In this prelude to the television series, "The Raccoons," Bert, Melissa and Ralph Raccoon have their home stolen when Tommy and Julie cut down their home for a Christmas tree. Eventually, ... See full synopsis »
In 1990, it was 50 years since Bugs Bunny first appeared on film in a recognizable form and outwitted hunter Elmer Fudd. To commemorate the subsequent half-century-long career of the most ... See full summary »
Two kids on the run from a very scary present come across two adults who can't quite escape their past. They're four people in need of a miracle, and sometimes the miracles in life are the very people whose paths you cross.
Keith Alan Morris
Ali Landry Monteverde
The tune of the song 'The Lost Star' would be used as the TV series' theme tune. See more »
We'll show him! We'll launch a sneak attack! Bam! Bam! Boom! Bert Raccoon, karate ace!
[He tries to chop a tree but hurts his own hand]
[as Bert smiles sheepishly]
Despite Bert's expertise, we're still rather outnumbered.
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There are two versions of "The Raccoons and the Lost Star," an hour-long version broadcast on CBC in Canada and released on home video, and a serialized version split into two half-hours, which was distributed to television stations outside of Canada. This 2-part version, along with the other specials, was later packaged with the "Raccoons" series for syndication/cable. The 2-part version removed or shortened several scenes. Part 1:
When Schaeffer approaches the Sneer plane, the scene of him actually sneaking near the plane is deleted, cutting directly from the preceding narration to the Pig General calling on the radio, with Schaeffer already next to the plane.
In the scene when Schaeffer sees Sophia by the waterfall, a few seconds of him going through the forest are deleted.
After Sophia tells Schaeffer that "I'm the only me I know!", Schaeffer's explanation of how he came from Earth is deleted, as is the end of the scene, where Sophia admits that she never met Cedric's father, but assumes that he must be just as wonderful as he is.
When Cyril chews out the Pigs and Bears for failing his reconnaissance mission, Cyril's line about how he can pardon his pilots but not his generals is removed.
When Schaeffer, Sophia, and Broo are captured by the Raccoons, dialogue is removed in which Schaeffer demands that they let them out, but Bert refuses to oblige, saying "So you can capture more animals? No way, Shaggy!"
When Bert tells Ralph and Melissa how he doesn't trust Sophia because "she looks like one of Cyril Sneer's men," Schaeffer does not repeat the name "Cyril Sneer" to himself.
The narration at the end of the scene stops at "How was it that he knew Sophia and the Raccoons, but they didn't know him?"; the next line, about Schaeffer "just being glad to be with friends, whether they were new or old," is deleted.
When Cyril talks to Cedric, Cyril's plan for them to leave their "rinky dink planet" for Earth is deleted, as well as Cedric asking if they could at least take Sophia with them.
Cyril feeding the remnants of his globe to Snag is removed, along with the narration explaining the irony of Schaeffer seeking Cedric's father's help to get back to Earth, when he wanted to go there for "a different, more sinister reason."
Cedric and Sophia's date begins with Cedric telling Sophia that she's a little late; Cedric giving Sophia flowers is removed.
The scene of the Raccoons and Schaeffer planning their first raid begins with Bert declaring himself "Bert Raccoon, dueling ace!" The preceding dialogue, with Bert threatening an imaginary Cyril Sneer, is deleted.
In the "Lions and Tigers" sequence, only the Raccoons and Schaeffer's first raid is shown, followed by the narration that "...the Raccoons kept releasing the animals, but Cyril would capture them again." More raids, in which more animals are freed, are deleted, along with part of the song.
Part 1 ends with Cyril Sneer telling the Raccoons, "You've just had your last successful raid! You had your fun, now it's my turn!" A short preview of part 2 is shown, with scenes of Schaeffer and the Raccoons in the plane amidst Cyril's base falling apart, and Cyril throwing the switch to close the tunnel. This is followed by "To Be Continued..." on black, and a shorter end credits sequence, also on black, accompanied by an excerpt from the musical score.
An extra credit is added after the title logo and copyright: A shot of Cyril's plane with the legend "Distributed by Evergreen Marketing Inc., New York." Part 2:
A recap from part 1 precedes part 2 itself.
When Cedric meets Sophia before they are interrupted by Cyril's army, Sophia is coaching Broo on how to do a backflip; Broo's first attempt to do so is deleted.
The entire "Fallin', Fallin'" song sequence is deleted.
When Cyril tells the Raccoons, etc. how nice it is "to have them all here," Melissa's retort "The pleasure is not mutual!", Bert and Ralph telling Cyril that he has no right to keep them there, and Cyril's response, "Don't try to appeal to my conscience, because I have none!" are all deleted; Cyril's "greeting" is followed immediately by Schaeffer asking him what he wants with him and his friends.
After the Raccoons, Sophia, and Schaeffer are put in maximum security, some footage is deleted before Bert talks about how he always wanted to fly a plane.
In the scene where Broo comes back with the map of Cyril's fortress begins, the opening narration "As dawn neared, so did Cyril Sneer's final countdown..." is deleted.
When Ralph finds that Broo brought back a map to the war room, Bert only cries "We're saved!"; his preceding dialogue, "Whoopie! All we have to do is follow the map and get the star!" is deleted.
The final act begins with Ralph exclaiming, "Oh, it feels good to be on home ground again!" The preceding scene is deleted, with a shot of the mountain ruins accompanied by Cedric asking (off-screen), "All right Pop, time to leave for Earth yet?" to which Cyril screams, and strangles Cedric, in reply.
The end credits are shorter; there are fewer credits and fewer stills, and the closing song "Friends" fades out earlier. The "Evergreen Marketing" credit again follows the title logo and copyright.
This was the last original TV special starring the Raccoons before they got their own series a couple years later, and it's also my favorite. Though the specials were rather formulaic compared to the series, I still love them because there's something that makes you feel really good when watching them. Probably because the outlook is so positive.
Disney Channel really cut a lot from this special whenever they aired it, so if you want to see the real version, try to find the video.
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