Title: The California Raisin Show
Genre: Animation, Kids
First aired: 1989-09-16
Creator: Kent Butterworth
Cast: Cam Clarke, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Dorian Harewood, Willard E. Pugh, Cree Summer, Brian Cummings, Jim CummingsOverview: The California Raisin Show is an animated television series based on the claymation advertising characters The California Raisins. The show is based on an Emmy Award-winning claymation special, Meet the Raisins!, which originally aired on CBS in 1989. After the show's 13-episode run, a sequel to the original special, Raisins: Sold Out!: The California Raisins II, aired in 1990. While the characters are traditionally depicted in claymation, the TV show was cel animated by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson. It did, however, maintain Will Vinton as creative director and executive producer. It takes place in a world populated by anthropomorphic fruits and vegetables and focuses on the main characters, the California Raisins: A.C., Beebop, Stretch, and Red. Each episode has one or more musical numbers.