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Mission: Magic! - The Complete Series (1973)

Rick Springfield  |  G |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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 (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVT0MU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mission: Magic! - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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
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Editorial Reviews

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

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Magic all over again! May 30, 2007
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mission Magic April 2, 2007
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bring the Magic Home November 4, 2008
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic FILMATION Saturday Morning Cartoon October 5, 2009
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There are those of us who remember one special Friday night of the year...the night that we got a sneak peek of the new season's cartoon lineup on Saturday mornings. We also used to get Friday night previews of the regular shows, but nowadays, high school football has relinquished this pastime to, well...the past!

For those who don't remember, this series was created in 1973, a time when the Banana Splits came on at noon and House of Frankenstein at 3pm were quickly replacing cartoons from the 60s primetime slots. Before then, Three Stooges and Little Rascals were the only "kiddie" alternative to the $1,000 afternoon movie, usually hosted by the local channel's weatherman.

In the late 1960s, the Flintstones, Lost In Space, and other "fantasy" programming was competing with Dr. Kildare, Marcus Welby, Television Theatre productions, etc. I don't know if they had Saturday morning cartoons in the 50s, but in the early 70s, it was the start to every young kid's Saturday. It gave us adventures to recreate all day, over and over again with different buddies playing different characters. Also, we seem to somehow realize that Wiley would survive falling from a cliff where we, unfortunately, would not. This, too, is another lost art it would seem.

This series was an attempt to bring the spiritual feelings of I Dream of Jeanine / Bewitched with the open-minded, racially tolerant Star Trek (which was off the air by then), and the youth who were still following The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats. And don't forget to flavour with the moralistic lessons of Sesame Street! It's definitely corny by today's standards, but it's also a good teaching tool, especially about reasoning and tolerance of other's views. It really is too bad this kind of programming cannot be found anywhere on the tellie today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This dvd will teach children good values and learn about them through music and a geat guy, Rick Springfield. Great
Published 12 months ago by sweetlady1012
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Cool Many Years Later!
I remember this from the early mid 70's, glad to see it available! It brings back so many great cartoon moments!!!!
Published 17 months ago by phantomwriter
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. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jason E. Schirle
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightfully magical series
I remember watching Mission: Magic a a kid and developing a crush on Rick Springfield. That admiration still lasts to this day. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Debra Baschal
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond Memories
I'm 71 years old now and i remember watching this with my oldest daughter. She really enjoyed it and so did I. Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by Dale E. Kivley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Cartoon Show Is Finally On DVD!
Mission Magic!, a cartoon show that was shown on Saturday mornings on the ABC TV Network during the 1973-1974 TV season, and was repeated again the following TV season on the same... Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Frank R. Schoonover
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Filmation, Really Not At Its Best
Okay, right off the bat, Im going to tackle the idea that this offering or Space Sentinels were ground-breakers with their token Asians and African-American kids (Whereas... Read more
Published on March 18, 2011 by Clanceyakker
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic
I was thrilled to actually find this series on DVD I haven't seen it since I was a kid- and to order and receive it so quickly was even more of a Plus. Amazon Rocks!! Read more
Published on March 21, 2010 by D. Furner
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past
This is a fun series featuring Rick Springfield. I bought it for the nostalgia.
Published on July 11, 2009 by Diana M. Harkness
5.0 out of 5 stars mission magic takes me away!!!!!
WOW, it's like being 5 all over again! it really brings back sweet saturday mornings! amazing, i have been in love with a cartoon who turned out to be the BEST musician in the... Read more
Published on February 25, 2009 by Tracy A. Boyle
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