Sunday, September 6, 2015

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The Incredible Crash Dummies (1993)

The popularity of a series of PSAs featuring a pair of living crash dummies led to Tyco Toys obtaining a license to create their own line of The Incredible Crash Dummies, but a 1-shot special that aired on Fox in May 1993 didn't lead to a regular series. Hmmmmmm.

Instead of Vince & Larry, the PSA dummies, voiced by Jack Burns & Lorenzo Music, as discussed over at The Land of Whatever the other day, The Incredible Crash Dummies feature Stick, Spin, Ted, Spare Tire, and the villainous Junkman. Stick & Spin are the subs, if you will, for Vince & Larry, since the Ad Council wouldn't license those characters to Tyco or Canada's Nelvana Studios, which produced the following CGI special. The first few minutes, I'm told, are exclusive to a subsequent VHS release.

The Incredible Crash Dummies, then, becomes the first CGI cartoon to air on Saturday mornings, preceding Reboot by 16 months (Reboot bowed on ABC in September 1994). Fox neglected to note this particular fact, figuring kids wouldn't care how the show was animated. Unfortunately, if you wanted a sequel, as noted, you were left wanting.

Rating: B.


Silverstar said...

The Incredible Crash Dummies turned up on SatAM TV one more time, during the run of 4KidsTV in the form of 1-minute filler segments provided by Animation Collective. There were only 4 Dummies this time: Crash, Crunch, Splice and Gyro, there were no Vince & Larry equivalents this time and no Junkman.

hobbyfan said...

Hmmm, I seem to recall seeing at least one of those.