Monday, April 20, 2015

Rare Treats: Mission: Magic (the complete song) (1973)

A long time ago, we reviewed Rick Springfield's 1973 series for Filmation & ABC, Mission: Magic. Now, you know that Rick also recorded the show's theme song. Not just the usual minute-or-less ditty you usually get on a Saturday morning show. In this case, that was an edited version of the actual song, which I think Rick also wrote and released on an album coinciding with the series' debut.

Until today, I'd never run across the complete version of that song, but here it is. Unfortunately, there's only a photo of the album cover. No series footage.


Goldstar said...

"Mission Magic" was one of those shows that saw once when I was very young and would then spend the next several years trying to convince others (including myself) that I didn't just dream or imagine it. I do remember the teacher Ms. Tickle doing a guest spot an one episode of another Filmation cartoon, "The Brady Kids". "Ms. Tickle had her own show! She did!" I would continually tell people. Thank goodness that the folks on The Big Cartoon Forum, as well as Jeff Lenberg, the author of "The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons" knew about "Mission Magic"and confirmed it's existence, otherwise I'd have been certain that I was losing my mind.

hobbyfan said...

Yes, Ms. Tickle's appearance on Brady Kids would count as a "back-door pilot". Too bad she hasn't been seen since. I used to watch Mission: Magic myself, though not with any regularity. Seemed like they were using story ideas that could've been used for the Brady Kids, but had to be reworked.

magicdog said...

The song Mission Magic's theme song comes from is actually from a tune Springfield wrote called "Walking The Floor On My Hands Over You". It was the B-side of a single he recorded with his old group, The Zoots, but became a hit single with Australian singer John Farnham in 1972.

Springfield's version is here:

Personally I'd like to see a reboot of Mission Magic. I think it could work with some additional characterization and expansion of the Magical world Rick ruled over.

hobbyfan said...

Considering that Dreamworks Classic now owns the rights to Mission: Magic, maybe a strong enough petition could make it happen.