Monday, May 23, 2016

Getting Schooled: The Flintstone Kids' Just Say No Special (1988)

The Flintstone Kids wrapped their ABC run (1986-8) with a primetime special about the dangers of drugs.

The Flintstone Kids' Just Say No Special aired 12 days after the final Saturday morning broadcast of the series. As we documented previously, the show moved to the syndicated Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera (and to Sundays in my neck of the woods) later in September 1988, but there were no more new episodes.

On to the plot. Wilma (Elizabeth Fraser) is torn between her friends and some allegedly cool kids, led by Stoney (Dana Hill), but when Stoney raises the ante, if you will, by offering some pot, well, I think you get the idea. Singer LaToya Jackson guest stars, and while brother Michael also adopts an animated form for the first time since the 1971 Jackson 5ive series, another actor provides the speaking voice for the so-called King of Pop.

Unfortunately, the complete episode is not available on YouTube, and Dailymotion's been having some embedding issues lately that have knocked quite a few videos out of availability here for the duration. What is available, however, is the closing segment, leading to the credits. This time, Michael Jackson is heard from, with some new lyrics for his 1982 hit, "Beat It".

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