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Much like Poochie the Poodle, The Hugga Bunch is one of those s toy and the sight of a fully animated Hugga head cut off from its body is the kind Once in Hugga Land, they meet a male Hugga, Hugsy (voice of Tony. Directed by Gus Jekel. With Gennie James, Natalie Masters, Terry Castillo, Tony Urbano. A girl travels through her mirror into HuggaLand to find a way to keep. I would like anyone who inquires about this to know what I wanted to know prior to buying it. This is a cartoon. It is a very badly made cartoon.. it is voiceovers.

Riots over the latest Christmas toy are all too familiar today, but back in when Cabbage Patch Kids hit the scene, it was almost unheard of. Determined to be ready for the demands of Christmas '84, toy makers released storybooks, cassettes and an animated Christmas special describing the adventures of the Cabbage Patch Kids.

What they unveiled was a world of sheer madness. Via Wikimedia Commons Stare deep into the eyes of your dark fate, my children. First of all, "Cabbage Patch Kids" is not a cute nickname -- they grow from actual cabbages. Which is fine -- we understand the makers of a toy line about babies don't want to have to begin their show with a woman screaming from labor pains. But it just keeps getting weirder from there -- the magical cabbages are pollinated by mutated creatures called bunnybees, who drop crystals on them.

Hybrids that scientifically must result from a rabbit sexing a bee. Continue Reading Below Continue Reading Below Advertisement The kids thus emerge into a world with no parents, and are basically left to fend for themselves until they're "adopted" that is, until their doll is bought by some lucky kid whose own parents are willing to face down a stampede to get one.

And these kids really need to be adopted quick, because unfortunately their little cabbage patch is in very close proximity to a gold mine owned by the evil Lavender McDade. Lavender is an entrepreneur with a brilliant business plan: To mine the gold, obviously. Lavender describes her plan in a sassy song from the album.

They're going to call them 'Transformers. For one thing, the toys just weren't as cool. Even the kids in the GoBots commercials couldn't seem to summon the enthusiasm needed to promote them. Sure, buy this shit. But, like the Transformers, the GoBots had their own animated series Challenge of the GoBotsand the creators knew that to compete for the imaginations of young children, they had to crank that shit to The show tells us that the GoBots are from Gobotron, a planet that was once home to a race of humanoids, the GoBings.

Thousands of years ago, a terrorist group known as the Renegades started a war with a group of peaceful people called the Guardians, which ultimately ruined their planet. OK, that sounds a lot like the Transformers' back story so far. But here's where shit gets weird. Continue Reading Below Advertisement Facing extinction, the survivors sought out a man known only as the Last Engineer.

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Not because he was the most brilliant scientist or because he had a way to fix the planet. No, they needed him because for years, he had been slowly transforming himself into a cyborg by cutting off parts of his own body and replacing them with machinery. The GoBings decided to allow the Engineer to transplant their brains into robot bodies, allowing them to survive as GoBots. He provided these transplants indiscriminately to both sides, Renegade and Guardian alike, until they had all been assimilated.

Via MySpace "Um, Mr. Challenge of the GoBots is set in modern times, which means that the GoBots have been at war for thousands of years. Which is to say, this toy line is about human minds, trapped in metal bodies, trying to destroy each other. The story centers around Bridget, who is distraught over her parents' decision to send her beloved grandmother to a nursing home.

She is also rather frightened that whenever she hugs her toys, an eerie giggling sound comes from her closet. Straight away, I can see why this special wound up costing such a packet and why it secured an Emmy for its visual effects - the hugely elaborate sets aren't exactly Hollywood-worthy, but they do have this high-end children's theatre aesthetic that manages to be charming in its own way.

Bridget is introduced to a whole bunch of other Huggas who won't be of any actual narrative importance, but hey, we've got a whole toy line to promote here; the least we can do is get everyone name-checked. So she meets Tickles, Impkins and Tweaker and they regale her with a song about the virtues of hugging, just to kill a few minutes. The Huglets likewise weren't incorporated into the story in any meaningful way, but they get an obligatory cameo just to tie in with the toy line actually, I suspect the reason the Huglets were sidelined in this special is because it would have made the puppetry far too complicated if the Huggas had always kept them on hand a la the toys.

Huggins and Hugsy accompany Bridget to the Book Worm's information booth, where Bridget explains the situation and asks what she can do to restore her grandmother's youth.

The Book Worm voice uncredited, but according to IMDb it's Richard Haydn comments that Bridget's question is a first as no one grows old in Hugga Land, but he consults his encyclopedia, which states that the aging of grandmothers can be slowed with regular displays of affection and, most importantly, the knowledge that they are needed.

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Bridget argues that her Grams is due to leave the house this very afternoon and she needs a quick fix. The Book Worm again consults his encyclopedia for Instant Youth and reads that it can be brought about by consuming fruit from the Youngberry Tree. Firstly, the fruit will disappear if it ever makes contact with the ground. Secondly, the only Youngberry Tree grows in the Country of Shrugs, a dark and dangerous land which the Huggas generally make a point of steering clear of.

The Country of Shrugs is ruled by the evil Queen Admira who has little tolerance for hugs and tends to subdue her enemies by turning them into statues. I did mention that the plot was derivative of a number of other children's fantasy stories and, well, it's been more than two decades since I read any of those Chronicles of Narnia books, but I'm pretty certain that one of those involved a boy searching for a special fruit that could cure his terminally ill mother.

What makes this particular scenario intriguing to me is that I'm curious to see how they're ultimately going to address the whole problem with Grams aging. I have a feeling that Grams will not be made to leave the family simply because Aunt Ruth for reasons known only to her has convinced her that she's not wanted, but at the same time the special can't seriously run with Book Worm's proposition that love and affection will actually slow the aging process.

Eventually, Bridget's going to have to face up to the fact that Grams getting older is part of a natural cycle and that obviously she can't be around forever. All the hugs in the world won't change that - the important thing, I would argue, is that Bridget and her family don't take Grams for granted while she's there. The Book Worm reveals that the only route into the Country of Shrugs from Hugga Land is down an ominous-looking portal.

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Bridget hesitates, but decides that she has no choice if she wishes to help Grams. Huggins and Hugsy agree to accompany her, and the three of them leap down the portal, ending up in the Country of Shrugs where a conveniently-placed road sign instructs them to "Follow The Sidewalk".

As it turns out, the sidewalk in question really is turned on its side, which isn't an issue as the laws of gravity evidently work a little differently around here. The trio presses onward in the direction of the Queen's castle, managing to keep their spirits high by pausing now and then to dispense hugs to one another.

As they near the castle, they encounter an obstacle in the form of the Hairy Behemoth, a giant, fire-breathing mammoth that's blocking their path. Hugsy isn't intimidated by the horrifying brute, reasoning that the Behemoth is "just another animal. And animals need love as much as we do. Maybe he's never been hugged before Seriously kids, if you approach a wild animal as Hugsy does and attempt to physically embrace it, it'll assume that you're either trying to predate it or challenge it for its territory; either way, it won't end well for you.

Fortunately for Hugsy, his gambit pays off, transforming the terrible mammoth into a much smaller, entirely benign and unusually forgetful elephant named Hodgepodge his voice actor isn't credited, but whoever it is is clearly trying to emulate Ed Wynn. Turns out, the Queen had him under a spell and a warm loving hug was just what was needed to lift it. In gratitude, Hodgepodge offers to guide them into the castle.

Conveniently, there are no other guards outside the entrance, just a very unfriendly sign reading, "Small people will be digested. They then come face to face with Queen Admira herself Aarika Wellswhose design was blatantly modeled on the evil queen from Disney's Snow White.

Wells plays Admira with a pantomime hamminess that's a hoot to watch Every time Admira addresses her she backchats with something brash and smart alecky eg: Then when Admira compliments her on her prettiness she makes a point of not thanking her because "I'm just born with it and it's all luck.

Frankly, my sympathies are squarely with Admira when she refuses.

Admira explains that she herself has exclusive rights to the Youngberry Tree because she depends on near-constant consumption of its fruit to maintain her youthful looks could be worse - she could be an advocate for the Elizabeth Bathory method. She also makes it clear that she despises hugging and enforces strict laws in her kingdom that prevent anyone from so much as touching if no physical contact is permitted whatsoever, then I do wonder how the denizens of this world reproduce, but I suppose that that's less likely to cross the minds of the six-year-old audience this is aimed at.

Admira takes a break from her stand-off with Bridget to unlock the tree and pick a couple of the berries, one of which she consumes on the spot turns out they taste vile, but Admira's willing to tolerate that for the sake of her complexionwhile she squirrels the other away in a jar for later.

Eventually, Admira tires of Bridget and decides to turn her into a statue, commenting that she's doing her a favour as she'll get to remain young and pretty forever. It's here that we get some vague meditation on the downside of wanting to halt change and freeze things in a single state for all time, as Bridget realises with horror that without prospect of growth or change she would cease to have any kind of life at all.

An evil queen who vanquishes enemies but turning them to stone is another plot element obviously borrowed from Narnia, but I do like the additional symbolism it takes on here, even if the special doesn't explicitly link it to the main message.

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Arguably, Admira's entire character arc is designed to show up that desire to fight the natural order in a bad light, given that she's locked herself into an existence where she's basically enslaved by her dependence on these foul-tasting berries, but then again we've been told that the Hugga also don't age and they're quite contented with their lifestyle of non-stop hugging, so I guess Admira's problem is that she's obsessed only with preserving surface beauty, not relationships.

Note that, while you can clearly see where that budget went in terms of set designs, the petrification effects are a bit more ropy, consisting of a combination of freeze frame images and having James stand as still as she possibly can when others are moving around her which isn't entirely seamless - you can clearly see her twitching on occasion.

Huggins, Hugsy and Hodgepodge are banished to the castle dungeon but manage to escape thanks to Hodgepodge's incredible strength. They sneak back to the petrified Bridget and are sad because they think they've lost her forever, but as the Huggas reach out and cling to her frozen body in their sorrow, there's a flash of sparkles and suddenly Bridget is as right as rain.

Silly Huggas, momentarily doubting the power of their own ethos. The Huggas suggest they escape the castle while they have the chance, but Bridget laments what a shame it would be to go away empty-handed after getting this close to the Youngberry Tree. Then she notices that Admira actually left the key to the glass case lying right beside it, and - goddamn, how can Admira be so lax about protecting something she's so dependent on? Bridget unlocks the case, fills a jar with as many berries as possible and flees with her friends when they hear Admira approaching.

Naturally, Admira freaks out, even more so when she notices that Bridget has left the key alongside the tree within the glass case, which is already closing. She lunges toward it in desperation, but is unable to reach it in time and gets her arm jammed inside the case. If you were expecting Admira to be won over by the power of hugging, much as Hodgepodge was then Trapped and unable to pop one of her precious berries on time, she instantaneously shrivels up and dies. In the end I'm not sure which lingering question bugs me more; if it was worth all the effort to obtain the youngberries when their effects are so painfully short-lived, or what the hell was the point of the youngberry that Admira purposely stored away for later.

I was fairly certain that was going to have some kind of plot significance, but nope, it's never even mentioned again.

Back in Hugga Land, the Huggas are celebrating Bridget's success and safe return, but she can't stick around because Grams will be leaving shortly. Unfortunately, as she steps back through the mirror with Huggins and Hugsy, she trips over and falls, spilling the jar of youngberries across her bedroom floor, where they promptly disappear, just as the Book Worm warned they would. Obviously Bridget isn't too happy, but the Huggas reassure her that love and affection are more effective than magic berries and that what's important now is that she shows her Grams how much she cares about her while she has the chance.

On her way downstairs, Bridget encounters Andrew and suggests he do the same with the added threat that she'll shun him for life if he fails wow, harsh. Bridget heads into the living room to find Grams with her bags all packed, bidding goodbye to Mr and Mrs Severson. She goes up and hugs Grams and tells her that she loves her.