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Kidd Video The Full Moon Review

What can I say about Kidd Video? …seriously, somebody help me out here! Okay, at the risk of making myself sound like an absolute imbecile, I know nothing about this cartoon. In fact, upon the few occasions where I accidentaly ran across pictures of it, I believe that I thought it was the same show as Captain N the Game Master. You know…videos…games…video games? It makes sense right. Anyway, now I’m older and wiser and ready to let what Im sure is a great cartoon, stand on it’s own two feet.

I present Kidd Video episode #23: Twilight Double Header.

HOLY CRAP ladies and gentleman I appear to have stepped into a goldmine! This intro is one of the single greatest things I have ever seen! It’s like some kind of amazing part animated part super cheesy teenager focused 80’s commercial and part super cheesy 80’s music video. There’s the greatest group of teenage stereotypes ever and there in a band together and the keyboardist is super nerdy and they have a preppy girl drummer and the lead singer looks at himself in the mirror while he sings…and the bassist has keyboard suspenders! Haha! Sorry I have to geek out about this for a moment. So they get pulled to the “flipside” and become cartoons captured by some fat businessman looking guy who says they’re going to be his “musical slaves” but a fairy in 80’s hair and legwarmers. Legwarmers! Sneezes and frees them! Seriously sorry to spaz out but I could honestly write a whole blog just about these opening credits. And the theme song is amazing! “From my video to my radio!” Does anyone out there know if this was a real song or just the theme to Kidd Video?

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The episode opens with that awesome Flash Dance looking fairy getting chased by a very Dr Seuss looking elephant.

Then some weird creature throws a banana peel on the ground and it slips and flies about a hundred feet into the air and comes down, landing on a cactus…bad…luck. Then it runs away screeching and Glitter (the fairy) is safe and the band (kidd video) finally shows up. They try to think the creature (a member of an underappreciated race known as the jelly bellys) but he freaks out and runs away. Apparently they are a sweet but very shy people who noone ever does anything nice for. Kidd Video is gonna change all that and give them a concert! We get a little bit of an introduction of some of the characters at dinner. The girl drummer is a fitness freak and into vegetables and tofu, bean sprouts wheatgrass…you get the idea. The keyboardist is the nerdy complaining guy with the sarcastic quips, the lead singer is totally full of himself and the bassist is insensitive less talented and always trying to get the spotlight (Think Reggie to the lead singer’s Archie)

Part:2
The band arrives in some random town full of weird random weird creatures that are hard at work rebuilding the concert hall and just generally being awesome. Unfortunately, this world has other plans for them. The heat is on, the fish are frying in the lake the thermometers are busting and the sun from the raisin bran commercials has appeared to have gone evil. We get this whole trippy “world getting hotter” scene all done to the tune of “Shout”

We get this long crazy scene with a jelly belly creature trying to drink water but the sun eye zaps it and turns it in to steam and all that’s left is one drop. He chases it all over the place even tunneling underground after it. Finally I think he gets carried away on a river of water (it’s kind of hard to tell) but the song ends and we are now watching the Reggie guy obsessively working on the song he’s writing and a two bodied one headed character that looks straight out of Yellow Submarine

shows up and criticizes him. Apparently, everything is hot because the nights are short. The nights are short because the guy who controls the night is that one eyed two bodied freak (who, by the way, is waaaaay bigger than he looked before) can’t sleep. And he can’t sleep because the bass player keeps working on his sucky song, in what is apparently the monsters bedroom! Way to go Reggie!!!

Reggie feels bad and apparently doesn’t want an entire race of giant jellybean people to melt and die so he takes it upon himself to risk his life and go on a quest to retrieve the one woman who can put the monster guy back to sleep.
We finally get treated to the bad guy. He must have been to busy to be in the show up until now…he does look like an executive after all. He’s addressing his trusted army of a…cat band?

He entrusts the cat band with the mission to stop kid video from finding the wonderful and mystical Sylvia. So they set a bunch of Wile E Coyote traps for our heroes.

The nerdy guy with his trusted assistant Flash Dance Fairy, climb the mountain with a siren singing machine in their own unstoppable quest to find Sylvia, and bring the land of the Belly Jellys some long overdue nighttime!

Part 3:
Only a couple minutes into part three and Reggie is being chased by a giant arachnid bush/tree monster

And Kidd and his Drummer Girl are being chased through the sky by…wait for it…twin giant cats riding tricycles. Holy acid trip Batman!

Kidd and companion find a giant wind-up playing card queen woman (sheesh!) who claims to be Sylvia and they take her into the ship. Meanwhile the evil tycoon guy is berating his cat thugs. These cats are pretty cool but they really don’t feel like they belong in this cartoon at all. They don’t act like they should, the fact that they’re anthropomorphic cats doesn’t make any sense and the don’t even look like the same animation. In fact, it seems like the bad business man kidnapped friends of The Cadillac Cats and made them work in a different cartoon!

So he yells at them to stop the heroes in a scene very reminiscent of Scar yelling at the Hyenas in The Lion King but unfortunately he doesn’t sing “Be Prepared” (one of my all time favorite Disney Villain songs)
By this time Ash (the Reggie guy) has caught up with Kidd and the drummer and they are trying to get their ship off the ground but one of the tricycle kittens damaged a fuel tank (are you following this guys?) the only way they can take off is if they move a giant ice-cube shaped boulder so wind can blow on the ship…because wind can help a rocket ship take off? Kidd starts juggling rocks and then throws them one by one at the boulder which finally starts to roll off into the distance despite the fact that it’s square… Then we get treated to this fever dream version of the back of a dollar bill, that I assume is an establishing shot of the Evil Villains hideout.

Insert dollar bill

We get a bunch of random shots of weird characters that im not even gonna go into and then we join nerdy keyboard guy as he works hard on a piece of Seussian equipment that I don’t remember seeing. He apparently fixes it because onto the screen pops! The live action music video for The Monkees, Daydream Believer???
Insert daydream believer.

Apparently the gizmo was supposed to replicate a Siren song…which I thought was the whole purpose of looking for Sylvia. Not that I minded hearing some Monkees, loved them since I was a kid!

After some pointless, wacky highjinks from the fake Cadillac Cats Sylvia finally arrives to work her magic. She winds up her head begins to play sweet music and suddenly starts can-can dancing with three legs! This cartoon is going to give me some amazing nightmares folks!

There also appears to be money blowing around and I have absolutely no idea why. So she’s doing this cancan dance and caterwauling like Yoko Ono and it puts the big mutant guy (and Ash) right out! The day is saved and our prize? A live action Kidd Video Concert!

Did I mention live-action Ash plays the KeyTar? Best cartoon ever!

Recap:
I really don’t know what else to add here. This show had great music, nonsensical plotlines and the visuals were weird as hell! Throw in that thing I love where live action characters turn into cartoons, some awesome keytar playing and The Monkees and you have by far, one of the greatest things I’ve seen in a long time. Go watch Kidd Video. Now!

Saturday Morning Memories: Kidd Video – “To Beat The Band”

On the way to Neon City, the gang finds out that residents are speeding up and in danger of burning out, thanks to the Master Blaster. Can the gang foil his plans? Video: Lionel Richie, “All Night Long”

Kidd Video – “To Beat The Band” Part 1 of 3

Kidd Video – “To Beat The Band” Part 2 of 3

Kidd Video – “To Beat The Band” Part 3 of 3

Kidd Video

Kidd Video and his band of the same name were kidnapped by a villain named Master Blaster, and transported to a cartoon world called The Flipside. There they are rescued by a fairy named Glitter, and subsequently spent each episode of the series either helping to free the denizens of the Flipside from Master Blaster’s rule, or trying to find a way back to the “real world” just like the cartoon Dungeons & Dragons. The show was dominated by an MTV-esque, music video theme. Each episode featured at least one action sequence set to a popular song, and the heroes would often distract their enemies by showing current music videos, and sneak off while the enemies were entranced. Each episode also ended with a live-action music video by Kidd Video and his band.

Kidd Video Intro

Here are some example of the Videos from the show.
Kidd Video – Video Romeo

Kidd Video – Easy Love

Kidd Video – You Better Run

Here is a bonus…Kidd Video “Live” on Dance Fever

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The 1986 Saturday Morning Lineup on NBC

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What a lineup NBC had in 1986: Kissyfur, Gummi Bears, Smurfs, Punky Brewster, The Chipmunks, Foofur, Kidd Video and of course One to Grow On. I would get up on 6 am on Saturdays just so I could enjoy a full morning of cartoons and a half a box of corn flakes swimming in sugar. Usually the high sugar level had me jumping around like a humming bird, but once NBC put Gummi Bears, Smurfs and The Chipmunks together they had me hooked. Some of these titles may not be familiar to all you so lets take a closer look at them.

Kissyfur

Kissyfur was the story of a bear (Kissyfur) and his father who leave the circus to live in the swamps of Paddlecab County. They use the skills they acquired in the human world to protect the denizens of Paddlecab from the gators, Floyd and Jolene. Kissyfur ran from September 6, 1986 – February 28, 1987 for a total of 46 episodes. Sadly Kissyfur is not available on DVD, but you can still manage to find home brewed collections of it on eBay every once in a while. Of course, you can always check YouTube.

Gummi Bears

Oh Gummi Bear, how I miss you. Often overshadowed by its more successful predecessor Duck Tale, I have always thought Gummi Bears the superior product. While I do love Scrooge McDuck, the story of a dying race of magical bears in a semi-medieval setting will always be my first choice. Not sure why Disney had let this property sit on the shelf. I would definitely buy some direct to DVD Gummi Bear adventures. Gummi Bears ran from September 14, 1985 – September 7, 1991 for a total of 95 episodes. Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Vol. 1 – Seasons 1-3 was released on DVD in 2006. We are still waiting on Volume 2 and rumor is that it might be released this year.

Smurfs

The Smurfs got their start in 1981 and ran until 1990 for a whopping 256 episodes, making it one of the most successful cartoons in history. Most of you know the show revolves around the antics of the blue mushroom dwelling forest dwellers, but did you know that an animated motion picture “Smurfs” is in development? The movie is scheduled for a 2010 releases. Rumors about casting have been circulating for over a year now, but nothing seems to be set in stone. It is all very mysterious. I have reached out to some people, so hopefully more info will be posted on the site soon. The Smurfs – Season One, Vol. One
and The Smurfs: Season One, Vol. 2 are available on DVD. Season 2 is supposed to be released this year.

It’s Punky Brewster

“It’s Punky Brewster” was the short-lived spin off of the live action sitcom “Punky Brewster”. The cartoon used all of the same characters and actors from the original show with the addition of a magical gopher (yup) named, Glomer. Glomer could magically transport Punky and pals around the world. Which allowed her to get into all sorts of misadventures. The show ran for 2 seasons from September 14, 1985 – December 6, 1986 for a total of 26 episodes. It is currently not available on DVD, but if you want to hang out some time, I have the whole series on VHS.

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Anyone who grew up in the 1980s is well aware of the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” animated series. The show was wildly successful running from September 17, 1983 – December 1, 1990 for a total of 102 episodes. Of course the Chipmunks did not start in the eighties, they started 25 years earlier in 1958. For more information on Chipmunks history, checkout their official website. Many different Chipmunks are available on DVD, but so far a sequential volume collection has not been released.

Foofur

Foofur ran for 2 seasons on NBC from September 13, 1986 – February 18, 1988 for a total of 46 episodes. The show, produced by Hanna-Barbera, revolved around the aforementioned Foofur, a blue hound dog. Foofur’s voice was supplied by the very talented Frank Welker of Transformer’s fame. Foofur is not available on DVD but the VHS, Foofur:Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog, is available on Amazon.

Kidd Video

Kidd Video and his band are kidnapped by Master Blaster, and transported to a cartoon world called The Flipside. There they are rescued by a fairy named Glitter. They then spend the rest of the series trying to help people in this animated realm, while at the same time trying to get home. It is sort of like “Dungeons and Dragons” with instruments. Kidd Video was an attempt by the networks to MTV-ize Staurday mornings and the effort was less then successful. The show ran from September 15, 1984 – December 7, 1985 for only 26 episodes. At the time I remember thinking the show was trying way too hard. In retrospect…this show is awesome!! Kidd Video is not available on DVD, but I desperately want it.

One to Grow On

These much referenced PSAs ran from 1983-1989. They were sometimes preachy, borderline heavy handed and always great. Of course greatness is all you can expect from a series that brings together such disparate talents as 227’s Jackée Harry and Riptide’s Perry King. “One to Grow” has never been released as a collection in any format, but many have been posted by enthusiasts on YouTube.