From Roger Rabbit to Rescue Rangers: The Legacy of the Crossover Mega Movies

Conversely, the Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse scene makes me wonder why Mickey is such an asshole.

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1990)

Not quite a movie, but unique enough that I feel the need to talk about it, Cartoon stars to the rescue was a joint effort (heh) between different TV networks to bring together all of their cartoon characters to do a public service announcement against drug use. Featuring Alf, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pooh, Tigger, Slimer, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Muppet Babies, Donald’s Nephews, The Smurfs, Garfield and Michelangelo (none of the other turtles, just Mikey), the different characters s come together to help a little girl get her big brother off drugs. All the while, George C. Scott plays the role of a living cloud of marijuana smoke.

What I find quite funny is how most of the characters are introduced via the toy story way at the very beginning. They all start as toys, posters, and branded devices that come to life. Then when other characters appear, they just appear. Bugs Bunny and Michelangelo exist. Don’t question it.

While the villain is fun (Scott’s Smoke comes across as a prototype for James Woods’ Hades), the whole cartoon crossover is the only other thing keeping this special afloat. When you get a scene of the little sister being too scared to tell her dad about her brother’s drug use, you’ll be begging for another Chipmunks musical number.

Best IP crossover time: Watching the Netflix series, Saturday Morning All Star Hit peak in their mega-crossover parody All the comic stars say don’t say shut up. After the show went through several episodes featuring all sorts of early ’90s cartoon parodies (making fun of everything from Denver the last dinosaur at Pro Stars), all the different characters unite to warn of the dangers of saying “Shut up!” to people in an incredibly relevant parody of Cartoon stars to the rescue.

What I’m trying to say is more people need to check Saturday Morning All Star Hit.

Kimberly B. Nguyen