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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Series cast summary:
 Willis (3 episodes, 1994)
Benny Grant ...
 James "Jim" Marlowe Jr. (3 episodes, 1994)
 James Marlowe Sr. (3 episodes, 1994)
Haven Hartman ...
 Phyllis Jane "P.J." Marlowe (3 episodes, 1994)
 Headmaster Marcus Howe (3 episodes, 1994)
Marcia Mitzman Gaven ...
 Dr. Jane Marlowe (3 episodes, 1994)
Stanley Ralph Ross ...
 Dr. "Mac" McRae (3 episodes, 1994)
 Colony Leader (3 episodes, 1994)


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 She uses her authority to shut down the mines, but the decision is rescinded by the evil colony leader, a Beta Earth Mining Company man who sees only the rich profits at any cost.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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Release Date:

14 May 1994 (USA)  »

Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)

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(3 parts)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


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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Just like the novel.... Only Different
18 May 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Red Planet the animated mini-series based upon the novel by RAH is a mixed bag. I'd have liked it to have been more faithful to the book but it is pretty good for what it is. There is a lot to like and a lot to hate. The villans and action sequences are disappointing but the feel that New Ares (Mars?) has is quite nice. The alien "locals" are also well done. I wish they'd do more animated mini-series based upon novels, it would much improve the quality of animation on television.

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