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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Carl Macek
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Cast

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
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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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English

Release Date:

4 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robotech: The Macross Saga See more »

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Runtime:

(85 episodes)

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Mono (1985)| Dolby Digital (2004 restoration)

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Color
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Trivia

The decision to create this series came from Carl Macek who was disappointed at the crude alterations made to Kagaku ninja tai 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, Chôjikû Yôsai 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, Chôjikû kidan Sazan Kurosu (1984) and Kikô sôseiki 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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Version of Codename: Robotech (1985) See more »

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Look Up! (The Sky is Falling)
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Performed by Michael Bradley
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one of the few greats
9 December 2004 | by anton_cronjeSee all my reviews

I have sat and watched the first robotech (macross) edition many times. I used to rush home after school just to watch it when it first aired in South Africa. I was amazed at the animation and the (in my opinion) depth of the characters, i also enjoyed the way the characters grew and evolved as the series progressed. I have recently managed to watch all the 2nd series episodes (robotech masters) and have started watching the third series. I was just as enthralled to sit and watch the characters evolve and their lives play out in the series.

I have bought the DVDS of robotech and intend to introduce my kids (if i have any) to the magic that is robotech. If you love animated films/manga then i would recommend that you watch the robotech series.


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