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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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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:
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Did You Know?

This was the first Saturday morning animated series by Filmation broadcast by NBC. The network had always refused to buy any cartoons by Filmation previously, but when Star Trek premiered Filmation finally had different shows on all three major networks on at the same time.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Director Hal Sutherland was color blind and could not tell the difference between light gray and pink. In some episodes, uniforms and spacecraft which were supposed to be light gray are colored pink.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Emmy Award Winning, "Star Trek in Animation", with continuity!!!", 22 March 2007
Author: CelluloidRehab ( from Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Everything these days seems to relate to my childhood and early adulthood. Perhaps since I am advancing in years, I am also dwelling much more on the past. I remember seeing this show in a limited capacity back in the late 80's and early 90's. Technically, I saw 3 episodes on Nickelodeon and taped them. What I saw was quite impressive.

The animated series immediately follows the cancellation of the original series and can be considered the completion of the original 5 year mission.

Pros : All the voices of the original cast are present except for Walter Koenig : William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Majel Barrett and even Roger C. Carmel (Harcourt Fenton Mudd) and Stanley Adams (Cyrano Jones) are there. Walter Koenig does make up for it by providing a script that allows us to experience a 60 foot tall Spock. We get episodes with more Harry Mudd, more tribbles, more fun on the shore leave planet, Uhura in command, Jihad and even a meeting with Lucifer himself. Also included is an Enterprise holodeck, pre-Pike, a laughing Enterprise, a reverse-timed alternate universe, Gukumatz (a.k.a, Kukulcan, Quetzalcoatl), Mr. Scott crawling on the ceiling, a cat on the bridge, "Blue" Kirk, more solo with Sulu and a nice smear of Shatnerian cleverness and ingenuity (don't forget about Shatnerian logic). There is also a furthering of the Star Trek universe. There are things (encountering lifeforms, aliens, other members of Starfleet along with the adoption of technical schematics, other ship designs and engineering and scientific principles) that seem to be pulled straight out of the technical manuals. All this did was add color, history and background to a somewhat plastic looking universe (up to this point). Books coming to life, imagine that. The animation freed the Star Trek universe from the shackles and limitations of live action. The exotic was limited only by the imagination and the animator's skills. It's as if all the fan energy and fervor to keep the show going at NBC was transmuted into this series. The show as a whole has a "chip on its shoulder" attitude. There are more than a handful of episodes, in the animated series, that could have easily replaced the not-so-good episodes of the original series (in terms of story, acting and pure science fiction fun).

Cons: Walter Koenig does not provide his voice. He ruins what could have been an even more unique event and show. How many times do you see actors reproducing themselves in animation and in this high of a percentage? Maybe this a positive thing to consider. Chekov is instead replaced by an Edosian (a 3 legged and 3 armed alien - one arm comes out straight from his chest) weapons officer named Arex. The animation is also quite typical of "kids-style" and other animated shows of its day. Anyone who has seen animated US shows from the 60's, 70's and 80's knows exactly what I mean. The animation can best be described as minimalistic. Often the illustrators saved money and time by repeating certain scenes. These are usually repeated in various capacities throughout the life of the show. In this case we get continuity errors like : Sulu talking from a planet while at the same time being on the bridge, Mr. Scott growing a wavy mustache instantaneously, Sulu looks much like McCoy in some scenes and much, much more. It will look similar in execution to the Planet of the Apes animated show (except that show had a strange "artistic" mural quality). The length of the episodes is quite a detriment. We were used to 45 minute episodes and now we are left with approximately half that. The voice work, which is the entire cast, lacks the passion of seeing the actors in person. The voices of the extras are also voiced by the Enterprise crew, but sound fake and contrived (often with laughable results). This is not the Simpsons, Futurama or Family Guy. Even Shatner and his Shatnerisms seem to be delivered with a heavy dose of Valium.

I do not want to be misleading. For fans of the show this is an absolutely must own. If you are a weekend Trek fan (a.k.a. - the long lasting debate of Trekkie vs Trekker), you can skip it entirely without missing a beat of the original show. You may want to check out 1 or 2 episodes to see if you would enjoy it. This could also be viewed as a nostalgic romp through the world of 70's animation.

For whatever reason, I still love this show and the original group of characters. There was a chemistry between them that was hard to miss. Though the lackluster voice work and average animation blemishes this version of the show, it still extends these interactions. Even from a science fiction perspective, the animated series does not hold much of a candle to the original. If anything, I would have called this Star Trek Lite - The Animated Series or Star Trek : For Kids. Well, its time to re-watch the Infinite Vulcan. Nothing gets to me more than when they steal Spock's brain from some mixed up alien plan.

Live Long and Thrive !!

In light of today, it wouldn't be appropriate to finish this review without proclaiming the most happiest of days for William Shatner. It's his birthday. Keep it coming Willie!!

-Celluloid Rehab

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