The Little Rascals (animated TV series)

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The Little Rascals
Format Animation
Directed by George Gordon
Bob Hathcock
Carl Urbano
Rudy Zamora
Starring Peter Cullen
Patty Maloney
Julie McWhirter Dees
Scott Menville
Shavar Ross
B.J. Ward
Opening theme Hoyt Curtin (musical director)
Paul DeKorte (musical supervisor)
Ending theme Hoyt Curtin (musical director)
Paul DeKorte (musical supervisor)
Country of origin United States
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes (11 minutes a cartoon) of The Pac-Man/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show or The Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format NTSC
Original run September 25, 1982 – September 1, 1984

The Little Rascals was a 1982–1984 Saturday morning cartoon series produced jointly by Hanna-Barbera Productions and King World, and broadcast on ABC. Based upon the classic Our Gang comedy short films, it was part of a 90-minute package program, The Pac-Man/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show, with Pac-Man and Richie Rich in 1982–1983, and part of the 30-minute The Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show in 1983 – 1984.

Overview[edit]

Previous Little Rascals/Our Gang animated television programs[edit]

The Little Rascals had been animated for television twice before. In the 1960s, a series of clay-animated Little Rascals Color Specials were produced for syndication, presumably by Bura & Hardwick, the British studio responsible for Camberwick Green, using soundtracks from the original Our Gang films. In 1979, Fred Wolf produced an animated The Little Rascals Christmas Special for NBC. That company's version was further used in animated public service announcements.

Differences between the animated series and the live-action Our Gang films[edit]

The animated series and the original live-action Our Gang films differ in a number of ways. The gang now lives in a contemporary 1980s setting, with computers and television, which could be assumed that these were the descendants of the original Little Rascals. Buckwheat is now a clever inventor, always creating new devices for the gang, and Darla's eyes were changed from hazel to blue (although this detail was trivial given that all of the Our Gang shorts were in black-and-white). Also in the animated series, the Rascals met in a treehouse and drove around the town of Greenpoint in a dog-drawn vehicle. Also, the popular theme music was completely different.

Episode titles[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Airdate Synopsis
1 "Rascals' Revenge"/"Yachsta Luck"/"Fish Fright" 1982 September 25 * Butch and Woim lure the Rascals into a supposedly haunted house.
* Hijinks aboard Waldo's yacht.
* 30 second vignette.
2 "Grin and Bear It"/"Beauty Queen for a Day"/"The Serenade" 1982 October 2 * During the Rascals' camping trip, Porky is abducted by the Phantom Lumberjack.
* After the boys fall for the new girl in town, Darla enters the Little Miss Greenpoint pageant.
* 30 second vignette - Alfalfa serenades Darla, but his off-key singing scares Pete away.
3 "Big City Rascals"/"Alfalfakazam!"/"Scoop Dupes" 1982 October 9 * The Rascals visit Darla's uncle on his farm.
* The Rascals put on a magic show. Alfalfa supposedly turns into a rabbit.
* 30 second vignette.
4 "Showdown at the Rascal Corral"/"Poached Pooch"/"Ice Escapades" 1982 October 16 * Alfalfa plays cowboy; two outlaws "arrest" him for singing in a no-singing zone.
* Butch and Woim steal Pete's dog license.
* 30 second vignette.
5 "Porky-O and Julie-Et"/"Just Desserts"/"No Hit Wit" 1982 October 23 * Porky falls for the daughter of an ice cream magnate.
* The boys enter Darla's cake in a baking contest. Unfortunately, Darla is ill and recipe card is illegible.
* 30 second vignette.
6 "Alfalfa for President"/Rock and Roll Rascals"/"A Swimming We Will Go" 1982 October 30 * Alfalfa and Waldo compete for class president.
* Darla wants an autograph from a rock musician.
* 30 second vignette - Officer Ed finds the boys in a pond, in violation of a "no swimming" sign.
7 "The Irate Pirates"/"All the Loot That's Fit to Print"/"The Spare" 1982 November 6 * On the beach, the Rascals meet two bullies dressed as pirates.
* The Rascals star a newspaper; Alfalfa unwittingly spends counterfeit money.
* 30 second vignette.
8 "Alfalfa's Athlete Feat"/"Darla's Dream Dance"/"Fiscal Fitness" 1982 November 13 * Butch challenges Alfalfa to a pentathlon.
* Darla organizes the school dance.
* 30 second vignette.
9 "Cap'n Spanky's Showboat"/"Case of the Puzzled Pals"/"Go Cart Go" 1982 November 20 * The Rascals clean up a steamboat.
* Alfalfa plays detective to find Darla's doll.
* 30 second vignette.
10 "Falling Heir"/"Flim Flam Film Fans"/"Do or Diet" 1982 November 27 * Spanky inherits a castle that is said to be haunted.
* A movie director comes to Greenpoint; Darla gets tied to a railroad gate á la Penelope Pitstop.
* 30 second vignette - Darla asks Buckwheat how many meals Porky eats in a day; the answer shocks her.
11 "Trash Can Treasures"/"King of the Hobos"/"Out on a Limb" 1982 December 4 * The Rascals find an Aladdin-type lamp; Darla adopts a stray horse.
* After eating the other Rascals' food, Porky runs away and meets an old hobo.
* 30 second vignette - Alfalfa is pushing Spanky in a swing, but is distracted by Darla.
12 "Tiny Terror"/"Science Fair and Foul"/"Sea Song" 1982 December 11 * Butch leaves his baby brother Spike with the Rascals.
* Buckwheat builds a robot for a science fair.
* 30 second vignette - While Spanky, Alfalfa, and Buckwheat are swimming, Alfalfa decides to sing a song. Spanky and Buckwheat know how to shut him up.
13 "Big Top Rascals"/"Class Act"/"He Who Runs Away" 1982 December 18 * Denied entry to a real circus, the Rascals put on their own circus; Butch and Woim take unfair advantage of their free admission.
* The Rascals enter Pete in a dog show, but Waldo doesn't think Pete has a chance against the show's pedigree dogs. Things get hectic when somebody kidnaps Pete.
* 30 second vignette.

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Airdate Synopsis
14 "Wash and Werewolf" 1983 September 10 After seeing a 3-D horror movie, Alfalfa thinks he is a werewolf.
15 "Save Our Treehouse!" 1983 September 17 A used car dealer wants to destroy the Rascals' treehouse.
16 "Horse Sense" 1983 September 24 Alfalfa and Waldo are fighting for Darla's affections again. This time, Waldo challenges Alfalfa to a horse race. There's just one problem: Alfalfa doesn't know how to ride.
17 "After Hours" 1983 October 1 The Rascals get jobs in a department store warehouse.
18 "A Not So Buenos Días" 1983 October 15 Alfalfa is suspicious of Darla's Latina friend, Maria.
19 "Fright Night" 1983 October 29 The Rascals go trick-or-treating. Darla dresses so as to resemble Alfalfa.
20 "The Big Sneeze" 1983 November 12 The Rascals meet up with a goat, to which Alfalfa is allergic to.
21 "Pete's Big Break" 1983 November 19 When Pete saves another dog from drowning, he and the Rascals are rewarded a chance to star in a dog food commercial.
22 "The Zero Hero" 1983 December 2 Darla wins a date with Captain Muscles, a TV superhero; in order to impress Darla, Alfalfa assumes the identity of Alpha-Man.

Voice actors[edit]

Hanna-Barbera's Little Rascals animated series had six principal voice actors:

Additional voice actors: Richard Balin, Jered Barclay, Julie Bennet, Susan Blu, Bill Callaway, Brian Cummings, Jeff Doucette, Peggy Frees, Phil Hartman, Ery Immerman, Kip King, Earl Kress, Sherry Lynn, Larry D. Mann, Kenneth Mars, Joseph Medalis, Robert Ridgely, Michael Sheehan, Gary Stamm, Jeffrey Tambor, Russi Taylor, Lennie Weinrib, Jimmy Weldon, Frank Welker, Ted Zeigler.

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