The Little Rascals (animated TV series)
|The Little Rascals|
|Directed by||George Gordon
Julie McWhirter Dees
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin (musical director)
Paul DeKorte (musical supervisor)
|Composer(s)||Hoyt Curtin (musical director)
Paul DeKorte (musical supervisor)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna
|Running time||30 minutes (11 minutes a cartoon) of The Pac-Man/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show or The Monchhichis/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions
King World Productions
|Original release||September 25, 1982 – September 1, 1984|
The Little Rascals is a 1982–1984 Saturday-morning cartoon series that was jointly produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and King World Productions, and broadcast on ABC. Based upon the 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 Monchhichis/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show in 1983–1984.
Previous Little Rascals/Our Gang animated television programs
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
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 theme music was completely different.
The animated series of The Little Rascals has been shown in the following regions:
- United States (ABC, original broadcaster)
- Latin America (Cartoon Network Latin America)
- United Kingdom (Cartoon Network UK & Ireland)
- Australia (Seven Network)
- Singapore (MediaCorp Channel 5)
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Wash and Werewolf: After seeing a 3-D horror movie, Alfalfa thinks he is a werewolf.
|September 10, 1983|
Save Our Treehouse!: A used car dealer wants to destroy the Rascals' treehouse.
|September 17, 1983|
Horse Sense: 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.
|September 24, 1983|
After Hours: The Rascals get jobs in a department store warehouse.
|October 1, 1983|
A Not So Buenos Días: Alfalfa is suspicious of Darla's Latina friend, Maria.
|October 15, 1983|
Fright Night: The Rascals go trick-or-treating. Darla dresses so as to resemble Alfalfa.
|October 29, 1983|
The Big Sneeze: The Rascals meet up with a goat, to which Alfalfa is allergic to.
|November 12, 1983|
Pete's Big Break: When Pete saves another dog from drowning, he and the Rascals are rewarded a chance to star in a dog food commercial.
|November 19, 1983|
The Zero Hero: Darla wins a date with Captain Muscles, a TV superhero; in order to impress Darla, Alfalfa assumes the identity of Alpha-Man.
|December 2, 1983|
Hanna-Barbera's Little Rascals animated series had six principal voice actors:
- Peter Cullen as Pete the Pup and Officer Ed
- Patty Maloney as Darla Hood
- Julie McWhirter as Alfalfa, Porky, and The Woim
- Scott Menville as Spanky
- Shavar Ross as Buckwheat
- B.J. Ward as Butch and Waldo.
Additional voice actors
- Richard Balin
- Jered Barclay
- Julie Bennett
- Susan Blu
- Bill Callaway
- Brian Cummings
- Jeff Doucette
- Peggy Frees
- Phil Hartman
- Ery Immerman
- Kip King
- Earl Kress
- Sherry Lynn
- Larry Mann
- Kenneth Mars
- Joe Medalis
- Robert Ridgely
- Michael Sheehan
- Gary Stamm
- Jeffrey Tambor
- Russi Taylor
- Lennie Weinrib
- Jimmy Weldon
- Frank Welker
- Ted Zeigler
Home Media releases
There's yet to be a DVD of the series from Warner Archive.
- The Little Rascals at the Internet Movie Database
- The Little Rascals at TV.com
- The Little Rascals at BCDB