My Pet Monster

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My Pet Monster
FormatAnimated series
StarringSunny Besen Thrasher
Stuart Stone
Jeff McGibbon
Alyson Court
Dan Hennessey
Country of originUnited States
Canada
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Running time30 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channelABC (USA)
Global (Canada)
ITV (UK)
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatMono
Original runSeptember 12, 1987 – December 19, 1987
 
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My Pet Monster
FormatAnimated series
StarringSunny Besen Thrasher
Stuart Stone
Jeff McGibbon
Alyson Court
Dan Hennessey
Country of originUnited States
Canada
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Running time30 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channelABC (USA)
Global (Canada)
ITV (UK)
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatMono
Original runSeptember 12, 1987 – December 19, 1987

My Pet Monster is a plush doll first produced by American Greetings in 1986. As one of the few plush dolls marketed to boys at the time, My Pet Monster would prove popular throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. The doll has blue fur, horns and a fanged smile, and is recognizable by its orange plastic handcuffs. The handcuffs could also be worn by children and came with a breakaway link so that the child could simulate breaking the chain. Several versions of the doll have been released ranging in size and other attributes. Other characters were also created with brightly colored fur and unorthodox names like Gwonk, Wogster and Rark. Their popularity allowed a wealth of merchandise including coloring books, Golden Look-Look books, frame-tray puzzles and various other items.

The My Pet Monster franchise has offered a fond sense of nostalgia for many children of the '80s, and in commemoration of this, a 22" tall, talking My Pet Monster doll was released by Toymax in 2001.

It spawned a live-action direct to video film in 1986 about a boy who becomes the Pet Monster after being exposed to a statue and changes Incredible Hulk-style when hunger strikes, how a man tries to kidnap him for experimentation, and how his sister helps her brother out of this crisis.

Animated series[edit]

My Pet Monster also spawned a children's cartoon series that ran for one season on ABC, produced by Ellipse (France), Nelvana (Canada), Hanna-Barbera, and Hi Tops Video in association with Golden Books. The show follows Monster who lives with a boy named Max. When Monster wears his handcuffs, they turn him into a stuffed animal. Max often does this as a way to maintain the secret of Monster’s existence from others. Max's sister, Jill (Alyson Court), and his friend, Chuckie, are the only ones that know this secret.[1]

The two main adversaries in the show are Mr. Hinkle, a neighbor who always thinks Max is up to something, but is not quite sure what, and Beastur, a large monster who hates light and tries to bring Monster back to Monster Land. Beastur, though immense and fierce, is sadly quite incompetent. He can be stopped by the magic cuffs—which reduce him to a smaller, though still "alive" monster—or by his own bungling, and sent back through the warp portal to his own world. He wears dark glasses to protect his sensitive eyes, which he can use to see in the dark.

Beastur appears in nearly every episode as either a primary or secondary foe. On one notable occasion, he was scared back through the portal to Monsterland not by light or the cuffs, but by the affections of a smitten female gorilla. In the final episode, it is also shown that Beastur hates to be hugged, even more so than being exposed to light.

Much of the voice cast of My Pet Monster returned several years later for Beetlejuice, another cartoon show with a surreal theme and a supernatural world populated by fantastic monsters.

Reruns of all 13 half-hour episodes aired on Teletoon Retro in Canada from September 5, 2011.[2]

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Direct-to-video special (1986)[edit]

TitleRunning timeDirected by:Written by:Release date
"My Pet Monster"60 minutesTimothy BondJ.D. Smith1986
A boy named Max (Sunny Besen Thrasher) and his sister Melanie (Alyson Court) go to a museum and see a monster-like statue that Dr. Snyder (Colin Fox) had brought back from the Middle East. After being exposed to the statue and sunlight simultaneously, Max finds himself turning into a furry blue monster whenever he gets hungry. Dr. Snyder tries to hold him captive, but Max escapes and eludes him. 

Series (1987)[edit]

No.TitleAirdateProd. code
1"Goodbye Cuffs, Goodbye Monster"September 12, 1987 (1987-09-12)001
Max purchases Monster and brings him home, only to discover that once his shackles are removed, he comes to life! Unfortunately for Monster, Beastur has escaped from Monsterland and is determined to find Monster and stop at nothing to bring him back with him. 
2"The Wolfmen Are Coming!"September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)002
When the hard rock group The Wolfmen hold a concert in town, Jill's costumes for her fan club members make Mr. Hinkle accidentally believe there are real wolfmen lurking in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Max's attempts to find tickets for the concert lead to Monster becoming the guest singer. 
3"Boogie Board Blues"September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)003
Max is psyched about the Junior Boogie Board Competition, but a snooty competitor and a bad wipeout may make him lose all hope unless his friends can help. 
4"Rock-a-Bye Babysitters / Monster Cookie Mix-Up!"October 2, 1987 (1987-10-02)004
Rock-a-Bye Babysitters: Max, Chuckie and an enthusiastic Monster have a rather stressful afternoon looking after Mr. Hinkle's infant niece.
Monster Cookie Mix-Up!: Monster discovers the cookies that Jill has baked for a charity drive and proceeds to devour them. The gang attempts to make a new batch which may be more disastrous than it looks. 
5"The Masked Muncher!"October 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)005
Leo, the school bully, puts Monster's fate at stake in the upcoming pie-eating contest, so the gang enters Monster, as "The Masked Muncher", in the competition against Leo's ringer, Jumbo Jim, the "supermarket terminator." 
6"Runaway Monster"October 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)006
It is Monster's birthday and apparently his close friends have not remembered his special day. Feeling lonely and forgotten, Monster decides to run away. 
7"Finders Keepers / My Poet Monster"October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)007
Finders Keepers: Monster stumbles onto a stash of stolen jewels and decides to keep them for himself. Soon after he takes them, the thieves, police, Max and Chuckie all set off in search of him.
My Poet Monster: A well-meaning Monster forges Mrs. Smith's signature on a failed assignment, leading to a manic encounter with Beastur at the post office as Max and his friends try to get it back. 
8"Escape from Monsterland!"November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)008
Max, Monster and the rest of the gang are trapped in Monsterland and must find a way to escape the dangerous and frightening place. 
9"Little Bigfoot"November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)009
Max, Monster and the gang join Mr. Hinkle on a camping trip, pursuing the legend and mystery of Bigfoot. 
10"Monster Makes the Grade!"November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)010
School elections are coming up, and Monster is intrigued by this process. Monster decides to pose undercover as an exchange student in order to liven up the political process. 
11"Monster Movie Mayhem! / Superhero for Hire!"December 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)011
Monster Movie Mayhem!: A videotape of Monster is accidentally switched with that of a show dog, and Max and the gang journey in search of it before it's viewed and Monster's secret existence is revealed.
Superhero for Hire: Monster (as Garbageman), with his friends as his sidekicks, hire out their services for a fee, leading to them foiling a bank robbery. 
12"Gorill'a My Dreams"December 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)012
While enjoying a trip to the zoo, Monster and the gang encounter a lonely gorilla. Through Beastur's meddling, more than just a few hearts may end up broken. 
13"The Monster Hunter!"December 19, 1987 (1987-12-19)013
A Monster Hunter called Rex Stalker appears in search of Monster. Beastur makes one last attempt to drag him back into Monsterland but chaos soon ensues. 

DVD releases[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CHARLES SOLOMON (1987-10-09). "Kidvid Reviews : Cartoon Debuts Are All Drawn Out - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  2. ^ "TELETOON Retro Fall 2011 – New & Returning Series". Retrieved 2011-07-25. "Premieres Monday, September 5 at 2 p.m. ET ... 13 x 30 mins" 
  3. ^ News item (2008-9-30) on TV Shows on DVD.com
  4. ^ DVD set info at TV Shows on DVD.com

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