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"Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" Earth Star Voyager: Part 1 (1988)"Disneyland" Earth Star Voyager: Part 1 (original title)

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Original Air Date:
17 January 1988 (Season 32, Episode 11)
The Earth Star Voyager is a spaceship sent to another solar system to prepare it for colonization. Earth itself is horribly polluted... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Duncan Regehr ... Jacob Brown - Former Commander

Brian McNamara ... Jonathan Hays - Command Specialist

Julia Montgomery ... Sally Arthur, MD - Space Medicine
Jason Michas ... Jessie Bienstock - Computer Sciences

Tom Bresnahan ... Huxley Welles - Navigation (as Tom Breznahan)
Margaret Langrick ... Luz Sansone - Communication

Sean O'Byrne ... Vance Arthur

Peter Donat ... Admiral Beasley

Ric Reid ... Capt. Forbes

Frank C. Turner ... Willy
Dinah Gaston ... Lani Miyoai - Communication

Bruce Harwood ... Leland Eugene, MD - Psychiatrist

Bill Croft ... Trager

John 'Bear' Curtis ... Whistlestick

Stephen Dimopoulos ... The Crier
Nigel Harvey ... Security Leader

Andrew Kavadas ... Brody
Barry Kennedy ... Lt. Matthews

Kevin McNulty ... Cmdr. Gardiner
Jennifer Michas ... Jeannie

Stephen E. Miller ... Lt. Krieger
Enid Saunders ... Elderly Woman
Mike Stack ... Crewman #1

Sandy Tucker ... Mrs. Bienstock

Meredith Bain Woodward ... Mrs. Hays
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Henry Kingi ... Shell (uncredited)
Lynette Mettey ... Priscilla (uncredited)
David Stark ... Guard (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Goldstone 
Writing credits
Ed Spielman (written by)

Produced by
Howard P. Alston .... producer (as Howard Alston)
Dennis E. Doty .... co-producer
John Garbett .... supervising producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin (original score by)
Cinematography by
Robert M. Stevens (director of photography) (as Robert Stevens)
Film Editing by
Edward A. Biery 
Edward Nassour 
Casting by
Sally Dennison 
Julie Selzer 
Production Design by
John DeCuir Jr.  (as John F. De Cuir Jr.)
Art Direction by
Ian D. Thomas  (as Ian Thomas)
Set Decoration by
Linda Vipond 
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
Monique Prudhomme  (as Monique Stranan)
Makeup Department
Donna Bis .... hair stylist
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist
Jeffrey S. Farley .... prosthetic sculptor (uncredited)
Production Management
Justis Greene .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrice Leung .... first assistant director
Sandra Mayo .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gary Clark .... head paint foreman
Phil Gough .... assistant property master
Geoff Hilliard .... construction foreman
Catherine Leighton .... set buyer
Wayne McLaughlin .... property master
Sound Department
Eric Batut .... production sound mixer
Joe Melody .... sound editor (as Joseph Melody)
Ray West .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
David Gauthier .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... motion control camera: Boss Film Corporation
Richard Edlund .... visual effects producer
Donald Fly .... production supervisor: Boss Film Corporation (as Donald R. Fly)
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects editor: Boss Film Corporation
Chris Regan .... optical supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Mark Stetson .... model shop supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Garry Waller .... special projects supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Gene Whiteman .... chief engineer: Boss Film Corporation
Terry Windell .... visual effects designer: Boss Film Corporation
Philip Crescenzo .... visual effects: technical supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Cochrane .... lamp operator (1988)
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
Burton Kuchera .... lighting technician (as Burton 'Joe' Kuchera)
Casting Department
Lynne Carrow .... casting: Vancouver
Wendy Kurtzman .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Lee Langdon .... key costumer
Thomas L. Pankiewich .... key costumer (as Thomas Pankiewich)
Editorial Department
Walter Hekking .... additional editor (1988) (as Walter A. Hekking)
Music Department
John Mick .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
John Richards .... music engineer (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin .... conductor (uncredited)
Matt Walker .... music executive (uncredited)
Other crew
Lorraine Baird .... production accountant
Sandra Palmer .... production coordinator
Pattie Robertson .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Disneyland: Earth Star Voyager: Part 1 (#32.11)" - USA (original title)
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240 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Tom Bresnahan's character is called Huxley Welles. It's a nod for two Sci-Fi writers, Aldous Huxley and H.G. Wells (adding an 'e' in Wells). Both are famous by novels about distopic futures: Huxley by "Brave New World" (published in 1932) and Wells by "The Time Machine" (published in 1895).See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Jake:[last lines]
Jake:You know, Captain? I think we 'otta go check this place out.
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Like the Science Fiction of Robert A. Heinlein, 2 July 2005
Author: Sturgeon54 from United States

I was just out of kindergarten when this was originally broadcast, but someone at my house taped it, and I remember watching it over and over again before the tape was erased. I think this movie must have inspired my long-running interest in science fiction - it had a very strong impression on me when I was young. It had much of the spirit of the novels written by Robert A. Heinlein in the 1950s, which were tight, inspiring futuristic stories about young adults and their adventures in space travel. Like those novels, the future described in this film didn't seem like pulp; it was highly believable. Additionally, this movie has a quality long absent from science fiction: a respect for real scientists and engineers. Unknown to many people, the literary origins of science fiction were attempts to interest young people in science/engineering fields through the medium of fiction. As I read just yesterday, the government is funding a project to promote the sciences in Hollywood films in order to recruit young people to a quickly-dwindling field. Maybe they should re-release "Earth Star Voyager?!"

For years, this was in the back of my head, but I just assumed it a completely lost and forgotten TV film until I found bits and pieces of info. about it recently online. I finally found a bootleg of it on ebay from an original video someone had taped back in '88 and decided to relive a part of my childhood. The result: it holds up surprisingly well 17 years later.

Reading all the reviews here of people with fond memories of this now-forgotten gem, I realize that the central quality of the movie was its writing and characterizations. The writing especially: as I watched it again, I found myself remembering immediately many lines from this movie which I hadn't heard for years - they were that good. I have long maintained that solid writing and strong characters are the keys to great film-making; special effects and other things are important, too, but these two key ingredients were present here, and that is why I believe people remember this so well almost two decades later. The special effects do hold up rather well - probably because they were the work of Hollywood effects veteran Robert Edlund. Also, film composer Lalo Schifrin contributed what, in my opinion, is his best musical score.

In fact, doing some research on, I discovered that the director of this was a seasoned veteran of television going all the way back to "Rawhide" in the 1950s, "The Fugitive", and even a few classic episodes of "Star Trek." The writer was the creator of the TV series "Kung Fu." Obiously, some top-notch talent was involved. It's a shame that none of the actors or actresses went on to significant accomplishments beyond forgettable TV and B-movies - except for Henry Kingi, who played the Borg-like Shell. He is a popular Hollywood stuntman to this day in such films as "Constantine" and "The Matrix Reloaded," and he did display a true presence in ESV.

The creativity at work here was definitely on a par with the original "Star Trek" series - another work which had dozens of visionary ideas in addition to memorable characterizations. "Star Trek" eventually got resurrected times ten, and I think Disney is long overdue in releasing this on DVD in the U.S. (which it never did on VHS, either). It seems to me that a great deal more work went into this than the typical forgettable TV pilot (Disney CEO Michael Eisner even appeared in two television introductions on the set), and yet somehow Disney/Buena Vista just abandoned this. I personally emailed the company requesting a release, and received a reply stating that they are taking it into consideration. Hopefully, this has gotten the ball rolling.

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