Jul 25, 2009

Saturday Morning Cartoons

You might be too young, or too old for this one. It was Kidd Video. The title sequence explained the plot; Kidd Video and his band of the same name (played by live-action performers in the first half of the title sequence) were kidnapped by a villain named Master Blaster - no relation to the guy under the Thunderdome.

Master Blaster transported the kids another dimension, a cartoon world called The Flipside. They were rescued by a fairy named Glitter, and subsequently spent each episode of the series either helping to free the denizens of the Flipside from Master Blaster's rule, or trying to find a way back to the "real world". Master Blaster, who seemed to be a cartoonization of a corrupt rock manager or music executive, flew around the sky in his floating castle, which resembled a giant jukebox, and his henchmen were a group of anthropomorphic cats called The Copycats, so-called because they lip-synched their songs.

In 1984, this was obviously an attempt to make a buck off of the amazing success of MTV. The band itself was composed of:

* Kidd Video: Lead singer and guitarist
* Carla: The drummer, who often exclaims "Ay-Ay-Ay!"
* Whiz: The nerdy guitar and keyboard player, who had a pet robot toolbox named "Toolbot" in the second season
* Ash: The clumsy keyboardist also plays bass and saxophone

All I know is that Carla really made the show worth watching. I didn't quite understand why in 1984... but I'm sure it has to do with those red shoes she's wearing.

1 comment:

Cthulhu said...


I only vaguely remember this. However, in the interest of full disclosure, think that I had more of a thing for the leg warmer-wearing fairy than I did Carla. (I dig Tinkerbell too, so...)