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Crack Cocaine, Kermit the Frog and Slimer: An Oral Historical past of the Nineteen Nineties Craziest Anti-Drug PSA

Jim Cummings, voice of Winnie the Pooh/Tigger: They initially had Winnie the Pooh saying to one of many youngsters, Properly, if ever youre on the road or a playground and somebody provides you a joint, simply inform them no. Simply say no.”

However I instructed them, He cant say that. Winnie the Pooh can not say, If somebody provides you a joint. He may say, If someone provides you a smackerel of honey and also you dont know them, inform them no. You recognize, that kind of factor.” I mentioned, Give that line to a Ninja Turtle. They might in all probability get away with it.” It was simply an odd dynamic as a result of Im very, very, very protecting. These are my guys, and Im very proprietary over them. I watch over them just like the particular characters they're.

Poole: Surprisingly, we didnt get a lot pushback on the scarier components of the present. In truth, they applauded the way in which we have been approaching it — that it didnt seem to be a Saturday morning cartoon. It appeared like there was one thing extra to it. It appeared like we have been speaking as much as the youngsters, trusting that they may deal with no matter. And a giant a part of the entire drug message (was) these scary elements. I dont assume we wished to go any more durable than we went, however I dont assume we wished to go any softer than we went. Im certain we had a psychologist that was on board for recommendation. So among the feedback or instructions the story took actually got here from them.

Dan Nachtigal, guardian interviewed by the Washington Publish in 1990: Children prefer to be scared; they like scary issues. So I'm wondering how efficient the cartoon was.

Coleman: It was, I feel, the primary scripted present to ever be simulcast on NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox.

Cummings: Yeah, it was one thing. To this present day, I feel thats the one time thats occurred.

Poole: We obtained a 32 score and a 63 share, which is remarkable nowadays. Just about 63 p.c of the TVs that have been on have been watching this present, which is outrageous.

Smith: We have been all type of questioning the way it was going to come back out — whether or not it was going to be a bit of shit, or if it was going to be one thing that was going to be a traditional. It in all probability fell someplace in-between, to be trustworthy with you. It wasn’t the very best animation on this planet, and it wasn’t the worst.

Coleman: I can let you know from my expertise that at any time when I do a Comedian-Con, invariably at each single one, there will likely be no less than a number of individuals who will ask me about this present. And plenty of occasions, folks have instructed me that it was because of that PSA, because of that cartoon, that they by no means did medicine. Or why they obtained off of medicine. In fact, attitudes about the whole lot in our world have modified. So I dont assume wed go about making an attempt to unravel a few of these issues in as easy or simple manner (as we speak) as we did again in 1990.

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