Hugga Bunch

Publisher: Marvel
Publication Dates: October 1986 – August 1987
Number of Issues Published: 6 (#1 – #6)
Color: color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series

Based on characters created by Hallmark Cards, also seen in line of toys from Kenner Products and a made-for-television film (1985).

The Hugga Bunch was a 1980s toy line from the Kenner, Parker Brothers companies and Hallmark Cards. Starting in early 1985, the companies manufactured the Hugga Bunch dolls, each of which held a smaller doll called a “huglet” in their arms. During that year, the line generated over US$40 million in sales.

The title characters in the franchise lived in a place called “Huggaland”.

The toys inspired The Hugga Bunch, a 1985 television film produced by Filmfair Communications.

Written by David Swift and directed by Gus Jekel, it earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects. Produced for US$1.4 million, it was the most expensive TV special ever produced at the time. Along with a making-of special, it was released on VHS, LaserDisc and Beta by Vestron Video’s Children’s Video Library. To date, it has not been released on DVD and/or Blu-ray.

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