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Fluppy Dogs

Written by Haskell Barkin and Bruce Talkington

Disney Television Animation, 1986

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FLUPPY DOGS (1986)

a one-hour animated television special which aired on November 27 (Thanksgiving), 1986 on ABC, and was intended to be a pilot for the third Walt Disney Television animated series. The pilot suffered low ratings and it was cancelled. The series did not revive either. It featured five pastel-colored talking (fluppy) dogs that came through a fuppy interdimensional doorway and into the lives of 10-year-old Jamie, with his slightly older teenage neighbor, Claire. The dogs were the intended prey of the evil miser Wagstaff.

Why was it forgotten?:  IT WAS A ONE TIME SHOWN FAILED T.V. PILOT.

This was sort of poor scouting on my part.

I wanted to do a bad and/or forgotten Thanksgiving special but the only one I could think of was already talked about by another internet critic. This was the second option I had in mind and I thought it would be about Thanksgiving or at the very least take part around Thanksgiving.

Low and behold, nope, the only connection this has to the holiday is that it just happened to be shown on Thanksgiving. So not only am I a semi-literate idiot but I’m also a bad planner.

Screw it though, we’re gonna talk about Fluppy Dogs anyway.

This ill-fated pilot was birthed from a line of girl’s soft toys about a group of pastel colored dog-like creatures that have adventures by traveling from world to world via a magic gate.

So it’s pretty much a cute cuddly version of the excellent sci-fi series, SlidersI can get behind that, that sounds pretty rad.

Along with the dolls there was a whole line of picture books, coloring books, and puzzles featuring the Fluppies. At least Wikipedia tells me there are since I couldn’t find anything online aside from the dolls.

“But what’s the cartoon like,” you’re probably asking while rotating your hand, gesturing me to get on with it. Well, it certainly looks nice. The art and animation have that sort of whimsical Disney flare to it and it’s very cute and easy on the eyes. It’s comparable to Ducktales and Rescue Rangers.

What about the story? That’s unfortunately where things take a bit of a dive. I know they only had about 45 minutes to work  but somehow this pilot manages to feel rushed yet really slow moving at the same time.

For reference, it starts off with the Fluppies on some sort of daring adventure; they’re on a snow capped mountain, then they go through a portal to get chased by a dinosaur, and then arrive on Earth in which they engage in havoc before getting caught by a dog catcher. It feels like a lot happens in just that 5 minute scene but nothing really does, and it doesn’t really establish much of anything. I suppose if you’re a fan of the franchise going into it you know the backstory and what not but I didn’t even know the names of the main characters. Trust me, I listened closely, I needed to play really close attention and write down the names so I wouldn’t forget them.

That’s pretty much the special in a nutshell. Nothing really ever gets explained and we don’t learn much of anything about anything or anyone. I suppose if the pilot made it to a series than we would’ve gotten more back story and characterization but it didn’t. By that same token, a pilot by definition is supposed to do the job of establishing the series; what it’s about, who it’s about, why, and how things are happening. This pilot sort of answers those questions but doesn’t give us much to go on.

That’s really unfortunate since the idea of dimension hopping dogs  sounds like a really swell idea for an animated series. It had heart behind it to, this wasn’t just some soulless, cheap, marketing device which these kinds of cartoons usually are.

TRIVIA

  • While she may have been intended for the series, Fanci, an additional pink Fluppy Dog, was not featured in the pilot. 
  • The Fluppy Dogs special aired on the U.S. television network ABC on November 27, 1986, pre-empting Our World. It scored a Nielsen rating of 5.3/10; placing 70th among network programming, it was the week’s lowest-ranked program

CLOSING THOUGHTS

I didn’t 100% like this movie but admittedly it did have promise. It had that Disney magic backing it up which worked marvelously for Adventures of the Gummi Bears and admittedly… the toys are kind of cute.

Just a shame that this movie was so rushed and kind of confusing so it couldn’t find its audience.

Either way, happy Thanksgiving Badlanders. Have a swell holiday and enjoy your time off from school.

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Finally found a movie I’ve been trying to remember for ages!! I watched this as a kid and the key they use in this to open the doors is like the only thing I remembered from it!! :D

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By the way, I am NOT the author of this petition. I simply want this to gain recognition and fame. These shows need to be put on DVD completely. People will buy them with a lot of promotion. 

Petition details: 

The Disney Afternoon was a syndicated block of animated shows produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, which originally aired between 1990 and 1997.  In the seven years the block aired, it featured a number of popular shows, both original to the block and previous created shows, including:

-Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985-1991) - Final 48 episodes

-Ducktales (1987-1990) - Final 25 episodes

-Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (1989-1990) - Final 14 episodes

-TaleSpin (1990-1991) - Final 11 episodes

-Darkwing Duck (1991-1992) - Final 39 episodes

-Goof Troop (1992-1993) - Proper volume sets of all 79 episodes

-Bonkers (1993-1994) - All 65 episodes

-Aladdin: The Series (1994-1996) - Proper volume sets for all 86 episodes

-Gargoyles (1994-1997) - The final 39 episodes

-The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (1995) - All 13 episodes

-The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa (1995-1999) - Proper volume sets for all 85 episodes

-Quack Pack (1996) - Proper volume sets for all 39 episodes

-Mighty Ducks (1996-1997) - All 26 episodes

In addition to these thirteen shows, there was other animation from WDTA produced during this era.  This included shows, specials and extended cuts of pilot episodes:

-The Wuzzles (1985) - All 13 episodes

-Fluppy Dogs (1986)

-Sport Goofy in Soccer Mania (1987)

-DuckTales: The Treasure of the Golden Suns (1987) – The movie cut

-The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-1991) - Proper volume sets for all 50 episodes

-DuckTales: Time is Money (1989) - The movie cut

-Super DuckTales (1989) - The movie cut

-Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers: To the Rescue (1989) - The movie cut

-TaleSpin: Plunder and Lightning (1990) - The movie cut

-Darkwing Duck: Darkly Dawns the Duck (1991) - The movie cut

-Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (1991) - The tv special in its original version

-The Little Mermaid: The Series (1992-1994) - Proper volume sets for all 31 episodes

-Raw Toonage (1992) - All 12 episodes

-Marsupilami (1993) - All 13 episodes

-Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken (1994) - The movie cut

-Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh (1996) - The tv special in its original version

-Mighty Ducks: The Movie (1996) - The movie cut

-A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998) - The tv special in its original version

All together, these 18 animated shows and 13 animated specials represent the original years of production at WDTA, and arguably the finest animation to ever come out of WDTA’s studios.  Many of these shows went on to win many awards, including Emmy Awards, and were featured prominently on a number of “Best of” lists, including in recent years.  These shows fueled merchandise frenzies filled with actions figures, t-shirts, back backs and comic books, including re-launched comics from just a few years ago for Darkwing Ducks, Gargoyles, DuckTales and Rescue Rangers.  In the early 1990’s, there was even a whole section of Disneyland dedicated to these shows, including a live stage show.  These shows have been translated into multiple languages and shown in countries all over the World, including, but not limited to, the former Soviet Union, Germany, Finland, Sweden, India, Hungary, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Years after a select number of VHS releases, Disney started releasing a number of these Disney Afternoon series on DVD in either multi-disc volume/season sets, or in single discs featuring a few episodes each. Without fan-fair or much advertising, sales of the sets depended heavily on word of mouth. As a result of “lack of interest,” these releases were dropped, without much of a fair shot.

We, as a collective body of fans, urge Walt Disney Home Entertainment to finally release these treasured classics onto DVD in their entirety.  We want to enjoy these series, either through the more preferred method of a standard retail DVD, as with most of the original releases, or simply via a Disney Movie Club Exclusive release or the DVD-on-Demand program.  The reasons for denying fans access to the entirety of these shows are unfounded, and must come to an end.

If Walt Disney Home Entertainment properly markets and advertises these shows and does not have overly high list prices (two problems that plagued the original releases) we know they will perform better than previous releases. There is a strong fan base for these shows and if you give us the opportunity, we are ready to demonstrate with our pocket books how beloved these shows still are. Thank you.

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Fluppy Dogs Intro
Anyone remember this show?

Disney’s Fluppy Dogs is a one-hour animated television special which aired on November 27, 1986 on ABC, and was intended to be a pilot for the third Walt Disney Television animated series. The series did not move forward due to poor ratings. It featured five pastel-colored talking (fluppy) dogs that came through a fluppy interdimensional doorway and into the lives of 10-year-old Jamie and his slightly older neighbor, Claire.

the-beasts-of-legend asked:

I always hoped that KH3 would bring something EXTREMELY unexpected and interesting to the table like they did with Pirates of the Caribbean from KH2. Out of all of Disney's worlds, what wouldn't you expect them having as a world in KH3? Something that they know we'd like. Something that would tie in with the whole concept of "hearts being consumed by darkness" and the story development of finding Keyblade Wielders since that is where DDD left us. And something that would have an expansive world.

Ducktales has a HUGE world with everything from thieves, ghosts, a wicked witch and a superhero robot!  This would be SUCH a fun Kingdom Hearts world!!  (Also I may have watched the daylights out of this show so *cough* might be kinda biased XD)

I once re-watched an oooooold Disney special about The Fluppy Dogs.  Like most 80s specials and shows, this was produced as a tie-in for some adorable toys.  But the Fluppy Dogs literally had to find keys and doors to jump between worlds and find their homeworld again… probably too unknown and literal, but it’d be cute!

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After watching an hour of Fluppy Dogs, generating the proper amount of childhood nostalgia for Zach to break off into tiny stories, he quickly remembered an old science show that used to play on PBS. It was called ‘3-2-1 Contact’ and brought him many smiles. Eventually we watched this youtube video with a young Suzanne Ciani. Digging further, I found an interview of hers with David Letterman. It all brought to mind the most recent Grimes phenomenon, and I immediately was soothed by her electric designs.

In a dream a little later, Ciani met me on a beach in Hawaii.  We chanted at the sky, reaching some sort of transcendent light. Music is silly like that, and reaches you in ways that surpass merely perceiving it. It infiltrates you spiritually, and your body relaxes and absorbs everything like a beautiful starfish. The world is an ocean, and the enormity is something we’ll always fight to understand and know. No matter what, stories will fill us bold.

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Im so happy someone posted this, when i was little i had a really crappy recording of this on a vhs and i would always watch it. It was my favorite movie, now i just recently remembered it and have been desperately searching for this movie since i remember how much i loved it.

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Does anyone else remember the Fluppy Dogs special?  To this day, my mom and I will make the joke of “Adventure!  Adventure!” whenever we’re about to go on a road trip. XD

But in all seriousness, it’s amazing how much of this cartoon I remember near line for line.

“Fluppy Dogs” was near and dear to me as a kid. XD Loved that special.