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Star Trek: The Animated Series [1973] (4 discs)

Composer:Norm Prescott
Ray Ellis
Length:550 minutes
(9 hours 10 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-Y7
Sorting Category:Star Trek TV
Sorting Tub:Lima
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The further adventures of the Enterprise in animated form.

Reaction: A shorter format and animated, but still great stories.

Personal Rating: 8/10

"Yesteryear" and "Albatross"

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Mark Lenard => Sarek (Yesteryear)
Roger C. Carmel => Harcourt Fenton Mudd (Mudd's Passion)
Stanley Adams => Cyrano Jones (More Tribbles, More Troubles)
Ted Knight => Vendorian / Carter Winston (voice) (The Survivor)
Bill Reed => Director
Hal Sutherland => Director
Chuck Menville => Writer
D.C. Fontana => Writer
Dario Finelli => Writer
David Gerrold => Writer / Korax / Nephro / EM-3-Green
David P. Harmon => Writer
David Wise => Writer
Fred Bronson => Writer
Howard Weinstein => Writer
James Schmerer => Writer
Joyce Perry => Writer
Larry Brody => Writer
Larry Niven => Writer
Len Janson => Writer
Marc Daniels => Writer
Margaret Armen => Writer
Paul Schneider [II] => Writer
Russell Bates => Writer
Samuel A. Peeples => Writer
Stephen Kandel => Writer
Walter Koenig => Writer
Norm Prescott => Composer
Ray Ellis => Composer
Gene Roddenberry => Creator, Original Series
DeForest Kelley => Dr. McCoy
George Takei => Sulu
James Doohan => Lt. Arex / Scott / Additional Voices
Leonard Nimoy => Mr. Spock
Majel Barrett => Additional Voices / Nurse Christine Chapel / Lt. M'Ress
Nichelle Nichols => Additional Voices / Uhura
William Shatner => Captain James T. Kirk

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The "Star Trek Crews" from all the [Star Trek] series were ranked #2 in [TV Guide]'s list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" ({1 August 2004 issue}).
  • Originally the show was not going to include Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Walter Koenig due to budget considerations. However, when Leonard Nimoy learned about this, he refused to join the cast unless his friends were included. Rather than lose the most popular cast member, Filmation agreed to sign on Nichols and Takei. While Koenig could not be included because of the budget and, as a result, is the only regular cast member from the earlier series to never make an appearance, he did, however, write one episode: {The Infinite Vulcan}.
  • The episode {The Practical Joker} is essentially the origin of the holodeck.
  • In 1975, this series won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment Children's Series.
  • When story editor D.C. Fontana was writing her episode {Yesteryear}, she ran into opposition from the network executives when they learned her story would have Spock's beloved pet mortally wounded and requiring euthanasia. The executives were concerned that it would upset young viewers and insisted that the pet be allowed to live. Gene Roddenberry supported Fontana and reassured the management that she would handle the story appropriately. As it turns out, there were never any complaints about the episode and the story is considered the finest of the series.
  • Sci-fi author [?] Peter David later integrated the characters of M'Ress and Arex into his book series [Star Trek: New Frontier], starting with the novel {Gateways #5: Cold Wars}.
  • One episode of this series revealed that Kirk's middle name is Tiberius.
  • In the episode, {Slaver Weapon}, writer Larry Niven introduced the cat-like alien race, the Kzinti, from his [Known Space] novels into the [Star Trek] universe.
  • The show's final episode, {Counter-Clock Incident}, introduced the very first captain of the Enterprise, Robert April. Due to Gene Roddenberry's later request that the animated series not be considered canon, however, it has never been made part of official [Star Trek] continuity that Capt. April was the first captain of the USS Enterprise.
  • Many of the episodes were written by veterans of the [original] [live-action] [TV series].