The original characters of Rainbow Land were first designed by artist G. Santiago and were all female. However, to add diversity to the vastness of the world of Rainbow Land, two of the color kids became male.
The other names of the characters remained the same from concept to final release. The original concept designs vs the final renderings. Major corporations, often pitted against each other, were coming together to create something wonderful.
The result was a billion dollar commodity that took the world by storm. The first animated special, "Peril in the Pits," was written by Woody Kling and premiered on June 27th, It met with so much praise that two more specials were immediately put into production.
Another two-part special, it was written by Howard R. Cohen after Kling became ill and could not continue on with the property. Cullen is most notably recognized as the voice of Optimus Prime in the Transformers series. Some of the characters and the actors who gave them their voice. Disney's Buena Vista Records was responsible for releasing several read-along books on vinyl and cassette which used the same voices as the television specials , as well as two original full-length albums.
It included songs written by husband and wife songwriter duo, Michael and Patty Silversher, as well as Lois Blaish, who also wrote Tiffany's "Could've Been. The albums released by Buena Vista Records including variant picture disc. I remember the wall around the heater was much darker where we stood when we were finished! I had a recording set up in the garage in back of the house and we wrote and recorded a bunch of songs in that two-week period, and every one of them made it onto the album.
Some of the books on tape which included songs from the Paint a Rainbow album. Mattel was chosen to manufacture and release dolls based on the characters of Rainbow Land, which went through several designs before the team settled on the final rendering. The first image of Rainbow Brite shared with Mattel was similar to the final design, but had given her pigtails and a space helmet. We did that and gave her moonboots instead, as she was originally designed to travel in space. The first concept and prototype doll sent to Mattel by Hallmark. The scope of the Rainbow Brite franchise is almost as vast as the color spectrum itself.
Beyond the best-selling dolls there were coloring books, trading cards, board games, backpacks, lunch boxes, cross-stitch patterns, figurines, night-lights, radio plays, live action specials, cereal, and even a theme park show. Just about any type of product geared towards children had Rainbow Brite's face on it. At the time, she was the hottest selling toy in Mattel's history and in had an advertising and marketing budget of over 35 million dollars.
With inflation, that's over 77 million in today's dollars, and that was just for promotion.
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With her already-established success, Hallmark began to look for other ways to expand the reach of the brand. Their conclusion, like many other children's properties of the day, was to bring Rainbow Brite to the big screen.
Some of the original product released for Rainbow Brite in the s. Written by Howard R. Cohen and Jean Chalopin, the film was not the success it was hoped to be. Critics saw it as an eighty-five minute toy commercial, while many found fault in the fact that it took Rainbow Brite and Starlite away from the characters children had grown to love and introduced them to new ones that they had no point of reference for. However, the film is well-loved by fans and for years was a staple on The Disney Channel. Promotional images for "Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer".
Despite its shortcomings, the film did introduce the fan-favorite character of Stormy, a rogue Color Kid, who was in charge of the winter rain and snow, as well as Tickled Pink who made a cameo appearance during the film's opening song. According to her character biography, Tickled Pink was a little girl who visited Rainbow Land and liked it so much she decided to stay.
Though technically not a Color Kid, Rainbow Brite put her in charge of the girl sprites and their color crystal laboratories. The final Color Kid introduced via the series was Moonglow. Moonglow and her faithful companion Nite Sprite, were the ones responsible for making the moon and the stars shimmer and shine.
A doll for Stormy was created, but didn't make it past the prototype stage. Both Tickled Pink and Moonglow were mass-produced, but unlike the other dolls, Moonglow was only sold in Germany. Character designs for Tickled Pink, Stormy, and Moonglow. Cohen, a treatment for an unproduced episode of the series seemingly as a series finale , was discovered.
With the series over, and doll production slowing down, Rainbow began to lose her radiance. Designs for two Neon Color Kids and the unproduced Stormy prototype doll. Though Rainbow Brite's initial popularity began to wane, it didn't fade completely.
There were several attempts to repaint the colorful cutie in the image of what was current and new. Every few years a new line of Rainbow Brite was released. However, none of the redesigns seemed to shine as brightly as the original. Even still, some fans, like Katy Cartee Haile, have remained steadfast and true to the character.
Haile is such a lover of the Rainbow Brite brand that she has turned part of her house into a museum, and has become so recognized in the fandom that she was featured on Buzzfeed , the Truffle Shuffle Blog , and even Metro UK.
In grade school, I was her for Halloween. In high school, Rainbow Brite became my nickname as I began collecting her memorabilia and learning more about her story," Haile says.
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