- 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:
- Studio: Paramount
- Release Date: Nov. 21 2006
- Run Time: 526 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000HEWEJ4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,346 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Star Trek: The Animated Series - The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek
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Boldly continuing where Star Trek: The Original Series left off, these animated adventures chart the progress of Captain Kirk and his crew in a universe unconstrained by "real-life" cinematography! With all characters voiced by their original actors, join Kirk, Spock, Bones and the crew for 22 new adventures: to boldly go where no animation has gone before!
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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Like the original TV Series...The show also had some familiar returning episodes, Such as: "The Trouble w/ Tribbles" & the Shore-leave episode regarding "Alice in Wonder Land" & introducing the "Recreation Room" in an episode called : "The Practical Joker", fans of a newer generation see, within the cartoon Kirk's Enterprise has there own version of "The Holo Deck"...something in the 1973 Era, that wasn't on the 1966 TV Series...Which later brought to 1987's Star Trek TNG's era.
As with all Star Trek shows, the Animated Series, touches on a moral base, & is fun & entertaining too. Very Satisfied Customer indeed!!!
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.
Wherever YOU stand however I do believe that there will be no argument as to your enjoyment of TAS.Technically it has been cleaned up and remastered to a degree I have never seen it.It is a joy to watch.Kudos to the Paramount team who worked on this.
The set is presented like TOS set cases,this one in a white and orange-lettered colour combination.The entire series is here,uncut,with quite a few extras and even the option of scene selection for each episode.
In conclusion as you watch these shows you might want to think that someone at the time(Filmation) thought TAS had at least some type of chance as a series or otherwise they wouldn't have touched the property with a ten foot barge pole to begin with.And to give it even more authenticity they worked as closely as they could with TOS cast,writers and its' very creator.They could have just gone it alone on the cheap and used all unknown voices in approximation and their own script writers throughout.But they thought enough of the product to not cop out and take the easy road thus creating something much more appealing,true to the Star Trek universe and enduring.
TAS has its limitations and numerous faults but I think Filmation created quite a superior product all things considered.Watch it yourself and I think you just might come to the same conclusion.
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