Conversely, the scene of Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse just makes me wonder why Mickey’s being such a dick.
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1990)
Not quite a movie, but unique enough that I feel the need to discuss it, Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue was a joint effort (heh) between different TV networks to put all their cartoon characters together in order to do a PSA against drug use. Featuring the likes of Alf, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pooh, Tigger, Slimer, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Muppet Babies, Donald’s nephews, the Smurfs, Garfield, and Michelangelo (none of the other Turtles, just Mikey), the various characters join together to help a little girl get her big brother off of drugs. All the while, George C. Scott plays the role of a living cloud of marijuana smoke.
What I find kind of funny is how most of the characters are introduced via the Toy Story way in the very beginning. They all start off as toys, posters, and branded appliances who come to life. Then when other characters show up, they just show up. Bugs Bunny and Michelangelo just exist. Don’t question it.
Though the villain is fun (Scott’s Smoke comes off as a prototype for James Woods’ Hades), the whole cartoon crossover is the only other thing keeping this special afloat. When you get a scene of the little sister being too afraid to tell her father about her brother’s drug use, you’ll be begging for another Chipmunks musical number.
Best IP Crossover Moment: Seeing the Netflix series, Saturday Morning All Star Hits culminate in their mega-crossover spoof All Cartoon Stars Say Don’t Say Shut Up. After the show spends several episodes introducing all sorts of early ’90s cartoon parodies (making fun of everything from Denver the Last Dinosaur to Pro-Stars), all the various characters band together to warn about the dangers of saying, “Shut up!” to people in an incredibly on-point parody of Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.
What I’m trying to say is that more people need to check out Saturday Morning All Star Hits.