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Return to the Planet of the Apes: Season 1: Episode 13 -- Bill and Jeff discuss the best means of eluding Urko's troops that are pursuing them, and Judy, relentlessly.
Return to the Planet of the Apes: Season 1: Episode 12 -- During an archeological dig on an ancient ruin, Cornelius uncovers an ancient, human-made book entitled 'A Day at the Zoo'. Needless to say, the images and words inside could lead to much trouble for man and ape alike....
Return to the Planet of the Apes: Season 1: Episode 11 -- Urko has been relieved of his duties for three months because of his recent negligence involving his leadership and the failed attempts at capturing Blue Eyes and the rest of the humans.
Return to the Planet of the Apes: Season 1: Episode 10 -- Reports pour in to the police that burglars are striking all over Ape City. In fact, the burglars are General Urko and his troops, who hope to frame the Underwellers for the crimes.
Return to the Planet of the Apes: Season 1: Episode 9 -- Bill and Jeff, realizing that most of their plane's fuel was used up fighting the flying monster, set out to locate a new supply. However, Nova becomes ill during the trip and Judy hurries to Ape City in a race against time to get a cure for Nova.


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6 September 1975 (USA) See more »
While on a mission, three astronauts in their space ship get caught in a time vortex. They return to Earth in the year A.D. 3979 and discover that intelligent apes are now the highest form of life.
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 (Series Cast [7])

Austin Stoker ... Jeff Allen (13 episodes, 1975)
Philippa Harris ... Dr. Zira (13 episodes, 1975)

Henry Corden ... General Urko (13 episodes, 1975)
Richard Blackburn ... Dr. Zaius (13 episodes, 1975)
Edwin Mills ... Dr. Cornelius (13 episodes, 1975)

Claudette Nevins ... Nova / ... (13 episodes, 1975)

Tom Williams ... Bill Hudson (13 episodes, 1975)

Series Directed by
Doug Wildey (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Writing credits
Pierre Boulle (13 episodes, 1975)
David H. DePatie (13 episodes, 1975)
Friz Freleng (13 episodes, 1975)
Larry Spiegel (6 episodes, 1975)
John Barrett (3 episodes, 1975)
Jack Kaplan (3 episodes, 1975)
Bruce Shelly (2 episodes, 1975)
John Strong (2 episodes, 1975)

Series Produced by
David H. DePatie .... producer (13 episodes, 1975)
Friz Freleng .... producer (13 episodes, 1975)
Doug Wildey .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Original Music by
Dean Elliott (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Film Editing by
Allan R. Potter (13 episodes, 1975)
Rick Steward (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Production Management
Lee Gunther .... in charge of production (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Art Department
John Dorman .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1975)
Hak Ficq .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1975)
Moe Gollub .... graphic designer / storyboard director (13 episodes, 1975)
Jan Green .... storyboard director (13 episodes, 1975)
Zygamond Jablecki .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1975)
Earl Martin .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1975)
John Messina .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1975)
Norly Paat .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1975)
Tony Sgroi .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1975)
Leo Swenson .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1975)
George Wheeler .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1975)
Doug Wildey .... storyboard director (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Sound Department
Steve Orr .... production mixer (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Burton Jr. .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1975)
Larry Hogan .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1975)
Ray Lee .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Animation Department
Edwin Aardal .... animator (13 episodes, 1975)
Cullen Blaine .... animation director (13 episodes, 1975)
Jim Brummett .... animator (13 episodes, 1975)
Jack Foster .... animator (13 episodes, 1975)
Lee Halpern .... animator (13 episodes, 1975)
Bob Kirk .... animator (13 episodes, 1975)
Greg Marshall .... xerographer (13 episodes, 1975)
Mary O'Loughlin .... background artist (13 episodes, 1975)
Joe Roman .... animator (13 episodes, 1975)
Janice Stocks .... animator (13 episodes, 1975)
Richard H. Thomas .... background supervisor (13 episodes, 1975)
Gertrude Timmins .... ink and paint supervisor (13 episodes, 1975)
Reuben Timmins .... animator (13 episodes, 1975)
Don Watson .... background artist (13 episodes, 1975)

Bob Richardson .... lead animator (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Robert T. Gillis .... editing supervisor (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Music Department
Eric Rogers .... conductor (13 episodes, 1975)
Joe Siracusa .... music editor (13 episodes, 1975)
Eric Tomlinson .... music mixer (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Other crew
MacDonald Stearns .... anthropological dialogue researcher: UCLA Department of Germanic Languages (13 episodes, 1975)

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USA:24 min (13 episodes)
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Director Doug Wildey ran up against NBC's "Emulative Clause," which stated that something from an animated series needed to be eliminated if a six year old child could physically emulate what he sees on the cartoon. This meant he could not equip apes with machine guns or knives or clubs or pistols or hand grenades, and that while the apes could wear rifles, they could not use them. Finally, Wildey asked if it would be okay to use Howitzers. The network agreed that they could not think of a way a six year old could operate a Howitzer so Wildey loaded the series with the weapon.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Return to the Planet of the Apes:The Animated Series, 28 January 2009
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

In 1973,Mad magazine spoofed a seemingly endless movie series in a sequence titled "The Milking of The Planet of the Apes." Little did the people at Mad magazine know or little did they know that they haven't seen the last of the efforts to milk the success of this sci-fi story line involving a futuristic Earth run by simians and other hairy primates which first surfaced as a novel by Pierre Boulle and a 1968 movie titled "The Planet of the Apes",which was followed by four more sequels that were released theatrically in 1970,1971,1972,and 1973. Following high ratings for the TV showings of the sequels(there were five "Apes" movies that were released in theatres between 1968 through 1973),CBS-TV made a live-action hour long television series that was short-lived,also titled "Planet of the Apes" that CBS put onto its prime-time schedule on Friday nights,where it produced 16 episodes and ran from September 13,1974 until December 27,1974. After the cancellation of the series,the producers and the head of operations at 20th Century-Fox figured that was not the end of the simian saga. Also to point out Fox re-released all five "Apes" back in theatres during the summer of 1974.

In September of 1975,NBC made it into a Saturday morning cartoon entry that produced 13 episodes and was produced for DePatie-Freleng Productions in association with 20th Century-Fox Television. The series ran from September 6,1975 until September 4, 1976. However,NBC reaired all 13 episodes during part of the 1976-1977 season. The animated series based on Pierre Boulle's novel and the movies of the same title,was the replacement for the animated version of "Star Trek" which was cancelled in 1975 after two seasons.

This animated retelling was set in the year 3810,nearly 1,000 years after the date given in earlier renditions. There were two new passengers in this adventure-youngsters Jeff and Judy,who crash-landed with Bill in an area where Dr.Zaius was the scientific leader of the planet,as he was in the original series and the theatrical features. And as in the movies,General Urko was the military commander and what made this good,is that the simians were technologically advanced. The other characters were Cornelius and Zira(from the theatrical version),and Nova,young chimp buddies and rough counterparts to Jeff and Judy(who went missing during the first half of this animated series). The animation was superb,since it was done by Doug Wildey,the creator of Jonny Quest. The musical score for this piece was done by jazz musician and conductor Dean Elliott. This was a series that have a lot of potential,but it was slow in the development stages. Worth seeing if you're a fan of classic Saturday Morning cartoons from the mid-1970's.

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