Paper HeroPaper Hero (1989) Season 1 Episode 105- The Karate Kid Cartoon Episode Guide by Dave Koch
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- DiC Enterprises, Jerry Weintraub Entertainment Group, Columbia Pictures Television
In Association With: Saban Entertainment
- Animated Characters: Daniel, Miyagi Yakuga, Taki, Boom-Boom Burmese.
- First Aired in 1989.
- Episode Number: 105
- Running Time: 30 minutes.
- Season: 1
Cartoon Production Information:
Hoping to build from the franchise's popularity, DIC productions premiered an animated Karate Kid on NBC's 1989 Saturday morning schedule. The show retained apprentice Daniel Larusso and his mentor Mr. Miyagi, but abandoned the karate tournament motif for an adventure/quest setting. A miniature shrine with healing powers had been taken from its resting place on Okinawa, and it was up to Miyagi and Daniel to recover it. Together with Okinawan girl Taki, the karatekas searched the globe and, naturally, encountered several opportunities to chop and kick their way out of trouble.
Unfortunately, the show came on the tail end of the franchise's popularity, lacking the fan base necessary to overcome heavyweight opposition from Pee-Wee's Playhouse on CBS and Slimer! and The Real Ghostbusters on ABC. After thirteen episodes, it was "sayonara" for Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-San.
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