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Mission: Magic! - The Complete Series

4.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Music adventure comedy and enchantment all mix together in this beloved 1973 animated series. Your school was never like this! Miss Tickle is a teacher with secret magical powers and she leads her 6 favorite students on amazing adventures to alternate worlds distant lands and even the far future. There the diverse young members of her Adventurer's Club - Vinnie Socks Franklin Carol Kim and Harve - are aided on their adventures by none other than singing superstar Rick Springfield! Extras include interview with producer Lou Scheimer and voice actor Erika Scheimer documentary image galleries booklet with episode guide & trivia DVD-ROM material and more from InkSystem Requirements:Running Time: 400 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY UPC: 787364723591

Special Features

  • All 16 episodes
  • Interview with producer Lou Scheimer
  • Interview with voice actor Erika Scheimer
  • The Magic of Filmation documentary
  • Mission: Magic! image galleries
  • Booklet with episode guide and trivia
  • DVD-ROM material: PDF format - scripts and model sheets
  • More from Ink & Paint

Product Details

  • Actors: Rick Springfield
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVT0MU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mission: Magic! - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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First off, I have to give kudos to Ink & Paint, Entertainment Rights, and BCI for unearthing these Filmation treasures from the Seventies. Especially with Mission: Magic! since this illustrates the reason why we fondly miss Saturday Morning Television.

Before Springfield became famous as an international rock star, or starred on General Hospital, he did a stint for Filmation back in 1973. Jumping on the popularity of films like 'Wizard of Oz,' 'Alice in Wonderland,' and 'The Yellow Submarine,' the premise dealt with Rick being sort of a monitor of dimensional worlds beyond our own.

The ingenuine part was his 'agents' so to speak (since he contacted them via a grammaphone): a class of high school students belonging to The Adventurers' Club, and a teacher known as Miss Tickle. Whenever Rick contacted the group, Miss Tickle would revive her familiar statue of Tut-Tut to conjure forth a door on a blackboard (How many fans recall as kids drawing on chalkboards, in hopes to open the magic door?), which became a doorway to fantastic lands and realms.

The stories were rather simplistic but fun, basically Rick would discover a problem in his dimensional travels, contact Miss Tickle and the group, and they go and attempt in solving the problems.

Considering this was 1970s Saturday Morning TV, Miss Tickle rarely used her magic to hurt anyone, nor did anyone actually get hurt. For instance, in '2600 AD', Rick ends up getting 'stunned' while fending off robots, while in another episode, he gets knocked out while under a spell.

The show was rather great and actually once crossed over into 'The Brady Kids' when Wilmer (magic mynah bird) borrows Tut-Tut to access the magic door and accidentally transforms the familiar (cat) into a bird.
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I'd give this one six stars if I could.

Incredibly innovative sci-fi fantasy plots well animated by Filmation in the early 1970s. Miss Tickle (pun on "mystical") leads an animated Rick Springfield and her students on adventures into fantasy lands and alternate realms.

Amazon also still has copies of the Mission Magic CD with the songs from the show, if you're interested.

This one will be money well spent, and great kid-friendly material too.
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Mission:Magic was one of the first origanal animated series from Filmation. It was also one of the first cartoons to have a diversified cast of characters. The show was a mixture of Magic School Bus and Isis. Some of the background music for the show was also used in other Filamation classics such as the Shazam/Isis Hour. The only downfall to the show was the terrible laugh track that was included with each episode.
The characters in the show were:
Rick Springfield - This legendary singer used a gramophone to get in contact with the Adventurer's Club to give them missions in magical lands to solve mysteries. Rick has a pet owl called Ptolemy. Rick has a song he sings in almost every episode of the series.
Miss Tickle - The teacher in charge of the Adventurer's Club who had magical powers and a magical cat called Tut-Tut who is a stone statue of ancient lore that becomes a real cat. Miss Tickle uses school supplies like chalk, keys and erasers as magical items, and has a magical purse that when a knob is turned, makes the Adventurer's Club members fly.
Carol - A blonde girl who is infatuated with Rick Springfield.
Harve - A chubby kid with glasses who always lands on his rump unlike everyone else who lands on their feet when they are flying to a mission. Harve is afraid of heights and thinks he can do anything.
Socks - Wears a hat that looks like Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat.
Vinnie - Messes up his speech all the time
Franklin - Black student who always talks about how he doesn't like how tall he is.
Kim - Asian girl who seems to be the most level headed of the group.
Principal Samuels - Only in a couple of episodes but loves to tell tall tales.
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As ‘Mission: Magic’s dvd liner notes explain ‘...the series was too dated for regular syndication and has been rarely seen since it’s first season.’ Sad but true. However, if you were there in the early 70’s as a Saturday morning cartoon junkie, you will relish being transported back to a time when animated kid shows were packed with music, cornball humor and overt social awareness. Rick Springfield’s songs may not have stood the test of time on their own merit, but are well matched here with post-sixties sanitized psychedelia. Mission: Magic will not be regarded as groundbreaking, but it did strike a chord with its intended young audience and still proves to be an entertaining slice of Saturday morning nostalgia.
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I remember watching Mission: Magic a a kid and developing a crush on Rick Springfield. That admiration still lasts to this day. This series was fun, had great music and they even slipped life lessons into each episode. Fans of Filmation can recognize character bases used in a lot of their cartoons which I think is part of the fun as an adult. That and finding out that song you thought you remembered part of Does go the way you remember it.
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