The Raccoons and the Lost Star:
Sliced and Diced
THE RACCOONS AND THE LOST STAR: Rerun Cuts and Changes
by James Fabiano
December 13, 1983. That was the day when I, then a six year old boy, was
first "acquainted" with Kevin Gillis' Raccoons. Our NBC affiliate, WNBC-4,
aired the third Raccoons special, "The Raccoons and the Lost Star," during
the holiday season. Since my clearest television watching memories exclude
the first five years of my existence, I can't say whether or not I saw the
original broadcasts of "The Christmas Raccoons" or "The Raccoons on Ice." So
I always had a special place in my memories for Lost Star, since it was the
first Raccoons-related thing I remember seeing.
Anyway, eight years later I discovered that The Disney Channel was showing
the Raccoons television series. Remembering how much I loved Lost Star, I
followed it regularly, setting my VCR before school to tape episodes.
Imagine my delight when I came home one day and found Part One of "The
Raccoons and the Lost Star" waiting for me. Needless to say, I was overjoyed
to have what got me into the Raccoons in the first place again. I taped Part
Two the next day, and everything was right with the world. Or so I
thought . . .
You see, when I decided to give Lost Star another watch, I noticed that the
credits mentioned a song by Dottie West called "Fallin, Fallin." Now, I
obviously remembered the Disney Channel run better than the original
broadcast, and I couldn't remember this song being played anywhere. I posed
the question of what happened to it on the internet with little response.
Eventually, though, I came across this page, and asked its keeper, Jim
Gilsinan IV, about "Fallin, Fallin." He told me it was in a sequence that
should have came after Sophia was captured by Cyril, but was apparently cut
from the Disney Channel rerun. (Strangely enough, I did see this sequence
done to different music in the Raccoons video special, "Let's Dance")
So through a tape trade, Jim gave me a copy of the complete version of Lost
Star. While watching it, I discovered that the hack and slash job that The
Disney Channel didn't begin or end with "Fallin, Fallin." With that in mind,
I have compiled a list of the cuts made to "The Raccoons and the Lost Star"
in rerun form, some of which caused the elimination of dialogue or scenes
relevant to the story. This list is divided into two parts, as Lost Star
was in its original and rerunned broadcasts.
There was a cut in the scene where Schaeffer approaches the Sneer plane.
(After the "Very odd, very suspicious, and more than a little scary...."
narration) In the original, we see him actually sneak near the plane before
the Pig General calls on the radio. In the rerun, they just cut to when
Schaeffer is actually by the plane and hears the radio.
In the scene when Schaeffer sees Sophia by the waterfall, there are a few
seconds of him going through the forest cut out.
Cedric and Sophia's date begins with Cedric telling Sophia that she's a
little late. In the original, he greets her by giving her flowers.
The "Lions and Tigers" scene is also cut short. In the rerun, after the
Raccoons and Schaeffer's first raid, they simply go to the part that begins
with ". . . the Raccoons kept releasing the animals, but Cyril would capture
them again." Actually, the song went on a little longer, as we see scenes
from more raids (in which the same stuff happens).
After Sophia tells Schaeffer that "I'm the only me I know!", there's snipped
dialogue where Schaeffer explains how he came from Earth. They also cut the
end of the scene, where Sophia admits that she never met Cedric's father, but
assumes that he must be just as wonderful as he is.
When Cyril is chiding the Pigs and Bears for failing his recon mission, they
leave out Cyril talking about how he can pardon his pilots but not his
When Cyril talks to Cedric, they cut out Cyril talking about his plans to
leave their "rinky dink planet" for Earth, as well as Cedric asking if they
could at least take Sophia with them. Also gone from this scene is Cyril
feeding the remnants of his globe to Snag, along with narration explaining
the irony of Schaeffer seeking Cedric's father's help to get back to Earth,
when he wanted to go there for different reasons.
When Schaeffer, Sophia, and Broo get captured by the Raccoons, there's
missing dialogue where Schaeffer demands that they let them out, but Bert
refuses to oblige, saying "So you can capture more animals? No way, Shaggy!"
When Bert tells Ralph and Melissa how he doesn't trust Sophia because "she
looks like one of Cyril Sneer's men," Schaeffer thoughtfully repeats the name
"Cyril Sneer" in the original, continuing the notion that he does in fact
know everyone from somewhere. The end narration that poses Schaeffer's
question, "How was it that he knew Sophia and the Raccoons, but they didn't
know him?" is cut short before Rich Little adds that he decided not to worry
about it, just being glad to be with friends, whether they were new or old.
In the rerun, when we see the Raccoons and Schaeffer plan their first raid,
it begins with Bert declaring himself "Bert Raccoon, dueling ace!" However,
in the original, there is extra dialogue before that, with Bert threatening
an imaginary and invisible Cyril Sneer.
(NOTE: In both the original and rerun, Part One of Lost Star ends with Cyril
Sneer telling the Raccoons, "You've just had your last successful raid! You
had your fun, now it's my turn!" If you're using the Embassy video to follow
along, the next scene begins Part Two. If you have any of the versions
divided into the two parts, I think the credits make that abundantly clear)
There is a bit chopped off in the beginning of the the scene where Cedric
meets Sophia before they are interrupted by Cyril's army. In the rerun,
Sophia is coaching Broo on how to do a backflip; in the original, we first
see him actually trying it.
For some reason, the Disney Channel rerun also excluded the ENTIRE "Fallin,
Fallin" sequence, as I pointed out in my intro to this list. It happens
after Sophia is captured and Cyril declares (Wicked Witch of the West style),
"I'll get your little dog, and I'll get those Raccoons too!". The sequence
involves a "blue outline" style animation of Sophia being locked in the
dungeon. In the rerun, all that's left of "Fallin, Fallin" is the opening
melody, which carries over to the next scene.
After the Raccoons, Sophia, and Schaeffer are put in maximum security, the
rerun begins the next scene closer to when Bert talks about how he always
wanted to fly a plane. There is a little more footage before that in the
Finally, the end credits in part two are shortened in the rerun, with some of
them cut out. The original has more actual credits, as well as more pictures
in the usual "slide show" that ends most Raccoons episodes. Moreover, the
song "Friends" goes on longer as a result. On the Embassy video, it even
plays a while after the credits end (against a blank screen).
When Cyril tells the Raccoons, etc. how nice it is "to have them all here,"
Melissa retorts, "The pleasure is not mutual!" When Bert and Ralph tell him
that he has no right to keep them there, Cyril warns them, "Don't try to
appeal to my conscience, because I have none!" In the rerun, they skip from
Cyril's "greeting" to Schaeffer asking what he wanted with him and his
The scene where Broo comes back with the map of Cyril's fortress begins (in
the original) with the narrator saying, "As dawn neared, so did Cyril Sneer's
final countdown . . ." This is not present in the rerun.
When Ralph finds that Broo brought back a map to the warroom, Bert cries,
"Whoopie! All we have to do is follow the map and get the star! WE'RE
SAVED!!!" In the rerun, though, he only says "We're saved!"
After the Raccoons, etc. have escaped Cyril's fortress, the rerun starts with
Ralph exclaiming, "Oh, it feels good to be on home ground again!" But in the
original, this is preceded by a view of the mountain ruins as we hear Cedric
ask, "Pop, is it time to leave for Earth?" To which Cyril replies,
Well, that's it for my list. I know that the Raccoons series has appeared on
several outlets other than The Disney Channel; as such, if you have
seen Lost Star in rerun form and noticed different or more changes, let us