Six minute episodes airing with The New Adventures of Superman (1966-70), The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-1968), and The Batman/Superman Hour (1968-1969) involving episodes of young Clark Kent evading class to save the day.
This animated series continues the adventures of the USS Enterprise, taking advantage of the visual freedom of animation to present stories with more alien elements.Written by
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Gene Roddenberry decided that this animated series was not "canon" (as the live-action series movies are) because he did the series for the money, and he would not have let the writers do some of things they did if he knew Star Trek would return in live-action. However, some of the writers of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) strongly disagree with Roddenberry's opinion in this matter, and in Drawn to the Final Frontier (2006) they state that they regard this series as a legitimate continuation of the original Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) series. They point out, in those interviews, how they incorporated Trek Universe details from Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) into the Enterprise prequel. See more »
Although some of the original sound effects from the original series are used, most are stock animation sounds. Most notably are the tricorders, McCoy's medical scanner and the phasers. The transporter sound used is from the very early episodes of the original series.rather then the high pitched trilling sound that later became standard for the series. Other sounds are missing entirely, such as the intercom whistle and the button tones. See more »
Some consider this to be the ho-hum followup to a great show. I couldn't disagree more.
Aside from the fact that it's a cartoon and the episodes are rushed in 30 mins, I found this to be a philosophical cut above the Trek of the late 60s. Here in the animated series, we catch a glimpse of some amazingly progressive ideas such as non-violence, compassion and tolerance. Kirk & Spock aren't so quick to set phasers on kill as they were before. Klingon/Federation confrontations in space are resolved without bloodshed. In one episode (my favourite), Kirk defends Lucifer's right to live, because Lucifer--for all his past crimes and flaws--is a living entity. Folks, this is some advanced stuff.
Of course that means we don't see as much "action". Not many shootouts. Nothing violent really. The red shirts don't get wasted as bad. You may find yourself screaming at the TV, "Kirk, you WUSS! I woulda KICKED HIS ASS!" But that, I believe, is the whole point of Gene Roddenberry's visionary creation--that humans of the future would be a much more evolved, diplomatic and nonviolent species. This was evident in the original '66-'69 Trek, but we get it full force in the '74-'75 animated series.
If it means anything to you, both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were vegetarians for ethical reasons during the production of this show, and they still are today. (Edit 7 years after my original post: I'm pretty sure William Shatner has been poundin down the pepperoni pizzas lately, but Nimoy is still a veggie)
So if you're looking for zap-zap, kill the monster, good vs. evil stuff, you'll be disappointed. If instead you're ready for a truly philosophical mind trip, bordering on Buddhist spiritualism, then this will rock your socks.
And the music is primo.
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