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Kidd Video was a Saturday morning cartoon in the 1980s. The title sequence explained the plot; Kidd Video and his band (played by live-action performers in the first half of the title sequence) were kidnapped by a villain named Master Blaster, and transported to Master Blaster's home dimension, a cartoon world called The Flipside. They were rescued by a fairy named Glitter, and subsequently spent each episode of the series either helping to free the denizens of the Flipside from Master Blaster's rule, or trying to find a way back to the "real world". Master Blaster flew around the sky in a giant jukebox, and his henchmen were a group of anthropomorphic cats called The Copycats.

The show was dominated by a MTV-esque, music video theme; each episode featured at least one action sequence set to a popular song, and the heroes would often distract their enemies by showing current music videos, and sneak off while the enemies were entranced. Each episode also ended with a live-action music video by Kidd Video and his band (the band was also called "Kidd Video"). Other pop cultural current events featured heavily in the show as well; the characters often break danced to relax, rode on skateboards, and one episode was devoted entirely to video games. The visual style of the cartoon itself was heavily influenced by the more surreal videos showing on MTV, and by album artwork of the era, by artists like Roger Dean.

The band itself was comprised of:

  • Kidd Video: Lead singer and guitarist
  • Carla: The latina drummer, who begins most sentences with the phrase "Ay caramba!"
  • Whiz: The nerdy guitar and keyboard player, who had a pet robot toolbox named "Toolbot" in the second season
  • Ash: The clumsy keyboardist also plays bass and saxophone

The band was created specifically for the show, they perform their own songs and they provided the voices for their cartoon counterparts.


Main cast


Whiz's Subaru Brat was sucked into the Flipside along with the band and transformed into a giant yellow vehicle (reminiscent of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine) called the Kiddmobile when the band members turned into cartoons.

Glitter, the fairy who saved the band members when they first arrived in the Flipside and serves as their guide, gains temporary super-strength and super-speed whenever she sneezes. Most episodes, at some point, involve the band getting stuck somewhere and having to find pepper, pollen, chalk dust, or some other kind of powder to make Glitter sneeze so she can use her super-strength to save them.

When the series was re-run in syndication in later years, all the music videos had to be removed to avoid paying royalties. The pop music that played in the background during certain animated sequences was replaced using original songs played by the band.

In a handful of episodes, Master Blaster attempts to capture other musicians from Earth to exploit their music, but only one (Lionel Richie) is referred to by name.

In very early episodes it seems as if the band is exploring the Flipside for the fun of it and they can leave whenever they feel like it. Soon, they are portrayed as being trapped there and in constant search for some way back home.

In later episodes a music video usually plays in the middle of a show, often as a ploy by the band to distract someone so they can escape.


  • Executive Producers: Haim Saban, Jean Chalopin, Andy Heyward
  • Supervising Director: Bernard Deyries
  • Director of Live Action: Bud Schaetzle
  • Creative Supervisor: Jean Chalopin
  • Assisted by: Lori Crawford, Rita Rokisky
  • Production Executive: Thierry P. Laurin
  • Associate Producer: Rudy J. Zamora
  • Production Coordinator: Barbara Stoddard
  • Written and Story Edited by: Jim Carlson, Terrence McDonnell
  • Casting and Voice Directors: Howard Morris, Michael Bell, Marsha Goodman, Ginny McSwain
  • Recorded at: L.A. Recording, Buzzy's Studio, Dennis Harris, Village/MRI, Sound Connection Studio
  • Storyboard Supervisor: Eddie Fitzgerald
  • Storyboard Artists: Michael Swanigan, Kevin Altieri, Victor Dal Chele, Gary Payn, Tom Marnick
  • Background Designers: Richard Raynis, Marek Buchwald
  • Assistant Background Designer: Charles Payne
  • Character Designers: Tim Gula, Barbara Pizinger
  • Layout Supervisor: Jim Simmon
  • Timing Director: Carol Beers
  • Animation Timer: Becky Bristow
  • Timing and Checking Supervisor: Myrna Bushman
  • Live Action Segments by: High Five Productions
  • Produced by: Bud Schaetzle, Martin Fischer
  • Production Manager: Bret Wolcott
  • Directors of Photography: Tom Ackerman, Daryn Okada
  • Assistant Director: Rabia Dockray
  • Assistant to the Producers: Alison Dockray
  • Live Action Casting: Meg Lieberman Casting, Irene Cagen
  • Writers: Jeff Book, Kevin Clyne, Carole Markin, Don McGlynn, Bud Schaetzle, Martin Wiley
  • Art Directors: Kathe Klopp, Priscilla Beroud, Christina Essmana
  • Editors: Michael Soloman, Craig Matthewson, Scott Wollin, Steve Purcell
  • Costumes: Nanci Grossi
  • Makeup: Cervantes Lab
  • Hair: Manny Montoya, Alex Garza
  • Production Assistants: Jerry Simer, Andrew Dimitroff, Theresa Abrook, Lisa Wolfson, Rick Phillips, Allen Posten, Ned Truslow
  • Music Engineer: Nick Carr
  • Music by: Shuki Levy, Haim Saban
  • Music Coordinator: Noam Kaniel
  • Post Production Executive: W.R. Kowalchuk Jr.
  • Post Production Services by: Animation City Editorial Services Inc.
  • Editorial Supervisor: Robert S. Birchard
  • Videotape Supervisor: Patty Hayes
  • Music Supervisor: Marty Wereski
  • Re-Recorded at: B&B Sound Studios
  • Effects Editors: Virginia Ellsworth, Karen Doulac, Bruce D. Fortune
  • Music Editor: Marty Wereski
  • Associate Supervising Editor: Jon Johnson
  • Sound Engineer: Michael Cochran
  • Assistant Editor: Adrianna Cohen
  • Editorial Coordinator: Alison Cobb
  • Format Editor: James Briley
  • Produced by: Haim Saban, Jean Chalopin, Andy Heyward, Shuki Levy

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