Before rocker Rick Springfield was wishing he had Jessie’s Girl and staffing on General Hospital, he was serving duty on Saturday morning in Filmation’s SatAM toon, Mission: Magic!, which ran on ABC from 1973 to 1975. Mission: Magic! was about Miss Tickle, a schoolteacher who was a also a witch (of course she needed another job, you know how much teachers make?) who takes her class of 6 quirky students on mystical, magical adventures (sort of a Mod Magic School Bus before it happened), aided by Springfield as a toonified version of himself. Though the show’s star was a witch, Springfield received top billing. Getting billed over a witch, now that’s star power.
-Wait. The witch teacher’s name is…Miss…Tickle. Her name is a play on the word “mystical”! I only just now got that!
Mission: Magic! was a spinoff of sorts from ABC’s The Brady Kids (Miss Tickle guest starred in an episode of the show, which served as a backdoor pilot for MM) and the series boasts one of THE most psychedelic openings of all time. Dr. Timothy Leary would be proud. Rick sang the show’s theme song, obviously, and while it’s trippy as all-get-out and very early 70’s, it’s still a pretty decent tune. Tune in, turn on, drop out and enjoy.