The Paw Paws

The Paw Paws

Synopsis of Saturday Morning Show

The Paw Paws debuted as one of the original segments of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. A group of small bears that lived in a tribal society, the cuddly cubs spent every day defending themselves from their enemies, The Meanos, led by the evil Dark Paw. The wicked bear and his henchmen were after the Paw Paws' three large wooden totems, a bear, tortoise, and eagle. The totems also served as the tribe's protectors, coming to life when needed to defend the village.

Much like the equally cute Smurfs or Biskitts, the bears had names that denoted their personalities—Laughing Paw, Medicine Paw, Bumble Paw, etc. Brave Paw and Princess Paw Paw tended to be the leads, riding into adventures on their magical flying ponies, while aging Wise Paw served as tribal advisor. The mascot of the group was a tiny dog by the name of Pupooch.

Aside from their clothing and the occasional tribal dance, the small bear tribe bore little resemblance to actual Native Americans. What this cartoon did offer was the vocal talents of some of the animation world’s most respected actors, including Don Messick, Frank Welker, Scatman Crothers, Ruth Buzzi and Billie Hayes.

Release History

1985 syndicated

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Princess Paw Paw Susan Blu
Brave Paw Thom Pinto
Pupooch Don Messick
Mighty Paw Bob Ridgely
Laughing Paw Sandy Stoddart
Wise Paw John Ingle
Trembly Paw Howard Morris
Dark Paw Stanley Ralph Ross
Bumble Paw Frank Welker
Aunt Pruney Ruth Buzzi
Voices Scatman Crothers
Voices Leo DeLyon
Voices Jerry Dexter
Voices Lauri Faso
Voices Pat Fraley
Voices Billie Hayes
Voices Tom Kratochvil
Voices Mitzi McCall
Voices Rob Paulsen
Voices Neilson Ross
Voices Marilyn Schreffler

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