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Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1990)

Many different cartoon stars like Bugs Bunny, the Muppet Babies and Garfield join forces to convince a teenager that drugs aren't cool.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. ... Alvin / Simon (voice) (as Ross Bagdasarian)
Jeff Bergman ... Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck (voice)
Townsend Coleman ... Michelangelo / Dad (voice)
Wayne Collins Wayne Collins ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Tigger / Winnie the Pooh (voice)
Joey Dedio ... The Dealer (voice)
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ... Brainy Smurf (voice)
Georgi Irene Georgi Irene ... Additional Voices (voice)
Janice Karman ... Theodore (voice)
Aaron Lohr ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jason Marsden ... Michael (voice)
Don Messick ... Papa Smurf (voice)
Lorenzo Music Lorenzo Music ... Garfield (voice)
Laurie O'Brien ... Baby Piggy / Mom (voice)
Lindsay Parker ... Corey (voice)
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Many different cartoon stars like Bugs Bunny, the Muppet Babies and Garfield join forces to convince Michael, a teenage boy that drugs aren't cool. His sister, Corey, is worried about him because he's started acting differently than he used to. Many of her cartoon tie-in toys come to life, to help find her stolen piggy bank, ending up in the boy's room, finding Michael's stash of drugs, and also finding out that Michael was the one who stole Corey's money to buy marijuana! The various cartoon characters then proceed to band together, and take Michael on a fantasy journey to teach him the risks a life of drug use can bring. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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For the very first time - more than 20 of your favorite characters together in an unforgettable story of fun, friendship and growing up. See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Michelangelo is the only character in this special that doesn't appear on the poster or VHS cover. See more »

Goofs

Some of the cartoon characters are explained as being in "the real world" by being represented as toys that magically come to life, or as characters on a comic book page, but several others simply show up in their cartoon form with no explanation whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Simon: I don't like the looks of this.
Garfield: Neither do I. No food in sight.
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When the special is originally aired on the television, the copyright notice for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" characters is not shown, but however it was corrected and it was later added to the home video release. See more »

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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Wonderful Ways to Say No
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Produced by Steve Tyrell
Singing Direction Janis Liebhart
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The wonders of LSD...
6 June 2003 | by RebochanSee all my reviews

This film spends a lot of time preaching against marijuana. However, the plot and visuals are so insane that it seems more like the poster-child for LSD.

Plot: The heroic struggle of Michael as he battles his drug addiction while being subjected to the humiliation brought on by the likes of Winnie the Pooh and Papa Smurf.

Yea, yea, there's a good message, but it's obscured by the fact that the writers have taken a rather stale PSA idea and tried stretching it into 30 minutes. This includes a song sequence, where you're told that there's a million, rational ways to say "No!" such as "I can't smoke pot, I have homework!"

The writers can't make up their minds what to do with the characters they've brought in royalty-free. At first we see they all have to hide from the human characters, but within five minutes we see them all running around in plain sight without anyone noticing. Soon they begin interacting with the human cast, and the only one who's even slightly disturbed by this fact is not the drug-abusers, it's the little sister who talks to her teddy bear (Pooh, by the way.) Further, there's the little drug demon floating around. Because you know, pushers don't give kids drugs. He too is ambiguous - while he might be symbolic of Michael's addiction and hence is not supposed to be seen by other people, he laters goes and haunts little Corey to get HER into drugs. So I guess he's...uhhh.....moving on!

The whole plot finally culminates in some insane sequence in which Michael is in what would appear to be the Saturday Morning Carnival of Souls, aka a theme park from hell where the various cartoon characters beat him up and ignore him and stuff. For example, Miss Piggy eats him in a sandwich and spits him out. If the writers were not high when writing this, I must recommend they try getting high because they can't get crazier than this. Of course, the film ignores the fact that Michael's been having highs for two years by this point, so why this tripping sequence would frighten him is beyond me.

I realize I'm completely whaling on this film, but I actually just saw it again because I went through the trouble of tracking it down on eBay because of it's sheer infamy of being a BAD cartoon. The level of unintentional humor is is brilliant. Take this scene for example - Michael's dad is rooting through the fridge for a beer. He notices many of them missing and mentions it to his wife. The ever-observant Mom tells him "Don't worry, you probably just drank them last night watching football." While we're obviously supposed to be learning that Michael is drinking beer (in addition to the pot and crack), we instead read further in and realize - Hey kids, it's okay to have chemical dependencies as long as you're a grown-up! Scenes like this are worth the tiny price tag of this film. Oh yea, and the fact you get to hear Simon the Chipmunk say "Marijuana."


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