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  • Anvilicious: There is nothing in the world more anvilicious than this special, except possibly flashing "DRUGS ARE BAD FOR YOU" for half an hour. It actually tries to drop multiple anvils at once: the anti-drug one, the one about talking to others if you know someone's on drugs and/or committing crimes because of drugs, and one for the parents about watching your children like hawks for any sign of deviance. While the third is pretty groan-inducing as well, the Corey subplot actually makes the good point that confronting problems like this directly is the best way to keep a family unit healthy, so this one usually gets the fewest complaints.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles chastises Mikey for trying to get his wallet back after it's stolen. Bear in mind that not 5 minutes ago, Mikey was chastised for stealing a piggy bank, giving the impression that both stealing and getting your stolen things back are bad. It could be Hand Waved as Michelangelo getting Mikey to focus on one thing at a time.
    • On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver played a portion of Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (as a depiction of how much of an Anti-Drug fervor we were in the 80s and 90s) before mentioning this Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
      John Oliver: [Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue] had a clear message to kids: "If you do drugs, all your favorite cartoon characters will show up and talk to you. Is that what you want? Is that what you want?"
  • Foe Yay: Smoke is too touchy-feely with Michael sometimes.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: Pooh has some genuinely sweet moments in the special through his friendship with Corey and encouraging her to tell her parents about Michael.
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  • Narm: There an unintentional hilariousness to hearing Bugs Bunny and Simon Seville talk about joints and marijuana.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Despite the special's bizarre nature, there's a truly mind-breaking dream sequence right about when Mikey hits rock-bottom.
    • Occasionally, for a frame or two, Smoke's face is replaced with a skull.
  • So Bad, It's Good: It's a wasted opportunity for a truly memorable crossover (in the way audiences then were hoping), but it's still amusing watching classic cartoon characters try to tackle a subject like drug abuse.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: As noted above, while most of the intended preaching of the special is just groan-inducing, the Corey subplot is actually handled very well and is a shockingly realistic portrayal (compared to the rest of it) of a younger sibling trying to figure out how to help her older sibling with the self-destructive behavior he's exhibiting... and making the right call of trying to confront the problem head-on, rather than beating around the bush or letting it fester.
  • Tear Jerker: It can be a bit heartbreaking to hear Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger singing about how the viewer will outgrow them and perhaps forget them.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: An official crossover starring popular characters from The Renaissance Age of Animation and a few from The Golden Age of Animation. It's too bad this coincided with a preachy special about a teenager with drug problems. And even then, they had to make this a Fake Crossover by having the characters come to life from merchandise items, Toy Story style, rather than admitting the characters were themselves.
  • Unexpected Character: For contemporary viewers, ALF, given that his live-action sitcom is far better known than the Animated Adaptation which this special based his appearance on.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: It does feel like someone had to have been on drugs to come up with something this insane. Simon from Alvin and the Chipmunks explaining what marijuana on its own is a little mind-bending, and the dream sequence as Mikey bottoms out is pretty psychedelic.


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