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The Toothbrush Family


YouTube user Retrontario frequently uploads fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems.  These clips never fail to bring back a ton of memories for me, so I feature them from time to time.

A couple of years ago I wrote about Polka Dot Door. In the comments of that entry, someone asked about The Toothbrush Family.  I remembered The Toothbrush Family well and wrote the following comment:

There's not a lot out there about the original Toothbrush Family. They modernized it in 1997, but I can't find any audio, video or images from the version I remember.
It seems these cartoon shorts originated on Captain Kangaroo, but I don't recall it that way. Maybe here in Canada a station licensed the shorts or maybe they found their way onto the Commander Tom show.

Retrontario tells me The Toothbrush Family did in fact run on Commander Tom's World, and on Global TV and CHCH 11 almost every morning.  It first ran in 1974.

I'd guess I've seen these four minutes dozens and dozens of times, but I haven't seen this in about 25 years.  I've been looking for this for some time...

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