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'Flintstone Kids' and 'Kidside' share a theme: Drugs will keep you down

August 18, 1991|LAUREN LIPTON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

This week's topic: Drugs, and how to avoid them. Joining the "Just Say No" chorus are The Flintstone Kids, those diminuitive versions of the classic characters, who teach little ones that drugs aren't cool, in a special episode of the Family Channel series.

In the episode, little Wilma joins the new "in" crowd at school and finds that the group's leader, Stoney, is pressuring his pals to try marijuana. When Wilma declines and goes back to her old gang, Stoney vows revenge by beating her in the annual Bedrock Riddle Rally--but learns that his drug use hampers his chance for success.

"The Flintstone Kids" special, Thursday 7-7:30 p.m. Family Channel. "The Flintstone Kids" series, weekdays 8-8:30 a.m.; Saturdays 10-10:30 a.m. For 4- to 7-year-olds.

And in Kidside: Join the Resistance (today 4-4:30 p.m. KCBS), teen-agers acting as reporters focus on what drugs can do and how to avoid them. Included is a rap song about the war on drugs. For 10- to 17-year-olds.

MORE KIDS' SHOWS

The 1962 musical comedy The Music Man (today noon-3 p.m. KCOP), starring Shirley Jones, Robert Preston and a very young Ron Howard, is fun with a capital F. For all ages.

Two animated tales retell classic tales: Cinderella (today 2-3 p.m. Nickelodeon) demonstrates the benefits of wearing shoes that slip off easily, while The Jungle Book (today 3-4 p.m. Nickelodeon) describes life in the company of animals. For 2- to 11-year-olds.

It All Adds Up (today 4:30-5 p.m. KCBS) is a fast-paced environmental special for kids in which a pair of teens demonstrate--via a little electronic wizardry--the hazards of environmental neglect. For all ages.

Professor Ludwig Von Drake hosts Lifestyles of the Rich and Animated (today 7-8:30 p.m. the Disney Channel), a feature-length takeoff starring Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and the rest of the creme de la creme of the cartoon world. For all ages.

Corey Parker and Christine Langner star in Teen Father (Monday 9-10 a.m. Showtime), a drama showing the challenges and complications that come with being a parent in high school. For 12- to 17-year-olds.

Meg Ryan narrates Red Riding Hood/Goldilocks (Monday 4-4:30 p.m. Showtime), the time-honored tales about a girl who talks to a hungry stranger and another who learns to keep her hands off others' porridge. For 2- to 9-year-olds.

The 1991 Miss Teen USA Pageant (Monday 9-11 p.m. CBS) gives little girls something to aspire to before they grow up to be astronauts and brain surgeons. For ages 11 and up.

The 1962 movie Big Red (Tuesday noon-2 p.m. KTTV) tells the tale of a champion Irish setter and the orphan boy who becomes his best friend. For ages 8 and up.

Star athlete Goofy bumbles his way through gymnastics, skiing, football and basketball in The Goofy Sports Story (Tuesday 8-9 p.m. Disney Channel). For all ages.

In Drawing a Blank (Saturday 3-3:30 p.m. Nickelodeon), a student struggles with a class assignment to define creativity. For 2- to 11-year-olds.

The Winners (Saturday 6-6:30 a.m. KNBC), hosted by baseball's Tom Seaver, showcases some of the athletes in a Special Olympics for disabled children. For all ages.

NOTE: The Disney Channel offers a free preview to some cable subscribers Thursday through next Sunday. Call your cable company for details.

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