The Raccoons Specials
The Raccoons On Ice
- THE RACCOONS ON ICE (1981)
- Exec. Producer: Sheldon Wiseman
- Producer/Creator: Kevin Gillis
- Directors: Kevin Gillis and Paul Schibli
- Writer: Juliet Packer
- Music: Kevin Gillis and Jon Stroll
article written by James Fabiano
"The Raccoons on Ice" was the second of four Raccoons specials. Like the
other specials (the made-for-TV ones at least), it was seen in the U.S.,
Canada, and England (on BBC). It was also the first North American animated
special selected for viewing on The Disney Channel.
It's winter time in the Evergreen Forest, and Julie, Tommy, and Schaeffer are
enjoying themselves ice skating on Evergreen Lake. Also having a good time
are Bert, Melissa, and Ralph Raccoon, who like to play hockey on the frozen
lake . . . although Bert isn't very good at it (despite his bragging).
When the children come inside after being promised hot chocolate by their
father, Dan the Forest Ranger, Schaeffer goes off to join the Raccoons. On
the way, he runs into Cedric Sneer, who is practicing his hockey too. He
also meets a new friend: Sophia Tutu, whom he compliments on her ice skating.
Meanwhile, there is another individual who has plans for Evergreen Lake.
Cyril Sneer, always hungry for cash, plans on building his "Cyril Dome"
sports arena on it. When he interrupts the Raccoons' hockey game to announce
his plan, Bert is goaded into accepting a challenge to meet Cyril's hockey
team, winner takes the lake. Meanwhile, Cedric meets Sophia after they "bump
into" each other, leading to the Raccoons suggesting that Cedric join their
team to save the lake. However, Cyril soon catches wind of his son's
defection, and not only objects to "Sofa Girl" being around him, but also
grounds him for a month for siding with the Raccoons. "And no chocolate
pudding!" as Cedric adds. But the Raccoons have a plan for the big game with
Cyril's team of Brutish Bears. (Which, according to Sophia, is "bigger than
"The Raccoons on Ice" features music by Leo Sayer and Rita Coolidge. It was
aired in April 1982 during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and, in fact, the jersey
worn by Bert and Cedric are replicas of the New York Islanders jerseys. And
yes, this was the first appearance of Cyril's bear henchmen. In "The
Christmas Raccoons," his flunkies were just other pink aardvarks. And of
course, the pigs don't show up until "The Raccoons and the Lost Star."