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Meet the Raisins! (CBS, 1988)

This special mockumentary shows the California Raisins’ humble beginnings, rise to stardom, fall from stardom, and rise back to stardom again, all told through interviews with the Raisins themselves, manager Rudy Begaman and the various colorful characters the Raisins ran into. Features many great songs from the fifties to the eighties. The claymation special aired November 4, 1988 on CBS. It was the Raisins’ second appearance in a primetime special and their first dedicated feature. A sequel aired in 1990, Raisins: Sold Out! A soundtrack album was released in August 1988. Meet the Raisins! was nominated for a 1989 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.