Wednesday, 18 February 2015
93 Help!...it's the Hair Bear Bunch
First watched : 1972
Help ... it's the Hair Bear Bunch was a lesser cartoon from Hanna-Barbera that hasn't been repeated much perhaps because it was so explicitly linked to the fashions of its time.
The Bunch are led by Hair Bear , a cool ( for 1972 ) character with a blond Afro, scarf and waistcoat. In personality he's pretty similar to an anarchic Top Cat with square zoo director Mr Peevly as his Dibble. He is backed up by Square Bear, a dozy strong man and the tiny, incomprehensible Bubi Bear who appears to have been based on Stanley Unwin. The Bears are the chief mischief makers at the zoo and arrange numerous "escapes" although they don't want to permanently leave their comfortable berth at the zoo and Peevly sometimes uses the threat of expulsion to the woods as a threat. Running gags include the bears having a bachelor pad at the back of their cage disguised by secret panels and Square Bear's invisible motorcycle
Just 16 episodes were made and though I remember enjoying it at the time little of it has stuck in the memory.