Little Rascals and Shirt Tales

Comparison and Contrast

Frank J. Lhota tells me that King World has transferred the Our Gang character likenesses to Hallmark, which already owns the Shirt Tales characters. Here I show similarities and differences (objectively, I hope) between the respective animated cartoons.

Little Rascals Shirt Tales
Animated by Hanna-Barbera from 1982 to 1984; shown on ABC Animated by Hanna-Barbera from 1982 to 1984; began on NBC, moved to CBS
Based on a series of short comedy films Based on a series of greeting cards
Characters formerly owned by King World, now owned by Hallmark Characters owned by Hallmark
Five children from different families meet in a treehouse (two claim to be brothers) Five (later six) childlike animals of different species meet in the trunk of a hollow tree
Cute girl voiced by Patty Maloney Cute panda voiced by Patty Parris
Kids travel in dog-powered vehicle Animals travel in flying vehicle
One cast member has a voice like Casper the Friendly Ghost One cast member has a voice like Humphrey Bogart
Kids sometimes run afoul of Officer Ed Animals sometimes run afoul of Mr. Dinkle
More to come? More to come?


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