On the distant mining world of New Aries, a young colonist, Jim Marlowe, has acquired a native pet, a "roundhead" he names Willis, which can parrot speech and record visual information. As ... See full summary »
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...  Willis 3 episodes, 1994
Benny Grant ...  James "Jim" Marlowe Jr. 3 episodes, 1994
...  James Marlowe Sr. 3 episodes, 1994
Haven Hartman ...  Phyllis Jane "P.J." Marlowe 3 episodes, 1994
...  Headmaster Marcus Howe 3 episodes, 1994
Marcia Mitzman Gaven ...  Dr. Jane Marlowe 3 episodes, 1994
...  Dr. "Mac" McRae 3 episodes, 1994
...  Colony Leader 3 episodes, 1994
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On the distant mining world of New Aries, a young colonist, Jim Marlowe, has acquired a native pet, a "roundhead" he names Willis, which can parrot speech and record visual information. As Jim and his sister P.J. are about to be sent to a boarding school, their mother Jane, the colony's chief medical officer, discovers that a substance in the deeper mines is killing the miners. She uses her authority to shut down the mines, but the decision is rescinded by the evil colony leader, a Beta Earth Mining Company man who sees only the rich profits at any cost. When the colony leader and the school's headmaster discover that Jim has a roundhead in captivity, they seek to steal it for use in medical experiments to make a serum that will temporarily protect the miners against the deadly substances in the mines. Willis records their conversation and when Jim escapes with him, it sets off a revolt against the Company that ends up involving the mysterious intelligent natives. Only Jim's ... Written by James Gifford (nsp [at] nitrosyncretic.com)

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14 May 1994 (USA)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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(3 parts)

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Every character name in the film is taken exactly from the novel. Dr. McRae's first name of "Donald" is never used, only the nickname "Mac". See more »

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The nature of the planet's atmosphere varies from scene to scene. Characters need pressure suits with oxygen and are sucked out an airlock into near-vacuum at one point, but strong windstorms, heavy rain and other effects consistent with a Earthlike atmosphere are seen throughout. See more »

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Just like the novel.... Only Different
18 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Red Planet the animated mini-series based upon the novel by RAH is a mixed bag. I'd have liked it to have been more faithful to the book but it is pretty good for what it is. There is a lot to like and a lot to hate. The villans and action sequences are disappointing but the feel that New Ares (Mars?) has is quite nice. The alien "locals" are also well done. I wish they'd do more animated mini-series based upon novels, it would much improve the quality of animation on television.


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