A Horse of a Different Color

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A Horse of a Different Color
A Horse of a Different Color
Episode: 12
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A Horse of a Different Color
Un cheval venu d'ailleurs
Det Store Hesteløpet
Ein merkwürdiges Pferderennen
La grande corsa
En Häst av en Annan Färg
Written by: Howard R Cohen
Production Company: D.I.C. Audiovisuel
Release Date: 02/28/1987
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Murky Dismal kidnaps Starlite, Rainbow Brite's magical horse, in A HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR. He has devised a polluted plot to use Starlite to spread his gloom all over Rainbow Land. If Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids don't find Starlite soon, Murky's gloom will cover Rainbow Land forever.

Full Summary: A Horse of a Different Color

Early morning in Rainbow Land a lovely pink horse runs across the Rainbow Falls and over looks the morning sunrise.

Down in Rainbow Land all the Sprites are getting ready for the Sprite Fair. They are having a horse race, with Starlite, Skydancer, and On-x. The Color Kids and Sprites have fun with their games and rides. Starlite is nervous. He loves to race, and to show how fast he can go.

In the Pits Murky completes his horse entry. A robot horse he has created to out run the other horses. He fills the horse with gloom clouds. When the other horses enter the gloom, he will kidnap Starlite.

The race goes off as planned, and Murky enters at the last second and floods the race with gloomy smoke. The Sprites and Color Kids are all effected. Everyone but Stormy, who lives in clouds, so they don't make her gloomy.

She draws all her power and blasts Murky with lightning, But he doesn't stop, Stormy rides into the gloom, as she sees Murky guide a gloomed and murked out Starlite into a cage, along with On-x and drives off. But the pink horse from earlier follows the grunge buggy into the Pits.

Back in Rainbow Land, they split into teams to search for the grunge buggy. Stormy and Rainbow follow to the Pits on Skydancer.

In a cave in the Pits, Murky has the horses strapped to a wheel and as it turns a fan blows thick gloomy smoke out over Rainbow Land.

Unable to pickup the trail, Rainbow and Stormy search the mountains where they see the pink horse.

"The Sprites call her Sunriser because she's always around in the morning."

Unlike Starlite, Sunriser can't speak, but she neighs. Rainbow knows she is talking about Starlite, and that she wants to take her to him. Rainbow gets on Sunriser, and sends Stormy back to Rainbow Land to get the other kids to follow her.

Sunriser bring Rainbow to the top of the mountain where Murky has the other hidden. She knocks a bolder over, diverting a trickle of water to the opening in the rocks, having it pour down on Murky's machine turning it off.

When Murky tries to stop it, a rainbow pours through the crack and breaks the barrier holding the horses.

When Starlite sees Rainbow on a different horse, his jealousy gets to him and he runs to Rainbow Land alone.

When the others join them in the mountains to look for Starlite, they have left Rainbow Land unguarded!

Murky plans to murk Rainbow Land, but Starlite over hears this and plots to stop it and win his place back in Rainbow's heart as her horse.

Starlite chases Murky and Lurky through the carnival and on to a roller coaster. When they attempt to escape the coaster they crash down into a hall of mirrors.

Unable to get out and confused Starlite captures both the villains and removes them from the Hall of Mirrors.

Rainbow says she doesn't care what he did, as long as he is safe. And Sunriser shares her care and nuzzles Starlite who reluctantly accepts her affections. Murky, stuck in between, disgusted by the show of feelings.

"Love, is there anything more disgusting!"

The End

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1: The Italian name translate to "The Great Race" rather then the literal translation from English.

2: After reviewing the writer's papers, the title of this episode was originally called "Riders of the Rainbow Sage" [1]


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