This animated series continues the adventures of the USS Enterprise, taking advantage of the visual freedom of animation to present stories with more alien elements. Written by
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Gene Roddenberry decided that this animated series was not "canon" (as the live-action series movies are) because he did the series for the money, and he would not have let the writers do some of things they did if he knew Star Trek would return in live-action. However, some of the writers of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) strongly disagree with Roddenberry's opinion in this matter, and in Drawn to the Final Frontier (2006) they state that they regard this series as a legitimate continuation of the original Star Trek (1966) series. They point out, in those interviews, how they incorporated Trek Universe details from Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) into the Enterprise prequel. See more »
The hypospray is shown being used backwards in every episode in which it appears. See more »
Many fans have looked negatively on this series. That is too bad, and they do not give it the attention and credit it fully deserves. Sure there is an episode or two that was simply okay, but overall, I enjoyed all of it.
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek", was paid money for this series. He said that it was not part of "official" Star Trek. I think that is ridiculous, since he had the final approval of all of the scripts, and there were some great ones.
If anyone faulted the animation of this show, it must be remembered of what the state of animated films was in 1973. Even Disney had cut back considerably by that time; look at Disney's "Robin Hood" to see what I mean.
Because "Star Trek - The Animated Series" had a limited budget, there was not enough money to bring back Walter Koenig to play Chekov. But the show is a fine example of how "Trek" could work in animation.
And that is its finest accomplishment of all.
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