In the mid-70s, the Japanese unleashed the cuddly, thumb sucking monkeys called Monchhichi on an unsuspecting world. But it wasn’t until 1980, when Hanna-Barbera decided to follow up their decidedly cute Saturday morning offering, The Smurfs, with another adorable addition. Working with Mattel Toys, the two conspired to bring the lovable Monchhichi to the airwaves and, of course, the toy stores.
These precious primates, the Monchhichis, lived high atop the trees in their native land of Monchia, where they faced consistent harassment from the evil Grumplins of Grumplor.
Led by the aging wizard, Wizzar, the adorable yet heroic Monchhichis consisted of Moncho, Tootoo, Parchitt, Kyla and the tiny and hyperactive Thumkii. This tribe of tree-dwelling primates relied on a series of spells and potions concocted by Wizzar to combat their adversaries from Grumplor.