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The Mammoth Mudhens are coming to town, and they are looking for the baseball stars of tomorrow. Rivalries flare when it becomes clear that there is only one contract on offer. Will it go ... See full summary »

Directors:

Kevin Gillis, Paul Schibli (co-director)

Writers:

Kevin Gillis (creator), Dan Lalande | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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Michael Magee Michael Magee ... Cyril Sneer (voice)
Len Carlson Len Carlson ... Bert Raccoon / Pig Two / Pig Three / Duck Snyder (voice)
Marvin Goldhar Marvin Goldhar ... Cedric Sneer (voice)
Carl Banas Carl Banas ... Schaeffer / Mr. Mammoth (voice)
Bob Dermer Bob Dermer ... Ralph Raccoon (voice)
Sharon Lewis Sharon Lewis ... Broo (voice)
Susan Roman ... Melissa Raccoon (voice)
Nick Nichols Nick Nichols ... Pig One / Umpire (voice)
Geoffrey Winter Geoffrey Winter ... Narrator (voice)
Rick Jones Rick Jones ... Sidekick / Delivery Ape (voice)
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The Mammoth Mudhens are coming to town, and they are looking for the baseball stars of tomorrow. Rivalries flare when it becomes clear that there is only one contract on offer. Will it go to Bert or Cedric, and will their friendship survive? Written by Anonymous

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18 October 1987 (USA) See more »

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This was the first episode of "The Raccoons" animated at Hinton Animation Studios, the first to feature Susan Roman as Melissa Raccoon, the first to have Lisa Lougheed as a featured vocalist, and the first to feature the new version of "Run With Us" performed by Lougheed, as well as the first time that any of the Pigs are referred to as "Lloyd." See more »

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Michael Magee is credited as the voice of Snag, who is silent in this episode. See more »

Quotes

Bert: Well, there's only one resident of the Evergreen Forest who's ever gonna play in the World Series, and that's me!
Cedric: Says who, big shot?
Bert: Says *me*, hose nose!
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Connections

Featured in The Raccoons: Games People Play! (1989) See more »

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Growing Up
Composed by Kevin Gillis and Jon Stroll
Sung by Lisa Lougheed
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19 December 2019 | by tamsin-parker-262-538925See all my reviews

Don't you hate it when men argue?

Bert and Cedric hear that the Mammoth Mudhens are looking for new baseball talent, but there's only one contract on offer, so Bert and Cedric get into a feud, show off and try to sabotage each other (while Cyril tries to sabotage Bert). This is the first episode animated at Hinton Animation studios, and aesthetically it's rather different. The colours are slightly brighter, the inking lines not as sketchy. Some scenes look off model but others have really nice flourishes. One scene shows that as nice as Bert is, he once again inadvertently engages in casual sexism ("What would *you* know about baseball?" he asks the raccoon who's proven herself to be a star athlete), and as 'A Night to Remember' showed before, Cedric, despite being very timid, is physically stronger than he appears. The ending is somewhat predictable, but very sweet.

This show portrays fragile masculinity really well. Both Bert and Cedric, for all of their respective kindness and modesty, are victims of it, while Melissa is the responsible one trying to get the team to work together. Out of the female characters on the show, Melissa is the most "straight" one. Sophia has the distinction of being a slight airhead but also very sporty and outdoorsy, and Lisa, Ralph's niece, proves to be a compelling character in her own right. A show that gets men and women exactly right is one worth watching.

Susan Roman replaces Linda Feige as Melissa and her voice is clearer and stronger than Feige's. I feel like besides her, Len Carlson is the best actor of the ensemble. Other actors just put on funny voices, but Carlson is actually getting into a role and making an effort to perform. He adds an extra dimension to Bert and makes him feel real, a talent Rick Jones (Mr. Mammoth's assistant) also possesses.


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