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Star Trek: The Animated Series - The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek


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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols
  • Format: NTSC, Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Nov. 21 2006
  • Run Time: 526 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEWEJ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,072 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Star Trek: The Animated Series is often referred to as Star Trek's "fourth season" because it was created in 1973, four years after the third and final season of the original series, and because most of the original cast provided the voices. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Majel Barrett reprised their characters, and some contributed other voices as well. The only major omission was Walter Koenig's Chekov, who was replaced at the navigation console by Lieutenant Arex, the three-armed alien who most prominently represented the series' freedom to create non-humanoid characters. (Koenig did write an episode.) And while the animation is crude at best, the stories are solid sci-fi (penned by some of Star Trek's veteran writers including DC Fontana and David Gerrold, all of whom received prominent opening credits), explored the Star Trek mythos, and elevated the series above typical Saturday-morning fare. For example, "Yesteryear" goes back to Spock's early years on Vulcan, continuing some explorations from the original series' "Journey to Babel," and offers the familiar voice of Mark Lenard as Sarek. "One of Our Planets Is Missing" raises some interesting philosophical questions about the value of life, and "More Tribbles, More Troubles" and "Mudd's Passion" revisit favorite characters. Star Trek: The Animated Series lasted just barely over one season, but it won the franchise's only Emmy (for Outstanding Entertainment Children's Series in 1975) and some of its ideas were embraced by future series. Trekkers who know it only by reputation will find it a valuable part of the Star Trek canon. In addition to the series' 22 half-hour episodes, the DVD set includes "Drawn to the Final Frontier: The Making of Star Trek: The Animated Series," a 24-minute featurette including interviews with the producers and writers (but not actors) on how the series was created and why it still holds up; "What's the Star Trek Connection?", a glossary of characters and themes common to the animated series and other series; a storyboard gallery; and a brief text history. Writer David Gerrold and producer David Wise contribute audio commentaries on three and one episode, respectively, and the ever-reliable Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda provide text commentary on three other episodes. --David Horiuchi

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 8 2007
Format: DVD
Four years after its demise Filmation working directly with creator Gene Roddenberry ressurected the original Star Trek series in animation.In the interim years Star Trek began to build an even larger audience in syndication than in its' intial run so when TAS came out it was naturally an eager and much anticipated follow up to the series.

The wonderful fact then as now is as you watch these episodes is just how close and true to the Star Trek universe they were.All of the original voices manned the original on screen characters with some,epsecially James Doohan and Majel Barrett, doing double,triple and sometimes quadruple duty as other characters alien and/or human.And the scripts were generally well written mainly because many Star Trek alumni were involved in their creation thereby boosting its' appeal and its' subsequent ability to stand the test of time.

Gene Roddenberry himself has stated that TAS was NOT an official part of the Star Trek universe.I find this very strange as you will see he is listed as "executive consultant" on every episode.Just cosmetic?

Well to go into a pro and con debate on the legitmacy of TAS is much like stepping into the "Trekkers" and "Trekkies" maelstrom.I will say that there have been more than a few pieces of material lifted from these episodes and accepted into the Star Trek universe and that I think to dismiss TAS outright is sheer folly and "quite illogical",to quote a famous Vulcan.Remember as fans all one had was TOS and TAS in 1973.Movies and/or new Star Trek TV shows were for the most part just fanciful longings.But in hindsight without these two shows spurring along its' ever growing fan base,and visa versa,the future might never have occurred as it did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JJ on May 27 2010
Format: DVD
Great storytelling, and the 1970's graphics are nostalgic. What makes the series work is the original actors voicing the episodes. D.C. Fontana was at the reigns producing, so of course it is well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CAJenkins on Aug. 21 2010
Format: DVD
I was 9-10 years old when this cartoon was first on TV. From the "Saturday Morning Previews" to the episodes each week, I was hooked. Add to that the Star Trek reruns every weekend. These DVDs brought back tons of memories. I extracted them for my iPad. Perfect! Also: it's another way fro my youngest son(11) to understand things "Star Trek".
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By JCH on April 7 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I hadn't seen this series since it originally aired in the 70's. While they may not measure up to the level of awesomeness I remember (I was a less discerning six year old, I guess?), they certainly have a place in Star Trek lore, and I'd recommend to anyone who has the three seasons of the original series who may be looking to complete their collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NED on April 7 2014
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If you like the original Star Trek , you should enjoy this cartoon version to. The cartoons are not the best I've seen but the stories are good ones.
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