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The Raccoons: Let's Dance!

article written by James Fabiano

"The Raccoons: Let's Dance!" was the last of the four Raccoons specials. Unlike the previous three, it was a direct to video release by Embassy. However, The Disney Channel (for one) has shown it when it was airing the Raccoons series.

Let's Dance!"Let's Dance!" is a compilation of Raccoons "music videos," with songs and scenes from the previous three specials, "The Christmas Raccoons," "The Raccoons on Ice," and "The Raccoons and the Lost Star." It begins in Dan the Forest Ranger's cabin in the Evergreen Forest, where Tommy and Julie are listening to records (when we see them, they are dancing to "Calling You" from Lost Star). However, it's getting late, so Dan comes to tell his kids to get to sleep. When they do, our attention is turned to Schaeffer and Broo, who are still awake and watching the night sky. The two sheep dogs notice a falling star, and Schaeffer explains how "people say that when you wish upon a falling star, your wish will come true." When he asks Broo what he'd wish for, the puppy replies (according to Schaeffer), "To be with our friends? Dancing?" Well, none too soon, a rocketship stops in front of the cabin, piloted by none other than Bert Raccoon. Schaeffer and Broo get in the ship, and Bert takes them to a dance party in the Evergreen Forest, where the rest of the Raccoons, Cedric, and Sophia are waiting. Even Cyril Sneer's pigs and the bears (who have shades and multicolored hair) get in on the fun.

With Bert as the deejay, the entire gang parties to Raccoons "hits" such as "Calling You," "Lions and Tigers," and "You Can Do It." Over at the Sneer mansion, however, Cyril and Snag don't appreciate having their sleep interrupted and plan on pulling the plug on the Raccoons' party-- literally! But it's "Bert Raccoon to the rescue" again, and the party is saved much to the chagrin of Cyril.

"The Raccoons: Let's Dance!" features the works of John Schneider, Dottie West, Rita Coolidge, and Leo Sayer. Only Cyril, Bert, Schaeffer, Broo, Dan, Tommy and Julie have speaking parts. Also, Dan's voice is not credited, as is the announcer at the dance party. ("Our special guests have arrived! It's time to start dancing!")