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The Charmkins (1983)

Brown-Eyed Susan and the other Charmkin children of Charmland go on a quest to rescue Lady Slipper after she is kidnapped by Evil Dragonweed and whisked off to Thistledown to dance for him and his goons.

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Bob Richardson (uncredited)
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Credited cast:
Ben Vereen ... Dragonweed (voice)
Aileen Quinn ... Brown-Eyed Susan (voice)
Sally Struthers ... Poison Ivy (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivy Austin ... (voice)
Martin Biersbach Martin Biersbach ... Willie Winkle (voice)
Bob Kaliban Bob Kaliban ... (voice)
Lynn Lambert Lynn Lambert ... (voice) (as Lyn Lambert)
Christopher Murney ... (voice) (as Chris Murney)
Peter Waldren Peter Waldren ... (voice)
Fredricka Weber Fredricka Weber ... (voice) (as Freddi Weber)
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Brown-Eyed Susan and the other Charmkin children of Charmland go on a quest to rescue Lady Slipper after she is kidnapped by Evil Dragonweed and whisked off to Thistledown to dance for him and his goons.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1983 (USA) See more »

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An undiscovered classic
11 March 2008 | by HornedKingSee all my reviews

Charmkins delighted my sister when she was a child, and I enjoyed it very much, too. She is 24 at this time, and was given a VHS copy on her latest birthday. She was thrilled, and has sought a copy of Charmkins ever since we lost the old tape we wore out in the '80s and early '90s.

The good-natured inhabitants of Charm World could have stepped right out of a Strawberry Shortcake cartoon, and the bad guys might be best described as mutant Smurfs with a caveman for a leader. Ben Vereen voices the main villain, and Sally Struthers and Aileen Quinn lend their talents to a great cast of voice actors. The music is notable, as it alternates between sweet and menacing, with a whimsical flair Vereen is to be praised for.

I doubt any merchandising sprung from this '80s lost gem. Toys would have sold well, had Charmkins been released on a wide scale, a la Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, etc., because the characters were unique and fun to look at.

I highly recommend digging up a copy of this film, and showing the new generation of children how cool 1980s animation is.


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