Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater is a Japanese American Canadian co-produced animated series based on the Japanese character, Hello Kitty. The series involved her and her friends doing their own version of popular fairy tales and stories. Each of the 13 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.[1]

Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater
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Developed bySanrio
DIC Animation City
Directed byMichael Maliani
Voices ofCarl Banas
Tara Charendoff
Cree Summer Francks
Sean Roberge
Mairon Bennet
Noam Zylberman
Len Carlson
Elizabeth Hanna
Greg Morton
Denise Pidgeon
Fred Savage
Theme music composerDavid Pomeranz
Composer(s)Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Country of originCanada
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Andy Heyward
Producer(s)Michael Maliani
Running timeapprox. 22–23 min.
Production company(s)DIC Animation City
MGM/UA Television
Original networkCBS
TV Osaka
Original releaseSeptember 19 –
December 12, 1987


  • Hello Kitty (Voiced by Tara Strong) - The cheerful and kind kitten director of the theater. In many tales she is the protagonist or a supportive fairy.
  • Mama Kitty (Voiced by Elizabeth Hanna) – Kitty's mother, who plays motherly roles in the tales.
  • Papa Kitty (Voiced by Len Carlson) - Kitty's father, who plays fatherly roles in the tales.
  • Grandma Kitty (Voiced by Elizabeth Hanna) - Kitty's grandmother. She casts as supporting roles in the tales.
  • Grandpa Kitty (Voiced by Carl Banas) - Kitty's grandfather. He casts as supporting roles in the tales.
  • Tuxedo Sam (Voiced by Sean Roberge) - The happy penguin stage helper of the theater. In many tales he is the protagonist or Kitty's sidekick or love interest.
  • My Melody (Voiced by Mairon Bennett) - A very timid supporting bunny actress who is Kitty’s best friend. Her roles are often smaller and she needs assistance to perform perfectly.
  • Chip (Voiced by Noam Zylberman) - A cheery supporting white seal pup actor. He has supporting roles with the protagonists.
  • Catnip (Voiced by Cree Summer) - A green Siamese Cat, who sometimes plays tricks on her friends but remains sociable. She often takes the role of the antagonist in the tales (such as a mobster, Captain Hook, Count Dracula, Ebenezer Scrooge, etc.).
  • Fangora (Voiced by Denise Pidgeon) - A purple Siamese Cat and Catnip's mother. She sometimes fills in for the role of a secondary antagonist in the tales.
  • Grinder (Voiced by Greg Morton) - A dim-witted, naive and competent bulldog who often takes the role of a secondary antagonist or a bumbling accomplice to Catnip.
  • Mouser (Voiced by Fred Savage) - A trickster mouse who plays scary tricks on Hello Kitty and her friends in the last episode.


Each cartoon opens with a big huge modern theater located in a big performing arts school 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 (outer space, the American Old West, the Great Depression, the Middle Ages, etc.). Each show is a light-hearted takeoff of a children’s story and a popular movie. 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.

Episode listEdit

Ep. Cartoon Spoof of: Release Date
1 The Wizard of Paws The Wonderful Wizard of Oz September 19, 1987
Pinocchio Penguin Pinocchio
2 Cinderkitty Cinderella September 26, 1987
The Pawed Piper The Pied Piper of Hamelin
3 K.T. the Kitty Terrestrial E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial October 3, 1987
Peter Penguin Peter Pan
4 Kittylocks and the Three Bears Goldilocks and the Three Bears October 10, 1987
Paws the Great White Dog Shark Jaws
5 Cat Wars Star Wars October 17, 1987
Tar-Sam of the Jungle Tarzan
6 Sleeping Kitty Sleeping Beauty October 24, 1987
Kitty and the Kong King Kong
7 Kitty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast October 31, 1987
Little Red Bunny Hood Little Red Riding Hood
8 Snow White Kitty and the One Dwarf Snow White November 7, 1987
Frankencat Frankenstein
9 Catula Dracula November 14, 1987
Paws of the Round Table Knights of the Round Table, The Sword in the Stone
10 Rumpeldogskin Rumpelstiltskin November 21, 1987
Robin Penguin Robin Hood
11 Hello Mother Goose Mother Goose November 28, 1987
Crocodile Penguin Crocodile Dundee
12 The Ugly Quackling The Ugly Duckling December 5, 1987
Grinder Genie and the Magic Lamp Aladdin, One Thousand and One Nights
13 The Year Scroogenip Swiped Christmas A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Night Before Christmas December 12, 1987
The Phantom of the Theater The Phantom of the Opera


Two VHS videocassettes were released March 24, 1998, each containing four cartoon shorts, as well as the opening and closing sequences.

In 2003, five DVDs were released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 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: 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")

DVD listEdit

  • 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)


  1. ^ CHARLES SOLOMON (1987-10-09). "Kidvid Reviews : Cartoon Debuts Are All Drawn Out - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15.

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