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Foofur is an American animated children's television series from the Kissyfur creator Phil Mendez, and was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions with SEPP International S.A. Airing on NBC from 1986 to 1988, the show was about the everyday misadventures of the skinny blue protagonist dog.[1] A comic book series, based on the cartoon, was produced by and released from Star Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics).

Foofur
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Foofur and his group.
Genre
Created by Phil Mendez
Directed by
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Opening theme "Foofur"
Ending theme "Foofur" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (46 Separately)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Kay Wright (Season 1)
  • Paul Sabella (Season 2)
  • Berny Wolf (associate producer, Season 1 only)
Editor(s) Gil Iverson
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
SEPP International S.A.
Distributor
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13) – February 18, 1988 (1988-02-18)

Contents

PlotEdit

In the town of Willowby, a tall skinny blue dog named Foofur (voiced by Frank Welker) has taken refuge in a mansion, in 32 Maple Street, which is also his birthplace. In Foofur's group is his niece Rocki (voiced by Christina Lange), Fencer the Cat (voiced by Eugene Williams), Louis (voiced by Richard Gautier) with his girlfriend Annabell (voiced by Susan Tolsky), Dolly (voiced by Susan Blu), Hazel (voiced by Pat Carroll) with husband Fritz-Carlos (voiced by Jonathan Schmock), and Burt (voiced by William Callaway).

Foofur and his friends, however, have an enemy in a woman named Mrs. Amelia Escrow (voiced by Susan Silo) and her pet Chihuahua named Pepe (voiced by Don Messick), as Pepe tries to expose Foofur's illegal roommates – but always to no avail. Mrs. Escrow has tried many times to sell the estate, but unknown to her, Foofur and his friends keep the house from being bought, as they also protect their home from rodents like the Rat Brothers, other cats like Vinnie and His Cat Pack, and greedy humans. While trying to stop Mrs. Escrow, Foofur tries to evade having his friends captured by the Bowser Busters' dog catchers Mel (voiced by David Doyle) and Harvey (voiced by Michael Bell).

Voice castEdit

Episode listEdit

Season 1Edit

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Title Written by Original air date
1a1a"A Little Off the Top"Story by : Mark Young; Teleplay by: Tony MarinoSeptember 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)
The gang try to help Fritz get over losing his hair, but the situation gets worse when part of his mustache is accidentally shaved off.
1b1b"A Clean Sweep"Story by : Mark Young; Teleplay by: Mark CassuttSeptember 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)
Hazel forces the gang to clean the house, but then the dogcatchers come to clean the mansion for Mrs. Escrow.
22"Moving Experience"Story by : Jim Ryan; Teleplay by: Mark Young and Jim RyanSeptember 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)
Foofur and the others try to help a dog named Irma who is about to give birth to puppies.
33"Dogstyles of the Rich & Famous"Story by : Jack Enyart; Teleplay by: Jack Enyart and Mark YoungSeptember 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)
When Mrs. Escrow rests in the gang's house while her house's paint dries, the gang come to a fancy mansion, as a burglary is about to take place.
44"Foofur Falls in Love"Susan Misty Stewart and Joseph TaggartOctober 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
Foofur goes head over heels for a girl dog named Dolly.
5a5a"The Last Resort"Story by : Mark Young; Teleplay by: Richard MerwinOctober 11, 1986 (1986-10-11)
Rocki becomes friends with a pup who ran away from an obedience school.
5b5b"Thicker Than Water"Story by : Mark Young; Teleplay by: Reed RobbinsOctober 11, 1986 (1986-10-11)
Chaos ensues when Foofur tries to give a gold collar to Dolly and at the same time, try to help Fencer by donating blood.
6a6a"Hot Over the Collar"Story by : Mark Young; Teleplay by: Mark EdensOctober 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
Foofur uses a hatband as a makeshift collar for Rocki, and she comes to a dog show, not knowing it's a trap set by Mel and Harvey.
6b6b"A-Job Hunting We Will Go"Story by : Mark Young; Teleplay by: Tony MarinoOctober 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
Pepe has the gang work odd jobs to raise $100 to pay Mrs. Escrow's house tax or the gang will be out on the streets.
7a7a"A Royal Pain"Mark CassuttOctober 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
Fencer helps a group of cats after the owner's sister evicts them from the house.
7b7b"Nothing to Sneeze At"Story by : Mark Young; Teleplay by: David SchwartzOctober 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
Fencer gets a cold after Foofur and the others bathe him.
8a8a"Country Club Chaos"Story by : Mark Young; Teleplay by: Reed RobbinsNovember 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
Foofur, Rocki, Fencer, and Dolly try to save a fox cub's life from a group of fox hunters.
8b8b"You Dirty Rat"Paul Pumpian and Franelle SilverNovember 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
After accidentally putting Rocki in danger, The Rat Brothers are thrown out of the house, and they turn to a shipyard rat named Boombah for help.
9a9a"This Little Piggy"Story by : Mark Young and Reed Robbins; Teleplay by: Christina AdamsNovember 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
The gang try to help a pig reunite with his girlfriend, who broke into show business.
9b9b"Fencer's Freaky Friday"Story by : Mark Young and Reed Robbins; Teleplay by: Reed RobbinsNovember 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
It's Friday the 13th, Fencer is treated like bad luck, and a pair of superstitious twins are in search of a treasure.
10a10a"Legal Beagles"Reed RobbinsNovember 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
Foofur's house is under threat when a con artist's dog fakes an injury and sues Mrs. Escrow.
10b10b"Bon Voyage Rocki"Story by : Mark Young and Reed Robbins; Teleplay by: Don Glut and Reed RobbinsNovember 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
Just as Rocki is visited by her father just before her birthday, she is faced by a bully, and she has to choose between staying with her uncle Foofur or go with her father to sea.
11a11a"Russian Through New York"Story by : Mark Young and Reed Robbins; Teleplay by: John BonaccorsiNovember 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
On a visit to New York City, Lewis and the others guide a Russian dog named Vladimir around the town, but have to save him from two thieves, who steal dogs from Diplomats.
11b11b"Fritz-Carlos Bombs Out"Story by : Mark Young and Reed Robbins; Teleplay by: Tony MarinoNovember 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
Fritz becomes jealous when Hazel's old boyfriend comes for a visit.
1212"New Tricks"Mark EdensNovember 29, 1986 (1986-11-29)
Rocki hopes to become a performer after coming to the circus.
1313"Mad Dogs and Englishmen"Story by : Mark Young and Reed Robbins; Teleplay by: Mark EdensDecember 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
Lewis tries to save Annabelle from some counterfeiters in London.

Season 2Edit

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Title Written by Original air date
14a1a"Pepe's Pet Peeve"Kristina MazzottiSeptember 12, 1987 (1987-09-12)
Pepe turns to Foofur for help to remove a dog named Killer from Mrs. Escrow's house. however...
14b1b"Clothes Make the Dog"Marion WellsSeptember 12, 1987 (1987-09-12)
Pepe hopes to win the heart of a poodle at a dog show.
15a2a"Boot Camp Blues"Mark CassuttSeptember 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
Fritz enrolls to a boot camp, when he thought he's re-enrolling to be in the Foreign Legion, and Foofur and Louis are involved.
15b2b"My Pharoah Lady"Mark EdensSeptember 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
Fencer tries to win the heart of an archeologist's cat.
16a3a"Winging It"Marie QuickSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
Annabelle befriends a chick, which matures into a chicken.
16b3b"Alone at Last, Dahling"Gary GreenfieldSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
Fritz-Carlos is fed up with his friends cutting into his alone time with Hazel, so Foofur sneaks the both of them into a cruise ship, but things go awry.
17a4a"The Dog's Meow"Barry BlitzerOctober 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
Louis is hypnotized by a TV hypnotist into thinking he's a cat. At the same time, Louis is to fight Muggsy, who insulted Annabell.
17b4b"What Price Fleadom"Kenneth KnoxOctober 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
The rats infest Hazel with circus fleas.
18a5a"Just Bumming Around"Anthony Adams, Phil MendezOctober 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
Rocki has been grounded by Foofur. She runs away with Irma's two pups.
18b5b"Friend Foofur's Foul Up"M.R. WellsOctober 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
Foofur changes places with an old friend at the Happy Glen Country Club.
19a6a"Fencer Finds a Family"Phil MendezOctober 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
After he is tricked by Louis and Fritz-Carlos into a swimming pool, Fencer leaves to join the Cat Pack, but he doesn't know they are going to use him to commit crimes.
19b6b"Tooth or Consequences"Phil MendezOctober 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
Foofur gets a toothache and the moment couldn't be worse.
20a7a"Just Like Magic"M.R. WellsOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
The Rat Brothers give Fencer a scare by making him think he's got one life left.
20b7b"The Nose Knows"Dennis MarksOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
Foofur takes Rocki to the wilderness to teach her how to track.
21a8a"Louis Sees the Light"M.R. WellsOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
Louis meets with an old childhood friend, who is also a seeing-eye dog. Louis has to protect him from Mel and Harvey and also to reunite the blind boy with his friend.
21a8a"Weekend in the Condo"Story by : Barry Blitzer; Teleplay by: Gary GreenfieldOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
When crooks invade Burt's master's condo, it is up to Foofur and the gang to stop them.
22a9a"Weekend in the Condo"Kenneth Knox ()
Foofur and the gang deal with Crooks while being in Burt's master's condo.
22b9b"Bye, Bye, Birdie"M.R. Wells ()
The Rat Brothers scare Mrs. Escrow's canary, causing Foofur and the canines to accuse Fencer of swallowing the bird and throwing him out. Fencer turns to Pepe to retrieve the bird.
23a10a"Fencer Gets Soul"Kenneth Knox ()
Fencer goes to New Orleans, for a chance to be the newest member of a soul-singing cat group, Foofur comes along, but the Cat faces competition with a mouse with a golden voice.
23b10b"Rocki's Big Fib"Samantha Clemens ()
Rocki aids a white alligator, but is captured by Big Boombah and his gang of shipyard rats when the Rat Brothers fail to pay back a cheese tax.
24a11a"You Bet Your Life"Gary Greenfield ()
In Las Vegas, Hazel is cheated by a couple of crooked dogs in games of rat race.
24b11b"Louis Sees the Light"Don Nelson and Arthur Alsberg ()
Louis meets a childhood friend who is a seeing-eye dog, but has to save him from Mel and Harvey while getting a blind boy to reunite him with his dog.
25a12a"Annabell Gets Framed"M.R. Wells ()
After Mrs. Escrow's glasses fall on Annabell's eyes, she and her friends get her a pair of glasses, but Annabell's relationship with Louis begins to falter when Louis feels threatened.
25b12b"Scary Harry"Samantha Clemens ()
While trying to join a club, Rocki encounters an easily scared green dog named Harry in an abandoned dog pound.
2613"Look Homeward, Foofur"Mark EdensFebruary 18, 1988 (1988-02-18)
Foofur tells Rocki a story of how He first met His friends while searching the town for the house that His brother, sister, and owners live.

Home media releaseEdit

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a number of episodes of the series were released on VHS in the United States by Celebrity Home Entertainment's Just for Kids label.

International broadcastEdit

Legal activityEdit

Foofur played a role in the case Nationwide Insurance v. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, 116 F.3d 1154 (7th Cir., 1997). The case dealt with an insurer's duty to defend an insured party in light of the insured's intentional acts of property damage. The insured, a drunken college student, spelled out "FOO" – meaning "foo", a word derived from Foofur – on the artificial turf football field of Memorial Stadium with lighter fluid burning the letters into the turf. He caused $600,000 damage to the AstroTurf. The court held that such an act was not within the insurance policy's liability coverage.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Saturday Morning: Good And Bad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  2. ^ "Nationwide Insurance v. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois". June 19, 1997. Retrieved 2018-04-21.

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