The California Raisin Show
|The California Raisin Show|
Willard E. Pugh
Brian Stokes Mitchell
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original release||September 16 – December 9, 1989|
The California Raisin Show is an animated television series based on the claymation advertising characters The California Raisins. The show is based on the claymation special, Meet the Raisins!, which originally aired on CBS in 1988. After the show's 13-episode run, a sequel to the original special, Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II, aired in 1990.
While the characters are traditionally depicted in claymation, the TV show was cel animated by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson. It did, however, maintain Will Vinton as creative director and executive producer. It takes place in a world populated by anthropomorphic fruits and vegetables and focuses on the main characters, the California Raisins: A.C. (vocals), Beebop (drums), Stretch (bass), and Red (guitar/piano). Each episode has one or more musical numbers.
- Cam Clarke as Beebop
- Brian Cummings as Lick Broccoli
- Jim Cummings as Rudy Bagaman
- Gaille Heidemann as Shirelle
- Dorian Harewood as A.C.
- Michele Mariana as Lulu Arborman - Ma
- Rebecca Gilchrist as Dixie
- Brian Stokes Mitchell as Stretch (as Brian Mitchell)
- Willard E. Pugh as Red (as Willard Pugh)
- Cree Summer as Crystal
- Scott McNeil as Himself (as Scott McNeille)
- The Apple, Raisin-Style
- No Business Like Shoe Business
- School is Cool
- A Royal Mess
- Lights, Camera, Disaster
- The Good, the Bad & the Broccoli
- Abracadabra Beebop
- The Grape Outdoors
- Rocket n' Rollin' Raisins
- Hold That Jungle
- Olivera Street
- Picture-Perfect Shirelle
- You Can't Grow Home Again
On November 15, 2011, Hen's Tooth Video released The California Raisins Collection on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. The 2-disc set features all 13 episodes of the series as well as the two original claymation specials Meet the Raisins! and Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II along with 4 original TV ads.
- Will Vinton Biography, Filmography and Awards WillVinton.net. Retrieved on 5-14-11.
- "California Raisins DVD news: Announcement for California Raisins - The California Raisins Collection". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved February 20, 2012.