Manimal: Season 1, Episode 1

Manimal (30 Sep. 1983)

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Jonathan Chase is a British college professor at New York University who has the unusual ability to transform into any kind of animal he wants. He decides to use his power to assist the New... See full summary »

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Jonathan Chase is a British college professor at New York University who has the unusual ability to transform into any kind of animal he wants. He decides to use his power to assist the New York Police Department in solving unusual crimes, and in this series pilot, he teams up with cute cop Brooke and war buddy Ty to stop some terrorists from stealing a supply of toxic gas. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The two hour pilot's set description had the hero living in a New York Town House, with a subterranean safe room where the beasts were housed. Another set, which would be adjacent, was the garage where his auto was stored. The production's designer, Hub Braden, proposed a two story main house interior with the second floor having a center open well to view the first floor, with a glass sky-light ceiling. The proposed budget for this newly constructed main set was $150,000.00. The safe room for the animals was $75,000.00. Glenn Larson and Harker Wade, (sort of) went along with the main sets' estimated costs until the 20th Century Fox Television Division balked at the expense. In stead of building the new set, a standing film set (from a recently shot film) was ordered to be used, revamping for the required hero home base. After all the alterations and additional requirements for the productions needs, this one main interior set resulted costing over $350,000.00 (in revisions) for the pilot. While the "panther and hawk" enclosure safe room remained in the budgeted $75,000. An exterior Fox Lot-studio New York Street facade was used for the exterior Hero house, which had a lower ramp-up to the studio street, which became the main garage driveway entrance, revised with a new automatic garage door addition. See more »

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When Brooke MacKenzie faints in Jonathan's arms, she is still holding the cobra's head up and away from her body. A person who really faints would go limp in the arms. See more »

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Edited into Automan: Automan (1983) See more »

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Written by Michael Jackson
Performed by Michael Jackson
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Monkey Man
28 July 2003 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Manimal was Indiana Jones meets James Bond meets Monkey Man. It was a totally ridiculous show about some British Professor teaching at New York University while stopping crime and espionage by turning into a monkey, babboon, eagle, wolf, leopard, etc. It was incredibly silly, and it had an interesting cast that made you wonder why they were on such a silly show. It might have succeeded as some kind of Rowan Atkinson comedy. As a serious Science Fiction TV show it was goofy at best, back when special effects on TV were really bad. On the other hand, if someone did it today, with a topical subject (such as British Professor cover for an anti-terrorist secret agent-mutant); it would be worth watching! But back in 1983, crime-fighting monkeys & leopards were too far ahead of their time??


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