The Most Important Person (1972–1973)

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"The Most Important Person" was a series of 66 short subjects for children that related, through animation, live-action, and music, important topics in a youngster's life. The subjects in this series dealt with, for example, dental health, friendship, trying new things, making mistakes, and caring for others. There was a group of animated children that was regularly featured, among them Mike, a boy who always wore a baseball cap; Cindy, a red-haired girl (also called Nancy in a few of the shorts); Nicola, an African-American girl who wore beaded pigtails; and Pablo, a Mexican boy. There was also Fumble, a green, ostrich-like bird; Hairy, a short, furry caveman-like creature; and Bird, who talked fast and was very excited. Written by William Bennett Warfield

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3 April 1972 (USA)  »

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These shorts were originally shown as interstitial segments on "Captain Kangaroo," introduced by the Captain (Bob Keeshan) and members of his cast. Four years later, Viacom (and, 19 years after that, Paramount Television) syndicated the shorts to local stations, running either as half-hour editions made up of five shorts, or as interstitial segments of locally-produced children's programs (some PBS affiliates even ran "The Most Important Person" as short subjects between weekday children's shows). See more »

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7 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Most Important Person cartoons were a big part of my childhood in Chicagoland. They would be shown afternoons on WFLD Channel 32 in between Spiderman episodes or Brady Bunches or whatnot. There were also educational shorts called "Snippets," but those are another story.

Only a couple of TMIPs really stand out. The most memorable was the "Whoops! You Made A Mistake" one, which kids would sing at school all the time. It was a mixture of animation and some live-action film. The animation depicted a kid screwing something up like a kid knocking down a tower of blocks that he had built. Lyrics were like:

I was building up a building Higher than the highest one I'd ever built before And then it happened Yes it happened And I felt so bad 'cause I'd really tried And I felt so bad that I cried and cried...

Whoops! You made a mistake that's all Making mistakes is never fun Whoops! You made a mistake that's all Mistakes can happen to anyone

And so on... The next was a girl setting a table and spilled some milk, etc.

The next one you might remember was a little inner city kid who couldn't get his parents to pay attention to him. His mom is busy in the kitchen, his dad is just reading the paper, and won't even look down at him. What kid can't relate to that? So he ends up sadly sulking in his room, singing a song called "I'm Lonely."

I'm lonely, I want someone to play with me etc.

Eventually a bird comes to his window.

There is only one more episode I really remember, a cartoon girl singing about friendship. A friend is someone to talk to... etc.

The theme song of the show itself was pretty memorable, and there was one cartoon animal creature who looked like a big green turkey or something. He sometimes introduced the scenes, maybe.

The most important person in the whole wide world is YOU, c'mon we'll show you!

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