Thursday, June 11, 2015

Toonfomercial: The Little Rascals talk about opinions (1980)

In 1979, King World, which held the rights to The Little Rascals (aka Our Gang), licensed the images to animator Romeo Muller, who'd broken away from Rankin-Bass to start his own studio. Muller & King World produced a Christmas special featuring the gang in December 1979, memorable largely for the last performance of Darla Hood, who played a parent. Another former Rascal, Matt "Stymie" Beard, also was cast, as a butcher. We'll put it up come December.

After the special, King World & Muller produced a series of PSAs that aired in syndication, and perhaps on network television. I can't say for sure, since I don't recall seeing these ads before.

Here, Alfalfa, Darla, and Porky discuss "Opinions".

I don't know about you, but that cowlick certainly made Alfalfa look more like a dunce, didn't it?


magicdog said...

Oh I definitely remember this. There were PSAs for not touching a live wire, not petting animals you don't know, not playing with matches, etc. I also remember the Christmas special they were spun of from. When the Little Rascals had a Saturday morning show a few years later, it was done by HB - unfortunately it wasn't that good and I wished they had brought back these Rascals instead.

Goldstar said...

I remember these. They were syndicated and ran during the commercial breaks of weekday morning/afternoon shows in various markets.

Interestingly, neither the "Little Rascals" Christmas Special nor the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning animated series have been released on home video or on DVD.

Goldstar said...

Also, Romeo Muller's studio did the animation for the first 3 syndicated "Strawberry Shortcake" TV specials. The 4th and 5th syndicated specials were animated by the Nelvana Studios in Canada.

hobbyfan said...

I remember doing a piece on the H-B Rascals, then having to take it down when the video was deleted by YouTube. King World, now part of CBS, may well be the rights holder still, which would explain why any of the toons are on DVD.

Based on your comments, I can conclude that the PSA's were no different than the ones with Looney Tunes characters for fire safety, et al, around the same time.