Celebrities answers questions about animals to win prize money for their favourite animal charity.




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Weekly show featuring four celebrity panelists, each playing for their favorite animal charity. Host Thicke asked questions about animals; some were asked to individual panelists; others were asked of the entire group. On occassion, video footage of animals from the Tokyo Broadcasting System provided the answers. Celebrities received a toy monkey for each correct answer; the one with the most monkeys won $2,500 for his/her charity. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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8 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Version of Waku waku (1989) See more »


Animals Are Just Like People, Too
Written and performed by Alan Thicke
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A Rare Saturday Morning Game Show
22 May 2012 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

As kids TV on the broadcast networks was on the verge of decline due to competition from cable, a rare Saturday morning game show aired on ABC titled Animal Crack-ups. Hosted by Alan Thicke (who also wrote and sung the theme song "Animals are Just Like People Too"), the show featured four celebrities playing for an animal related charity answering questions about the animal world. Correct answers earned toy monkeys and the celebrity with the highest number of toy monkeys won a $2500 bonus for their charity.

On the plus side, it was educational as young viewers learned about animals. The show made extensive use of footage from the Tokyo Broadcasting System. Thicke did an outstanding job as host. It's a shame he hasn't hosted any shows since Pictionary since he is very personable and interacts with the celebrities very well. He also gets help from Debbie Bartlett, who handles the animals used for certain questions. It's also opportunity to see Betty White test her animal knowledge in an episode. The only minus is that it's an all-celebrity show, which IMHO usually doesn't work since game show fans like to see civilians win money. It would have been better off to have the celebrities play for members of the studio audience like The Movie Game or Celebrity Bowling.

There have been very few successful Saturday morning game shows aimed at kids and Animal Crackups stands out mixing education and entertainment.

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