barbera had a similar show called Biskitts in 1983 featuring a group of tiny dogs in a medieval setting. This was a time when characters like the Smurfs and the Snorks were popular TV shows.
This past spring I found myself back at that same shop frozen in time, so I decided to check the PVC bins. There were no Paw Paws there, but it had been a few years, so I wasn't shocked. I started talking to the friendly owner of the shop (he was the only person in the store) and I explained to him what I had been looking for. He walked from behind the front counter and took me across the store. He opened a drawer underneath a greeting card display.
The drawer was full of Smurfs, Snorks, California Raisins and Paw Paws, and many were in their original containers. The Paw Paws were in a big clear bag, and there were multiples of these characters. From left to right, there's Dark Paw, Brave Paw and Bumble Paw.
There were other Paw Paw figures made, but I'm guessing the store owner just randomly put the figurines in the bins, so they may have been sold twenty years ago!