Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 30, 2007 in Animation |

This tv special has the worst of everything I hated about animation in the 80s: You’ve got the Smurfs, Alf, Garfield, and Alvin and the Chipmunks all getting together to * yawn * fight the war on drugs:

Here’s a great description of the anti-drug tv special from 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, among them Winnie-the-Pooh, Bugs Bunny, ALF, the Muppet Babies, and several others. Financed by McDonald’s, the special was originally simulcast on April 21, 1990 on all three major American television networks: ABC, NBC, and CBS, along with most independent and smaller networks. McDonald’s also distributed a VHS home video edition of the special, which began with an introduction from President George H. W. Bush, and First Lady Barbara Bush.

The plot chronicles the story of a teenage boy named Michael who is using marijuana. His concerned sister Corey worries about him, and her cries cause many of her toys, which depict several popular cartoon “all-stars”, to come to life. The various cartoon characters proceed to take Michael on a fantasy journey that teaches him the health risks and other downsides a life of drug use can bring. The special was able to get so many characters from various franchises because the licensors gave producers royalty-free access due to the public service aspect of the special.”

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