Spider-Man Safety Series (partially found direct-to-video animated educational series; 1990)

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A screenshot from the intro of one of the videos.

Status: Partially Found

Spider-Man Safety Series is a line of direct-to-video animated educational tapes by Coronet/MTI Film & Video that were distributed by The Learning Company. Released in 1990, four separate videotapes were produced: Don’t Hide Abuse, Smart Kids Play it Safe, What To Do About Drugs and Where Do You Go for Help. Created to be ran in an elementary classroom setting, each copy came with a lesson plan for teachers to instruct their students with after watching.

The VHS release has long gone out of print, and due to being sold exclusively to schools, copies are difficult to obtain. Two out of the four episodes, Don't Hide Abuse and What To Do About Drugs, have been uploaded online. No footage exists of the other two episodes. An official re-release is unlikely, as it would have to be cleared by Disney.

Lost Media Wiki user RogueKnite contacted the publisher of these videos and got this message in return

"We received your letter and did some research. It looks like Phoenix distributed these for a while and then withdrew them. These were produced by LCA as the "Spider-man Safety Series" and most LCA titles, including these, were acquired by FOX which then licensed them back to Phoenix. The FOX contract shows that FOX rights were due to expire in 2005, but since we never heard whether FOX renewed those rights, we don't know the current status. The contract also shows that all distribution is subject to underlying rights belonging to MARVEL. Your letter stated there were 3 episodes when in fact there were 4. You overlooked "Where Do You Go for Help" We have 6,000+ VHS tapes not all of which are fully documented. That is a project I am working on presently. If I come across these I will let you know however I suggest you try Fox first."


Don't Hide Abuse

Runtime: 11 minutes

Status: Found

"The Spider-Man video addresses the issue of physical abuse. Maria, a young elementary student, is afraid to tell anyone that her father physically abuses her. Her friends become suspicious of her bruises and they ask Spider-man to help out. Spider-man is able to give the children advice and eventually, Maria tells her secret to a trusted adult.

This presentation is appropriate for second graders. They will become aware of physical abuse and how it is different from a normal discipline. It also reinforces the need to have a support system of trusted adults whom they feel comfortable talking to. Our main goal in all of our programs is the importance of students telling adults about bad secrets, which is defined during the facilitation. The students are also asked during our visit to name some adults that would be included in their personal support system."[1][2]

Don't Hide Abuse

Smart Kids Play It Safe

Runtime: 11 minutes

Status: Lost

"In this video, Spider-Man invites viewers to follow his friends, E.J., Timmy, Maria, and Jason, on their way home from elementary school and discover how they handle the secret safety tests he has arranged. Spider-Man’s friends prove they are responsible for following the seven safety rules he has taught them. SPIDER-MAN: SMART KIDS PLAY IT SAFE is a children’s safety guide about walking home from school and being home alone. This program is fully animated with a multi-cultural cast of characters."[3][4]

What To Do About Drugs

Runtime: 11 minutes

Status: Found

"When Timmy, an elementary school student, is offered drugs by two very persuasive older boys, his friends enlist the help of Spider-Man to teach him about drugs and making good decisions."[5]

What to do about Drugs

Where Do You Go for Help

Status: Lost

Little is known about this entry. There is a listing that hints that it's in possession of the New York State Library on their site.

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