Cartoon All Stars To the Rescue
It aired April 21 st 1990. I remember all the kids excited about the greatest crossover in history. Muppet Babies and Winnie the Pooh, Garfield and Alf, Michaelangelo of the Mutant Turtles and Bugs Bunny, Huey Duey and Luey and Alvin, Simon and Theodore. For a thirty minute anti drug special that ended up being heavy handed and sobering instead of being fun. Funded by McDonald's, George Bush and even Joe Biden promoted the special. It definitely needs the crew of Rifftrax to give it the treatment to gently remind us of what happens when conglomerates and politicians force beloved Saturday Morning Cartoons into the dark reality of the war on drugs.
Stephen C Pattison commented
How About Rifftrax Live From hard rock florida cartoon all stars to the rescue with guest janet varney,Paul F Tompakins,Adam Savage,Ron funches,Reggie Watts,Michael Rapaport,Michael Winslow & Taron Egerton Sing wonderful way to Say Long live King & The Measure of men
I remember this! I feel lied to lol After all the talks in school and specials, no one offered to sell me drugs till I was 47 lol
Peter Hall commented
My favorite scene in this special is the one where The Muppet Babies take Michael on a roller coaster ride inside his own mind. And theres all kinds of electrical surges going on. Mike asks what's going on, and Kermit says this is your brain on drugs. Then Gonzo looks straight into the frame and says "Actually it's only an artist's representation of it." Even they knew at the time that this was ridiculous, and they were acknowledging it
This needs roughly 1.8 billion more upvotes, and another chance to be riffed in 2019! It features George & Barbara Bush as themselves, in an animated anti-drug goldmine from 1990! Rifftrax can't fail here.
TB Tabby commented
Your link's not working anymore. Here's a new one.
And I'll throw in the Phelous review because it's pretty insightful:
And now I'll give my reasons why I think it deserves a riff:
-The wasted opportunity. Getting all these seperate cartoon characters together in the same story is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, mostly because of the legal issues to contend with. But after the beginning, they pretty much stop interacting with each other, instead choosing to focus on the drug-addicted teen they're tormenting into the straight edge. The whole appeal of a megacrossover is seeing the characters interact with each other, and they could have done a whole lot more with it than turning them into mouthpieces for the anti-drug propaganda machine.
-Speaking of which the actual anti-drug message is hopelessly vague and misinformed. Most of the lecturing boils down to "drugs are bad for you" without properly explaining how they're bad for you or which drugs do what. One thing worth noting is that the drug-addicted teen, MIchael (yes, his name is Michael, you can get some riffs out of that, I'm sure) thinks he can score some crack with the roughly twenty dollars in coins he stole from his sister's piggy bank. Maybe they'll let you lick the crack pipe, Mikey...
-The nightmarish theme park, where the meat of the scare-'em-straight treatment takes place. There is some genuinely disturbing imagery on display here, from the scenes where Michael is taken inside his own brain, to nearly falling onto buzzsaws, getting nearly run over by another roller coaster, to falling into a fun house monster's stomach, it gets pretty freaky...all for his own good, of course.
-The opening to the special is introduced by none other than George Bush Sr. Barbara Bush and even Millie. That's how big of a deal this special was. And when are you going to have another opportunity to riff on a president?
This TV Crimes Podcast with Mikey Neumann and Wil Wheaton indirectly make the perfect case for an official RiffTrax riif of Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.
Sean Ramsdell commented
Voice actors included: Billy West, John DiMaggio and so on.
Stacy Groves commented
My fellow 1980s kids, I'm sure you remember this special and would love for it to receive the Rifftrax treatment!
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue is a 1990 American animated drug-abuse prevention television special starring many of the popular cartoon characters from American weekday, Sunday morning, and Saturday morning television at the time of this film's release.