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Kid Power

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Original Air Date:
1972
Channel:
ABC
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Characters & Voices
Nipper - Charles Kennedy
Rocky - Jay Silverheels Jr.
Oliver - Greg Thomas
Ralph - Jeff Thomas
Connie - April Winchell
Jerry - Gary Shapiro
Wellington - Gary Shapiro
Polly - Gary Shapiro
Sybil - Michelle Johnson
Diz - Donald Fullilove
Randy - Donald Fullilove
George - Carey Wong
 
"Red, yellow, black or white…
White, yellow, black or red…
It’s up to Kid Power, Kid Power!"

Based on Morrie Turner’s hit syndicated comic strip Wee Pals, Kid Power debuted on ABC in September, 1972. The show’s premise was an extension of the comic strip: a pro-social animated sitcom which chronicled the adventures of a multi-ethnic group of loveable youngsters who called themselves “The Rainbow Club.”

Each week, Oliver, an overweight bespectacled boy, and fellow Rainbow alumni George, Wellington, Nipper, Connie, Diz, Rocky and the rest grappled with weighted social issues like prejudice, environmental awareness, and other moral dilemmas, often instigated by their antagonist bully pal Ralph. (The pilot episode involved Oliver's directing the Rainbow Club kids in a school production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Ralph is cast as Simon Legree. Mayhem ensues…)

No harmonious multi-ethnic club would be complete without a lovable animal sidekick, and Kid Power had not one, but two: Polly, a Parrot, and a feisty dog named General Lee.

Produced by Rankin/Bass, the creators of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Mad Monster Party, the colorful show employed music as a unifying force; many episodes included songs performed in a stylized, Yellow Submarine fashion. It was, after all, the psychedelic 70’s…

Although Kid Power ran for two seasons, only seventeen episodes were produced. The show, hailed as a “multiracial Peanuts”, was an early victory for proponents of educational kids TV in the seventies, and has since joined the ranks of revered pro-social shows like Sesame Street, Schoolhouse Rock, and that’s a good thing…
 
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In 1916, cartoonist Virgil Partch was born.