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>Rankin-Bass Productions, Motown Productions, Videocraft International Limited
  • Rankin-Bass Productions, Motown Productions, Videocraft International Limited
  • Animated Characters: Michael Jackson, Sigmund 'Jackie' Jackson, Toriano 'Tito' Jackson, Marlon 'David' Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Ray, Charles, Rosie, Diana Ross, Berry Gordy.
  • First Aired in 1971.
  • Episode Number: 01
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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Alternate Series Titles: "The Jackson Five" and "The Jackson 5."

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Songs: "ABC," "Goin' Back To Indiana."

This was the only episode to feature a fellow Motown artist.

"ABC" appears here in an alternate mix with echoed lead and backing vocals and more applause heard during the bridge.

"Michael Eisner, then head of children's programming at ABC, helped and encouraged us from script ideas through characters and final production. He even came to London, where we were doing the animation," Arthur Rankin, Jr. recalled.

The show opens with live-action footage of the Jacksons and their dancing silhouettes. Two Jackson Five songs appeared in each episode.

An applause track followed each of the Jacksons' songs. Unusually for a cartoon series, The Jackson 5ive had a laugh track.

"I never did meet the Jacksons, nor did I ever seen the finished product. I just did the designs from the photographs as I thought they should look, and that was that," said character designer Jack Davis, who worked from his London hotel room, using videos of the Jacksons' performances and production photos.

From time to time, Michael Jackson has used clips from "The Jackson 5ive" in his music videos.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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This episode is an animated version of the press-hype myth of the discovery of the Jackson 5 by Diana Ross. If you were a kid at the time, you would have loved it. Sad irony though-this wonderful cartoon was brodcast the morning of the Attica tragedy and 30...  (read more)

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