Publication Dates: October 1986 – August 1987
Number of Issues Published: 6 (#1 – #6)
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
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.