Genre Animation
Created by Phil Mendez[1]
Voices of Michael Bell
Gary Chalk
Brian Cummings
Jeannie Elias
Ron Feinberg
Linda Gary
Ed Gilbert
Barbara Goodson
Michael Horton
Mona Marshall
Terence McGovern
Doug Parker
Stu Rosen
Neil Ross
Susan Silo
John Stephenson
Russi Taylor
B.J. Ward
Lennie Weinrib
Frank Welker
R.J. Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 48
Executive producer(s) Jean Chalopin
Andy Heyward
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
NBC Productions
Saban International (1988)[1]
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release September 13, 1986 – August 25, 1990[1]

Kissyfur is an American animated children's television series which aired on NBC in the 1980s. It was produced by Jean Chalopin & Andy Heyward and created by Phil Mendez for DIC Entertainment. The series was based on a half-hour NBC prime-time special called Kissyfur: Bear Roots and was followed by three more specials until its Saturday morning debut. The show ran for two seasons. It also aired on the BBC in the UK (as part of its But First This lineup), TV3 in New Zealand and Seven Network in Australia.

The show follows the adventures of Gus and Kissyfur, a father and son bear duo who had joined the circus. One day on a circus trip, the train they are riding in derails and the bears escape to a new life in the swamps of Paddlecab County. There, they protect the local swamp’s inhabitants from the local bumbling alligators Floyd and Jolene. Kissyfur and his father use the skills they have acquired from the human world to create a boat tour business transporting other animals and their products down the river.[2]



Swamp cubs

Episode list

Specials (Christmas 1985-Summer 1986)

  1. Bear Roots
  1. The Birds and the Bears
  1. The Lady is a Chump
  1. We Are the Swamp

Season 1 (Fall 1986)

  1. Here’s the Beef/Jam Wars
  2. The Humans Must Be Crazy/To Tell the Tooth
  3. Whale of a Tail/Kissyfur P.I.
  4. Home Sweat Home/Pooped Pop
  5. The Bear Who Cried Wolf/Egg McGuffin
  6. Drop Me a Lion/The Wishing Box
  7. Gatoraid/Basket Case
  8. The Incredible Hunk/Double Dare Bear
  9. Bearly a Bodyguard/The Duck Who Came to Dinner

Season 2 (Fall 1988)

  1. The Great Swamp Swami/The Shell Game
  2. Just in Time/Three’s a Crowd
  3. My Fair Lenny/G’Day Gator and G’Bye
  4. Fork-Tongued Frog/Like Father, Like Son
  5. Toot’s Treasure/Berried Alive
  6. You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog/Cub’s Club
  7. Stuck on Stuckey/Flipzilla
  8. Comrade Kissyfur/The New Cub
  9. Evilfur/See Ya Later, Annie Gator
  10. Swarm Outside/Halo & Goodbye
  11. The Ballad of Rebel Racoon/Somethin’ Cajun’s Cookin’
  12. Got Those Baby Blues/Home Sweet Swamp
  13. Weight Not Want Not/The Great Swamp Taxi Race


One of very many children's animated series of the 1980s, Kissyfur didn't leave a lasting impression on many viewers. In 2014, listing it among twelve 1980s cartoons that did not deserve remembrance, io9[3]


  1. 1 2 3 Erickson, Hal. "Kissyfur". Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003. 1 (A—L). McFarland & Company. p. 483. ISBN 0-7864-2099-5.
  2. "Saturday Morning: Good And Bad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  3. Bricken, Rob (11 November 2014). "12 Cartoons From The 1980s No One Will Ever Have Nostalgia For". io9. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
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