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Battle of the Planets 

A five-member superhero team called G-Force fights to defend Earth and its space colonies from the threat of the planet Spectra.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Alan Young ...  7-Zark-7 / ... 85 episodes, 1978-1980
Keye Luke ...  Colonel Cronus / ... 85 episodes, 1978-1980
Ronnie Schell ...  Jason 85 episodes, 1978-1980
Janet Waldo ...  Princess / ... 85 episodes, 1978-1980
Casey Kasem ...  Mark 85 episodes, 1978-1980
Alan Dinehart Alan Dinehart ...  Chief Anderson / ... 85 episodes, 1978-1980
Takayo Fischer ...  Additional Voices 85 episodes, 1978-1980
David Jolliffe ...  Additional Voices 85 episodes, 1978-1980
Alan Oppenheimer ...  Additional Voices 85 episodes, 1978-1980
William Woodson William Woodson ...  Additional Voices / ... 85 episodes, 1978-1980
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Storyline

Zoltar and his evil minions constantly attempt to either destroy or conquer the planet Earth. His efforts in this regard are constantly battled by G-Force, a group of five teenagers with high-tech vehicles, weapons, and a thing for bird-like costumes. Each member of the defense team has incredible, cerebrionic-enhanced superpowers. These teenaged orphans have pledged their lives to defend Earth and the Federation from Zoltar, ruler of the planet Spectra. G-Force's missions are coordinated from Center Neptune on Earth by their computerized assistant, 7-Zark-7. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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G-Force See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Most footage comes from an existing Japanese anime series known predominantly as "Gatchaman", but the series content was tweaked for an American audience, including a reduction in violent scenes. To offset the removed content, the character 7-Zark-7 was added and had a role that tied the altered story together. See more »

Quotes

[opening narration]
Narrator: Battle of the Planets! G-Force, five incredible young people with superpowers! And watching over them from Centre Neptune, 7-Zark-7! Watching, warning against surprise attacks by alien galaxies from beyond space. G-Force! Fearless young orphans, protecting Earth's entire galaxy. Always five, acting as one. Dedicated! Inseparable! Invincible!
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Alternate Versions

The UK DVD box set of the entire series contains several alternative versions of several episodes:
  • 'Battle of the Planets: The Movie', a 68 minute feature editing together several episodes onto one storyline: 'Attack of the Space Terrapin', 'Big Robot Gold Grab', 'Ghost Ship of Planet Mir' and the 'Invasion of Space Centre' episodes'. The G-Fore team's adventures here are all earthbound, and include scenes of violence and loss of life originally edited from the TV series. 7 Zark 7 is played by David Bret Egen instead of Alan Young.
  • 'Mini Feature', a 40 minute short combining the 'Invasion of Space Centre' episodes. This feature includes violence and loss of life originally cut out of the TV series. It also includes an alternative character introduction separate from the TV series, and a new club version of the theme music.
  • The episode 'Rescue of the Astronauts', with an additional character introduction, introduction sequence and the club version of the theme music.
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Connections

Referenced in Samurai Jack: Episode XIII (2001) See more »

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A great cartoon lost in limbo
1 January 2000 | by SJJSee all my reviews

This was the best cartoon I saw as a child. Alas, with no videos or reruns the chances of anyone seeing it now are rare to say the least. It was edited down from the Japanese anime "Gatchaman" for US kids. While it lost a lot of the storyline and violence it was gifted with one the best theme tunes. While the 1990's remake of Gatchaman is available to buy, it is of nowhere near the quality of the original Gatchaman or Battle of the Planets, lacking the character and incidental score that graced the originals. Looks like Battle of the Planets will just have to live in the fond memories of the millions of school kids that it touched.


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