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Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue

Promotional poster.
Approx. run time 27 min.
Genre Social guidance film
Written by Duane Poole
Tom Swale
Directed by Milton Gray
Marsh Lamore
Bob Shellhorn
Mike Svayko
Karen Peterson
Produced by Buzz Potamkin
Starring Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.
Jeff Bergman
Jim Cummings
Aaron Lohr
Jason Marsden
Don Messick
Lorenzo Music
Russi Taylor
Frank Welker
Janice Karman
George C. Scott
Lindsay Parker
Sofie Zamchick
Teala Dunn
Danica Lee
Music by Alan Menken (supervising)
Country  United States
Language English
Original channel ABC
NBC
CBS
television syndication
Release date United States April 21, 1990

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue is an animated drug prevention television special starring many of the popular cartoon characters from American Saturday morning television. Financed by McDonald's, the special was originally simulcast on April 21, 1990 on all three major American television networks: ABC, NBC, and CBS, most independent stations, as well as cable networks Nickelodeon and USA Network. McDonald's also distributed a VHS home video edition of the special, produced by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, which opened with an introduction from then-President George H. W. Bush, and First Lady Barbara Bush. The show was produced by Southern Star Productions for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was animated overseas by Wang Film Productions.

Contents

Synopsis

The plot chronicles the exploits of Michael, a teenager who goes from eating bagels to smoking marijuana and stealing his father's beer. His younger sister, Cory, is worried about him because he's started acting differently. When her piggy bank goes missing, her cartoon tie-in toys come to life to help her find it. After discovering it in Michael's room along with his stash of drugs, the various cartoon characters proceed to band together and take him on a fantasy journey to teach him the risks and consequences a life of drug-use can bring.

Plot

In Cory's bedroom, an unseen person steals her piggy bank from her dresser. The theft is witnessed by Papa Smurf, who emerges from a Smurfs comic book (along with the other Smurfs) and alerts the other cartoon characters in the room (Garfield as a bedside lamp, Alf from a framed picture, Baby Kermit as an alarm clock, Winnie the Pooh as a doll, Alvin and the Chipmunks who emerge from a record sleeve, and finally Slimer, who simply passes through a wall).

The cartoon characters track down the thief and are appalled when they discover that it is Cory's big brother, Michael. Simon opens a box under Michael's bed and identifies its contents as marijuana. Meanwhile, Cory expresses her concerns about Michael's recent change in behavior. He storms out of the house. The cartoon characters quickly realize that something will have to be done about his addiction and that they are the ones to do it and they set off, leaving Pooh behind.

At the arcade, Michael smokes pot with his old friends, and "Smoke", an anthropomorphic cloud of smoke. Upon being discovered, they run out and are chased into an alleyway by a policeman. Smoke disappears through the wall, telling Michael that, "at times like this, he's on his own". The "policeman" is then revealed to be, in fact, Bugs Bunny wearing a policeman's hat. Bugs traps Smoke in a trash can and uses a time machine (borrowed from Wile E. Coyote) to see when and how Michael's addiction was started—it was discovered that rather than wanting to get started on drugs, he was bullied into doing it by his "friends".

Back at the house, Michael's father notes that two of his beers are missing, but eventually decides that he drank them last night while watching football (Michael stole them, oblivious to his dad).

Meanwhile, his mother expresses her concerns about him to Cory and asks her if there is anything wrong, to which she reluctantly replies no. Pooh comes to life soon after, and asks her why she didn't tell her mother about Michael. She explains that if she tells and Michael gets in trouble, she will be the first one he will suspect. Pooh admits that this may happen, but asks her to think about what will happen to Michael if she doesn't tell. She tries to explain things to her father, but this attempt is unsuccessful.

In the park, one of Michael's enemies says that she can buy crack cocaine for ten dollars. He is uncertain of this, but Smoke steals his wallet and tosses it to the enemy, who runs off with it down an alleyway. He gives chase but falls down a manhole with Smoke. There, they are greeted by Michelangelo, Baby Kermit, Baby Piggy and Baby Gonzo.

The Muppet Babies take Michael on a roller-coaster ride through a drug inflicted human brain. At the end of the ride, Michael realizes that the brain they just toured is his and that they are currently inside him while he is about to fall off a skateboard. The Muppet Babies escape from the brain, but Michael and Smoke are left behind.

Michael wakes up at the feet of Huey, Dewey, and Louie who, with the other characters and Tigger, teach him Wonderful Ways to Say No, through a song.

Michael wakes up in his own bedroom and dismisses his whole experience as a nightmare. At that moment, Cory comes into the room and tells him that Pooh wants to know why he never talks to their parents anymore. He tells her to tell Pooh to mind his own business and throws her out of the room. Cory runs off in tears.

Michael instantly regrets his violent behavior. However, Smoke comes out from under the bed and insists that he did the right thing. He points out that Cory is his little sister and that he doesn't know what's right anymore. As he stares into a mirror inside his marijuana box, his reflection is replaced with Alf's, who pulls him through the box into a hall of mirrors. Smoke attempts to follow but is left behind.

Inside the Hall of Mirrors, Alf shows Michael his reflection of how he is today, then his reflection if he doesn't stop taking drugs: an aged, corpse-like version of himself (note: at this part, Alf says that the corpse is not Freddy Krueger). When Michael insists that he could quit if he wants to and that he is in charge of his own life, Alf takes him to see 'The Man in Charge' -- Smoke.

Cory and Pooh re-enter Michael's room and find his marijuana box. Smoke appears and tempts her to try the drug. When Pooh tries to persuade her otherwise, he is thrown into a cabinet by Smoke. Corey reasons that if she does what Michael does, then maybe they could have fun together, like they used to before he started doing drugs.

Michael comes to a fortune telling tent and asks the stall tender (Daffy Duck) to see his future for him. Daffy at first doesn't realize that he's looking into a bowling ball until Michael points it out, and swaps it for a crystal ball. Daffy's crystal ball shows Michael lying on his death bed, his face even more ravaged than when Alf showed it to him. He is horrified by the prospect of this being his future, but Daffy tells him that it can be avoided if he stops taking drugs.

Michael runs out of a nearby door back into his bedroom, just in time to stop Cory from using the drugs herself. He tells her that he never wants to see her taking drugs ever again and admits that he was wrong, though he is unsure if he can change. She advises him to talk about his problems to their parents and to her. Smoke tries to persuade him otherwise, but he throws him out of the window, as he feels that he "listened to him long enough". As he lands in a dump truck, Smoke vows to return. Michael sadly admits that Smoke is right, and that he will try to return. Corey agrees but says that "when he gets here we'll be ready for him."

The special ends with Michael and Cory going to tell their parents about his drug problem, while Pooh jumps into a poster on the wall with the other cartoon characters.

Cartoon all-stars

The special was able to get so many characters from various franchises because the license holders gave producers royalty-free access due to the public service aspect of the special. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy were marked to make an appearance (despite that Mickey, Donald and Goofy were both seen smoking in early cartoons) but were replaced with Huey, Dewey and Louie[citation needed].

This cartoon marked the first time Warner Bros. cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck were voiced by someone other than legendary voice artist Mel Blanc. Blanc had died shortly before the production, and Jeff Bergman was called upon to recreate the voices.

The characters, from 10 different franchises, are:

Cast

Family

Bad guys

Good guys

Similarities to other works

The story is similar to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", with the cartoon characters showing Michael the drugs in his past, present and future life, and showing what they have done and what they will do unless he stops taking them. In "A Christmas Carol", Ebenezer Scrooge was shown the past, present and future, through the spirits of Christmas. Coincidentally, George C. Scott, who voiced Smoke in this special, played Scrooge in the 1984 film adaptation of the novel.

International screenings

  • The show was screened in New Zealand in October 1991 on both TV2 and TV3 simultaneously. The Prime Minister of New Zealand introduced the program instead of the U.S. President.
  • The show was screened in Germany on all major TV broadcasters in the late 1990s. Reruns were shown through 1992. A VHS tape was available for sale and rent through 1996. The German version featured most of the original German voice actors of the different characters; however, the President Bush intro was ommited with Annemarie Renger, the former German President of the Bundestag, in his place.

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Simple English

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue
File:Cartoon
Promotional poster.
Genre Social guidance film
children's film
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment (USA)
McDonald's
Video Collection International (UK, seized)
Roadshow Home Video (Australia, seized)
Directed by Milton Gray
Marsh Lamore
Bob Shellhorn
Mike Svayko
Karen Peterson
Produced by Buzz Potamkin
Written by Duane Poole
Tom Swale
Starring Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.
Jeff Bergman
Clint Howard
Jim Cummings
Aaron Lohr
Jason Marsden
Don Messick
Lorenzo Music[1]
Russi Taylor
Frank Welker
Ralph Wright
John Fiedler
Janice Karman
George C. Scott
Lindsay Parker
Sofie Zamchick
Teala Dunn
Danica Lee
Music by Alan Menken (supervising)
Country
Language English
Original channel ABC
NBC
CBS
Release date April 21, 1990
Running time 27 min.

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue is an animated drug prevention television special starring many of the popular cartoon characters from American Saturday morning television.[2] Financed by McDonald's, the special was originally simulcast on April 21, 1990 on all three major American television networks: ABC, NBC, and CBS, most independent stations, as well as cable networks Nickelodeon and USA Network.[3][4] McDonald's also distributed a VHS home video edition of the special, produced by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, which opened with an introduction from then-President George H. W. Bush, and First Lady Barbara Bush. The show was produced by Southern Star Productions for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was animated overseas by Wang Film Productions.

Contents

Synopsis

The plot chronicles the exploits of Michael, a teenager who is using marijuana and stealing his father's beer. His younger sister, Cory, is worried about him because he started acting differently. When her piggy bank goes missing, her cartoon tie-in toys come to life to help her find it. After discovering it in Michael's room along with his stash of drugs, the various cartoon characters proceed to band together and take him on a fantasy journey to teach him the risks and consequences a life of drug-use can bring.

Plot

In Cory's bedroom, an unseen person steals her piggy bank from her dresser. The theft is witnessed by Papa Smurf, who emerges from a Smurfs comic book (along with the other Smurfs) and alerts the other cartoon characters in the room (Garfield as a bedside lamp, Alf from a framed picture, Baby Kermit as an alarm clock, Winnie-the-Pooh, as a doll, Alvin and the Chipmunks who emerge from a record sleeve, and finally Slimer, who simply passes through a wall).

The cartoon characters track down the thief and are appalled when they discover that it is Cory's big brother, Michael. Simon opens a box under Michael's bed and identifies its contents as marijuana. Meanwhile, Cory expresses her concerns about Michael's recent change in behavior. He storms out of the house. The cartoon characters quickly realize that something will have to be done about his addiction and that they are the ones to do it and they set off, leaving Pooh behind.

At the arcade, Michael smokes pot with his old "friends" and "Smoke", an anthropomorphic cloud of smoke with a mafioso-like appearance and personality. Afterwards one of the teens shows the group a drug that appears to be Crack, just then what appears to be the cops, show up. Upon being discovered, they run out and are chased into an alleyway by a policeman. Smoke disappears through the wall, telling Michael that, "at times like this, he's on his own". The "policeman" is then revealed to be, in fact, Bugs Bunny wearing a policeman's hat. Bugs traps Smoke in a trash can and uses a time machine (borrowed from Wile E. Coyote) to see when and how Michael's addiction was started—it was discovered that rather than wanting to get started on drugs, he was bullied into doing it by his "friends".

Back at the house, Michael's father notes that two of his beers are missing, but is eventually convinced by Michael's mother, that he drank them last night while watching football (It is implied that Michael stole them, oblivious to his dad).

Meanwhile, his mother expresses her concerns about him to Cory and asks her if there is anything wrong, to which she reluctantly replies no. Pooh comes to life soon after, and asks her why she didn't tell her mother about Michael. She explains that if she tells and Michael gets in trouble, she will be the first one he will suspect. Pooh admits that this may happen, but asks her to think about what will happen to Michael if she doesn't tell. She tries to explain things to her father, but this attempt is unsuccessful.

In the park, one of Michael's enemies says that she can buy crack cocaine for ten dollars. He is uncertain of this, but Smoke steals his wallet and tosses it to the enemy, who runs off with it down an alleyway. He gives chase but falls down a manhole with Smoke. There, they are greeted by Michelangelo, Baby Kermit, Baby Piggy and Baby Gonzo.

The Muppet Babies take Michael on a roller-coaster ride through a drug inflicted human brain. When the ride is over, Michael realizes that the brain they just toured is his and that they are currently inside him while he is about to trip over against his feet and fall off a skateboard. The Babies escape from the brain, but Michael and Smoke are left behind.

Michael wakes up at the feet of Huey, Dewey, and Louie who, with the other characters [Joined by Tigger], teach him Wonderful Ways to Say No, through a song.

Michael wakes up in his own bedroom and thinks his whole experience never happened. At that moment, Cory comes into the room and tells him that Pooh wants to know why he never talks to their parents anymore. He tells her to tell Pooh to mind his own business and throws her out of the room. Cory runs off in tears.

Michael instantly regrets his violent behavior. However, Smoke comes out from under the bed and insists that he did the right thing. Michael points out that Cory is his little sister and that he doesn't know what's right anymore. As he stares into a mirror inside his marijuana box, his reflection is replaced with Alf's, who pulls him through the box into a hall of mirrors. Smoke attempts to follow but is left behind.

Inside the Hall of Mirrors, Alf shows Michael his reflection of how he is today, then his reflection if he doesn't stop taking drugs: an aged, corpse-like version of himself (which Alf describes as not Freddy Krueger). When Michael insists that he could quit if he wants to and that he is in charge of his own life, Alf takes him to see 'The Man in Charge' -- Smoke.

Cory and Pooh re-enter Michael's room and find his marijuana box. Smoke appears and tempts her to try the drug. When Pooh tries to persuade her otherwise, he is thrown into a cabinet by Smoke. Cory reasons that if she does what Michael does, then maybe they could have fun together, like they used to before he started doing drugs.

Michael comes to a fortune telling tent and asks the stall tender (who is Daffy Duck) to see his future for him. Daffy at first doesn't realize that he's looking into a bowling ball until Michael points it out, and swaps it for a crystal ball. Daffy's crystal ball shows Michael lying on his death bed, his face even more ravaged than when Alf showed it to him. He is horrified by the prospect of this being his future, but Daffy tells him that it can be avoided if he stops taking drugs.

Michael runs out of a nearby door back into his bedroom, just in time to stop Cory from using the drugs herself. He tells her that he never wants to see her taking drugs ever again and admits that he was wrong, though he is unsure if he can change. She advises him to talk about his problems to their parents and to her. Smoke tries to persuade him otherwise, but Michael throws him out of the window, as he feels that he "listened to him long enough". As he lands in a dump truck, Smoke vows to return. Michael sadly admits that Smoke is right, and that he will try to return. Corey agrees but says that "when he gets here we'll be ready for him."

The special ends with Michael and Cory going to tell their parents about his drug problem, while Pooh jumps into a poster on the wall with the other cartoon characters.

Cartoon all-stars

The special was able to get so many characters from various franchises because the license holders gave producers royalty-free access due to the public service aspect of the special. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy were marked to make an appearance (despite that Donald and Goofy were seen smoking in early cartoons), but were replaced with Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

This cartoon marked the first time Warner Bros. cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck were voiced by someone other than legendary voice artist Mel Blanc. Blanc had died shortly before the production, and Jeff Bergman was called upon to recreate the voices.

The characters, from 10 different franchises, are:

  • The Smurfs: Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Hefty Smurf (though Smurfette is seen on the poster and the cover of the VHS, she actually does not appear in the special.)
  • ALF: The Animated Series: Alf
  • Garfield and Friends and the television specials: Garfield the Cat
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin, Simon, Theodore
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the 4 featurettes from 1966 until 1983: Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger
  • Jim Henson's Muppet Babies: Baby Kermit, Baby Piggy, Baby Gonzo
  • The Real Ghostbusters: Slimer
  • Looney Tunes: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck (Wile E. Coyote is mentioned but not seen, but his time machine was used by Bugs.)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Michelangelo (although he appears in the special, he is not shown on the poster or VHS cover.)
  • DuckTales: Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Cast

Similarities to other works

The story is similar to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", with the cartoon characters showing Michael the drugs in his past, present and future life, and showing what they have done and what they will do unless he stops taking them. In "A Christmas Carol", Ebenezer Scrooge was shown the past, present and future, through the spirits of Christmas. Coincidentally, George C. Scott, who voiced Smoke in this special, played Scrooge in the 1984 film adaptation of the novel.

International screenings

  • The show was screened in Australia in November 1990 simultaneously on the Seven, Nine and Ten networks. Prime Minister Bob Hawke introduced the Australian screening.[5]
  • The show was screened in New Zealand in October 1991 on both TV2 and TV3 simultaneously. The Prime Minister of New Zealand introduced the program instead of the U.S. President.
  • The show was screened in Germany on all major TV broadcasters in the late 1990s. Reruns were shown through 1992. A VHS tape was available for sale and rent through 1996. The German version featured most of the original German voice actors of the different characters; however, the President Bush intro was omitted with Annemarie Renger, the former German President of the Bundestag, in his place.
  • The show was screened in Brazil in 1994 on now-defunct Rede Manchete, even though none of the characters had their respective shows aired by this network. At the time, Ducktales, Winnie the Pooh, Looney Tunes and Muppet Babies were broadcast by SBT. All the other shows were aired on Rede Globo. The Brazilian version featured most of the original Brazilian voice actors of the different characters (Angélica voiced Corey, Michael's younger sister). All the actors worked for the show on a volunteer basis.

International television

United States

UK/Ireland

VHS releases

USA: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Australia: Roadshow Home Video (seized)
UK: Video Collection International (seized)

References

External links

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