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 planning and logistics using the black panther, both on stage and on a location, required tremendous coordination between the director, the stunt-animal wrangler, and the art department. Just what could the panther perform! What the panther's wrangler could teach, and rehearse with the panther, to perform according to the writer's scripted proposal, was always a challenge. The "art department" became a key element in setting up the circus ring! The crew were constantly warned and cautioned about the unpredictable panther's temperament while being rehearsed and performing in front of camera. At times, filming was really a three ring circus! 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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Never Gonna Let You Go
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Written by Sérgio Mendes
Performed by Joe Pizzulo and Leza Miller
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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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