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Old 09-08-2005, 13:53   #1
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Star Trek: The Animated Adventures

With Paramount considering releasing this on DVD, I was wondering how many people would consider purchasing it if and when it is released?

I've never seen any episodes, but am interested in seeing what it is like. If the price is reasonable, I would almost certainly pick it up. It would also mean I would have a complete Trek collection, as I have all of TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY and am currently making my way through Enterprise.
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Old 09-08-2005, 14:02   #2
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Ive not seen it for years but Id DEFINITELY buy it cos its got all the original cast members doing the voices.

I think the animation's quite poor though!
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Old 09-08-2005, 14:03   #3
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I think "animated" may be pushing the description a little.

if it didn't have the name "star trek" in the title, it's a series that no one would remember any more.
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I've got a few episodes, 8 or 9 I think (rough guess) on divx and vcd and must admit I find them very good. I'm not a die hard trekkie either in fact I'm very selective of the episodes I like. Yes the animation is poor but its got a real retro charm and the stories can be a little more imaginitive than live action because anything can be achieved with animation. I especially liked the episode where they had the time capsule from billions of years ago from an ancient civilisation. The slavers they were called or something like that. The enemies in that episode are not unlike the enemies from the wing commander games. Huge bipedal cats. I especially like the mind reading and very depressed cat character who interrogated prisoners. Frankly that particular episodes beats at least 10 of the original live action star trek episodes I can think of. Also the 20 minute duration ensures a fast pace to the story.
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I would buy it.
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I remember innumerable barely animated recycled close-ups of talking heads.

That's all.
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Old 09-08-2005, 14:57   #7
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There is a good TAS website at -

http://www.startrekanimated.com/tas_main.html
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I recall seeing the odd episode, don't recall it being amazing

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As I recall the stories were ok, and not kiddified like other animated shows of the time with their obligatory 'comedy' character.

And yes, as mentioned above the animation sucked big time. I think it was produced by Filmation who were also responsible for a God-awful Tarzan animated series too.
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I'd love to see a new animated Trek series, maybe using the style of animation that the Star Wars: Clone Wars series used.

I think that either the DS9 relaunch series or the New Frontier series would make excellent new Trek shows, either animated or live action.

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Old 09-08-2005, 19:34   #11
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I've always liked The Animated Series, so much so I bought the laserdisc box set. The main character animation may be poor, but the extra scope allowed them to expand the frontiers of the show in a Star Wars Special Edition kinda way (only without a thousand fanboys crying foul).

Instead of endlessly recycled planetary sets and the same canyon out in LA, we got huge, imaginative alien ships & locales. Instead of blokes in suits as aliens, we got freaky creations that could never have been done on the TV show. Even though it's more outlandish, it still works because the voices were performed by the original cast, although Walter Koenig didn't appear because they couldn't afford to hire any more of the main cast.
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I remember innumerable barely animated recycled close-ups of talking heads.

That's all.
It was more animated than William Shatner!
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I've always liked The Animated Series, so much so I bought the laserdisc box set. The main character animation may be poor, but the extra scope allowed them to expand the frontiers of the show in a Star Wars Special Edition kinda way (only without a thousand fanboys crying foul).

Instead of endlessly recycled planetary sets and the same canyon out in LA, we got huge, imaginative alien ships & locales. Instead of blokes in suits as aliens, we got freaky creations that could never have been done on the TV show. Even though it's more outlandish, it still works because the voices were performed by the original cast, although Walter Koenig didn't appear because they couldn't afford to hire any more of the main cast.
Although Walter Koenig did write one of the episodes.
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Don't recall too much of the series but do remember the "stiff" animation.

I've always thought it might be a good idea to remake all the episodes in CG animation, particularly as they have access to the original casts voice performances, and adapt where necessary to bring the series into official continuity.

Isn't there an episode by DC Fontana about young Spock that is regarded as canon ?
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I would definitely buy these. The animation is somewhat crude, but the stories more than make up for this.

The one with the "big cats" is the one called Slaver Weapon and is based on the Larry Niven SF story of the same name (featuring his Kzinti, who are sentient carnivores - think mountain lions, only bigger, that stand upright with human level intelligence but keeping the claws, teeth and need to eat meat).

The episode featuring the young Spock is entitled Yesteryear and concerns the Guardian of Forever.

It has certainly entered what might be Trek canon, as it does such a superb job of revisiting Spock's past (drawing on elements mentioned in the TOS episode Journey to Babel). The events and places in it are mentioned in many of the Star Trek novels.

While aimed at children, the stories are by no means childish are are perfectly acceptable watching for an adult who will catch the deeper meanings that lie in many of them.
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Star Trek: The Animated Series is FINALLY coming to DVD in November. I have only vague memories of seeing these as a kid, but hell, count me in!
Details at DVD Active, and the artwork:

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Saddest of all, I saw this series premier on Canadian tv in 1973. After the one episode, I got home and immediately wrote a letter to Radio Times asking for it to be shown, and they did. Still have the RT with the letter printed in it.

Well I was only 12 and easilly impressed. Not so with yet another hideous Trek dvd box.
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I remember the music and the same shot of the Enterprise swooping across the screen being used time and time again. The Radiotimes did a big piece on it previewing it's airing and I remember it saying that Captain Kirk was the most difficult character to get to resemble the actor who played him. Well shatner did have a reputation for being difficult. Looking forward to this but I'll wait until it appears in a sale. From the quality of the show it isn't worth paying full whack for it.
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I remember the music and the same shot of the Enterprise swooping across the screen being used time and time again.
To be fair that same thought can be applied to the original show, and every single one of it's later spin-offs.

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Just picked up my copy today.
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