On the distant mining world of New Aries, a young colonist, Jim Marlowe, has acquired a native pet, a "roundhead" he names Willis, which can parrot speech and record visual information. As ... See full summary »
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 Willis (3 episodes, 1994)
Benny Grant ...
 James "Jim" Marlowe Jr. (3 episodes, 1994)
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 James Marlowe Sr. (3 episodes, 1994)
Haven Hartman ...
 Phyllis Jane "P.J." Marlowe (3 episodes, 1994)
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 Headmaster Marcus Howe (3 episodes, 1994)
Marcia Mitzman Gaven ...
 Dr. Jane Marlowe (3 episodes, 1994)
Stanley Ralph Ross ...
 Dr. "Mac" McRae (3 episodes, 1994)
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 Colony Leader (3 episodes, 1994)
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On the distant mining world of New Aries, a young colonist, Jim Marlowe, has acquired a native pet, a "roundhead" he names Willis, which can parrot speech and record visual information. As Jim and his sister P.J. are about to be sent to a boarding school, their mother Jane, the colony's chief medical officer, discovers that a substance in the deeper mines is killing the miners. She uses her authority to shut down the mines, but the decision is rescinded by the evil colony leader, a Beta Earth Mining Company man who sees only the rich profits at any cost. When the colony leader and the school's headmaster discover that Jim has a roundhead in captivity, they seek to steal it for use in medical experiments to make a serum that will temporarily protect the miners against the deadly substances in the mines. Willis records their conversation and when Jim escapes with him, it sets off a revolt against the Company that ends up involving the mysterious intelligent natives. Only Jim's ... Written by James Gifford (nsp [at] nitrosyncretic.com)

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Other than "Destination Moon", loosely adapted from the 1947 juvenile novel "Rocketship Galileo", this is the only film adaptation to date of one of Robert Heinlein's popular juvenile novel series. See more »

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The nature of the planet's atmosphere varies from scene to scene. Characters need pressure suits with oxygen and are sucked out an airlock into near-vacuum at one point, but strong windstorms, heavy rain and other effects consistent with a Earthlike atmosphere are seen throughout. See more »

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I'm looking for a copy of this series. I loved it as a kid and have been having thoughts of nostalgia on Saturday morning cartoons and this animation still stayed with me as an adult. It is probably the best animation series that Fox ever put out (other than X-men), even though it was 3 episodes. I was never much of a sci-fi fan even as a kid but something about the story caught my attention enough to the point where I tuned in the following Saturday to see what happened next. I've been searching hi and lo to find any references to this awesome animation but the closet I got was this website. If any one knows where to find a copy of Red Planet the mini-series please, please, please contact me!


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