No, not the Ghostbusters.
You would, of course, call Pammy, Rick, Bogey, Tyg, and Digger (and Kip, in Season Two)… Shirt Tales!
After watching American Greetings bring Holly Hobbie and Strawberry Shortcake into the public’s consciousness, it was only fitting that Hallmark would want to get in on the action. And so, Shirt Tales were born.
The gaggle of cuddly animals were the brainchild of greeting card designer Janet Elizabeth Manco, and they were SO huge that (duh) it didn’t take long for them to earn their own animated cartoon.
Debuting in 1982 on NBC, Shirt Tales featured the aforementioned animals, each of which sported a nifty t-shirt… shirts that (magically) would often include words or phrases that expressed the animals’ feelings at the time.
The Shirt Tales REAL reason for living, though, was to solve crimes while tooling around in their S.T.S.S.T. (that’s “Shirt Tales’ SuperSonic Transport”, for all you newbies). And let’s not forget how much fun it was to watch the Tales give ye olde park ranger Mr. Dinkle all kinds of grief.
After two seasons on NBC, Shirt Tales made the jump over to CBS, where it lasted for a couple of months before finally getting the dreaded pink slip.
…just in time for American Greetings to hop back in and reclaim their spot at the top, with 80s favs The Care Bears and The Get Along Gang.
We imagine that somewhere Tyg’s toddlin’ around in a shirt that says, “Bummer”. But it sure was fun while it lasted.
We ♥ Shirt Tales.