Paw Paws
Title card
Directed byRay Patterson (Supervising)
Art Davis
Oscar Dufau
Don Lusk
Carl Urbano
Rudy Zamora
Alan Zaslove
Voices ofSusan Blu
Ruth Buzzi
John Ingle
Don Messick
Howard Morris
Thom Pinto
Robert Ridgely
Stanley Ralph Ross
Alexandra Stoddart
Frank Welker
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Opening theme"Paw Paw Bears"
Ending theme"Paw Paw Bears" (Instrumental)
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes21
Executive producersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
ProducerBerny Wolf
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 15, 1985 (1985-09-15) –
February 2, 1986 (1986-02-02)

Paw Paws (also known as Paw Paw Bears) is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that first aired in 1985 and 1986.[1] It debuted as part of the weekday/weekend morning programming block The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera.[2]

The series name is a play on the paw paw, a fruit cultivated by Native Americans and indigenous to North America, and a play on words with a bear's paw. Reruns of the show formerly aired on Cartoon Network and later Boomerang.


Deep in a forest somewhere, a group of Native American bear cubs defending themselves from their enemies The Meanos led by the evil sorcerer Dark Paw. Dark Paw and his henchmen were after the Paw Paws' three large wooden totems, Totem Bear, Totem Tortoise, and Totem Eagle. The totems also served as the tribe's protectors, coming to life when needed through means of Princess Paw Paw's Mystic Moonstone, which she wore around her neck, to defend the village.

Much like other Hanna-Barbera programs, such as The Smurfs, The Biskitts, Shirt Tales, Snorks and the Pound Puppies, the bears had names that denoted their personalities—Laughing Paw, Medicine Paw, Bumble Paw, etc. Brave Paw and Princess Paw Paw tended to be the leads, riding into adventures on their magical flying ponies, while aging Wise Paw served as tribal advisor. The mascot of the group was a tiny dog by the name of PaPooch.


Paw Paws


Other characters

Episodes list

  1. "The Big Spill" – While the Paw Paw bears take care of an injured duckling, the wicked Dark Paw and his Meanos cause a flood to steal the Princess's mystic moonstone.
  2. "The Wishing Star Crystal" – When Princess Paw Paw is put into an eternal sleep by a magic flower, courtesy of Dark Paw, her friends must take a perilous journey to find a magic crystal to awaken her.
  3. "The Flying Horse Napper" – Dark Paw steals the Princess's magic whistle that allows her to summon Flying Cloud and plans to use the flying horse to get a potion from his Aunt Pruney on Shriek Peak.
  4. "The Creepy Cave Creature" – After preventing the Paw Paws from calling Totem Bear, Dark Paw puts a large creature under his control to attack their village.
  5. "The Greedie Greenies" – When green blobs descend on the village and eat everything in sight, the Paw Paws must come to the rescue of their worst enemy, Dark Paw.
  6. "The Rise of the Evil Spirits" – When ancient spirits of evil awaken after 200 years to cause trouble for the Paw Paws, Dark Paw tries to gain control of them and finally take over the village.
  7. "The Genie-athalon" – When Eugene the Genie's lamp is uncovered and everyone tries to claim it, the Paw Paws compete against the cheating Dark Paw to win his three wishes.
  8. "The Golden Falcon" – When the Great Totem disappears and a mysterious golden falcon statue appears, Dark Paw takes the opportunity to challenge Brave Paw to a fight.
  9. "Honey of a Robbery" – It's Wise Paw's 100th birthday, and Dark Paw plans on ruining the celebration by stealing the village's entire honey supply.
  10. "Tot 'em Termi' Nation" – Dark Paw brings the Black Stallion to lure away Flying Cloud and keep the Princess busy, so an army of termites can reduce the Great Totem to sawdust.
  11. "Waif Goodbye to the Paw Paws" – Dark Paw's Aunt Pruney helps him to take over the Paw Paw's village by disguising herself as a young and pretty Paw Paw.
  12. "The Dark Totem Pole Monster" – Dark Paw sets his sights on the moonstone around the neck of Totem Bear by building a giant mechanical version of himself, while Trembly Paw tries to help a young flying horse with a fear of flying.
  13. "Dark Paw Under Wraps" – When a flood uncovers the casket of a Paw Paw mummy, Dark Paw takes advantage of an ancient curse to take over as leader.
  14. "Genie Without a Lamp"
  15. "Egging Dark Paw On"
  16. "Two Heads Are Better than One"
  17. "The Great Paw Paw Turnaround"
  18. "The Lost Lake Monster"
  19. "Totem Time Trip"
  20. "S'no Business"
  21. "The Zip Zap 4-D Trap"


A line of Paw Paws toys were produced by Applause in 1985. Princess Paw Paw, Brave Paw, Mighty Paw, Pupooch, Medicine Paw, the Meanos and other characters were produced as PVC figurines ranging from 2" to 3" tall. The figurines had accessories, like a canoe or a cart. Pupooch was also produced as a plush toy. These were only produced for a short time and are rare today.



One of many children's animated series of the 1980s, Paw Paws didn't leave a lasting impression on many viewers. In 2014, listing it among twelve 1980s cartoons that did not deserve remembrance, io9 characterized it as "Obviously, Hanna-Barbera was wrong. And kind of racist."[3]

Home media

On April 9, 2019, Warner Archive released Paw Paws: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection.[4]


  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 446. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 604–605. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Bricken, Rob (11 November 2014). "12 Cartoons From The 1980s No One Will Ever Have Nostalgia For". io9. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Paw Paws: The Complete Series (MOD)". Archived from the original on 2019-04-19. Retrieved 2019-04-19.