|During the early 80's, there was a period when Hello Kitty, a product of the Japanese company Sanrio, seemed to be taking over the world. From pencil sharpeners to purses, makeup to music, there was no medium the cat couldn't conquer. By the end of the 80's, refusing to be limited, the ubiquitous feline finally appeared on her own Saturday morning cartoon.
The premise of Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater revolved around Kitty's running a repertory theatre, which presented two plays every episode. Kitty herself would star (naturally) as the heroes of these feline versions of fairy tales and nursery rhymes, while her less loveable companions Catnip and Grinder would usually play the antagonists.
Apparently, all that Kitty touched did not turn to catnip. Unlike the line of toys, the series lasted for only one year. Shed no tears for poor Hello Kitty, however. The resilient feline bounced back with a continuing parade of merchandise, ensuring her popularity into the next decade and beyond.