La Bola de Cristal
|La Bola de Cristal|
|Created by||Lolo Rico|
|Country of origin||Spain|
|Production company||Televisión Española|
|Original release||October 6, 1984 –|
June 25, 1988
The show was the brainchild of Spanish writer Dolores Rico Oliver (better known for her artistic name, Lolo Rico) and was hosted by pop singer Alaska. It is worth noting the continuous recognition of different sectors of society towards this program that went beyond the norm set by the children's programs of its time and other more current ones, and that bet on treating children as adults. The show, which was ostensibly targeted at a young audience, reflected the spirit of the times, that of the post-Franco Spanish transition and of the cultural and musical movement known as la movida. In contrast to previous shows, with a very childish use of language, it had continuous puns related to electronics: the Electroduendes ("Electrogoblins") puppets included Maese Cámara, Hada Vídeo and Bruja Avería (the Breakdown Witch) as regular characters.
La Bola de Cristal also included slogans against authority and capitalism, with political satires that led the show to its cancellation in 1988. Before the cancellation order, at least one new season of La Bola de Cristal was planned, with Sonia Martínez as new presenter.
Although it was never released on VHS video, in 2003 selected excerpts of the series were released on DVD. These DVDs did not feature episodes from The Munsters and Bewitched since they were copyrighted by their owners, but included episodes from The Little Rascals.