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ABC Weekend Special

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ABC Weekend Specials
ABC Weekend Special Title Screen.jpg
Main title card
GenreSaturday morning anthology
StarringCap'n O. G. Readmore
Theme music composerTommy Leonetti (1977–90)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons17
No. of episodes132
Production
Running time30 min.
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1977 (1977-09-10) –
August 30, 1997 (1997-08-30)
Chronology
Related shows

ABC Weekend Special is a weekly 30-minute American television anthology series for children that aired Saturday mornings on ABC from 1977 to 1997, which featured a wide variety of stories that were both live-action and animated.[1] Similar to both ABC Afterschool Special and The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, the ABC Weekend Special differed in that it was primarily aimed at younger viewers following ABC's Saturday-morning cartoon lineup, whereas the ABC Afterschool Special was known for its somewhat more serious, and often dramatic, storylines dealing with issues concerning a slightly older teen and pre-teen audience. The main focus of ABC Weekend Special was to encourage children to read.[2]

With the debut of the ABC Weekend Special, some of the early ABC Afterschool Specials that had been targeted towards younger viewers were subsequently repackaged and re-run instead as ABC Weekend Specials.

Presenters/Hosts

1979–1981: Michael Young served as host of the series for two seasons.

1981–1984: Willie Tyler and his dummy Lester took over as the new hosts of the series, appearing in an opening segment introducing that week's episode as well as an ending segment wrapping up the show and often recommending the book that that week's episode had been based on.

1984–1989: The puppet character Cap'n O. G. Readmore took over as host of the series, along with Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, and/or other celebrity guest co-hosts. The character also starred in five animated episodes of the show, as well appearing in animated Saturday morning PSAs encouraging children to "read more".

Title sequence

During the series' tenure on Saturday Mornings, ABC Weekend Specials had three main opening title sequence packages, all of which included storybook/literary elements and characters in varying forms.


January 29, 1977–August 1990
The Pop-Up Book

The original opening, designed and animated by Rick Reinert Studios, consisted of a stack of books on a library desk accompanied by a rhythmic disco theme tune in the background. A larger book in the middle of the display (with the show's title printed on the cover) magically opens, with the ABC logo printed on the first page. Various figures from literature and intertitles pop up from out of the book. The intertitles read Children's Novels for Television and Short Story Specials respectively. The series title "blossoms" into view at the end of the intro.

This was the longest running umbrella sequence in the show's broadcast history.


September 1990–September 1994
Reading is Magic

With a new decade comes a new visual sequence and theme song. For this package, Weekend Specials combined computer animation with live action elements, as neighborhood kids discover the wonders of reading with a turn of a page and a little bit of magic. When the enchanted books are open, the readers become part of the story...from cowboys to undersea explorers to cave kids. One of the books (with the series title printed on the cover) magically grows and flips open, with Cap'n O. G. Readmore ushering the readers for fun and adventure.

This opener was animated by San Diego-based American Film Technologies, with key animation by comic book artist Terrie Smith.


September 1994–August 30, 1997
Adventures in Reading

During the mid-1990s, the graphics package was again updated. This CGI opener takes place back at the library, where we pan through a row of books. The camera stops at a book with the ABC Circle signature printed on the side. The logo then magically pops out and grows arms and legs and leaps to a book on a nearby desk. It opens the book and dives into an array of worlds and universes inhabited by letters! The Circle figure fights off combatants at a medieval castle, swings a vine in the jungle and flies through the solar system in its spacecraft. The Circle figure ends its journey on the front cover of a book with the show's title beside it.


Closing Credits

The closing sequence varied over the years. In the 1970s and 1980s, a short version of the theme played as a bookmark floats into view, gently landing in the closing Pop-Up Book. An intertitle fades in: "Recommended by the National Education Association". The NEA intertitle was used until c. 1983.

List of episodes

Listed by original airdate; however, many of the episodes were put into heavy rotation, continuing to air in reruns for years after their original airdate.

Short Story Specials (1977)

Four episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
1 Valentine's Second Chance Jan 29, 1977 ABC Circle Films A safecracker (Ken Berry) receives a second chance at freedom when he risks arrest to open a time-locked safe to save the life of a young boy named Joe Willie (Sean Marshall).
2 The Haunted Trailer Mar 26, 1977 Sharon (Lauren Tewes) and Mickey (Monie Ellis) are teenage sisters who discover that their motor home is haunted by four pesky male ghosts and join forces in their efforts to rid their home of the unwanted guests.
3 My Dear Uncle Sherlock Apr 16, 1977 A 12-year-old amateur sleuth (Robbie Rist) teams with his detective uncle (Royal Dano) to find the culprit who robbed a wealthy old recluse.
4 Homer and the Wacky Doughnut Machine Apr 30, 1977 Homer, a mechanically-inclined young boy (Michael LeClair), invents an automatic doughnut making machine to help save his uncle's (David Doyle) faltering coffee shop.

Season 1 (1977–1978)

14 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
5 The Winged Colt Sep 10, 1977 ABC Circle Films (Part 1) Uncle Coot, a former movie stuntman and ranch owner (Slim Pickens) and his nephew Charles (Ike Eisenmann) become the owners of a colt born with wings.
6 Sep 17, 1977 (Part 2) Uncle Coot refuses to believe the colt can fly, but Charles is convinced that it will.
7 Sep 24, 1977 (Part 3) When the winged colt disappears again, Charles goes in pursuit and runs into an old hermit (Keenan Wynn) who claims he has seen Comet fly.
8 The Ransom of Red Chief Oct 22, 1977 Two inept con men (Jack Elam and Strother Martin) kidnap a financier's son – a mischievous boy who calls himself Red Chief (Patrick Petersen) – and request a large ransom for his return, but the boy turns the tables on his captors.
9 Portrait of Grandpa Doc Nov 05, 1977 Phoenix Films A young artist (Bruce Davison) prepares a tribute to his loving grandfather (Melvyn Douglas), a man who encouraged him to pursue his dreams.
10 Trouble River Nov 12, 1977 Martin Tahse Productions (Part 1) A young boy (Michael LeClair) and his grandmother (Nora Denney) ride a makeshift raft down a dangerous river to escape from a group of renegades.
11 Nov 19, 1977 (Part 2)
12 Tales of the Nunundaga Nov 26, 1977 20th Century Fox (Part 1)
13 Dec 03, 1977 (Part 2)
14 The Escape of a One-Ton Pet Jan 07, 1978 Tomorrow Entertainment (Part 1) A young girl tries to save her prizewinning bull from the butcher shop.
15 Jan 14, 1978 (Part 2)
16 Jan 21, 1978 (Part 3)
17 Soup and Me Feb 04, 1978 ABC Circle Films The misadventures of two friends, Soup (Christian Berrigan) and Rob (Shane Sinutko) during one October day: skinny dipping in a chilly pond, dressing up as girls to avoid a bully and destroying a Halloween party with an out-of-control baby carriage carrying a giant pumpkin.
18 The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy May 06, 1978 Ruby-Spears Petey the puppy (voiced by Todd Turquand) goes through a series of harrowing adventures as he sets out to the city to adopt a boy of his own.

Season 2 (1978–1979)

12 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
19 The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody Sep 09, 1978 Learning Corporation of America Joanna Peabody (Star-Shemah) is granted seven wishes by Aunt Thelma, a wise fairy godmother (Butterfly McQueen) who appears on Joanna's TV screen. Joanna squanders a few wishes before she learns the value of sharing.
20 The Contest Kid and the Big Prize Sep 16, 1978 ABC Circle Films Harvey Small, a 12-year-old boy (Patrick Petersen) enters a contest and wins first prize: the services of a butler named Hawkins (John Williams) for one month.
21 If I'm Lost, How Come I Found You? Sep 30, 1978 (Part 1)
22 Oct 07, 1978 (Part 2)
23 The $100,000 Bill Oct 28, 1978 An insecure insurance salesman (Donny Most) asserts his independence by telling off his boss and quitting his job when he finds a large amount of cash and later discovers he possesses counterfeit 1,000 dollar bills.
24 Little Lulu Nov 04, 1978 Little Lulu (Lauri Hendler), the mischievous little girl with big goals, and her friends crusade for women's rights when the boys object to the fact that their summer camp, Camp Whackadoo, has become co-ed.
25 Soup for President Nov 18, 1978 Soup (Christian Berrigan) runs for school president against Janice Riker (Mary Margaret Patts), the toughest kid in school.
26 Weep No More, My Lady Feb 10, 1979 Ruby-Spears Skeeter (voiced by Jeremy Lawrence), a young Mississippi boy, adopts a courageous dog named My Lady and together they challenge the dangers of a scary swamp when they are both held prisoner by a vengeful man.
27 The Horse That Played Centerfield Feb 24, 1979 (Part 1) The N.Y. Goats baseball team have not won a game yet, but manager Casey Balloo (voiced by John Erwin) has a brainstorm – he sends in Oscar, a horse who is very good at catching oranges – to catch flys in center field and figures that the team's playing will improve. Oscar manages to lead the Goats to victory.
28 Mar 03, 1979 (Part 2) With Oscar as a permanent team member, the Goats make it to the World Series. When the Goats win the first three games, Oscar is suddenly "horsenapped" and everyone sets out on a wild hunt to rescue him before the Series is lost.
29 The Baby with Four Fathers Mar 31, 1979 D'Angelo/Bullock/Allen Productions In 1946 New York City, four 11-year-old boys (Al Billera, Patrick Piccininni, Albert Ferrara, Eric Gurry) encounter problems when they find an abandoned baby girl and decide to "adopt" her.
30 The Puppy's Great Adventure May 12, 1979 Ruby-Spears Petey (voiced by Bryan Scott) is determined to prove he is an individual when his new owner is adopted by parents who do not like dogs.

Season 3 (1979–1980)

12 episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
31 The Big Hex of Little Lulu Sep 15, 1979 ABC Circle Films Little Lulu (Lauri Hendler) uses a fortune teller, pickle-flavored ice cream and her active imagination in a scheme to convince her friend Tubby (Kevin King Cooper) to donate money for uniforms for the neighborhood hockey team.
32 The Contest Kid Strikes Again Sep 22, 1979 Harvey the contest kid (Patrick Petersen) wins a flock of chickens and uses them to help his friend Hawkins (Alan Napier) out of a financial predicament.
33 The Girl with ESP Oct 20, 1979 Laura Hoffman (Rachel Longaker), a seemingly average young girl, suddenly finds her world turned upside down when she discovers she can envision events a few minutes into the future.
34 The Ghost of Thomas Kempe Nov 03, 1979 (Part 1) The ghost of a 17th-century sorcerer gets 12-year-old James Harrison (Shane Sinutko) into trouble when the boy refuses to become his apprentice.
35 Nov 10, 1979 (Part 2) Irish handyman Bert Ellison (Garrett O'Connor) volunteers to help James lure the ghost of Thomas Kempe back to its resting place.
36 The Incredible Detectives Nov 17, 1979 Ruby-Spears A trio of pets – Reggie, a bulldog (voiced by Laurie Main); Madame Cheng, a Siamese cat (voiced by Marlene Aragon); and Hennessy, a crow (voiced by Frank Welker) – join forces to rescue their kidnapped master.
37 The Revenge of Red Chief Dec 15, 1979 ABC Circle Films Two drifters (Jack Elam and Noah Beery Jr.) again face Red Chief (Patrick Petersen), the boy who enjoys being kidnapped, who becomes a part of their scheme to sell a fake rain-making machine to a drought-stricken town.
38 The Puppy's Amazing Rescue Jan 26, 1980 Ruby-Spears Petey (voiced by Bryan Scott) and Dolly (voiced by Nancy McKeon) have to outwit poachers, a hungry bear and a hawk to rescue their humans from an avalanche while celebrating Tommy's birthday at his parents' mountain cabin.
39 The Gold Bug Feb 02, 1980 Highgate Pictures A young boy (Anthony Michael Hall) joins an ex-slave (Geoffrey Holder) and a treasure hunter (Roberts Blossom) in a wild search for Captain Kidd's buried gold.
40 Feb 09, 1980
41 The Trouble with Miss Switch Feb 16, 1980 Ruby-Spears (Part 1) Rupert Brown (voiced by Eric Taslitz) and Amelia Daley (voiced by Nancy McKeon) are classmates who discover that their teacher, Miss Switch (voiced by Janet Waldo), is a witch with a magical talking cat named Bathsheba (voiced by June Foray).
42 Feb 23, 1980 (Part 2) Miss Switch and Bathsheba fly to Witch Mountain with Rupert and Amelia in their plan to stop the wicked witch Saturna (voiced by June Foray), who has condemned Miss Switch and taken control of the Witches' Council.

Season 4 (1980–1981)

Eight episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
43 Scruffy Oct 04, 1980 Ruby-Spears (Part 1) Scruffy (voiced by Nancy McKeon) is a lovable puppy struggling to survive in an unfamiliar world where she loses loved ones, battles fiendish foes and learns the value of loyal friends.
44 Oct 11, 1980 (Part 2) Scruffy – frightened and freezing – returns alone to the big city and finds an affectionate new master, a ragged but regal Shakespearean street performer named Tibbles (voiced by Hans Conried).
45 Oct 18, 1980 (Part 3) Scruffy meets a tough bulldog named Butch (voiced by Michael Bell) who takes her to join his family of strays who have set up a canine commune in an abandoned station wagon.
46 Arthur the Kid Jan 03, 1981 ABC Circle Films Three bumbling outlaws (Marvin Kaplan, Graham Jarvis, Charles Hyman) who advertise in the Medicine Bow Gazette for a "boss" have their careers redirected when a spunky 10-year-old named Arthur (Dennis Dimster) applies for the job.
47 Zack and the Magic Factory Jan 10, 1981 (Part 1) Zack and Jenny (Jim Gatherum and Olivia Barash) are two young people who combine their talents to operate a magic shop.
48 Jan 17, 1981 (Part 2) Zack uses a little magic to save his aunt's (Jane Withers) magic-making factory from the wrecking ball.
49 Mayday! Mayday! Jan 24, 1981 (Part 1) Lou Parker (Don Fenwick) and his family are forced to make a crash landing in the High Sierras. With both parents trapped in the plane's wreckage, young Allison (Heather McAdam) and Mark (Brad Savage) set out alone to find help.
50 Jan 31, 1981 (Part 2) The prospects of rescue become increasingly dim as Allison and Mark struggle to elude a pack of wild dogs and encounter a rattlesnake ready to strike.

Season 5 (1981–1982)

Six episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
51 The Puppy Saves the Circus Sep 12, 1981 Ruby-Spears Petey (voiced by Sparky Marcus), after suffering a memory loss, finds fame as a performer, which saves the fortunes of a struggling family circus.
52 The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Sep 19, 1981 ABC Circle Films A modern adaptation of the short story by Mark Twain about a young scoundrel (Billy Jacoby) who plots to win a frog-jumping contest at all costs.
53 Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit Jan 09, 1982 Ruby-Spears After a family adopts an abandoned baby rabbit, Bunnicula, mysterious happenings lead the family cat Chester (voiced by Howard Morris) and dog Harold (voiced by Jack Carter) to suspect their new peer is a vampire.
54 Miss Switch to the Rescue Jan 16, 1982 (Part 1) When Amelia (voiced by Nancy McKeon) is kidnapped by Mordo the warlock (voiced by Hans Conried), Miss Switch (voiced by Janet Waldo) returns to help Rupert (voiced by Eric Taslitz) rescue his friend.
55 Jan 23, 1982 (Part 2) Saturna the wicked witch (voiced by June Foray) is the real power behind this diabolical plot. Amelia begins to fade away and vanishes – a disappearance Miss Switch knows will be permanent, unless Amelia is rescued by nightfall.
56 The Joke's on Mr. Little Feb 06, 1982 ABC Circle Films An unusual school teacher (Richard Sanders) uses a little creativity to out-trick an inventive pair of pranksters (K.C. Martel and Georg Olden).
57 Stanley, the Ugly Duckling May 01, 1982 Fine Arts Films A modernized take on the classic fairy tale that follows an ugly duckling (voiced by Susan Blu) who befriends a loner fox and learns a lesson about self-esteem.

Season 6 (1983)

Nine episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
58 The Haunted Mansion Mystery Jan 08, 1983 Scholastic Productions (Part 1) Angel Wilson (Tristine Skyler) and her neighbor Billy (Christian Slater) embark on a quest to investigate the mystery surrounding an old mansion haunted by an old miser.
59 Jan 15, 1983 (Part 2)
60 The Red Room Riddle Feb 05, 1983 Hightide Two youngsters (Billy Jacoby and Nicholas Gilbert) are trapped in an eerie haunted mansion by a ghost (Christian Hoff) who tells them that to escape, they must solve the riddle of the red room.
61 Horatio Alger Updated: Frank and Fearless Feb 12, 1983 ABC Circle Films (Part 1)
62 Feb 19, 1983 (Part 2)
63 All the Money in the World Mar 19, 1983 A 13-year-old boy (Nyles Harris) gets three wishes from a leprechaun (Dick Beals), and wishes for all the money in the world. He then learns about the real-life ramifications of such a wish.
64 The Secret World of Og Apr 30, 1983 Hanna-Barbera (Part 1) Five young siblings – Penny, Pamela, Peter, Patsy and Pollywog (voiced by Marissa Mendenhall, Noelle North, Josh Rodine, Brittany Wilson and Julie McWhirter) – journey to the underground magical and mysterious world of Og, which is inhabited by small green people.
65 May 07, 1983 (Part 2) The children and their pets continue their journey through Og. Penny and Pollywog are jailed by Og's little green town sheriff (voiced by Hamilton Camp).
66 May 14, 1983 (Part 3) The children attempt to escape in a straw boat from an angry mob of Og people.

Season 7 (1984)

Nine episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
67 Cougar! Jan 07, 1984 ABC Circle Films (Part 1) A young boy, Albie (Matthew Vipond) and his sister Sarah (Kim Hauser), stranded on an island, are confronted by a hungry cougar and a pair of kidnappers.
68 Jan 14, 1984 (Part 2) Albie and Sarah see their hopes for rescue dim when they are approached by two evildoers (Angus MacInnes and Wayne Best).
69 Jan 21, 1984 (Part 3) Albie and Sarah triumph over their kidnappers, the elements of the wild and a raging river.
70 The Dog Days of Arthur Cane Feb 18, 1984 Martin Tahse Productions (Part 1) A full moon and an amulet are responsible for the transformation of selfish teenager Arthur Cane (Ross Harris) into a shaggy dog.
71 Feb 25, 1984 (Part 2) Arthur, who has been transformed into a dog, gets a new outlook when he befriends a blind guitarist (John Scott Clough).
72 A Different Twist Mar 10, 1984 Scholastic Productions When movie star Phil Grey (Peter Gallagher) does a production of Oliver with boys only, 12-year-old Christi (Allison Smith) disguises herself as a boy to get into the show.
73 The Amazing Bunjee Venture Mar 24, 1984 Hanna-Barbera (Part 1) Karen (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) and Andy (voiced by Robbie Lee) are accidentally transported back to the year 100,000,000 B.C. in their father's time machine. Trapped in the Age of Dinosaurs, the kids confront surly cavemen and are also rescued from a pterosaur by a lovable, orange-haired creature with an inflatable trunk named Bunjee (voiced by Frank Welker).
74 Mar 31, 1984 (Part 2) Karen and Andy return to the modern world with Bunjee, who is hardly ready for civilization and soon a couple of Bunjee eggs hatch into pure prehistoric pandemonium.
75 Bad Cat Apr 14, 1984 Ruby-Spears Bad Cat (voiced by Bart Braverman) is a lively cat who sets out to prove that a feline does not need to be tough to have class.

Season 8 (1984–1985)

Eight episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
76 Henry Hamilton, Graduate Ghost Dec 08, 1984 Brookfield Productions (Part 1) Henry Hamilton (Steve Nevil) is a ghost who has graduated from Spiritual Specter University and gets his first haunting assignment.
77 Dec 15, 1984 (Part 2) Henry Hamilton teaches members of a modern-day family to believe in themselves and in their dreams.
78 The Bollo Caper Feb 02, 1985 Rick Reinert Productions Bollo (voiced by Michael Bell), a leopard brought to New York to be made into a fur coat, manages to escape to Washington to try to get Congress to declare him an endangered species.
79 The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf Feb 23, 1985 Scholastic Productions (Part 1) Walt Cribbens (Knowl Johnson) is a teenager who transforms into a wolf-boy form for two minutes at a time and has no idea why he is a werewolf; he decides to seek answers with the help of his best friend Cindy (Julia Reardon).
80 Mar 02, 1985 (Part 2) Walt and Cindy's quest is complicated by a series of local robberies that throw suspicion on Walt.
81 The Return of the Bunjee Apr 06, 1985 Hanna-Barbera (Part 1) Bunjee (voiced by Frank Welker), Karen (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) and Andy (voiced by Robbie Lee) must use the time machine once again and set out on an adventure to find a mother for the Bunjee babies.
82 Apr 13, 1985 (Part 2) Bunjee, Karen and Andy are transported back to medieval times where they must go through the obstacle of facing off against a malevolent sorceress and a three-headed dragon; eventually, they find a mother who also becomes Bunjee's mate named Bunjana and the kids return home to modern times.
83 The Velveteen Rabbit Apr 20, 1985 Robert (voiced by Josh Rodine) is convinced that his toy rabbit is real. When he contracts scarlet fever, the rabbit is considered the cause of the illness and ordered to be burned. He is saved from "death" by a fairy, who turns him into a real rabbit.

Season 9 (1985)

Nine episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
84 The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn Sep 07, 1985 ABC Circle Films Constance "Con" Sawyer (Drew Barrymore) and "Huckle" Mary Finn (Brandy Ward) are featured in a female version of Mark Twain's classic tales of youthful innocence and adventure.
85 Sep 14, 1985
86 Jeeter Mason and the Magic Headset Oct 05, 1985 Highgate Pictures Jeeter Mason (Kim Hauser) is a 10-year-old girl who possesses a magic moon rock (voiced by Nancy Walker) that speaks to her through a radio headset and allows her to use its powers to do anything.
87 Cap'n O. G. Readmore's Jack and the Beanstalk Oct 12, 1985 ABC Entertainment Cap'n O. G. Readmore (voiced by Neil Ross) and his friends – Kitty Literature, Ol' Tome Cat, Wordsy, Lickety Page and Dog-Eared – are holding their Friday Night Book Club meeting in an alley next to the public library. When members of the Book Club start to poke fun at some of the characters from their favorite fairy tales, the bookshelves part and Cap'n O. G. is confiscated by those same characters. Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk) challenges Cap'n O. G. to take his place in the story.
88 Pippi Longstocking Nov 02, 1985 ABC Circle Films (Part 1)
89 Nov 09, 1985 (Part 2)
90 Columbus Circle Nov 23, 1985 Highgate Pictures Five children, members of the Columbus Circle Club, attempt to play a practical joke on a new, snobbish neighbor (Ron Parady).
91 The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin Nov 30, 1985 DIC Entertainment (Part 1) Teddy Ruxpin (voiced by Phil Baron) leaves his home on the island of Rillonia with his best friend Grubby (voiced by Will Ryan) to follow an ancient map which leads him to find a collection of crystals on the mainland of Grundo.
92 Dec 07, 1985 (Part 2) Teddy and Grubby get caught up in an adventure involving a prince, a princess and all kinds of villains as they search for a treasure.

Season 10 (1986)

Nine episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
93 Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Sep 13, 1986 ABC Entertainment Cap'n O. G. Readmore (voiced by Neil Ross) and his friends are holding their Friday Night Book Club meeting on a rainy, eerie night. They select the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and when the book is opened, Lickety Page is kidnapped into the story and Cap'n O. G. follows to rescue him.
94 The Day the Kids Took Over Sep 20, 1986 Highgate Pictures (Part 1) Mayor Van Winkle (Lou Jacobi) awakens following a fall and discovers that children have taken over society.
95 Sep 27, 1986 (Part 2) Mayor Van Winkle, who is now in a society where kids act like adults, learns an important lesson about the rights of children.
96 Liberty and the Littles Oct 18, 1986 DIC Entertainment (Part 1) Tom and Lucy Little (voiced by David Wagner and Bettina Bush) get involved in a dangerous adventure when they crash-land on Liberty Island.
97 Oct 25, 1986 (Part 2) Tom and Lucy discover that their French ancestors, Les Petite Littles, are being persecuted by an evil general on Liberty Island.
98 Nov 01, 1986 (Part 3) Pere Egalitaire (voiced by Jim Morgan) may be Tom and Lucy's only hope in convincing the French Littles that they are not demons.
99 The Mouse and the Motorcycle Nov 08, 1986 Churchill Films (Part 1) Keith Gridley (Philip Walker) is a lonely young boy who meets Ralph, a tiny, talkative mouse (voiced by Evan Richards) with a fondness for Keith's toy motorcycle. Ralph and Keith become best friends and the daring little mouse has the time of his life riding his motorcycle.
100 Nov 15, 1986 (Part 2) Keith comes down with a bad fever and, even though his mouse family warns him of dangers like owls, cats and traps, a brave little Ralph sets out on his motorcycle to find the medicine that will save his human friend.
101 Santabear's First Christmas Nov 22, 1986 Rabbit Ears Productions Santa Claus appoints a young bear as his helper in delivering toys to the animals in the forest and he becomes known as Santabear. [Narrated by Kelly McGillis]

Season 11 (1988)

Four episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
102 Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Red Riding Hood Apr 02, 1988 ABC Entertainment Cap'n O.G. Readmore (voiced by Neil Ross) and his friends are holding their Friday Night Book Club meeting. Cap'n O. G. makes the mistake of underestimating the value of a good villain and ends up meeting Little Red Riding Hood as the new Big Bad Wolf.
103 Here Come the Littles Apr 23, 1988 DIC Entertainment (Part 1) Henry Bigg (voiced by Jimmy Keegan) goes to live with his greedy and heartless Uncle Augustus (voiced by Hal Smith) while his parents are lost in Africa; living in the crevices of the house are Tom and Lucy Little (voiced by Donavan Freberg and Bettina Bush) who soon discover that Augustus enslaves Henry and is planning on replacing his nephew's house with a shopping mall.
104 Apr 30, 1988 (Part 2) Augustus sees Grandpa and Dinky Little (voiced by Alvy Moore and Robert David Hall) and, mistaking them for toys, he locks them in a desk drawer; inside the drawer, Dinky and Grandpa discover that Augustus forged the documents in order to become Henry's legal guardian, as well as to steal and redevelop the Biggs' property.
105 May 07, 1988 (Part 3) After a series of adventures, Henry and the Littles find evidence of Augustus' plot to steal Henry's home; Augustus is arrested, the house is saved and Henry prepares to meet his rediscovered parents at the airport.

Season 12 (1988–1989)

Five episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
106 Cap'n O. G. Readmore's Puss in Boots Sep 10, 1988 ABC Entertainment Cap'n O. G. Readmore (voiced by Neil Ross) who regales his library friends – Kitty Literature, Ol' Tome Cat, Wordsy and Lickety Page – with the humorous and witty tale of his great-great-great-great-grandfather, the legendary Puss in Boots.
107 Runaway Ralph Oct 29, 1988 Churchill Films (Part 1) Ralph the Mouse (voiced by John Matthews) is grounded by his Uncle Lester for not sharing his toy motorcycle. Ralph decides to run away from home on his motorbike and comes to a summer camp for children, where he befriends a lonely young boy named Garfield (Fred Savage).
108 Nov 05, 1988 (Part 2) Garfield is accused of stealing another camper's watch and Ralph, determined to clear his friend's name, speeds off on his motorcycle and confronts the real watch-snatcher: a mean – and hungry – tom cat!
109 P. J. Funnybunny Feb 04, 1989 Animation Cottage A floppy-eared, irrepressible young rabbit named P. J. Funnybunny (voiced by Danny Cooksey) and his animal buddies seek to become celebrities by making contact with creatures from outer space.
110 The Monster Bed Sep 09, 1989 Marvel Productions A young boy (voiced by Brandon Crane) is mysteriously transported to a spot under a monster's bed.

Season 13 (1991)

Three episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
111 Ralph S. Mouse Feb 16, 1991 Churchill Films (Part 1)
112 Feb 23, 1991 (Part 2)
113 Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great Mar 23, 1991 Tashmoo Productions Sheila Tubman (Leah Foster) is a 10-year-old girl who attempts to overcome her two greatest fears – dogs and swimming – when her mother (Sherryl Simms-Foster) enrolls her in a summer camp.

Season 14 (1992)

Three episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
114 McGee and Me!: The Big Lie Jan 25, 1992 Focus on the Family An 11-year-old boy named Nick Martin (Joseph Dammann) and his family move into his grandmother's house. In an effort to make friends, Nick tells lies about an old man's house, which leads to bullies wrecking the house and Nick is forced to clean it up as punishment. His father helps him learn an important lesson about lying, elders, fear, speaking up and bullying.
115 Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Chicken Little Apr 18, 1992 ABC Entertainment Cap'n O. G. Readmore (voiced by Neil Ross) reads the story of Chicken Little to his fellow feline friends at their Friday Night Book Club where they gather.
Note: This is the last of the five ABC Weekend Specials to feature Cap'n O. G. Readmore.
116 The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten May 02, 1992 The Kingdom Chums – Essie, Christopher, Marvelous Mose, Little Miriam and Little David (voiced by Debby Boone, Tony Orlando, Billy Preston, Marilyn McCoo and Frankie Valli) – teach young children the meaning of the original Top Ten: the Ten Commandments!

Season 15 (1992–1993)

Eight episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
117 McGee and Me!: Take Me Out of the Ball Game Sep 12, 1992 Focus on the Family Nick Martin (Joseph Dammann) is on a baseball team, the Braves, coached by his father. It is important to them to win the game against their biggest rival, the Dodgers. And they think it is in the bag this year because of Thurman Miller, the team's biggest and best player.
118 Monster in My Pocket: The Big Scream Oct 31, 1992 Hanna-Barbera A batch of monsters are shrunken to pocket size by a freak accident. Carrie Raven (voiced by Dina Sherman), a horror author's daughter, finds the good monsters and together they battle the puny bad monsters, who have learned to grow temporarily when they hear a movie monster actress's scream.
119 Stanley and the Dinosaurs Nov 07, 1992 Churchill Films Stanley (voiced by Corey Burton) is a boy who dreams of times long past. While on a field trip at the museum, Stanley's mind travels to an alternative Stone Age, where dinosaurs and cavemen roam.
120 Choose Your Own Adventure: The Case of the Silk King Dec 12, 1992 Two young Americans (Soleil Moon Frye and Chad Allen) find adventures while searching for their missing uncle (Charles Haid) in Bangkok, Thailand.
121 Dec 19, 1992
122 The Parsley Garden Mar 27, 1993 White Sneakers During the Depression, a 10-year-old Armenian boy (Christopher Miranda) struggles with his sense of self and the extreme prejudice against immigrants in his community.
123 The Legend of Lochnagar Apr 24, 1993 BBC Scotland A Scotsman leaves civilization to begin a new life in Lochnagar, a mysterious land in the Scottish mountains that is inhabited by a race of little people that plant the flowers for the country. [Written and narrated by Prince Charles].
124 Commander Toad in Space May 08, 1993 Churchill Films Jack (Corey Miller) is the human navigator of the S.S. Stella, a space ship of the Algeian High Command that is run by frog and turtle-like creatures – Commander Toad (voiced by James Murray) and his assistants: Doc (voiced by Bruce Lanoil), Lieutenant Lily (voiced by Mary McDonald-Lewis) and the Admiral (voiced by Mark Hamill).

Season 16 (1993–1994)

Three episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
125 P. J.'s Unfunnybunny Christmas Dec 11, 1993 Animation Cottage P. J. Funnybunny (voiced by Troy Davidson) sets out to help sales at his father's toy store, ensuring that he will receive the Superblaster video game that he wants for Christmas. With the help of his animal buddies, he masquerades as Santa Claus to encourage townsfolk to spend money at his father's toy store.
126 The Magic Flute Apr 30, 1994 Ruby-Spears (Part 1) Based on the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a young prince (voiced by Mark Hamill) is given a magical flute by the Queen of the Night (voiced by Samantha Eggar) to help him rescue her kidnapped daughter and return her to the Queen.
127 May 07, 1994 (Part 2) The prince is captured by King Sarastro (voiced by Michael York) and both the prince and the young princess discover the truth of her past, and that the treachery of the Queen of the Night has serious consequences for the entire kingdom.

Season 17 (1994–1996)

Six episodes:

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
128 The Secret Garden Nov 05, 1994 Mike Young Productions A mischievous orphan (voiced by Anndi McAfee) and her sickly cousin find joy and magic in a neglected garden on a British estate.
129 Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale Feb 25, 1995 Ruby-Spears A brave boy named Temba (voiced by Jamil Walker Smith) ventures to find food and water for his drought-stricken village. But when he is given a set of magical bones, he uses them to gain riches for himself instead of sharing with his friends.
130 P. J. Funnybunny: A Very Cool Easter Mar 30, 1996 Animation Cottage P. J. Funnybunny (voiced by Jason Barnhill) attempts to plan an Easter parade and an Easter egg hunt, despite some unseasonably cold weather.
131 The Magic Pearl Aug 04, 1996 ABC Entertainment (Part 1)
132 Aug 11, 1996 (Part 2)
133 Aug 18, 1996 (Part 3)

Other specials

Occasionally, during the Weekend Specials timeslot, ABC aired a series of specials under the title ABC Saturday Morning Specials. Two ABC's Wide World of Sports for Kids specials were also produced in 1994.

List of other specials

No. Title Airdate Production Company Synopsis
1 The Great Alaska Dog Sled Race Mar 06, 1993
2 Rhythm and Jam: Rhythm & Rap Sep 18, 1993 Greengrass Productions
3 Rhythm and Jam: Melody & Harmony Sep 25, 1993
4 Kids on Ice: A Skating Adventure! Feb 12, 1994 ABC Sports A behind-the-scenes look at the United States Figure Skating Championships. [Hosted by Maria Sansone and Kristi Yamaguchi].
6 Money Made Easy: The ABC Kids' Guide to Dollars and Sense Apr 02, 1994 Paley/Price Productions A two-part special featuring a kids-eye view of banking which includes a look at an ATM's innards. [Hosted by Christopher Castile].
7 Apr 09, 1994
5 A Day at the Races Jun 11, 1994
8 Crash the Curiousaurus Jan 14, 1995 Kane Productions A dinosaur (Bruce Connolly) and two kids (Michael Shulman and Lauren Brooke Hunter) explore the American Museum of Natural History.
9 Jan 21, 1995
10 Wild Things: An Earth Day Special Apr 22, 1995 Kane Productions A special which explores the wonders of the animal kingdom and how people can help protect it. [Hosted by Jodie Sweetin, Jonathan Jackson, Marquise Wilson].
11 The Secret of Lizard Woman Nov 12, 1995 Greengrass Productions A teenage boy (Bradley Joseph) searching for his uncle on a reservation discovers his own Native American heritage.
12 Back to School with Schoolhouse Rock Sep 14, 1996 McCaffrey & McCall

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 55–56. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1985). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part II: Live, Film, and Tape Series. The Scarecrow Press. pp. 7–9. ISBN 0-8108-1651-2.

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