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An alien spaceship crash lands on Earth and the technology and secrets she bears lead Earth into three destructive interplanetary wars.


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Series cast summary:
Robert Axelrod ...  Rico / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Bill Capizzi Bill Capizzi ...  Cabbie / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Frank Catalano ...  15th ATAC Soldier / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Richard Epcar ...  Dixon / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Eddie Frierson ...  Kyle 85 episodes, 1985
Barbara Goodson ...  Annie's Mom / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Melora Harte ...  Allegra / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Alexandra Kenworthy ...  Azonia / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Steve Kramer ...  Mechanic / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Melanie MacQueen Melanie MacQueen ...  Lisa / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Michael McConnohie ...  Angry Patron / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Edie Mirman ...  Docking PA / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Tom Wyner ...  MC / ... 85 episodes, 1985
Cam Clarke ...  Lance Belmont / ... 37 episodes, 1985
Rebecca Forstadt ...  Lynn Minmei / ... 36 episodes, 1985
Tony Oliver ...  Rick Hunter 36 episodes, 1985
Gregory Snegoff ...  Scott Bernard / ... 26 episodes, 1985
Emilie de Azevedo Brown ...  Annie LaBelle / ... 25 episodes, 1985
Melissa Newman ...  Dana Sterling 24 episodes, 1985


In the year 1999, an alien battle fortress crash lands on an island in the South Pacific. Over the next ten years, mankind repairs and refits this fortress, using the advanced "robotechnology" found aboard her to create fighter planes that can transform into giant robots. As soon as the repaired fortress is ready for launch, the aliens to whom she belongs finally discover its location. Thus begins a series of wars that will devastate the planet Earth. This television series was created by Carl Macek from three Japanese television series, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Release Date:

March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robotech: The Macross Saga See more »

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Technical Specs


(85 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (1985)| Dolby Digital (2004 restoration)


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The decision to create this series came from Carl Macek who was disappointed at the crude alterations made to Gatchaman (1972) in the creation of Battle of the Planets (1978). He wanted to import an anime series of his own and have it faithfully translated for the Western market. However, the best series he could obtain, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (1982), had only 36 episodes, which was far too few for the standard 65-episode syndication package that the North American TV market demanded. To fix that problem, Macek decided to acquire two similarly-themed series, Super Dimensional Cavalry: Southern Cross (1984) and Genesis Climber Mospeada (1983). He then connected the series as a grand epic of succeeding generations of characters in the series that are forced to fight three successive wars over an alien energy source called Protoculture that the enemy is desperate to capture. See more »

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Real Fantasy world
31 July 2003 | by angel_bluesky2100See all my reviews

I would love to say I highly recommend this series....but due to the 80s animation, it would prolly turn off new viewers. The original robotech fans can still view this series and admire the great story lines and wonderful characters. Although the animation is really bad compared to what we have today, the characters still come through with amazing clarity despite the fact that we don't even see their lips move properly when they talk. As much as its a science fiction/fantasy story, the issues addressed are still real. Robotech is divided into 3 different series as one person already pointed out and it circles around wars with alien races. There is violence and death, there is even the seemingly glorification of war. But ultimately the moral of the story is "war produces nothing, it only leads to death and destruction" (quote by the character of Lynn Kyle...quote may be off a lil'). And the series proves that message mostly in the last of the 3 series when there is a compromise and a truce with the alien race of invids. By then much had been lost but the lesson has been learned by both sides.

The love stories are told wonderfully; the dilemnas of romance and how ppl sometimes fall out of love and outgrow each other. I can still watch this cartoon series (i hate calling it a cartoon!) with interest and i'm in my mid 20s. I was lucky enough to be outside of North America when this series aired so I got to view all 3 different series. And yes the sentinel movie was a bit of a disappointment. It was nice to see the characters grow but it seemed the artists behind the work just made everyone look older by making them taller and changing their hair completely. Yes I'm being picky here and the musical score was not as good as the original series did.

This is the most amazing set of stories told in any animated series I've seen in my childhood (and i saw plenty!). The characters are so real and well developed that you really identify with them. Even the villains are portrayed as well developed characters with human frailties and flaws, as opposed to being an evil alien race. All characters learn and grow and can change their perspectives on things.

I loved robotech when it first came out and it still makes me nostalgic when i see it or hear about it, not just because it reminds me of my childhood but because it represents a wonderful fantasy world with fantastic characters embarking on wonderful adventures...something that strikes everyone with an active imagination as extremely viewable.

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