1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 4 (USA)
Based on the comic strip Wee Pals by Morrie Turner, this half-hour animated ABC series from Rankin/Bass attempted to instil (or indoctrinate) kids with a pride in being a kid rather than an adult.
Episodes followed the Peanuts-like adventures of “the Rainbow Club” – a group of multi-racial kids surrounded by peace symbols and hip talk.
The cast included Oliver, a portly protagonist with glasses who was often threatened by meanie Ralph; Sybil, a black fortune teller; Connie, a tomboy; Wellington, a shaggy-haired lad with a pet parrot named Polly; Jerry, a Jewish boy; and George, a Chinese chum.
Each show featured a song by The Curbstones, including gag-inducing snippets like “We’ve got the whole world in our hands”.
The whole affair was unabashed propaganda, a “Consciousness III” Greening of the Playground fantasy.
Jay Silverheels Jr.
Charles Kennedy Jr.