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What Is Kidd Video?
29 Oct 2005
What's Kidd Video?

Kidd Video is a half-hour television series that ran Saturdays on NBC, between 1984 and 1986. It was produced by DIC Productions in association with Saban Productions. The series was about a California teen music band called Kidd Video. The band consists of Kidd (the leader), Carla (the fearless girl drummer), Whiz (the Macgyver type who could make anything) and Ash (well, he's a good guy, but kind of a schmoe).

One day, they meet at H&S Storage (where they keep some of their equipment). Kidd removes a plastic covering from a nearby mirror and the band starts to practice. Suddenly, an image appears in the mirror. It's a cartoon man called the Master Blaster. By pressing a button on his chair, he takes the band to a world of Rock & Roll... another dimension known as the Flipside. The Flipside is an upbeat, non-threatening environment filled with people who love Kidd Video's music. It's a strange, bizarre world where the laws of nature don't exist. The band turns into cartoons... and the Master Blaster wants the band to be his musical slaves forever! However, the kids are rescued by a fairy named Glitter. In the series, the band explores the Flipside in hopes that they will find a way back to our world... and also avoids the Master Blaster of Bad Vibes and his cronies, the Copy Cats.

"Old Time Rocks That Roll" -- Episode 18

The Copy Cats give Master Blaster a stereo for his birthday -- He keeps singing "I Love Rock and Roll." While he uses it, the cats look for their present (why they get a present on his birthday, I have no idea). They find a troll held prisoner in a cage, and let it escape. MB orders the cats to bring it back.

Meanwhile, Kidd and the gang are spring cleaning. Whiz uses too much soap while doing the laundry and soapsuds take over the Kiddmobile. The controls get flooded... they land so everything can dry out. They find themselves in Melody Valley, where the locals look like fruits and vegetables and they farm musical instruments. Their musical crop keeps disappearing underground.

While Whiz and Ash clean out the Kiddmobile, Kidd and Carla decide to find out what's happening to the instruments. They put their own instruments into the ground, and Glitter stands guard. The troll arrives and ends up stealing the instruments and Glitter before she can warn them. Kidd and Carla go into the underworld to rescue her and the instruments.

Eventually, the cats and MB go below to nab the troll. Kidd and Carla rescue Glitter, then try to stop the Troll from wreaking havoc on Melody Valley. However, the troll's army of large eyes, noses, lips and ears trap them, MB and the cats. They decide to work together to escape, since Kidd is the only one who knows the way out. They board MB's hover chair, but crash into a wall.

Just when they think the end is near, Whiz and Ash arrive amidst a river of soap suds. The band, army, cats and MB are washed outside. The troll still advances. Kidd has the cats sing... the troll can't stand it!

Kool Kitty: "Singing like this isn't easy you know!"
Ash: "Yeah, listening to it isn't either!"

The troll strikes a deal to make them stop...Everyone goes to the fortress and jams on MB's stereo. Now MB hates rock and roll.

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