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

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Product Details

  • 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, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000HEWEJ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,698 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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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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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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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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These are great, fun little stories! There's a few plot holes you could drive a semi through but I think that's just 'cause the writers are doing 1/2 hour (22 min?) storylines so you can't be too nit picky. The essence of Star Trek is there.

Loved the intro music - subtly 70's-fied...

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Love the case it comes in! Never saw the show before purchasing and wanted to complete my Star Trek collection. After receiving the item, I realized how fun the entire set is. It comes in a white case shell that opens up to reveal the dvd set in the middle. Although the dvds themselves are connected to a cheaper quality case, the overall presentation of the set is superb. My only real complaint is the lack of real commentary on the shows. All it has are text based commentary which is nice but feels less personal that only audio commentary can provide.
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I have seen most of the animated series on regular television in the past so I knew what I was getting. Not the best animation or stories in the world, but it was Star Trek nonetheless and I wanted it. Plus it was on sale. The storage case is pretty cool except for one thing: when my order got here one of the edges of the clear plastic disc holder inside of the case had chunks broken out of it which made the package rattle when I picked it up. Because of that I started watching the set with the disc closest to the damaged edge of the holder. It played fine so I decided to keep the set. I have watched 2 of the 4 discs so far and they have been fine. So far so good.
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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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this was a very good show i liked it very much i got this item at amazon were they give there customers really good old school shows and new shows you cant get any were but here
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