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The California Raisins

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The California Raisins

 

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This show was aired on CBS from September 16, 1989 to September 1, 1990. It was inspired by the popular commercials launched by the California Raisin Advisory Board with the help of claymation expert Will Vinton, this show featured traditional cel animation rather than claymation. A.J., Red, Beebop and Stretch -- the raisins were named in a 1988 Name-The-Raisin contest --  were the musically-inclined stars.

Bill Vinton's Claymation sensations star in their own animated adventures. They tour the country with their manager, having adventures along the way.

Unable to replicate the charm and novelty of the commercials, the series was cancelled after one season. The concept spawned plenty of tie-in merchandise which is now collectible. In July 1989, the "Michael Raisin" ad, featuring a clay figure of Michael Jackson, debuted in theaters. And there was a 1990 TV special, The Raisins: Sold Out.

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