Western Animation / Kidd Video

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"Listen up. I'm an animation fan; I've seen all sorts of animation in my lifetime. I've watched countless cartoons from every decade, good and bad. The statement I'm about to make....might sound hyperbolic but it's true:
"Believe me when I say Kidd Video is bar none, the absolute craziest, strangest, chaotic cartoon I have ever seen. You know that Raggedy Ann movie? This is weirder!"

This cult favorite originally ran from 1984-85 on NBC and produced by DiC Entertainment and Saban Entertainment. It involved a Garage Band who were brought to a very strange magical land called the Flip Side by the evil controller of cats, Master Blaster. Master Blaster wishes to kidnap all the musicians from our world (it's never really explained why; perhaps he had hit upon the idea of using The Power of Rock for evil). The band escapes with the help of the good Fairy, Glitter, and the rest of the series involves them getting into adventures in every city and battling Master Blaster and his Copy Cats.

As with the Dungeons & Dragons series, they're also ostensibly looking for a way to get back to the real world... but not really. The fact that everyone in the Flip Side loves their music relieves the sting of Failure Is the Only Option.

Much, much more importantly, this series is remembered for being a truly glorious perfect storm of Rule of Cool, Deranged Animation, and The '80s. Mass quantities of The '80s.

The show was canceled for being too costly for NBC to produce.

Compare Jem. An extensive website, with episode guides, is maintained by Toolbot, who has also been kind enough to upload several episodes to YouTube. Which is good, because trying to describe the show is nothing compared to actually watching it.note 

Tropes appearing in Kidd Video include:

  • Band Toon: While not based on a real band, it otherwise fits the description to a "t".
  • Captain Obvious
    Master Blaster: They're getting away!
    Copycat: Thanks for the news flash, Your Obviousness.
  • Cats Are Mean: Actually, the Copy Cats are just Punch Clock Villains. Master Blaster is the real meanie.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: As explained in the opening sequence, they were rehearsing in a storage room, when Master Blaster suddenly appears and brings them to the flipside, likely through the mirror that he appeared on.
  • The '80s: Oh God yes. Did we mention Glitter wears legwarmers?
  • Expository Theme Tune: Complete with live action footage of the origin story.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Both ways. The gang can't get home, nor can the Master Blaster capture them, or we have no more show.
  • Fairy Companion: Glitter, who guides them throughout the Flipside, and helps them (or tries to) with her powers.
  • Fake Band: Inverted. The four main actors who played the heroes also sang and played the band's songs.

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