The Jackson 5ive (TV series)

The Jackson 5ive (TV series)

infobox Television
show_name = The Jackson 5ive


caption = Title Card
format = Animated series
runtime = 30 min.
producer = Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
rating =
voices = The Jackson 5
Paul Frees (Miscellaneous)
Donald Fullilove (Michael)
Edmund Sylvers (Marlon)
Joel Cooper (Jermaine)
Mike Martinez (Tito)
Craig Grandy (Jackie)
Diana Ross (Diana)
country = USA
network = ABC
Syndication
BET
MTV
VH1
first_aired = September 11, 1971
last_aired = September 1, 1973
num_episodes = 23
network = ABC
list_episodes =
imdb_id = 0066671
tv_com_id = 11552
company = Rankin/Bass Productions

"The Jackson 5ive" was a Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Rankin/Bass on ABC from September 11, 1971 until September 1, 1973; a fictionalized portrayal of the careers of Motown recording group The Jackson 5. The series was animated mainly in London at the studios of Halas and Batchelor, and some animation done at Estudios Moro, Barcelona, Spain. The director was Spanish-American Robert Balser.

Overview

Other than appearing in the introduction, the actual Jackson brothers themselves—Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael—were unable to contribute to the show in any way due to scheduling conflicts. Only their music was used; however, during the music montages, a clipping of the Jackson 5 appearing in concert would air occasionally to blend in with the cartoon. Though Berry Gordy did not provide the original voice, his character was frequently involved as the "adult figure" to the group. R&B/Pop singer Diana Ross contributed to voice her fictionalized self Fact|date:April2008|date=April 2008

Music

A specially recorded medley of four Jackson 5 #1 hits—"I Want You Back", "The Love You Save", "ABC", and "Mama's Pearl"—served as the show's theme song. Each episode would feature 2 songs by the Jackson 5. The songs were derived from their albums Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5, ABC, Maybe Tomorrow, and Third Album (with the exception of their cover of the song "Bridge Over Troubled Water"). In the newer episodes from 1972-73, songs were derived from Michael Jackson's album "Got to Be There" and two songs from the "Lookin' Through the Windows" album.

Pets

Because Michael Jackson owned many pets in real life, a few pets were added as extra characters to the cartoon. They included Michael's pet mice, Ray and Charles (alluding to singer Ray Charles), and his pet snake Rosey. Other than the mice chirping, the pets never spoke, but usually either attributed to assistance or mischief on the show.

Episodes

eason 1

# "It All Started With..."
# "Pinestock U.S.A."
# "Drafted"
# "Mistaken Identity"
# "Bongo, Baby Bongo"
# "The Winner's Circle"
# "Cinderjackson"
# "The Tiny Five"
# "The Groovatron"
# "Ray and Charles: Superstars"
# "The Wizard of Soul"
# "Jackson Island"
# "Farmer Jacksons"
# "The Michael Look"
# "Jackson Street, U.S.A."
# "Rasho-Jackson"
# "A Rare Pearl"

eason 2 (billed as "The New Jackson 5ive Show")

#"Who's Hoozis?"
#"Michael White"
#"Groove To The Chief"
#"Michael In Wonderland"
#"Jackson and The Beanstalk"
#"The Opening Act"

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