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22 November 1985 (USA) See more »
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Set on the subterranean Mine-World, a band of human worker are treated like slaves under the power of the evil overlord Zygon until one... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Joe Colligan ... Orin (voice)

Carmen Argenziano ... Dagg Dibrimi (voice)
Noelle North ... Elan / Aviana (voice)

Anthony De Longis ... Zygon (voice)
Tyke Caravelli ... Silica (voice)

Les Tremayne ... Arthur (voice)
Ken Sansom ... Magreb (voice)
John Moschitta Jr. ... Z'Gork (voice)
Daryl Bartley ... Kallie (voice)

John Garwood ... (voice)
Herb Vigran ... Hopps (voice)

Michael Winslow ... (voice)
Tina Romanus ... Aunt Bella (voice)
Joseph Della Sorte ... (voice)
Thomas H. Watkins ... Boro (voice)
Mickey Morton ... Minemaster (voice)
Mona Marshall ... Kallie (voice)
Ryan MacDonald ... (voice)
Philip L. Clarke ... (voice)
Dennis Alwood ... Shooter (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cathy Cavadini ... (voice)
Judi M. Durand ... (voice)

Greg Finley ... (voice)
Doris Hess ... (voice)
Rosanna Huffman ... (voice)

Daamen J. Krall ... (voice)
David McCharen ... (voice)
Jan Rabson ... (voice)
Marilyn Schreffler ... (voice)
Susan Silo ... (voice)

Directed by
Steven Hahn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jeffrey Scott 

Produced by
Thomas Coleman .... executive producer
Christine Danzo .... associate producer
Steven Hahn .... producer
Daniel Pia .... associate producer
Michael Rosenblatt .... executive producer
Original Music by
Andrew Belling 
Film Editing by
Donald W. Ernst 
Casting by
Louise Zingarelli 
Art Direction by
Lee Hyun Se 
Production Management
Yeong-cheol Choi .... production supervisor (as Young Chul Choi)
David J. Corbett .... production supervisor
Kim Soon Min .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Sparey .... associate director
Art Department
Paul Gruwell .... storyboard artist
Ron Harris .... storyboard artist (as Ronald Harris)
Boyd Kirkland .... storyboard artist
Mario Piluso .... storyboard artist
Dick Sebast .... storyboard artist
Thomas Warkentin .... hardware designer
Sound Department
David E. Campbell .... sound mixer (as David Campbell)
Robert Canton .... sound editor
Rick Crampton .... sound editor
Donald W. Ernst .... sound designer (as Don Ernst)
Denise Horta .... sound editor
Eileen Horta .... sound editor
Ted Johnston .... sound editor
Gary Krivacek .... sound editor
Stan Levine .... electronic sound effects
Stan Levine .... synthesized sound effects
John T. Reitz .... sound mixer (as John Reitz)
Gregg Rudloff .... sound mixer (as Greg Rudloff)
Kevin Spears .... sound editor
David John West .... sound editor (as Dave J. West)
Visual Effects by
Kane Anderson .... computer assistant
Chris Bailey .... computer animation planner (as Christopher Bailey)
Allen Blyth .... effects animator
Laura Capozzi Kelly .... computer assistant
Patricia Capozzi .... computer animation graphics
Craig Clark .... computer animation planner
Craig Clark .... digital choreographer
Edith Fandrey .... computer animation graphics
Charles Hefner .... computer assistant
Bae-guen Kim .... effects assistant (as Bae Geun Kim)
Bill Kroyer .... computer animation planner
Rob LaDuca .... effects animator (as Robert LaDuca)
Michael Lessa .... effects animator
Harvard Pennington .... computer hardware consultant
Scott Reynolds .... computer animation software
Geri Rochon .... effects assistant
John Sparey .... computer animation planner
Mike Svayko .... technical director
John T. Van Vliet .... effects animator (as John Van Vliet)
Michael Wolf .... effects animator
Michael Wolf .... special visual effects
Dave Woodman .... computer assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
David J. Corbett .... camera operator
Charles Flekal .... camera supervisor
Hyung Hee Kim .... camera operator
Chul-kyu Lim .... camera operator (as Yim Chul Kyu)
Young Boo Lim .... camera operator (as Young Boo Im)
Craig Littell-Herrick .... camera operator
Paul B. Mikolyski .... camera operator
Thomas Ling Yen .... camera operator
Animation Department
Carlos Baeza .... inbetween artist
Chris Bailey .... assistant animator (as Christopher Bailey)
Rex Barron .... layout artist
Tim Callahan .... background designer
John Calmette .... key background painter
Patricia Capozzi .... final checker
Judi Cassell .... xerox
Craig Clark .... assistant animator
Laura Craig .... ink and paint assistant
Janet Cummings .... color key designer
Robert DeWitt .... layout artist
Patricia Doktor .... key background painter
Jim Finch .... final checker (as James P. Finch)
Jim Finch .... scene planner (as James P. Finch)
Jim Fletcher .... layout artist (as James Fletcher)
Dotti Foell .... animation checker
Dotti Foell .... scene planner
James Fujii .... inbetween artist
Neil Galloway .... layout artist
Steven E. Gordon .... animator (as Steve Gordon)
Gary Graham .... layout artist
Rick Graham .... layout artist (as Richard Graham)
Paul Gruwell .... layout artist
Edgar Gutierrez .... xerox
Ed Haney .... layout artist (as Edward Haney)
Deborah Hayes .... character modeler
Russ Heath .... layout artist (as Russell Heath)
Edwin B. Hirth III .... key background painter (as Edwin Hirth)
Renee Holt .... assistant animation supervisor
David Hoover .... layout artist
John Howley .... layout artist
Barry E. Jackson .... key background painter (as Barry Jackson)
Dan Jeup .... assistant animator (as Daniel Jeup)
Jang Gil Kim .... animation director
Young Mee Kim .... animation checker (as Kim Young Mee)
Young Mee Kim .... final checker (as Kim Young Mee)
Youngku Kim .... background supervisor (as Kim Young Ku)
Boyd Kirkland .... layout artist
John Koch .... layout artist
Bill Kroyer .... animator
Bill Kroyer .... key animator
Sandra Kumashiro .... final checker
Mi Kyung Kwon .... ink and paint assistant
Don Lauder .... animation checker
Craig Littell-Herrick .... final checker
Greg Manwaring .... inbetween artist
Marlene Robinson May .... animator
Steve Moore .... inbetween artist (as Stephen Moore)
Ron Myrick .... scene planner
Narelle Nixon .... animation checker
Narelle Nixon .... final checker
John Norton .... animator
Madlyn O'Neill .... ink and paint assistant
Kyung Hee Pak .... xerox
Frank Paur .... layout artist
Gabi Payn .... animator (as Gary Payn)
Eric Pigors .... inbetween artist
Mario Piluso .... layout artist
Carol Kieffer Police .... background supervisor (as Carol Police)
Robin Police .... ink and paint assistant
Brian Ray .... assistant animator
Bob Revell .... animation checker (as Robert Revell)
Bob Revell .... scene planner (as Robert Revell)
Lenord Robinson .... animator
Geri Rochon .... key color assistant
Mitch Rochon .... animation director
Darrell Rooney .... character modeler
Chris Rutkowski .... assistant animator (as Christopher Rutkowski)
Yeun Young Sang .... key animator (as Yoon Young Sang)
Jim Schlenker .... key background painter
Tom Sito .... animator (as Thomas Sito)
Bob Smith .... layout artist (as Robert A. Smith)
Roy Allen Smith .... background designer
Roy Allen Smith .... layout supervisor
Jung Yul Song .... key animator
No Soon Nyeo .... key color assistant
John Sparey .... scene planner
Mike Stribling .... animator (as James Stribling)
Mike Svayko .... scene planner
David Teague .... assistant animator
Fred Warter .... assistant animator
Dave Woodman .... inbetween artist (as David Woodman)
Alan Wright .... inbetween artist
Anthony Zierhut .... inbetween artist
Louise Zingarelli .... character designer
Jong Hee Lee .... background artist (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter (as Gary Buritt)
Chuck George .... negative cutter
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Tom Hooper .... negative cutter
Tony Mizgalski .... assistant editor
Douglas Nickel .... editorial staff (as Douglas Lloyd Nickel)
Jonathan Pink .... editorial staff
Music Department
Andrew Belling .... musician: synthesizer
Michael Boddicker .... musician: synthesizer
Timothy J. Borquez .... assistant music editor (as Timothy Borquez)
Nancy Gaelen .... music coordinator
David Katz .... music supervisor
Other crew
Ronnie Cloonan .... production secretary
Cho Myung Hee .... production assistant
Hwang Nami .... production assistant
Cathy Rowley .... production secretary
Thomas H. Watkins .... production assistant (as Thomas Watkins)

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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #27782)

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Originally produced in 3-D. The first ever animated feature made in 3-D.See more »
Arthur:[to Silica] Oh dear what have you done to me? I'm naked, put my ship back on you perverted fembot!See more »
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »


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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Lovingly crafted from the finest sources, you can't help but cheer them on!, 16 June 2005
Author: faisal_khan from London, England

I first saw Starchaser in 3D back in 1985 and for someone who grew up on the Star Wars trilogy I was hooked for life. A beautiful, heady mix of science-fiction, fantasy and all out action laced with humour, a little violence and excellent set-pieces Starchaser is lovingly assembled from the finest sources and has more love for it's source than the three prequels helmed by Lucas have shown. The story is straightforward: thousands of slaves mine crystals for robot overseers believing this to be the will of their God, Zygon. A young slave named Orin (superbly voiced by Joe Colligan) finds a glowing sword hilt buried in the mines that tells him of the forbidden world above and in an attempt to break free is taken under wing of surly smuggler Dagg Dibrimi.

Taking it's influence from Star Wars, whispering it's name with reverent pride, layering it with images and influences as diverse as Moebius, the cartoons of René Laloux and Ralph Bakshi's Wizards it's hard not to like this movie. It's well-animated, beautifully shot and surprisingly well written which is all the more remarkable given that it's an animated feature.

In almost any combination this would have been a lacklustre, disappointing affair along the lines of Titan A.E but under the direction of Steven Hahn it's becomes something much more special. Look at the credits and you'll see cast and crew steeped in sci-fi: Stargate: SG1's Carmen Argenziano as Dagg Dibrimi, Han Solo with the attitude of J.Jonah Jameson; Masters of the Universe star Anthony DeLongis' providing the silver-tongued menace of Zygon in the vein of an early Vincent Price are the two voice highlights among a near perfect cast. More sci-fi stars are found in the background, ranging from the voice stars of Transformers and DS9 to story-boarder Boyd Kirkland, who would later go onto direct Batman: The Animated Series' greatest episode 'The Grey Ghost'. Even after 20 years Belling's music holds up remarkably well, as much an integral character of the film as Les Tremayne's marvellously cowardly ship's computer. It kicks in at all the right places, has good strong recognisable themes for the main stars and above all doesn't overpower the movie or sound like one of John William's increasingly derivative scores. And unlike many animated features it doesn't feel the need to bolster the score with some contemporary rock or pop tracks, preferring a well-crafted mix of orchestral and synthesized soundtrack.

Watched 20 years on it's still as enjoyable. It doesn't run on for too long, still has that pleasing if eccentric aesthetic style prevalent throughout the film and above all is fun. It has a story to tell, does it with style and above all manages to make you care for the characters which is a rare enough thing in a live-action movie, and for an 80's animated feature something very much to be proud of.

Starchaser hasn't been commercially available for years aside from a VHS release some 15 or 16 years back but it has a strong and loyal fan base who'll welcome the fact it's finally been released my MGM on DVD. As an animated feature it still has a certain charm two decades on even without the 3D but where it really holds it's own is it's love for Star Wars. Anybody who felt disappointed by the three prequels and prefers the honest, simple storytelling style of the original will enjoy Starchaser.

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