Meet the Raisins!

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Meet the Raisins!
MeettheRaisins.jpg
VHS cover for the film.
Genre Comedy/Animation
Directed by Will Vinton
Barry Bruce
Starring Cam Clarke
Brian Cummings
Jim Cummings
Dorian Harewood
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Todd Tolces
Country United States
Original channel CBS
Release date November 4, 1988
Running time 24 minutes
Preceded by A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987)
Followed by Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II (1990)

Meet the Raisins! is a 1988 animated television special directed by Will Vinton, featuring the advertising characters The California Raisins. The show was broadcast November 4, 1988, on the U.S. television network CBS during primetime. It was the Raisins' second appearance in a primetime special and their first dedicated feature. Meet the Raisins! would be followed by a sequel in 1990, Raisins: Sold Out!.

The 24-minute special shortly followed its similarly titled soundtrack album released on August 8, 1988 on Atlantic Records. Aired during the characters' peak in popularity, Meet the Raisins! is presented in a mockumentary style depicting the Raisins' musical career. It was nominated for the 1989 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.

Plot[edit]

Meet the Raisins! spoofs musical documentaries with its use of anthropomorphic food characters. Through its historical perspective, the special also provided an opportunity to elaborate on the personalities and introduce names of the simple yet popular characters. It follows the California Raisins' humble beginnings, rise to musical success, fall from stardom, and eventual comeback. This includes "home movie" clips, scenes of the group's early days as the Vine-Yls, concert footage, and interviews with the people behind the success of the California Raisins including manager Rudy Begaman. The group is also shown performing various hit songs.

Reception[edit]

The special gained praise for its witty, family-friendly humor as well as its impressive claymation.[1][2]

Award nominations[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Meet the Raisins!
Soundtrack album by The California Raisins
Released August 29, 1988 (1988-08-29)
Genre Soundtrack
Label Atlantic
Soundtrack
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

Meet the Raisins! is the official soundtrack to the CBS television special of the same name.[3] It consists of rock & roll and R&B hits largely from the Motown era.

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine," the group's signature song, reached #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988. The soundtrack received praise from Allmusic's Peter Fawthrop who named it an AMG Album Pick.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
  2. "Shotgun"
  3. "Green Onions"
  4. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
  5. "At the Hop"
  6. "Get a Job"
  7. "Cool Jerk"
  8. "Tears on My Pillow"
  9. "Tutti Frutti"
  10. "Papa Oom Mow Mow"
  11. "Sh-Boom"
  12. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"

Chart positions[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1988 "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Hot 100 84

Releases[edit]

Meet the Raisins! was released on VHS on March 14, 1989. It was re-released on September 12, 1990 with a California Raisin plush doll.

The special was released on DVD November 15, 2011. Included in the set is the sequel to the claymation special, Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II along with all 13 episodes of the animated series, The California Raisin Show and 4 original TV ads.[4]

Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II[edit]

Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II
Genre Comedy/Animation
Directed by Will Vinton
Written by Rowby Goren
Country United States
Original channel CBS
Release date August 29, 1990
Running time 24 minutes
Preceded by Meet the Raisins! (1988)

Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II is a 1990 animated television special directed by Will Vinton, featuring the advertising characters The California Raisins. The show was broadcast August 29, 1990, on the U.S. television network CBS during primetime. It was the sequel to the Emmy-nominated special Meet the Raisins! in 1988.

This special has the band hiring a slick-talking new manager in an attempt to make a comeback. Under his guidance, the Raisins try their hand at various new musical genres, including Disco Polka, Country Rap, and Demolition Rock, to humorous effect. The group's troubles begin to manifest, however, upon the replacement of singer A.C. with their manager's young protégé.

Reception[edit]

Valerie Monroe of Entertainment Weekly gave the special a mediocre C+ review. She described it as "a lot like traditional Saturday-morning cartoon fare: harmless, but not especially enriching."[5]

Releases[edit]

As was its predecessor, Raisins: Sold Out! was released in VHS.

The special was released on DVD November 15, 2011. Included in the set is the original claymation special, Meet the Raisins! along with all 13 episodes of the animated series, The California Raisin Show and 4 original TV ads.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fawthrop, Peter Meet the Raisins! Allmusic. Retrieved on 5-14-11.
  2. ^ Hal Erickson, Rovi Meet the Raisins The New York Times. Retrieved on 5-14-11.
  3. ^ Meet the Raisins! Amazon.com. Retrieved 5-14-11.
  4. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/California-Raisins-The-Collection/15901
  5. ^ Monroe, Valerie Raisins: Sold Out! Entertainment Weekly (August 24, 1990). Retrieved on 5-14-11.
  6. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/California-Raisins-The-Collection/15901

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