Jackson 5ive animated series on DVD

NewImageJackson 5ive, the wonderful 1971 animated series starring the voice of a young Michael Jackson and his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlin, is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download! Bob Balser, who co-directed The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" film, was the animation director.

"When I came in," Balser told CNN, "the series had been started. I was not happy with the approach they were doing because ... (this) was going to be the first series directed at young people that was about a black group, and I felt that it was really important that it be shown in a creative way, that they solved their problems with music and with intelligence and not with violence -- which had started out as the approach in the first episode."

"I got the best artists I could get and gave them complete freedom," Balser recalls. "I said, for example, 'This is a circus theme, so the graphics have to reflect that theme.' Other than that, they were completely free to do it however they wanted. We came up with some fun stuff, which was really one of the best parts and that was probably one of the things that made the 'Jackson 5ive' series so popular in terms of the reception that it received."

Jackson 5ive: The Completed Animated Series


  1. All my life, I’ve occasionally written the number “5” when I meant to write the letter “F”. I’d completely forgotten about this show- but it was airing the same time I was learning to read and write. Coincidence?

  2. I loved those cartoons as a kid — but also being addicted to Looney Tunes, I remember thinking the animation was rather crap.  
    Those songs, though . . . 

  3. Fast forward to 1:42.  Nice to see the elightened, young hippies still draw Asians like it was 1942.

  4. Sad to say, but I’ve developed a strong aversion toward any sort of Michael Jackson-oriented cultural item – an aversion based solely on the myriad child sexual abuse allegations thrown at him during the last 15 years of his life…add to that the extreme uneasy creepiness of his latter-day personna and it’s nigh impossible for me to enjoy even some cutesy early ’70s Jackson Five cartoons. It’s basically the same way I feel about the work of Phil Spector (can’t listen to it…a murder can have that affect on my taste)

    I know there are some brave souls who can separate the personality of an artist from the artist’s art (or in Jackson’s case, his music with and without his brothers) Heck…”Billie Jean” is a monster disco jam, but holy crud, Michael Jackson liked to have sleepovers with little boys. That’s not good…and if it’s not a sin and a shame then what is? – I’ll pass on these cute Jackson 5 cartoons – though I’m sure they’re cute and fun.

  5. Wow. haha. what a wonderful anime with a great music created. I’m interested in. . .The scene while they gotta be kidding . They cheated stuffs

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