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Star Trek: The Animated Series 

Star Trek (original title)
The further adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, as they explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

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Series cast summary:
William Shatner ...  Capt. Kirk 22 episodes, 1973-1974
Leonard Nimoy ...  Mr. Spock / ... 22 episodes, 1973-1974
DeForest Kelley ...  Dr. McCoy 22 episodes, 1973-1974
George Takei ...  Sulu / ... 22 episodes, 1973-1974
Nichelle Nichols ...  Uhura / ... 22 episodes, 1973-1974
Majel Barrett ...  Nurse Chapel / ... 22 episodes, 1973-1974
James Doohan ...  Scott / ... 22 episodes, 1973-1974
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This animated series continues the adventures of the USS Enterprise, taking advantage of the visual freedom of animation to present stories with more alien elements. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1973 (USA) See more »

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The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek See more »

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(22 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Between Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) (this series) and the six original series Star Trek movies, the Season One episode Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Slaver Weapon (1973) is the only time after his character was first introduced that William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk) does not appear. He also did not appear in Star Trek: The Cage (1966) (1966), the legendary original series pilot. See more »

Goofs

Director Hal Sutherland was color blind and could not tell the difference between light gray and pink. In some episodes, uniforms and spacecraft which were supposed to be light gray are colored pink. See more »

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Referenced in Them's Fightin' Herds (2018) See more »

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A mixed bag.
27 November 2002 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

I enjoyed the original 1960's Star Trek TV show. The animated series was, as with all animated adaptations of live action shows, a cut or two below its predecessor, but with an interesting twist that sparked some interest for both Trek and sci-fi fan alike.

One of my real beefs with the show was the animation. Filmation studios utilized a method of pregenerated animations as fill to allow their animators to do what little "unique" animation needed to be done for each new episode. One could rightfully call it "pre-fabricated" animation. It was a kind of assembly line art that Filmation studios used with all their animated titles, and as a kid I could see this, critique it as such, and get angry with the cheapness of show's feel.

Even so, it must be said that many of the backgrounds and layouts for the series had exceptional art quality to them. Even if the main characters were stilted as they moved through a set of pre-programmed moves, typically the backgrounds in which they moved (whether it was the Enterprise moving across a starfield or planet, or the crew wander a planet) were very rich. Despite that, even as a child, I felt cheated by people who couldn't do "good" cartoons; smooth animation with the characters in unique poses.

The stories themselves were typical sci-fi fair, but were a little more far-out in terms of their extraordinary quality because the animated venue allow for more elaborate settings and circumstances. Regrettably, as one or two others have pointed out, the stories were aimed at kids. Understandibly this was because the Animated Star Trek series was slated for Saturday Mornings when it first aired. Thus all the adult interplay, innuendo and themes of the original 1960's show were truncated.

If you're a science fiction fan, then the series is worth a viewing (maybe more). If you're a die hard Star Trek fan, then you've probably already made up your own mind about this installment of the Star Trek universe. If you're a fan of sci-fi animation, or just animation, skip this one. It'd be interesting to see this set of 22 half hour episodes reanimated (and I'm sure in time someone will do just that), because some of the stories are rather interesting.

All in all I'm glad to have the series; the music's rather good, the voices of the original cast are welcome, and the art isn't half bad. But Filmation's cheap, chinsy, factory-assembled, ill-inspired, ugly, horrible, and otherwise just plain bad and wrong animation techniques leave a bad aftertaste in this viewer's mind. Sort of like waking up with a woman who looks good only after a couple of hard shots of Jack Daniels.

ADDENDUM November 2nd, 2015 In retrospect this show was created to keep the live action series alive and possibly in the minds of newer and younger viewers who would be entering their teenage years, and would have their interests piqued with an animated version of the show that seemed to garner a lot of praise by critics and fans alike.

It was purely done to keep the show alive and usher in a newer audience, but that's really not such a bad thing. I'm just sorry the production values for an animated version of the series weren't a bit higher.


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