Jeff Bergman – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck
Townsend Coleman – Michelangelo, father
Jim Cummings – Winnie the Pooh, Tigger
Joey Dedio – Dealer
Paul Fusco – ALF
Danny Goldman – Brainy Smurf
Janice Karman – Theodore
Jason Marsden – Michael
Don Messick – Papa Smurf
Lorenzo Music – Garfield
Laurie O’Brien – Baby Piggy, mother
Lindsay Parker – Corey
George C. Scott – Smoke
Russi Taylor – Huey, Dewey, Louie, Baby Gonzo
Frank Welker – Slimer, Hefty Smurf, Baby Kermit
|We all wished we had this poster in our rooms.
|Michael and Smoke are confronted by the cartoon characters.
|Smoke and Pooh battle for Corey's soul.
|You know you're high when the smoke starts to smile at you.
Directed by Milton Gray,
Marsh Lamore, Bob Shellhorn, Mike Svayko and Karen Peterson, and animated by
Productions Co., Ltd. in an impossibly tight six-week deadline (a standard
episode typically took twice as long), Cartoon
All-Stars to the Rescue was simulcast across all the major networks, most
independent stations, and several cable channels, as well as in nine different
countries on April 21st, 1990; becoming the first scripted show to
do so. It only aired once, although The Disney Channel
did rerun it a few more times. A rumor persisted that Jim Davis was never asked
for permission to use Garfield in the special, resulting in it never airing
again in America. Mark Evanier, head
writer of Garfield
and Friends, debunked
the rumor saying that not only was permission given to use Garfield, but an
agreement was in place with all the rights holders that the special would have
a limited airing. The special was produced by Southern Star
Productions for the Academy of Television
Arts & Sciences
|The VHS box.
|Retailer promo for the VHS release.
Over the next year, the special was translated and played in various
international markets. In most countries, that nation’s leader introduced the
special in place of the President: Prime Minister Bob
Hawke for Australia, Prime Minister Jim Bolger for New Zealand,
Prime Minister Brian
Mulroney for Canada, and President Carlos Salinas
de Gortari for Mexico.