Jonathan Chase was a British college professor at New York University who had the unusual ability to transform into any kind of animal. He used his powers to battle crime alongside pretty policewoman Brooke and Vietnam-war pal Ty. Written by
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Glenn Larson's concept of the lead character's ability to manifest into the body of an animal stalker posed creative solutions to the production team. Using a "really alive black panther cat", or a "bird", or a "snake", for the actor's transition, was a study in discipline for cast and crew. The production designer was required to coordinate, with the director, set decorator, stunt supervisor, the cat's wrangler, and with the actor, every instance the script's action motivation occurred using any of the animal(s) involved. Location filming was most difficult, whereas within the stage environment, this allowed a more controlled environment to use the beasties! When a cobra snake was required in one script, the entire set's perimeter floor and wall had to be sealed preventing the cobra's escape. A barricade low (2'-0") wall placed in the open end of the set in order to seal the entire stage set environment to secure the staging area. The camera crew lifting their equipment into the interior of the setting to just set up to film the action with the snake. The snake's trainer, "wrangler", supervising the required snake's movement and directed motivation within the reach of control. See more »
In a day in age where little in the way of imagination can be found in most TV shows, the lord gave us Manimal about twenty years ago, and nobody watched it. And so the lord took Manimal away from us. Now we have no Manimal, and honestly, I don't see anything to fill the void left by the cancellation of probably the single most creative show ever. Oh, why can't we be given quality television programing and appreciate it as well. If these are fighting words, I will be at Jimmy's Pub and Grill on Market St. until six, bring it on Manimal-hater!!! PS-Please lord give us back Manimal on a two disc, complete series, DVD special edition. Please...
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