Paw Paws

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Paw Paws
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On-screen title card.
Network Syndication
Production company Hanna-Barbera
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises
Original release September 15, 1985February 2, 1986
Run time 21 minutes
Starring John Ingle
Susan Blu
Thom Pinto
Bob Ridgely
Alexandra Stoddart
John Ingle
Stanley Ralph Ross
Frank Welker
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Berny Wolf
Music composed by Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s) Jim Ryan
Don Nelson
Arthur Allsberg
Director(s) Art Davis
Oscar Dufau
Don Lusk
Carl Urbano
Rudy Zamora
Alan Zaslove
Gordon Hunt (voices)

Paw Paws is an American animated fantasy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for syndication on stations that took part in The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera programming block. It ran from 1985 to 1986, airing 21 episodes that spanned one season. The series also has two other different names; the first being Paw Paw Bears, which is sung in the theme song right over the Paw Paws title, and the episode title cards say The Paw Paws.

The series centre around a group of Native American bears known as the Paw Paws, who defend themselves from the Meanos, led by the evil sorcerer Dark Paw. Dark Paw and his henchmen plan steal three totem poles from the Paw Paws; consisting of 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.

The entire series has been released on DVD.




The music was composed and conducted by Hoyt Curtin, with musical supervision from Paul DeKorte.


Episode Number Original air date
"The Big Spell" 1x01 September 15, 1985
"The Wishing Star Crystal" 1x02 September 22, 1985
"The Flying Horse-Napper" 1x03 September 29, 1985
"The Creepy Cave Creature" 1x04 October 6, 1985
"The Greedie Greenies" 1x05 October 13, 1985
"The Rise of the Evil Spirits" 1x06 October 20, 1985
"The Genie-athalon" 1x07 October 27, 1985
"The Golden Falcon" 1x08 November 3, 1985
"A Honey of a Robbery" 1x09 November 10, 1985
"Totem Termi-Nation" 1x10 November 17, 1985
"Waif Goodbye to the Paw Paws" 1x11 November 24, 1985
"The Dark Paw Totem" 1x12 December 1, 1985
"Dark Paw Under Wraps" 1x13 December 8, 1985
"Genie Without a Lamp" 1x14 December 15, 1985
"Egging Dark Paw On" 1x15 December 22, 1985
"Two Heads Are Better Than None" 1x16 December 29, 1985
"The Great Paw Paw Turnaround" 1x17 January 5, 1986
"Lost Lake Monster" 1x18 January 12, 1986
"Totem Time Trap" 1x19 January 19, 1986
"S'no Business" 1x20 January 26, 1986
"The Zip Zap 4-D Trap" 1x21 February 2, 1986



Critical reception

In 2014, listing it among twelve 1980s cartoons that did not deserve remembrance, blog website io9 characterized Paw Paws as "kind of racist," due to Hanna-Barbera making a series embodying Native American stereotypes.[1]


  1. ^ Bricken, Rob (11 November 2014). "12 Cartoons From The 1980s No One Will Ever Have Nostalgia For". io9. Retrieved November 26, 2022.