This special mockumentary shows the California Raisins' humble beginnings, rise to stardom, fall from stardom, and rise back to stardom again, all told through interviews with the Raisins themselves, manager Rudy Begaman and the various colorful characters the Raisins ran into. Features many great songs from the fifties to the eighties. Written by
4 November 1988 (USA)
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Will Vinton Classics: Meet the Raisins!
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The title "Meet the Raisins" spoofs the record album title "Meet the Beatles." Some of the Raisins' biography is based on The Beatles
of Liverpool, England. The most obvious point is their number of four, with the additional footnote that there was a little-known fifth member of the team who was dropped before they "made it big." (Several men have been called the "little-known 5th Beatle," Pete Best
is possibly the most famous nominee for that title.) After the snowmen scene, the Raisins make their comeback on "The Ed Succotash Show" just as the Beatles were formally introduced to America on The Ed Sullivan Show
(1948). The Beatles' nickname British Invasion is mentioned in the cartoon, however it refers here not to the Raisins themselves, but to Lick Broccoli's band. The Raisins themselves seem to be African-American musicians of the "Motown" culture, so named because it got its sponsorship from the automobile-manufacturing city of Detroit, Michigan. Ray Charles
and Marvin Gaye
, featured prominently on the Raisins soundtracks, were some of the most famous Motowners. See more
The unemployment rate sky-rocketed to an all time high last month. Experts blame the job shortage on the rising popularity of waxed fruits. As a result, thousands of apples and pears have been canned. For K V E G news break, I'm Dan Raddish.
References The Big Chill