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"Star Trek: The Animated Series" (1973) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1973-1975

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Star Trek: The Animated Series: Season 2: Episode 6 -- The Enterprise tries to save an unidentified ship plunging into a supernova but is dragged into a universe where time runs backwards. Their only hope to return home is a retired first commander of the Enterprise.
Star Trek: The Animated Series: Season 2: Episode 5 -- The Enterprise crew encounters an alien who visited Earth in ancient times and became known as the Mayan god Kukulkan.
Star Trek: The Animated Series: Season 2: Episode 4 -- Dr. McCoy is arrested and held responsible for causing a plague that ravaged the planet Dramia Two, where he performed a mass-inoculation 19 years earlier.
Star Trek: The Animated Series: Season 2: Episode 3 -- After passing through an unusual cloud, the Enterprise computer develops a playful--and potentially lethal--personality.
Star Trek: The Animated Series: Season 2: Episode 2 -- On a planetary survey mission, Kirk and Spock have to deal with a reckless observer named Bem.


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8 September 1973 (USA) See more »
The further adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, as they explore the Galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 10)

William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk (22 episodes, 1973-1974)

Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock / ... (22 episodes, 1973-1974)

DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy (22 episodes, 1973-1974)

George Takei ... Sulu / ... (22 episodes, 1973-1974)

Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura / ... (22 episodes, 1973-1974)

James Doohan ... Scott / ... (22 episodes, 1973-1974)

Majel Barrett ... Nurse Chapel / ... (21 episodes, 1973-1975)

Series Directed by
Hal Sutherland (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill Reed (6 episodes, 1974)
Series Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
David Gerrold (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Len Janson (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Stephen Kandel (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Chuck Menville (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Margaret Armen (2 episodes, 1973)

Series Produced by
D.C. Fontana .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Norm Prescott .... producer (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lou Scheimer .... producer (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Original Music by
Ray Ellis (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Norm Prescott (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Art Direction by
Don Christensen (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Production Management
Rock Benedetto .... general manager (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Art Department
Paul Fennell .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Dale Hale .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Mike Hazy .... key art assistant (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill House .... key art assistant (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Dawn Huntley .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Sherman Labby .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jack Miller .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Michael O'Connor .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Louise Sandoval .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ken Southworth .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Visual Effects by
Reuben Timmins .... special effects animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Aardal .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Earl Benedetto .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Thane Berti .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Don Dinehart .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Gene Gropper .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill Kotler .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Joe A. Ponticelle .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
R.W. Pope .... camera supervisor (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Dean G. Teves .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
F.T. Ziegler .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Animation Department
Maria Bennett .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Robert Bentley .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Betty Brooks .... xerography and paint supervisor (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Janet Brown .... background artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jim Brummett .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Tom Burton .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bob Carlson .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Rudy Cataldi .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lorna Cook .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jesse Cosio .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Zeon Davush .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Alberto De Mello .... key layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lillian Evans .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Paul Fennell .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Otto Feuer .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ed Friedman .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
George Goode .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Boris Gorelick .... background artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Fred Grable .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Dick Hall .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lee Halpern .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Laverne Harding .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Maurice Harvey .... background artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Herb Hazelton .... key layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Wes Herschensohn .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
George Jenson .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lou Kachivas .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Les Kaluza .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ervin L. Kaplan .... color director (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Glen Keane .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Pat Keppler .... background artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bob Kline .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
James Koukos .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Marsh Lamore .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Chris Lane .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ken Leonard .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Carol Lundberg .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Warren Marshall .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Larry Miller .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Martin Muller .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Fred Myers .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jane Nordin .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill Nunes .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Joe Nunez .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Tom O'Loughlin .... background artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Rolando Oliva .... background artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Casey Onaitis .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jack Ozark .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Curt Perkins .... background artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Perry .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Don Peters .... background artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jane Philippi .... checking supervisor (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill Pratt .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Virgil Raddatz .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Remmel .... xerography and paint supervisor (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Len Rogers .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Virgil Ross .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Sonja Ruta .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Don Schloat .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Karen Shaffner .... background artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ben Shenkman .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Larry Silverman .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Brad Smith .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Hank Smith .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Reuben Timmins .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bob Trochim .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Marion Turk .... checking supervisor (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Cliff Voorhees .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
George Waiss .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Wendell Washer .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Malcolm Weizer .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ron Westlund .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
George Wheeler .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jim Willoughby .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Kaem Wong .... animator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Kay Wright .... key layout artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Paul Xander .... background artist (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Editorial Department
Doreen A. Dixon .... editorial supervisor (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Joseph Simon .... editorial supervisor (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Other crew
D.C. Fontana .... story editor (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
June Gilham .... film coordinator (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Gene Roddenberry .... executive consultant (22 episodes, 1973-1974)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Star Trek: TAS" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
"Star Trek: The Animated Adventures" - USA (alternative title)
"Star Trek: The Animated Series-The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek" - USA (DVD box title)
"The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek" - USA (video box title)
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30 min (22 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Filmation rotoscoped three live action USS Enterprise shots from the original "Star Trek" (1966) series to use as stock animation. The shots rotoscoped were the ones where the Enterprise is coming toward camera in orbit (used in most of the original series), the shot where the camera zooms in on the top of the Enterprise (where the bridge is) seen in full on "Star Trek: The Cage (#1.0)" (1986) and a shot of the Enterprise zooming toward camera which also came from The Cage and was used rarely as stock footage.See more »
Continuity: Nurse Chapel's chest insignia is the standard oval-within-a-circle symbol for the Sciences division. However, in the live "Star Trek" (1966), her uniform was unique in that she wore a red cross in place of that symbol.See more »
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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Still Trekking in the 23rd Century, 17 March 2007
Author: Bogmeister from United States

This was a sort of follow-up to the original Trek series, which ended in '69, using, to a large extent, the same characters and time frame of the original 5-year mission; in fact, this is the closest we got to a 4th season of the original show. It's somewhat of a shame that this batch of 22 episodes is largely considered non-canon in the Trek mythos (there are exceptions: Capt.April, introduced/depicted in the last episode, is now regarded as the actual 1st captain of Enterprise NCC-1701 and Kirk supposedly acquired his middle name 'Tiberius' in the episode "Bem"). I suppose this may stem from an attitude of regarding animation as a different universe from the live action stuff - a less realistic universe, maybe. But, in spite of many comments dismissing this series as aimed for children, there's no degradation in script quality or thought-provoking ideas. In fact, the main difference, for me, was less use of violence or brute force to get the ideas across as the stories progressed. So, in some ways, this series adhered even more to Roddenberry's concept - the use of our minds and powers of speech to address various problems, cosmic or otherwise. Indeed, some of the episodes ("The Time Trap") fairly preached a sense of higher morality that humanity should follow. All the regular actors of the original (except Walter Koenig) returned to voice their characters, so, even in the acting dept., there was very little reduction in quality. The show also utilized the talents of many of the same writers, such as David Gerrold and DC Fontana. Koenig even had a script produced (the episode "The Infinite Vulcan").

Of course, many point to the limited animation (by Filmation) as the reason for the lack of action. Filmation was clever in reusing the same stock poses and movements of characters, placed over some impressive background paintings. The obvious advantage to the show was in depicting landscapes and giant creatures which were not possible on the original series, as well as ideas such as shrinking the crew ("The Terratin Incident"). The actor James Doohan voiced a multitude of other characters besides Scotty (Doohan was close to being overused), as did Majel Barrett, and Nichelle Nichols & George Takei also got into the act; you heard Takei as a Klingon in one episode and Nichols as a god in another. But, they did bring back a few key actors for guest roles - Mark Lenard as Sarek, for example, Stanley Adams as Cyrano Jones and, of course, Carmel as the conman Harry Mudd, in episodes which functioned as sequels or follow-ups to original series episodes ("More Tribbles, More Troubles" and "Mudd's Passion"), but these actors were not credited (stock credits at the end of each episode). We also revisited the "Shore Leave" planet in "Once Upon a Planet." Chekov (and Koenig) seemed to be away on leave in these episodes (budget cuts!); instead, we saw the feline M'Ress and the extra-limbed Arex as part of the bridge crew. One bit of progressive evolution involved a more aggressive approach by the female characters: Uhura took command in one episode ("The Lorelei Signal") without so much as a by your leave and Nurse Chapel even karate chops the scoundrel Mudd in "Mudd's Passion" - so much for non-violence. What a difference just 4 years makes - clear evidence of the female liberation movement - right here in Trek!

But, the most eye-popping sequence of scenes for me was something I'd forgotten, until viewing "The Practical Joker" episode again: here we see the first use of a holodeck, in the Enterprise's 'recreation room.' So, this was not invented for the TNG show over a dozen years later! The TNG creators took the idea from an earlier Trek series! Many of the episodes were suffused with humor, usually very subtle for a supposed children's show, and main actors Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley were probably attracted to the material because of this adult approach. No, this certainly was not just a kid's show. The best episodes: "Yesteryear" - re-utilized the Guardian of Forever from "The City on the Edge of Forever" original episode, including another mind-bending time travel paradox and an expanded look at the planet Vulcan; "The Slaver Weapon" - a reworked Larry Niven science fiction story of stasis boxes containing ancient items, involving an ultimate weapon, and a great new villainous race in the Romulan/Klingon mold (but taking advantage of animation), with only Spock, Uhura and Sulu appearing as the regulars; "The Jihad" - exciting 'quest' action epic, which, despite the limits of the animation, was still as tense and suspenseful as many of the live action episodes; and "The Eye of the Beholder" - a unique perspective on zoos and intelligence, in that order; that title was also used on a Twilight Zone episode. I also liked "The Survivor," which used similar story ideas to "The Man Trap," but, as usual, without any death scenes and resulted in a more poignant version. Yes, maybe this animated series reused too many story ideas from the original, but it was still darn good Trekking. We had to wait another 5 years for the next new Trek vision - "Star Trek the Motion Picture" in '79.

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