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Kidd Video is an American Saturday morning cartoon created by DIC Enterprises in association with Saban Productions. The series originally ran on NBC from 1984 to 1985. Reruns continued on the network until 1987 when CBS picked the show up. Reruns have also aired in syndication. The series chronicles a musician named Kidd Video.
Title card used during the first season
|Created by||Jean Chalopin|
|Directed by||Bernard Deyriès|
|Voices of||Cathy Cavadini|
|Theme music composer||Haim Saban, Shuki Levy|
|Opening theme||"Video to Radio"|
|Ending theme||"Video to Radio"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producer(s)||Jean Chalopin|
|Running time||21 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Saban Productions|
|Original release||September 8, 1984 –|
December 7, 1985
|Related shows||Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling|
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 practicing in a storage unit when an animated villain named Master Blaster appeared, and transported them to Master Blaster's home dimension, a cartoon world called The Flipside. Master Blaster plans to use them as his musical slaves....forever. 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".
The show was dominated by an MTV-esque, music video theme. Each episode featured at least one action sequence set to a popular song, and the heroes would often distract their enemies by showing current music videos, and sneak off while the enemies were entranced. Each episode also ended with a live-action music video by Kidd Video. Other pop cultural current events featured heavily in the show as well: the characters often break danced to relax, rode on skateboards, and one episode was devoted entirely to video games. The visual style of the cartoon itself was heavily influenced by the more surreal videos showing on MTV, and by album artwork of the era, by artists like Roger Dean.
The band was created specifically for the show; they performed their own songs and they provided the voices for their cartoon counterparts. At the end of some episodes, the live action band would be shown once again performing a music video, such as "A Little TLC". The music videos produced by Kidd Video then became very popular in Israel, which then produced fan merchandise such as coloring books and chocolate bars with images of the band.
- Kidd Video (portrayed and voiced by Bryan Scott) - Lead singer and guitarist of Kidd Video.
- Carla (portrayed and voiced by Gabrielle Bennett) - The drummer of Kidd Video, and the band's sole female member. Her frequently-uttered catch-phrase was "Ay-Ay-Ay!"
- Whiz (portrayed and voiced by Robbie Rist) - The nerdy guitar- and keyboard-player of Kidd Video. He owned a Subaru Brat which was in the garage at the time of the band's abduction, and also got pulled into the Flipside. As a result, it now serves as the group's main transport through the music world.
- Ash (portrayed and voiced by Steve Alterman) - The clumsy keyboardist of Kidd Video; he also plays bass and saxophone.
- Glitter (voiced by Cathy Cavadini) - A fairy that befriends Kidd Video's band. She saved them from the Master Blaster as seen in the intro, with her unique ability to temporarily gain enhanced strength whenever she sneezes.
- Toolbot (voiced by Hal Rayle) - A robotic toolbox that debuted in Season Two. He is Whiz's pet.
- The Master Blaster (voiced by Peter Renaday) - The primary villain of the series. He brought Kidd Video's band to the Flipside to be his musical slaves until Glitter freed them. As a caricature of a corrupt rock manager or music executive, Master Blaster flew around the sky in his floating castle, which resembled a giant jukebox.
- The Copycats - A trio of anthropomorphic cats that serve as Master Blaster's minions. They get their name because they always lip-synch to their songs. They consist of:
- Pilot - September 8, 1984
- To Beat the Band - September 15, 1984
- The Master Zapper - September 22, 1984
- Woofers and Tweeters - October 6, 1984
- Barnacolis - October 13, 1984
- The Pink Sphinx - October 27, 1984
- Cienega - February 16, 1985
- The Lost Note - February 23, 1985
- Music Sports - March 2, 1985
- Chameleons - March 23, 1985
- Euphonius and the Melodius Dragon - May 5, 1985
- Professor Maestro - May 12, 1985
- Grooveyard City - May 19, 1985
- The Stone - May 26, 1985
- The Dream Machine - November 2, 1985
- Double Trouble - November 2, 1985
- No Place Like Home - November 9, 1985
- Having a Ball - November 16, 1985
- Old Time Rocks that Roll - November 23, 1985
- Starmaker - November 23, 1985
- Narra Takes a Powder - November 23, 1985
- Race to Popland - November 23, 1985
- Master Blaster Brat - November 23, 1985
- Twilight Double Header - November 23, 1985
- A Friend in Need - November 30, 1985
- Pirates and Puzzles - November 30, 1985
- Who's in the Kitchen with Dinah? - December 7, 1985
- Bryan Scott - Kidd Video
- Steve Alterman - Ash
- Robbie Rist - Whiz
- Gabrielle Bennett - Carla
The theme song, "Video to Radio", was written by frequent musical collaborators Haim Saban and Shuki Levy, who also contributed other songs to the show. The song "Time" was written by band member Bryan Scott. The song "A Little TLC" composed by Lynsey de Paul and Terry Britten and accompanying video was featured at the end of the first episode "To Beat the Band" and the end of the last episode "Who's in the Kitchen with Dinah?".
|The TV Show Hits (1986)|
|1.||"Video to Radio"||Haim Saban, Shuki Levy||3:40|
|2.||"Where Did Our Love Go"||Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier||2:38|
|3.||"It's Over When the Phone Stops Ringing"||Bernie Taupin, Holly Knight||3:02|
|4.||"A Little TLC"||Lynsey De Paul, Terry Britten||3:30|
|5.||"We Should Be Together"||Jay Gruska, Tom Keane||3:05|
|6.||"Come Back to Me"||Haim Saban, Shuki Levy||3:40|
|7.||"You Better Run"||Haim Saban, Shuki Levy||3:37|
|8.||"Video Romeo"||Gary Goetzman, Muike Piccirillo||4:12|
|10.||"Turn Me Up"||Lisa Popel, Willie Wilkerson||3:59|
|11.||"Easy Love"||Haim Saban, Shuki Levy||4:00|
Six VHS tapes with a single episode each were released in the United States from DiC Video & Golden Books and numerous Spanish-language tapes were available from Vídeo Peques under the Travelling Video line.
- "Kidd Video - The TV Show Hits". discogs.com. CBS. 1986. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
- "Merchandise - Kidd Video Flipside". www.kvflipside.org. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
- VHS - Clásicos Kidd Video | Animecion.com Archived August 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine