Sunny Remembers

Shirt Tales (1982-1984)

Shirt Tales is a media franchise featuring anthropomorphic animals in colorful, messaged T-shirts. The characters were created in 1980 by greeting card designer Janet Elizabeth Manco and were featured on Hallmark greeting cards. The characters were adapted into an animated series for television by Hanna-Barbera Productions, which first aired in 1982 on NBC.

Meet Pammy Panda, Tyg Tiger, Rick Raccoon, Digger Mole, and Bogey Orangutan – they’re cute, they’re furry and they have a secret. Whenever the purple mushroom by the tree they call home starts to flash they swing into action as the crime-sleuthing squad called the Shirt Tales. Racing to their secret lair hidden underneath the tree (and under the nose of Park Ranger Mr. Dinkle), they answer the Shirt Tale Alert from the Commissioner who clues them in on the current crime via holo-phone. Then it’s off to their shape-changing supersonic craft where they use their wiles and their fantastic gadgets to solve the mystery and nab the bad guys. These message-wearing T-shirted critters started out as adorable (and adored) greeting card characters but it took the genius of Hanna-Barbara to take the cute and mix-it up with a blend of Batman and Scooby-Doo to create a fan-and family classic. 46-episode, complete series collection.