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Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater is a Japanese-American co-produced animated series. It was produced by DIC Enterprises, animated by Toei Animation, and distributed by MGM/UA Television. The series involved Hello Kitty and her friends doing their own version of popular fairy tales and stories. Each of the 13 half-hour episodes consisted of two 11-minute cartoons, for a total of 26 "shows"; each show was a spoof of a well-known fairy tale or movie.

Characters

Format

Each episode opens with a big huge modern theater located in the big city of London, England filling up with patrons, and usually a look at some comical goings-on backstage. The play then begins (with Hello Kitty or Tuxedo Sam saying "Once upon a meow") and the stage transforms into whatever setting the story calls for, like outer space, the American Old West, the Great Depression or the Middle Ages. Each show is a light-hearted takeoff of a children's story or a popular movie. Catnip and Grinder were usually typecast as the villains.

At the end, the stage returns to normal, and the actors take their bow.

One exception to this format is the cartoon The Phantom of the Theater, which begins after the actors have finished a show (specifically Robin Penguin); all the action in this story takes place backstage.

Episodes

See the Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater Episodes category

Ep. Story Based on
1 The Wizard of Paws The Wizard of Oz
Pinocchio Penguin Pinocchio
2 Cinderkitty Cinderella
The Pawed Piper The Pied Piper of Hamelin
3 K.T. the Kitty Terrestrial E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Peter Penguin Peter Pan
4 Kittylocks and the Three Bears Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Paws: The Great White Dog Shark Jaws
5 Cat Wars Star Wars
Tar-Sam of the Jungle Tarzan
6 Sleeping Kitty Sleeping Beauty
Kitty and the Kong King Kong
7 Kitty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast
Little Red Bunny Hood Little Red Riding Hood
8 Snow White Kitty and the One Dwarf Snow White
Frankencat Frankenstein
9 Catula Dracula
Paws of the Round Table The Sword in the Stone
10 Rumpeldogskin Rumpelstiltskin
Robin Penguin Robin Hood
11 Hello Mother Goose Various nursery rhymes
Crocodile Penguin Crocodile Dundee
12 Grinder Genie and the Magic Lamp Aladdin
The Ugly Quackling The Ugly Duckling
13 The Year Scroogenip Swiped Christmas A Christmas Carol
The Phantom of the Theater The Phantom of the Opera

Videos

Hello_Kitty's_Furry_Tale_Theater_Intro

Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater Intro

Opening theme for Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater

Cast and Crew

Voice Actors

Developers

  • Phil Harnage

Directors

  • Michael Maliani

Theme Music Composer

  • David Pomeranz

Opening Theme

  • Main Title Theme Written & Performed By David Pomeranz

Composers

  • Haim Saban
  • Shuki Levy

Executive Producers

  • Andy Heyward

Producers

  • Michael Maliani

Writers

  • Ben Hurst
  • Eleanor Burian-Mohr
  • Jack Hanrahan
  • Jack Olesker
  • Jim Lenahan
  • Martha Moran
  • Matt Uitz
  • Pat Allee
  • Phil Harnage
  • Temple Matthews
  • Tony Marino

Release

Region 1

On March 24, 1998, MGM Home Entertainment released two VHS videocassettes each containing four cartoon shorts, as well as the opening and closing sequences.

  • Hello Kitty: Kitty and the Beast (also includes "Grinder Genie and the Magic Lamp," "Hello Mother Goose," and "Little Red Bunny Hood")
  • Hello Kitty: Wizard of Paws (also includes "Snow White Kitty," "Sleeping Kitty," and "Peter Penguin")

In 2003-2004, MGM Home Entertainment under their MGM Kids label released 5 DVD's each containing five cartoon shorts; the only one of the 26 not to be included was The Year Scroogenip Swiped Christmas. The opening and closing sequences are not included.

  • Hello Kitty Becomes a Princess (February 4, 2003), (Cinderkitty, Kittylocks and the Three Bears, Sleeping Kitty, Kitty and the Beast, Snow White Kitty and the One Dwarf)
  • Hello Kitty Goes to the Movies (February 4, 2003), (K.T. The Kitty Terrestrial, The Wizard of Paws, Kitty and the Kong, Cat Wars, Paws: The Great White Dog Shark)
  • Hello Kitty Saves the Day (February 4, 2003), (Peter Penguin, Tar-Sam of the Jungle, Paws of the Round Table, Crocodile Penguin, Grinder Genie and the Magic Lamp)
  • Hello Kitty Plays Pretend (February 17, 2004), (The Phantom of the Theater, Frankencat, Catula, The Pawed Piper, Rumpeldogskin)
  • Hello Kitty Tells Fairy Tales (February 17, 2004), (Robin Penguin, Hello Mother Goose, The Ugly Quackling, Pinocchio Penguin, Little Red Bunny Hood)

Region 2

The same DVDs that were released in the United States were released in Region 2 by MGM Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (and then, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment). Becomes a Princess, Goes to the Movies and Saves the Day were all released in September 2004, using the same prints as the US versions without the opening and closing sequences.

Plays Pretend and Tells Fairy Tales were not released in the United Kingdom until October 2012. These prints are not the same as the US versions, and do include the opening and closing sequences. Another DVD titled Hello Kitty Has Fun at Halloween was also released in the same year, featuring 3 episodes from Plays Pretend and an episode from Goes to the Movies. A boxset was also released, featuring all 5 of the original DVDs.

Sources

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