"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 Eighties
. Mass quantities
of The Eighties
The show was canceled for being too costly for NBC to produce.
. An extensive website, with episode guides, is maintained by Toolbot
, who has also been kind enough to upload several episodes
. Which is good, because trying to describe the show is nothing compared to actually watching it.
- Adventure Towns - A different week, a different town.
- Art Evolution - Season 1 -> Season 2, as demonstrated here. Also counts as an Art Shift.
- Big Bad - Master Blaster, although he's rather incompetent.
- Big Eater - Fat Cat. Duh.
- 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.
- Cloud Cuckooland - The Flipside.
- Cool Car - The bizarre tour bus that must have been designed as a tribute to Yellow Submarine. Somehow created out of a Subaru Brat.
- Creator Backlash - Robbie Rist wasn't too fond of Where Did Our Love Go?
Robbie Rist: And I guess that “Kidd Video” was also responsible for what I believe is the worst cover of Where Did Our Love Go? that has ever been committed to media. It’s just…oh, God, it’s awful.
- Cute Bruiser - Glitter gains super-strength (enough to toss buildings around) any time she sneezes.
- Deranged Animation - See page quote. Any questions?
- Disney Acid Sequence - The whole series, really.
- Do-Anything Robot - Toolbot
- Down the Rabbit Hole
- The Eighties - Oh God yes. Did we mention Glitter wears legwarmers?
- '80s Hair - Carla
- 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
- Fake Band - Inverted. The four main actors who played the heroes also sang and played the band's songs.
- Fat and Skinny - Fat Cat and Kool Kitty.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal - The Copycats, however She-Lion wears shoes.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes - Given that the show was basically made of 80s pop songs, trying to straighten out the rights issues means this has no chance of being released on DVD.
- Ho Yay: Sometimes Ash and Wiz. But then this was The Eighties.
- Meaningful Name - Kidd Video, Whiz, Master Blaster, She-Lion, Kool Kitty. And those are just the recurring characters.
- Non-Human Sidekick - Inverted. The pirate captain is a parrot who carries a miniature human on his shoulder.
- Ominous Floating Castle - The Master Blaster's lair is a cross between this and Air Borne Aircraft Carrier.
- The Power of Rock - The Flipside is basically an entire universe that runs on rock music.
- The Psycho Rangers - The Copy Cats. The enemy band to the Good Guys' band. Part Goldfish Poop Gang.
- Punch Clock Villains - The Copy Cats
- That Reminds Me of a Song - Using popular radio hits of the day, sometimes including the music videos.
- Rule of Cool - The only excuse for the show's premise.
- Trapped in Another World - The Flipside. They're trapped in it.
- Terrible Trio - The Copy Cats.
- Walking the Earth - Okay, they ride a bus-car-submarine-thing.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs? - Even the people who worked on it even commented on it.
: I don’t know what they put in the water cooler in the animation department, but it became this crazy thing that... it was like Lidsville.
It was this acid-influenced, crazy animation. It became something like Alice in Wonderland,
and I was in my twenties and watching these second-season episodes, going, “Is this for kids?” It was just a little bit too weird.