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A truly epic (which is to say, especially terrible) Very Special Episode that was originally simulcast commercial-free on Saturday morning, April 21, 1990, on all three major American television networks (Fox had only been on the air for three years at that point), along with most independent stations and several cable networks. Produced by the people who award the Emmys (and animated by Wang Film Productions and Southern Star Studios in Australia). Cartoon characters ranging from Looney Tunes to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles try to teach an at-risk teen called Mikey about the dangers of marijuana.

The special was relentlessly promoted in the days leading up to the simulcast. Interestingly, the anti-drug angle was underplayed in these commercials. Instead, the ads pushed the insane crossover among the various "All Stars", leading many kids to be filled with endless excitement that was only going to let them down. Admittedly, the fact that The Smurfs, Muppet Babies and DuckTales characters were going to be mixing it up together was truly life-changing for pre-teens. Frankly, whether the intended anti-drug message got through is a good question...

Extensive reviews of the special can be found here and here. You can find the special in its entire 32 minute glory on Google video.


The special featured the following tropes:

  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: In this special, not only are suburban teenagers lurking about giving away cheap-as-free drugs, Mikey also has to worry about Smoke. Smoke is a shoulder-demon who looks like Hexxus from Fern Gully, is voiced by George C. Scott, and ceaselessly persuades you to experiment with said cheap-as-free drugs.
  • Award Bait Song: The ending credits feature a song about growing up and outgrowing cartoons (?) that's somewhere between sad, saccharine, and (thanks to the Ducktales cast, Chipmunks, and Muppet Babies) cacophonous.
  • Body Horror: Mikey's breaking point comes somewhere between the journey through his own badly damaged brain and the point when it's revealed that he will eventually be so strung-out on hard drugs, he will turn into a zombie.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The cartoon characters who did it in their own shows are just as unkind to the one between Mikey and Corey's reality and ours.
    • Miss Piggy literally does this.
  • Broken Aesop:

 Mikey: But I can still give up!

Bugs: Not if you're on drugs!

Notes

  1. It's obvious this is because he was the most "popular" Turtle at the time but the producers clearly had no idea why he was so popular.
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