Monday, July 27, 2009

the coolest dog you ever knew!

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

so I've neglected to even post an apology blog in the past week. But I haven't seen any tv at all, and I've had several days with no internet, so nothing else got done, either. Bottomline, my bad.

Foofur. You may have never seen this show. I spent a good chunk of a month of my high school life advocating for my friends to sit down and watch an episode or two of one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons as a youngster. I didn't get far, and as it turned out, Foofer was probably best appreciated by children. It will always have a special place in my heart, and I can guarantee that should a DVD of the series (only a few episodes are currently out on VHS) become available, I'll be purchasing it posthaste.

Anyway, Foofur is a blue hound dog who lives in a for-sale mansion with a bunch of other strays. He has lived there for a long time, and inherited it when his owner died... but that doesn't stop it for being for sale! The episodes generally revolve around staying hidden from the realtor (Mrs. Escrow) and her pesky chihuahua (Pepe) or having adventures around the house and neighborhood. My favorite episodes include a circus and a fortune teller, respectively.

The other dogs include Annabell (sheepdog who is a little ditzy), Burt (friend of Rocki's), Dolly, Fencer (who is actually a cat), Hazel (kinda stuck up), Fritz Carlos (dates Hazel), Louis (bulldog who dates Annabelle), and Rocki (Foofur's niece). Fencer is often tormented by three rats who also live in the mansion.

It ran on Saturday mornings on NBC from 11:30am til noon in the 1986-1987 and 1987-1988 seasons (totaling 46 episodes). I'm not really clear on why it didn't continue, but I imagine it has something to do with lack of interest, since it doesn't seem that anything fabulous was up against it in that timeslot.

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