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Western Animation: The Jackson5ive
"Easy as 1-2-5!" "3, sir!" 3!"

The Jackson 5ive was a cartoon show from Rankin/Bass Productions that starred (who else?) the Jackson 5. No, not the real onesnote . It only lasted two seasons on ABC (1971-1973), but who wouldn't love seeing Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and dear adorable little Michael, in Saturday Morning Cartoon form? The episodes employed plenty of slapstick and clever one-liners, and you could be sure that you heard two Jackson 5 songs in every single episode. With a few exceptions, these songs usually had nothing to do with the plot, so it was like they were in a musical.

Most of the episodes starred all five Jackson brothers in silly situations, but other episodes centered on Michael as the main character having a dream based on fairy tales and popular stories, along the way making friends with characters who looked a lot like his brothers. When Michael wakes up from his dream, the others don't believe him when he tells them about it.

Other Recurring Characters include:
  • Ray and Charles: Michael's pair of pet mice. Their names are obviously a reference to the great R & B musician Ray Charles. It's impossible to tell them apart. They are very helpful.
  • Rosie: A pink snake who, as it turns out, is responsible for (this version of) the Jackson 5 becoming famous. Despite his appearance, Rosie is actually male; he is Bibbity-Boppity-Booed into Michael's male chauffeur in "Cinder Jackson", and is called a "he" in "Ray & Charles: Superstars". He is also a pet companion of Michael's. He is able to spell out cursive words with his/her body.
  • Berry Gordy: The Jackson 5's producer. He isn't such an important character, but he's in at least 2 episodes.
  • Hairy Godfather: This character only shows up in 2 episodes. His first notable role is in "Cinder Jackson", where he helps Michael get ready for the ball, and the second time he shows up is in "Hail to the Chief", where he grants Michael's wish of becoming Mayor. His catch-phrase is "Now hooooooooold on!"


The Jackson5ive provides examples of:


The Life & Adventures of Santa ClausCreator/Rankin/Bass ProductionsThunderCats
JabberjawThe Dark Age of AnimationJana of the Jungle
JabberjawWestern Animation of the 1970sJana of the Jungle
JabberjawSaturday Morning CartoonLaff-A-Lympics
Jackie Chan AdventuresWestern AnimationJacob Two-Two

alternative title(s): The Jackson5ive
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