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MJHTV: Big Help commercial

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Airing Info

Commercial: promo
Sep 1995
Running time
30 sec
infrequently (usually around the time of the Big Help-A-Thon)

For specific dates that this has been repeated in the past, if known, see U.S. airings of Melissa and/or Non-U.S. airings of Melissa.


This commercial was first shown (as far as I know) around the time of the 1 Oct 95 Big Help-A-Thon.

It features singer Brandy, rapper L.L. Cool J., actresses Larisa Oleynik (The Secret World of Alex Mack), Raven-Symone (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper), Melissa Joan Hart and Jenna Von Oy (Blossom), actors Michael Fishman (Roseanne), Rider Strong (Boy Meets World) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show), and a girl whom I don't know; finally, in non-speaking roles, we have Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell (All That) and Rosie O'Donnell.

The editing is incredibly fast-paced, with shots of each person as they talk (close-ups, unless otherwise indicated) and really quick shots of others in non-speaking roles; the ``Big Help music'' (mostly percussion with a few bass notes) plays throughout the spot; there's a lot of gesturing and some weird sound effects, which make for some pretty ridiculous-sounding descriptions below! :-)

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[open on tight close-up of word ``Nickelodeon'' on the Big Help logo; the shot widens to reveal the whole logo surrounded by a wavy blue background pattern, which is used throughout the commericial]

Brandy: ``You wanna help, but you don't know what to do.''

[she points at us to emphasize the point]

Larisa: ``Two little words...''

L.L.: ``That'll help you through.''

[medium shot (roughly from the knees up) of Raven]

Raven: ``Start small...''

[quick shot of Kenan and Kel making ``teeny-tiny'' gestures with their fingers (one with his two index fingers, one with thumb and forefinger) in front of their faces, complete with appropriate facial expressions and a little squeak-like sound effect]

Michael: ``Two...''

[he's holding up two fingers; really quick shot of Rosie doing same thing (but with bug-eyed expression on her face)]

Melissa: ``Little...''

[shot of her saying this, then really quick shot of her making another one of those ``tiny'' gestures (thumb and forefinger); she's wearing a dark sweater-like top with loose, drapey sleeves, a white-and-black bead necklace and a second, tighter (almost-choker) gold or metal necklace; I think she has at least two pairs of earrings (hard to tell, though, because the shots are so quick); her hair is parted in the middle and pulled back above her ears; she looks somewhat older (IMO) than she did in the Big Help-A-Thon itself -- this is probably mainly due to makeup and lighting -- or maybe she was just tired the day this was shot :-) ]

L.L.: ``Words.''

Jenna: ``Start small.''

[she's also making a ``small'' gesture in front of her face; quick shot of Rosie making more exaggerated ``teeny-tiny'' gesture with both hands, in front of her mouth, looking somewhat like a mouse or, if you prefer, a gerbil -- this is accompanied by mouse-like ``eep-eep-eep'' noises]

Girl: ``Give one can of soup...''

L.L.: ``One sweater...''

[he's holding up one finger (uh... the index finger, to be specific ;-) ]

Larisa: ``One book.''

Jenna: ``Write one letter.''

Girl: ``Plant one tree.''

[she holds up one finger as she says this]

Rider: ``Share one hour...''

Brandy: ``One smile!''

[she gives us an exaggerated smile with accompanying head tilt; medium shot of Malcolm (waist-up)]

Malcolm: ``Lots of power!''

Raven: ``If every kid did something small...''

Michael: ``It'd add up to something big.''

Melissa: ``That's all!''

[she shrugs as she says this; in this shot it looks like she has two gold loop earrings in her left ear and maybe one diamond or pearl (or whatever) stud earring in her right ear; this is all mostly guesswork, though.]

[fade to shot zooming into Big Help logo; out as logo floats off-screen]


Opening credits
Closing credits

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