Toons & Tunes: Mission Magic Intro featuring Rick Springfield

Before rocker Rick Springfield was wishing he had Jessie’s Girl and staffing on General Hospital, he was serving duty on Saturday morning in Filmation’s SatAM toon, Mission: Magic!, which ran on ABC from 1973 to 1975. Mission: Magic! was about Miss Tickle, a schoolteacher who was a also a witch (of course she needed another job, you know how much teachers make?) who takes her class of 6 quirky students on mystical, magical adventures (sort of a Mod Magic School Bus before it happened), aided by Springfield as a toonified version of himself. Though the show’s star was a witch, Springfield received top billing. Getting billed over a witch, now that’s star power.

-Wait. The witch teacher’s name is…Miss…Tickle. Her name is a play on the word “mystical”! I only just now got that!

Mission: Magic! was a spinoff of sorts from ABC’s The Brady Kids (Miss Tickle guest starred in an episode of the show, which served as a backdoor pilot for MM) and the series boasts one of THE most psychedelic openings of all time. Dr. Timothy Leary would be proud. Rick sang the show’s theme song, obviously, and while it’s trippy as all-get-out and very early 70’s, it’s still a pretty decent tune. Tune in, turn on, drop out and enjoy.

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  1. Ah, “Mission Magic”. A Saturday morning cartoon that for years I believed might have been merely a candy induced hallucination. I spent much of my teenage years trying to convince my cousins and classmates that “Mission Magic” was a real program. Whenever we would see the episode of “The Brady Kids” in which Miss Tickle appeared, I would tell them “Miss Tickle had her own show! She did! I swear I’m not making this up!” Thank goodness for the internet, for it saved what’s left of my sanity.

    Some of the images in that intro look like bits from “Yellow Submarine” that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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