Fans of the vintage Saturday morning cartoon “Rainbow Brite” got some good news Wednesday. Feeln, an online subscription-based video-on-demand service, is bringing the classic cartoon back in a November relaunch.
Singer and actress Emily Osment will voice Rainbow Brite, the show’s main character, while Molly Ringwald (of “Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles” fame) has been cast as the villain, the Dark Princess. The series will debut three episodes a week staring Nov. 6.
Before the November relaunch, here are five things you need to know about the original 1980s series:
Rainbow Brite was created by the greeting card company Hallmark in 1984 in an effort to get into character licensing. The character and her back story were written with the hopes of branching into the Saturday morning cartoon market to appeal to young girls. The show became a regular syndicated cartoon in 1985, but lasted only one year.
Before Rainbow Brite was Rainbow Brite, she just a regular girl named Wisp. Wisp is brought to a colorless land where she must seek out the Sphere of Light to restore color to the world with the help of a Sprite named Twink and talking horse named Starlite. Only after Wisp found the Color Belt and rescued the seven Color Kids did she become Rainbow Brite.
The voice of Rainbow Brite in the '80s cartoon was Bettina Bush, a popular voice actor who has appeared in “Rugrats,” as Alisa Carmichael, and “My Little Pony,” as Megan. Andre Stojka voiced Rainbow Brite’s trusty talking horse Starlite. Stojka also voiced Owl in the “Winnie-the-Pooh” cartoons. Peter Cullen voiced the villain of the original series, Murky Dismal. Cullen is a prolific voice actor who was the original voice of Optimus Prime in the “Transformers” animated series, as well as Eeyore in the “Winnie-the-Pooh” cartoons.
In 1985 a full-length animated feature was released called “Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer.” The original cast returned for the film, which followed Rainbow Brite as she fought to save the planet from an evil princess.
5. Live Action
In 1986 a strange live-action movie was made based on the cartoon characters in which Rainbow Brite journeyed to the San Diego Zoo, where all the animals were losing their color. The film, “Rainbow Brite's San Diego Adventure,” is currently on YouTube.
The trailer for the new season of Rainbow Brite on Feeln can be seen here.
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