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Crashed Pilots: Bravo!

In 1988, Filmation was sold to the L’oreal company. In 1989, L’oreal closed the studio. At the time of the closure, a spinoff to the Bravestarr series was in the works, one episode of which had been fully animated. This spinoff was originally titled “The Quest of the Prairie People”, then “Bravo!”, then “Bravo!: The Quest of the Prairie People”. While it was never aired, it did make it onto DVD in 2007, as a bonus feature on one of the Bravestarr DVDs.

The connection between Bravo! and Bravestarr is minimal at best, merely the titular Prairie People. The plot has nothing in common, and even the overall atmosphere is different. Bravo! seems intended for a notably younger audience and is very much a comedy, in sharp contrast
to Bravestarr’s focus on action & drama.

The story takes place in a stone-age setting, and feels a lot like The Flintstone Kids. The villains in the story are a group of humanoid plants (mostly cacti), led by a caveman, and the evil weed/mastermind Bitterroot. The heroes are the Prairie People, led by Bravo, a witch, some cavemen, and an oversized (but highly intellectual) blue goat.

As the story begins, the Prairie People have travelled into the past to fight Bitterroot and his Weed Riders. After trouncing their foes, they then meet Goatah and Fossill, who in turn lead them to the witch woman Leedra and the cave people. After a brief interlude where Bitterroot screams at the Weed Riders while some rats play cards, Ruckus leads the Weed Riders to attack the home of the cave people. Ruckus goes and steals the Prairie People’s Trek Ark (a flying car made out of rock), leaving the Weed Riders free to attack. Leedra and Grumpa (the Prairie People’s resident magician) start arguing about the best type of spell to use against their foes, while everyone else simply joins the fray, everyone except the titular Bravo. Bravo runs off to recover the Trek Ark and rescue Teeta (but winds up being rescued by her instead). The two of them return with the Trek Ark and use it’s jet engines (yes, rocks have jets, apparently…) to send the evil weeds flying into a volcano. Meanwhile, Leedra and Grumpa are still arguing about spells and haven’t cast a single one, a fact which doesn’t dawn on them until they hear the others talk about how the fight’s over. They do get to take part in the action though when Bitterroot shows up. Showing that they learned their lesson (at least for now), they both blast him with their magic & send him flying off into the sunset.

It’s unfortunate that the Filmation studio was shut down before this series made it into full production, it looks like it would have been a fun show, perfect for saturday mornings.

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