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>A&M Films, CBS Entertainment Productions
  • A&M Films, CBS Entertainment Productions
  • Animated Characters: (Live Action): Lane Meyer, Al Meyer, Jenny Meyer, Johnny Gasparini, Badger Meyer, Monique Junot, Mrs. Smith, Ricky Smith, Yee Sook Ree, Chen Ree, Rocko, Beth Truss, Charles De Mar, Roy Stalin, Mr. Kerber, Buster, Roller Skater, Chris Cummins, Tree Trimmer, Tree Trimmer's Helper, Mailman, Joanne Greenwald, The Band, Backup Singer, Smitty, Student, Elizabeth Daily, Roy’s Ski Buddies, Nerds, Jocks, Paperboys.
  • Originally Released in 1985.
  • Running Time: 97 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.


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Production Notes:


Live-action film with animated title sequence by Bill Kopp and clay-animated cheeseburger sequence by Jimmy Picker.

Release date is that of limited screening; general United States release date was October 11, 1985.

This film grossed $10.3 million in the U.S.

Soundtrack:
  • "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do," Written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, Performed by Neil Sedaka, Courtesy of RCA Records.
  • "She's Gone," Written by Daryl Hall and John Oates, Performed by Hall & Oates, Produced by Arif Mardin, Courtesy of RCA Records.
  • "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover," Written and Performed by Paul Simon.
  • "Hurts So Bad," Written by Bobby Hart, Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, Performed by Linda Ronstadt.
  • "Winter Wonderland," Written by Felix Bernard and Dick Smith, Performed by Darlene Love, Produced by Phil Spector.
  • "Here Comes Santa Claus," Written by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman, Performed by The Carpenters, Produced by Richard Carpenter, Courtesy of A&M Records.
  • "Foxy Lady," Written by Jimi Hendrix, Performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
  • "A Man Alone," Written by Rod McKuen.
  • "One Way Love," Written by Steve Goldstein, Dwayne Hitchings, Craig Krampf and Eric Nelson, Performed by Elizabeth Daily, Produced by Steve Goldstein, Courtesy of A&M Records.
  • "A Little Luck," Written by Angie Rubin, Performed by Elizabeth Daily, Produced by Steve Goldstein, Courtesy of A&M Records.
  • "Everybody Wants Some!!", Written by Edward Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony, Performed by Van Halen, Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products, (P) 1980 Warner Bros. Records Inc..
  • "Like To Get To Know You Well," Written and Performed by Howard Jones, Courtesy of Elektra Records, By Arrangement With Warner Special Products, (P) 1985 WEA Records Inc..
  • "Mannish Boy," Written by Bo Diddley, Melvin London and Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield), Performed by Muddy Waters, Courtesy of Blue Sky Records.
  • "Shine," Written and Performed by Martin Ansell, Courtesy of Island Records.
  • "Arrested By You," Music by Rupert Hine, Lyrics by Torrence Merdur, Performed by Rupert Hine, Produced by Rupert Hine.
  • "With One Look" (The Wildest Dream), Music by Rupert Hine, Lyrics by Torrence Merdur, Performed by Rupert Hine and Cy Curnin, Produced by Rupert Hine, Cy Curnin's Services Courtesy of MCA Records.
  • "Dancing In Isolation," Music by Rupert Hine, Lyrics by Torrence Merdur, Performed by Terri Nunn, Produced by Rupert Hine, Terri Nunn's Services Courtesy of Geffen Records and Phonogram Records.
  • "Come To Your Rescue," Music by Rupert Hine, Lyrics by Torrence Merdur, Performed by The Thinkman Band, Produced by Rupert Hine.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

Alternate Titles: "Better Off Dead" and "One Way Love"" (Working Title).




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