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On Colonel Trautman's request, John Rambo leads special unit The Force of Freedom against paramilitary terrorist organization S.A.V.A.G.E. (Specialist-Administrators of Vengeance, Anarchy and Global Extortion) all over the globe.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 13)

Neil Ross ... John Rambo (65 episodes, 1986)

James Avery ... Turbo (65 episodes, 1986)
Mona Marshall ... Kat (65 episodes, 1986)

Alan Oppenheimer ... Col. Samuel Trautman (65 episodes, 1986)

Michael Ansara ... General Warhawk / ... (62 episodes, 1986)

Peter Cullen ... Sergeant Havoc (60 episodes, 1986)
Lennie Weinrib ... Gripper / ... (53 episodes, 1986)

Robert Ito ... Black Dragon / ... (27 episodes, 1986)

Frank Welker ... Mad Dog (26 episodes, 1986)
Ed Gilbert ... Nomad (18 episodes, 1986)

Series Directed by
John Kimball (unknown episodes)
Charles A. Nichols (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Jack Bornoff (13 episodes, 1986)
Steve Hayes (11 episodes, 1986)
Matt Uitz (11 episodes, 1986)
Barbara Chain (10 episodes, 1986)
Rowby Goren (7 episodes, 1986)
Michael Chain (5 episodes, 1986)
Sheryl Scarborough (3 episodes, 1986)
Dan DiStefano (2 episodes, 1986)

David Morrell (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Cosmo Anzilotti .... producer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Colin Baker .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Willard Kitchen .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Michael Longden .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Stacy McLaughlin .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Walt Kubiak .... producer (unknown episodes)
Joe Ruby .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Ken Spears .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Chip Yaras .... executive in charge of post-production (65 episodes, 1986)
Series Art Department
Kevin Altieri .... story director (65 episodes, 1986)
Rich Chidlaw .... story director (65 episodes, 1986)
Rick Hoberg .... story director (65 episodes, 1986)
Dick Sebast .... story director (65 episodes, 1986)

Brian Chin .... storyboard supervisor (unknown episodes, 1986)
John Dorman .... production design supervisor (unknown episodes, 1986)
Sharon McGinnis .... design coordinator (unknown episodes, 1986)
Dana Napolitano .... design coordinator (unknown episodes, 1986)
Iraj Paran .... graphics (unknown episodes, 1986)
Laura Rubenstein .... design coordinator (unknown episodes, 1986)
Tom Wogatzke .... graphics (unknown episodes, 1986)
Series Sound Department
Sam Black .... sound effects editor (65 episodes, 1986)
Peter Grives .... sound effects editor (65 episodes, 1986)
Thomas Syslo .... sound effects editor (65 episodes, 1986)
David John West .... sound effects editor (65 episodes, 1986)
Ralph White .... sound effects editor (65 episodes, 1986)
Martina Young .... sound effects editor (65 episodes, 1986)
Series Animation Department
Harold Duckett .... layout artist (65 episodes, 1986)

Alfredo Alcala .... character designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Kathy Altieri .... background designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Noreen Beasley .... character designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Teresa Birch .... background designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Ted Blackman .... background designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Timothy Burgard .... character designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Brian Chin .... background designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Suzette Darling .... color key artist (unknown episodes, 1986)
Dennis Durrell .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1986)
James Gallego .... background designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Alice Hamm .... models (unknown episodes, 1986)
James Hegedus .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1986)
Jim Hickey .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1986)
Tom Hickson .... models (unknown episodes, 1986)
Alan B. Huck .... models supervisor (unknown episodes, 1986)
Budd Lewis .... background designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Istvan Majoros .... background designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Duncan Marjoribanks .... character designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Tom Minton .... background design supervisor (unknown episodes, 1986)
Bunny Munns .... color key artist (unknown episodes, 1986)
Nestor Redondo .... character designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Paul Scarzo .... background designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Eric Semones .... background artist / background supervisor (unknown episodes, 1986)
Steve Swaja .... background designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Leo Swenson .... background designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Jim Woodring .... character design supervisor / character designer (unknown episodes, 1986)
Series Editorial Department
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative consultant (65 episodes, 1986)
Marc Wielage .... telecine colorist (65 episodes, 1986)
Series Music Department
Timothy J. Borquez .... music editor (65 episodes, 1986)
Frank Fitzpatrick .... music editor (65 episodes, 1986)
Charles Martin Inouye .... music editor (65 episodes, 1986)
Shuki Levy .... composer: additional music / producer: additional music (65 episodes, 1986)
Denise O'Hara .... music editor (65 episodes, 1986)
Cathy Rose .... music editor (65 episodes, 1986)
Haim Saban .... composer: additional music / producer: additional music (65 episodes, 1986)
Series Other crew
Lynne Batchelor .... production assistant (65 episodes, 1986)
Melinda Diner .... assistant to executive producers (65 episodes, 1986)
Susan Feldstein .... production assistant (65 episodes, 1986)
Paul Gorniak .... production assistant (65 episodes, 1986)
Maria Guereca .... production assistant (65 episodes, 1986)
Diorena B. Rock .... production assistant (65 episodes, 1986)
Debby Ruby-Winsberg .... production assistant (65 episodes, 1986)
Lisa Schneider .... production assistant (65 episodes, 1986)
Jeanne Silveri .... assistant to executive producers (65 episodes, 1986)

Jack Bornoff .... assistant story editor (unknown episodes, 1986)
Michael Chain .... story editor (unknown episodes, 1986)
Jeffrey M. Cooke .... studio manager (unknown episodes, 1986)
Loretta High .... production coordinator (unknown episodes, 1986)
Gil Kane .... creative consultant (unknown episodes, 1986)
Jack Kirby .... creative consultant (unknown episodes, 1986)
Dick Sebast .... titles (unknown episodes, 1986)
Doug Wildey .... creative consultant (unknown episodes, 1986)
Michael Hack .... voice director (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rambo: The Force of Freedom" - USA (long title)
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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Iceland:LH | UK:PG (some episodes) | UK:U (some episodes) | USA:TV-Y7

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8 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Give me... RAMBO!, 11 August 2001
Author: Jtalledo from State College, PA

After several successful movies, it really wasn't a surprise that the seemingly invulnerable action soldier Rambo would have spun off a series. What was really surprising was that it was a CARTOON series. I mean, what good parent would have let junior watch any of the Rambo movies, notorious for their blood, gore and sky high body counts?

Questionable marketing aside, the folks at Ruby Spears productions did a bang up job on the Rambo cartoon. Sure, the series is basically a GI Joe clone, but it's a good one. Rambo is made considerably more sociable in the cartoon, more boy scout than Green Beret. He's not above giving bicyle riding safety tips in between picking off baddies with his precision bow and arrow. They also give Rambo a little team, two pals called the Freedom Force, his version of the GI Joe team.

Voice acting is pretty good. Rambo's voice is a wee bit generic, but James Avery ("The Fresh Prince of Bel Air") as Turbo is excellent. Plots are pretty thick-headed, with Rambo and crew being sent off by the colonel to rescue little villages in foreign countries and the world in general. Of course, Rambo performs some pretty darn superhuman feats like dangling from helicopters and the like. What was really cool was the intro, complete with inspirational, heroic theme music and the colonel saying, "Give me... Rambo!" Also cool were the safety tidbits at the end of each episodes.

What was not cool were the production values. Animation is typical 80's cheese - lacking the fluidity and vivid color of cartoons from later years. The character designs are good though, and Rambo is a decent likeness of Stallone. Trautman is well drawn as well - complete with his trademark green lid.

In all, Rambo was one of the more entertaining cartoons of the 1980's. Forget GI Joe, for thick-headed animated warfare and fun, Rambo is the man.

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