The Osmonds (cartoon)

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The Osmonds (cartoon)
The downfall of Rankin/Bass.
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 30 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 9 - December 30, 1972
Network(s): ABC
Starring: Paul Frees
Iris Rainer
Alan Osmond
Wayne Osmond
Merrill Osmond
Jay Osmond
Donny Osmond
Jimmy Osmond
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 17

The Osmonds is a 1972 ABC-TV Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Rankin/Bass Productions starring the Osmond Brothers. Each episode features the family in a different location around the world, with young Jimmy's antics usually driving the plot of the episode. As with most television series oriented around bands, the Osmonds' songs were featured prominently in the series. The series also featured their talking pet dog, Fuji. Marie Osmond did not appear in the series, as she would not make her performing debut until 1973. An abridged version of their hit song "One Bad Apple" was used for the opening and ending credits of the show.

Similar to the Jackson 5ive, it used a laugh track created by Rankin/Bass. Unlike the Jacksons, the Osmond brothers provided their own speaking voices in their series.


Each episode features the Osmonds exploring the world.

Why It Sucks

  1. It was made just to cash in the success of The Osmonds, but in a bad way.
  2. Like many Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970's, this show is cheaply animated and uses the artificial laugh track.
  3. Fuji is an offensive Japanese stereotype.
  4. With the exception of Donny and Jimmy, all of the fictionalized versions of the Osmonds share the exact same personality, or lack thereof.
    • Even their designs are near-difficult to tell apart from each other, despite their varying hairstyles and outfit colors.
  5. The songs are considered filler.
  6. Some plots of each episode are either weak or boring and dull as sin.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The Osmonds were voiced by the real musical group themselves, unlike The Jackson 5ive.
  2. Its theme song is catchy, since the song "One Bad Apple" is used.
  3. Passable art style.



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