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Western Animation: The Little Rascals
"Sit down, Alfalfa, and enjoy the ride!"
Hanna-Barbera and King World co-produced this Saturday Morning Cartoon for ABC, based on the Our Gang theatrical shorts, as part of a 90-minute omnibus with Pac-Man and Richie Rich. Its voice cast included Peter Cullen, Patty Maloney, Julie McWhirter Dees, Scott Menville, Shavar Ross and BJ Ward.

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  • Accidental Misnaming: In "The Zero Hero", when Darla finally goes on the date she won with her favorite TV superhero, Captain Muscles:
    Captain Muscles: And so I saved the universe once again. I'm pretty terrific, eh, Delilah?
    Darla: [no longer impressed] The name is Darla!
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The French dub has one, sung by a chorus of children over a montage of clips from both the theatrical shorts and Hanna-Barbera's animated shorts.
  • Ambiguous Time Period/Anachronism Stew: The cartoon is supposedly set in the late 1930s, but it includes microcomputers and commercial television. "Pete's Big Break" features a black man who owns a TV station, and in "The Zero Hero", Spanky and Buckwheat mention push-button traffic controls. Wikipedia considers it a Setting Update.
  • Babysitting Episode: The animated short "Tiny Terror" has Butch leave his baby brother with the Rascals so he can run an errand for his mother. Among other things, the baby climbs a tree and bombards Alfalfa and Spanky with apples.
  • Bamboo Technology: Used in Buckwheat's Homemade Inventions.
  • Beach Episode: "The Irate Pirates". As viewers might expect, Darla wears a bikini here.
  • Big Eater: Porky
  • Bindle Stick: Darla carries one in "Beauty Queen for a Day", and Porky carries one in "King of the Hobos".
  • Black and Nerdy: Buckwheat
  • Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For: In "Big Top Rascals" episode, Butch complain about the makeshift circus and ask for a refund. When Spanky says, "But we let you in for free," Butch suggests that everyone's money be refunded.
  • Cowboy Episode: "Showdown at the Rascal Corral" wasn't set in the Old West as such, but Alfalfa did play cowboy.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: In "Beauty Queen for a Day", the boys compete for the affections of their new neighbor, Dolly Van Dumpling, all but forgetting about Darla.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Loophole Abuse: In "Science Fair and Foul", Buckwheat makes the other boys promise not to peek at his science fair project before the fair is held. But since Darla wasn't in on that promise, Spanky decides that they, Alfalfa and Porky can inspect Buckwheat's project on the sly.
  • Mirror Routine: Butch does it to Alfalfa in "Rascals' Revenge".
  • Motivation on a Stick: Their wooden car had Pete hitched in front, with a bone suspended above him.
  • Pajama Clad Hero: Alfalfa as Alpha-Man in "The Zero Hero":
    María: Why are you wearing your pajamas in the daytime, and outside?
    Alfalfa: Uh … my regular clothes are in the wash.
  • Quarter Hour Short: Each of the cartoons ran slightly over 11 minutes.
  • Serenade Your Lover: Alfalfa does it to Darla in one of the 30-second cartoons. Alfalfa's off-key singing scares Pete away.
  • Stage Magician: Spanky is this in "Alfalfakazam!".
  • Stolen Good, Returned Better: This happened to Darla's doll in "The Case of the Puzzled Pals".
    Darla: Jennifer! And she's wearing a new dress!
    Spanky: I needed the doll for measurements.
  • Superhero Episode: In "The Zero Hero", Alfalfa becomes Alpha-Man in hope of persuading Darla to cancel her date with Captain Muscles.
    Alfalfa: So, Darla, now that I'm a superhero, too, you can cancel your date with Captain Muscles today.
    Darla: Well, I'm not giving up my chance to meet a real superhero!
    Alfalfa: I'm a broken man.
  • Translator Buddy: Buckwheat is this to Porky.
  • Treehouse of Fun: The Rascals often gather in their treehouse.
  • TV Head Robot: Buckwheat built one in "Science Fair and Foul", which later became a merry-go-round.
  • The Unintelligible: Nobody could understand what Porky is saying... unless Buckwheat was around to translate.
  • Writing Indentation Clue: In "The Case of the Puzzled Pals", Alfalfa and Darla find one via pencil rubbing on the notepad Spanky used in taking a call from his mother.

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