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NEWS

11 October, 2022

Congrats to Forest Ranger Gillis and the team on the first release of the remastered Series (Seasons 1 and 2) on Crave. From his LinkedIn post:

Here we go Raccoons fans!

We are delighted to announce that four decades after its original launch on Canadian television, “The Raccoons” returns to the small screen for an entirely new generation to enjoy the restored and remastered episodes on Crave, Canada’s premier and prestige entertainment offering.

Seasons 1 and 2 drop on Crave on Saturday October 8th, with Seasons 3, 4, and 5, plus four animated specials, to follow at a later date. This follows months of work to remaster the truly iconic animation. Additional markets, platforms and broadcasters to follow.

Kevin Gillis, President of Run With Us Productions, and creator of the series said, “We are thrilled to partner with Crave and reintroduce ‘The Raccoons’ to an entirely new generation. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in the program along with its specials. Parents, who were children themselves in the 80s and 90s, are eager to share the show's strong environmental values and loveable characters with their children, a message which resonates more than ever."

21 January, 2022

The Raccoons were recently featured in the Toronto Star, with a focus on the popularity resurgence and the remasters. The article includes some inspiring additions to the ever-growing "Quotable Kevin Gillis" compilation.

25 December, 2021

Happy Christmas!

What if characters came to life, after we all went to bed?

Grandmaster Gillis himself asks and answers this question on Saskatchewan Weekend, and the answers are now becoming streamingly clear!

8 October, 2021

The Official Raccoons social media campaign launched in August! (This one is still the "Official UnOfficial"!)

Lots of awesome content, including a video intro from Grandmaster Kevin himself, character retrospectives, original pencil sketches, fan art, and a discussion of one of the most enduring character mysteries: the names of the pigs! Updated multiple times a week to boot. No better place to connect with Kevin, the community, and the Evergreen Forest!

14 March, 2021

Cory Carlick of SkyCron fame is hosting a talk with Maestro Jon Stroll about his musical work on The Raccoons and other programs, definitely not to be missed!

From Cory: Jon Stroll: Scoring The Raccoons -- We sit down and talk to Gemini-nominated composer Jon Stroll about his work, including the classic CBC animated series "The Raccoons" on Episode 1 of Skycron's new livestream series SNAP CUT. Don't miss it live on March 23rd at 5:30 PST / 8:30 Eastern Time. Join in the chat live and ask the Maestro himself!

1 January, 2021

2021 is shaping up to be a good year for Raccoons fans! Sharing some recent interviews with Kevin Gillis where the Maestro himself discusses the 4K remasters and other goodies: UKCGF ComicCon, Nerd Culture (N.B., both are Facebook links).

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Overview

One may now safely refer to me as somewhat of an expert on the Raccoons, mostly thanks to the contributions and continuing efforts of the various people who have made this site what it is today.

The Raccoons productions remain, to my mind, unparalleled in quality and nostalgia. The music is spectacular, and through his genius Kevin Gillis's evergreen world is a place of stars and symphonies.