Western Animation / Maxies World

Maxie's World was a 1989 Animated Anthology series released by Claster Television, inc. and producted by DIC Entertainment. Airing in syndication in the United States, the show served as the umbrella for three series. In addition to Maxie's World (the lead series), the show also included rebroadcasts of two series produced earlier in the 1980s: Beverly Hills Teens and the animated version of Punky Brewster.

  • The title cartoon, based on the Maxie line of dolls produced by Hasbro (as a competitor to Mattel's Barbie). The title character was a beautiful 17-year-old high school senior who was Miss Everything at Surfside High School (in an unnamed community, presumably in southern California) who also produced her own daily afternoon TV talk show. Maxie's World was the only new series of the bunch.
  • Beverly Hills Teens, a 1987 series featuring exaggeratedly wealthy teenagers from Beverly Hills, California.
  • Punky Brewster, the 1985-1986 animated adaptation of the popular NBC Dom Com series starring Soleil Moon Frye in the title role. The only non-DIC Entertainment series of the bunch, Punky Brewster was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions.

The cartoons were shown on a rotating basis, with Maxie getting multiple airings each week.

While distributed nationally during the 1989-1990 season, reruns continued to be aired by local stations throughout the 1990s. All three shows had selected episodes released on VHS to the home video network, but as for DVD, Maxie's World wasn't released until October 2015... Punky Brewster and Beverly Hills Teens were both available on DVD as early as 2013.

Examples:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the Beverly Hills Teens crossover, Larke is a brunette and Bianca is a blonde.
  • Alpha Bitch: Jeri.
  • Black Best Friend: Simone.
  • Crossover: With the aforementioned Beverly Hills Teens in one story.
  • Doo Wop Progression: The prom dress song from "Two Guys for Every Girl".
  • Fiery Redhead: Carly.
  • Off Model: Maxie's World suffers from a very bad case of this.
  • On the Next: One of the first western animation examples since The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. It even had a preview for the first episode at the end of the last.
  • Once an Episode: Each story had at least one original song, which was usually played in the background.
  • Rearrange the Song: The intro to Beverly Hills Teens was shortened to approximately 20 seconds.
  • Those Two Guys: Mushroom and Ferdie.
  • Three Shorts: Followed the classic A-B-A, with the Punky Brewster and Beverly Hills Teens shorts being rotated.
    • Two Shorts: A total of 32 Maxie's World stories were made, which can be shown as 16 half-hour shows with this format.
  • Very Special Episode: "Fat Chance", which dealt with eating disorders, along with "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", which dealt with divorce, and "Ashes to Ashley", which talks about smoking.