Saturday, April 1, 2017

Toons You Might've Missed: Potato Head Kids (1986)

Potato Head Kids was a component of the 1986 anthology series, My Little Pony 'n' Friends, along with the Glo Friends & Moondreamers. Perhaps Hasbro over-reached a tad, along with Sunbow & Marvel Productions, by expanding on the Mr. Potato Head franchise. In effect, they created their own modern day version of Hanna-Barbera's Flintstone Kids, which premiered the same year, and had some of the same actors working on both shows (i.e. Kenneth Mars).

Since I was working during the day, I never watched the show, and I'm only looking at this for the first time.

Here's the intro:

Marvel/Sunbow also did a Mr. Potato Head series, but this was taking the idea a step too far.

Rating: C.


Goldstar said...

I was a high school senior during the run of My Little Pony 'N' Friends, so I usually only caught the show during holidays and Spring Break when I was home from school.

Interestingly, none of the Potato Head Kids were related to Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, who each made brief appearances in some of the shorts. No sons, daughters, siblings or cousins of any kind. It was as if Mr. Potato Head somehow mutated into a species.

Another point of interest concerning Potato Head Kids is that the Kids were never seen at home or at school. They had their own clubhouse (which of course was a toy that could be purchased by the kids watching at home), but they never went home. One episode even showed them sleeping there!

hobbyfan said...

Ok, so there's a Little Rascals/Our Gang influence, less the home/school life. Didn't think Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head could have kids. All this was, really, was a marketing ploy by Hasbro that didn't work long-term.