Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: Season 32, Episode 11

Earth Star Voyager: Part 1 (1988)
"Disneyland" Earth Star Voyager: Part 1 (original title)

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The Earth Star Voyager is a spaceship sent to another solar system to prepare it for colonization. Earth itself is horribly polluted, so the mission is vitally important. But as the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Duncan Regehr ...
Jacob 'Jake' Brown (1988)
Jonathan Hays (1988)
Sally Arthur, MD (1988)
Jason Michas ...
Jessie 'Beanie' Bienstock
Huxley Welles (1988) (as Tom Breznahan)
Margaret Langrick ...
Luz Sansone
Sean O'Byrne ...
Vance Arthur
Peter Donat ...
Admiral Beasley (1988)
Ric Reid ...
Capt. Forbes (1988)
Willy (1988)
Dinah Gaston ...
Lani (1988)
Dr. Eugene (1988)
Trager (1988)
John 'Bear' Curtis ...
Whistlestick (1988)
Stephen Dimopoulos ...
The Crier (1988)


The Earth Star Voyager is a spaceship sent to another solar system to prepare it for colonization. Earth itself is horribly polluted, so the mission is vitally important. But as the departing starship gets under way, signs begin to emerge that their mission may unwittingly be part of a larger conspiracy. Written by Ben Hallert <hallert@mediaone.net>

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1988 (USA)  »

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The ship supposedly catches up with radio waves broadcast from Earth in the past. However, their objective was only 18.7 light years away. Especially since they had only begun the trip, they should not have received any broadcasts older than a few weeks or months old. The broadcasts they received range from 1927 to 1987, which should have been 101-161 light years from Earth by the year 2088, more than five times the distance to Demeter. Also, because light cannot vary speed, they would not have caught up to all the broadcasts at once. The broadcasts would have gradually gotten older as they traveled further from Earth. (Additional note: There is no reason to suspect that the intercepted radio signals were original broadcasts; although that is the aside made in the movie. These could be rebroadcasted (reruns) programs from Earth on the same day in the same spatial direction.) See more »


Luz Sansone: [Luz is analyzing her readouts on her screen and gets the confirmation of the mysterious follower that has been trailing Earth Star Voyager. She looks up to Jonathan in shock]
Luz Sansone: Jonathan, the blip. It's the Triton Coursaire, it's been the Triton Coursaire, all along!
Capt Jonathan Hays: Admiral, you've been following us?
Adm. Beasley: And despite my best efforts, you lost me. You're very good. I chose you to be the best, but you're even better than I hoped.
Capt Jonathan Hays: Um, thank you.
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The movie still works for me.
10 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

After years of voting, this is my first comment. It is sad that Disney has not released this movie (preferably on DVD). I also have a copy of this movie, still watchable fortunately.

This movie was enjoyable with an original plot and interesting views of a future Earth. The portrayal of computers and other technology as it could impact society makes this movie a gem as well. As a teenager planning on a career with space, I admired the opportunity these young explorers had.

The movie is somewhat dated. The special effects are not the best and the acting is a little cheesey in places. But the story is very interesting and having it told from a teenager's viewpoint (the age of most of the crew) helped make this movie memorable for me.

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