A man who can change himself into any animal fights crime.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Simon MacCorkindale ...  Jonathan Chase 8 episodes, 1983
Melody Anderson ...  Brooke McKenzie 8 episodes, 1983
Reni Santoni ...  Lt. Rivera 8 episodes, 1983
Michael D. Roberts ...  Tyrone C. Earl 7 episodes, 1983
Floyd Levine ...  Murdock 3 episodes, 1983
Alan Koss Alan Koss ...  The Man 2 episodes, 1983
Lew Horn Lew Horn ...  Harold Trout / ... 2 episodes, 1983
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Storyline

Jonathan Chase was a British college professor at New York University who had the unusual ability to transform into any kind of animal. He used his powers to battle crime alongside pretty policewoman Brooke and Vietnam-war pal Ty. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Fall für Professor Chase See more »

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Runtime:

(8 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Whenever the script called for an animal transition, the Production Designer, Director, Set Decorator, Stunt Supervisor, Animal Wrangler, and actor had to carefully coordinate every move. Shooting on a soundstage allowed more animal control; location shoots were very difficult. When one script required a cobra, the entire set's perimeter floor and walls had to be sealed to prevent the cobra from escaping. A low wall was placed at the open end of the set to seal the stage. To set up filming action scenes with the snake, the camera crew had to lift their equipment into walled-off stage area. The snake wrangler supervised the animal's movements. See more »

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Referenced in DVD-R Hell: Gary Coleman: For Safety's Sake (2013) See more »

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User Reviews

Not to be confused with "Garanimals."

Is there, in the whole English language, a better word than "Manimal"? I think not. And should you be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this show, you'll never be the same again.

Putting the "high" in "high concept," Glen Larson's crime-fighting shape-shifter was a man who could turn into ANY ANIMAL. Any animal at all. As long as that animal is a panther. OK, in a pinch, he can do a hawk, but can we stick with the panther please? It's not so much that special effects technology didn't exist in 1983, it's just that network TV could not afford them. Production costs were high for all that Manimalization, and when low ratings did not quickly morph into Neilsen success, Manimal was hastily euthanized.

Simon MacCorkindale does fine work as the Manimal, but to modern eyes this show plays more like an extended Saturday Night Live skit, when the promise of a man who can be any animal turns into the reality of a guy being swapped out for the same piece of stock panther transformation footage week after week. Still, I sincerely hope Manimal is reissued, because for all its faults, it's a priceless slice of ridiculous 80s fun.


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