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Our Friend, Martin is a Direct-to-Video film released by DiC Entertainment in 1999. A boy named Miles is doing none too well at school, and unless he improves his grades, not only will he have to repeat the 6th grade, but his mother won't let him play baseball. He and his friend, Randy, come across an artifact that takes them back in time to meet one of history's greatest icons, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • An Aesop: While you can't change the past (not without disastrous results, at least), you can change the future for the better.
  • Black Best Friend: Inverted. Miles, an African-American, is black, while his best friend, Randy, is white.
  • The Bully: Kyle, especially in the alternate timeline where Martin's work never happened (Randy becomes one as well in this timeline). He gets better by the end.
  • Disappeared Dad: Miles' dad is never seen or mentioned.
  • For Want of a Nail: Bringing Martin back to the present turns out to be a really bad idea. Racism is rampant (and so is sexism, apparently), the school is named after Robert E. Lee instead of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Miles' mother now works as a maid.
  • Freudian Excuse: Kyle's bad attitude seems to stem from an abusive dad.
  • Held Back in School: Martin is in danger of having to repeat 6th grade unless his grades improve. Fortunately, it's averted by the end: a few trips through history help him learn a lot about the subject, allowing him to get an A+ on his history test and advance to 7th grade.
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  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Miles tries this by bringing Martin to his timeline to prevent his assassination, but unintentionally does the opposite instead.
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