Monday, May 14, 2012

Toon Rock: The California Raisins Show (1989)

Claymation master Will Vinton created the soul singing California Raisins in a series of spots in the mid-80's. The commercials became huge hits, such that Vinton was approached about making a series based on the sentient fruits. In 1989, CBS aired a primetime special, which led to a short-lived Saturday morning series, followed by a 2nd primetime special. The commercials, if memory serves, continued unabated during this period.

Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, the group that also brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to television, also for CBS, produced The California Raisins Show. Unforgiven486 uploaded the open to YouTube:



Unfortunately, the open is all that's available of the show, as there are no episode clips to be had, otherwise, I think we'd be adding to our Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits feature.

Rating: None. Never saw the show.

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