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The monkey-like Monchhichis lived in the forest land of Monchhia, swinging on vines and looking cuter than any cartoon characters had a right to.
The show was co-produced by Hanna-Barbera and Mattel, who had created a line of thumb-sucking “Oh so soft and cuddly” Monchhichi dolls.
The peace of Monchhia was threatened by the Grumplins of Grumplor, led by nasty Horgg.
Fortunately, the Monchhichis had a wizard among them, the kind and wise Wizzar. His spells and good advice were always enough to turn back the Grumplins.
The other Monchhichis included Moncho, Kyla, Tootoo, Patchitt, and the easily-excitable little Thumkii. There was no doubt who the bad guys were, with names like Snogs and Scumgor.
The show didn’t catch on as well as Hanna-Barbera’s other little critter shows like The Smurfs and The Snorks, lasting only one season on ABC’s Saturday morning.
But thanks to a catchy jingle and their undeniable cuteness, the Monchhichi dolls lived on.