As recently promised, this is the start of my new weekly spot on the days of Saturday Morning Cartoons… although not all Saturday Morning shows were cartoons.
There are several more popular or well known cartoons, BUT I figured I’d start with something a little on the obscure side. Primarily because I stumbled back upon them recently and the theme song has been stuck in my head for weeks. I give you 1984’s two season wonder:
Yes, TVs really used to look like that.
Kidd Video was the adventures of a teen band trapped in cartoon land and trying to escape from (and thwart) the villainous “Master Blaster”. The show also featured the live version of the group going a music video that was (loosely) connected to the plot of the episode. As one video (which I’ll post below) said, it was MTV for kids.
A bit ahead of it’s time as well, since the meta level theme was musicians (the kids) trying to escape the control of the evil corporate music executive (Master Blaster). I’m half surprised nobody attempted a reboot when the war over Streaming and Digital rights heated up.
Fun show however, and unlike quite a few shows back then, it was NOT merchandise driven. For 80s bubblegum pop created for a cartoon show, the music wasn’t half bad either.
Note also the now all but forgotten Subaru Brat “truck” that Whiz is driving and how the other guy rides in the back… without dying! Different times indeed. 🙂
Here’s that video, telling a little more in-depth version of the show’s story:
YouTube has several videos of full episodes, as well as the group’s music videos that ran as part of the show.
Back to School:
Because it wouldn’t be Saturday Morning TV without Schoolhouse Rock…