Space Stars

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Space Stars
Genre Animation
Directed by Ray Patterson
George Gordon
Rudy Zamora
Voices of Michael Bell
Virginia Gregg
Darryl Hickman
Allan Lurie
Sparky Marcus
Don Messick
Gary Owens
David Raynr
Mike Road
Steve J. Spears
Alexandra Stewart
B.J. Ward
Lennie Weinrib
Frank Welker
Michael Winslow
Narrated by Keene Curtis
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin US
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Oscar Dufau
Gerald Baldwin
Running time 60 minutes
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 12, 1981 – September 11, 1982

Space Stars is a 1981 NBC Saturday morning cartoon created by Hanna-Barbera which ran from 1981 to 1982 on NBC.

Format[edit]

Space Stars ran four cartoon segments each week: Space Ghost, The Herculoids, Teen Force, and Astro and the Space Mutts. The cartoons would occasionally cross-over into one another. Space Ghost and the Herculoids both had their own respective series in the mid-1960s. Teen Force and Astro and the Space Mutts are both new segments, although the Astro character was originally the family dog from The Jetsons.[1]

Space Ghost[edit]

Main article: Space Ghost

A total of 22 episodes were produced for Space Ghost, featuring a new assortment of villains including an evil version of Space Ghost called Space Spectre (who came from an alternate universe). The Phantom Cruiser and its Scout Ship were also given sleeker and more modernized looks. Space Ghost often came to the aid of the Herculoids and vice versa (as in the original Space Ghost series' "Council of Doom" storyline, where they met once). They also frequently crossed paths with the Teen Force, and it appeared that Jan and Teen Force member Kid Comet were dating as well. Elektra made several appearances as well. Gary Owens reprised his role as Space Ghost, but Tim Matheson was replaced by Steve J. Spears as the voice of Jace, Ginny Tyler was replaced by Alexandra Stewart as the voice of Jan, and Don Messick was replaced by Frank Welker as the vocal effects for Blip.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Orignal air date Summary
1 "Attack of the Space Sharks" A bunch of Space Sharks are attacking spaceships. As Space Ghost battles them, Jan, Jace and Blip are captured by the Space Sharks and discover that the shark-like Remora and his soldiers from the water planet Liqua have been capturing ships and its passengers for his souvenirs.
2 "The Haunted Space Station" Upon receiving a distress signal from the Outworld Station, Space Ghost, Jan, Jace, and Blip investigate. They soon discover that Forvalokka the Soul Vampire has turned its crew into zombies that obey his every command.
3 "The Sorceress" The Sorceress plans to use her magic to take control of Space Ghost and marry him. It's up to Jan, Jace, and Blip to save Space Ghost.
4 "Planet of the Space Monkeys" Upon being neglected by Space Ghost, Jan, and Jace, Blip runs away and lands on a planet filled with monkeys.
5 "The Anti-Matter Man" An accident with an anti-matter experiment transforms Dr. Conta into the Anti-Matter Man. Now Space Ghost, Jan, Jace, and Blip must help his fellow scientists return Dr. Conta to normal.
6 "The Space Dragons" A fleet of Space Dragon Ships have been attacking mining operations and stealing the Caburites. Space Ghost discovers that the Space Dragon Ships were created by Repto who plans to use the Caburites in a plot to turn the refined Caburites into fuel for his Space Dragon Ships in a plot to take over the galaxy.
7 "Starfly" Jan, Jace, and Blip find a Starfly on Ghost Planet. What they do not know is that Starflies evolve into Starbeasts as one is attacking the Space Transport Ship Ulysses.
8 "The Big Freeze" Feron is freezing the planet Vanderfor with his freeze ray.
9 "The Toymaker" While on vacation on a distant planet, Jan, Jace, and Blip are captured by mechanical knights and are taken to a spaceship run by the Toymaker. It is up to Space Ghost to save them.
10 "Microworld" Toymaker has shrunk the planet of Cetia 3 and threatens to remove its atmosphere if Space Ghost doesn't surrender his Power Bands.
11 "Space Spectre" Space Spectre, an alternate dimension version of Space Ghost, arrives through a black hole in Space Ghost's dimension. Now Space Ghost must defeat Space Spectre and send him back to his own dimension.
12 "Web of the Wizard" The Wizard uses a device to make Space Ghost, Jan, Jace, and Blip see illusions. He plans to have the Phantom Cruiser crash into a planet when it's chasing an illusion.
13 "Time Chase" Jan and Kid Comet land on Coros IV when it's in its prehistoric state when Kid Comet uses his powers to travel faster than time. At the same time, Space Ghost, Jace, and Blip pursue a space pirate named Barbos to Coros IV and end up going through a Time Arch to Coros IV's prehistoric state.
14 "The Deadly Comet" The Commander is using remote-controlled comets to attack ships. Space Ghost calls upon Kid Comet to help stop the Commander before he sends a comet towards the Galactic Council.
15 "The Shadow People" Space Ghost, Jan, Jace, Blip, and Elektra investigate Rombula Station (a floating space refinery) when its people have taken flight from it. They soon discover that the refinery has been invaded by the Shadow People.
16 "Time of the Giants" After capturing the space pirate Krugar, Space Ghost, Jan, Jace, and Blip fly the Phantom Cruiser through a space cloud that shrinks them. Krugar escapes from them when they are shrinking and it's up to a miniature Space Ghost to catch Krugar.
17 "City in Space" To stop for supplies, Space Ghost, Jan, Jace, and Blip stop at a floating city in space that's heading for the sun. When the city ends up getting closer to the sun, Space Ghost turns to Elektra to help get it away from the sun.
18 "Nomads" October 3, 1981 Lord Ibal and his people are attacked by a giant Space Snake and are saved by Space Ghost. Space Ghost later learns that they are really robots seeking to conquer the galaxy with their disguised warships.
19 "Eclipse Woman" Eclipse Woman is draining energy from the planet Halcion. With help from Kid Comet, Space Ghost, Jan, Jace, and Blip fight Eclipse Woman to keep her from draining Halcion of its power.
20 "Devilship" When Jace is investigating a shuttle during an investigation, he ends up under the evil control of the Wizard. Now it's up to Space Ghost to free Jace from the Wizard's control.
21 "The Time Master" A Time Satellite fires beams on the planet Glax-3 that turns back time on Glax-3. Space Ghost discovers that Tempus the Time Master is behind this in a plot to harvest Luxor in order to use it to build a Time Shredder.
22 "Spacecube of Doom" After helping the Herculoids free a mammoth from a tar pit, Space Ghost discovers that a space cube is stealing all the precious metals in the universe. When the Phantom Cruiser is also stolen, Space Ghost discover that the robot Cubus is wanting to save the logical universe with his super computer Ultima and brainwash the creatures of the universe to think logically.

The Herculoids[edit]

Main article: The Herculoids

As a departure from the original series, this incarnation of the Herculoids had its roots in science fiction and had story direction and content similar to Jonny Quest and Space Ghost. This series takes place on a far-away planet named Quasar in the land of Amzot (the planet was only named as such in this series, though Amzot was first mentioned in the "Time Creatures" episode of the original series). Eleven episodes were produced. Mike Road and Virginia Gregg reprised their roles as Zandor and Tara. Ted Eccles was replaced by Sparky Marcus as Dorno. Mike Road and Don Messick also reprised their roles as the voices of the Herculoids.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Original air date Summary
1 "The Ice Monster" Dorno is feeling depressed when Zandor treats him like a child because of his size and age. At the same time, an ancient robotic monster emerges from an ice block and it is indestructible.
2 "The Purple Menace" Glowing purple rocks have brought to life purple vines that cause havoc.
3 "The Firebird" A volcano erupts on Quasar revealing a firebird creature who has taken up residency in the volcano's crater and threatens the Herculoids.
4 "The Energy Creature" A meteorite containing an energy creature lands on Quasar. When it imprisons creatures in its coils, it takes on their form and properties also.
5 "The Snake Riders" September 26, 1981 Dorno and Gleep discover a plot by the Snake Riders to take over the planet. It's up to the Herculoids to stop their plans for planetary conquest.
6 "The Buccaneer" The Buccaneer and his band of pirates arrive on Quasar to look for buried treasure.
7 "The Thunderbolt" Saiju, a creature with a voracious appetite, comes upon some electrical-charged rocks and turns into a living electrical monster upon eating them. The Herculoids learn that the effects of those rocks are temporary and try to get Saiju back to normal.
8 "Return of the Ancients" The descendents/survivors of a highly developed race that was wiped out on Quasar return to the planet after a 1,000-year mission, and they're not happy to find out their civilization is gone.
9 "Space Trappers" The Space Trappers arrive on Quasar and capture the Herculoids for their intergalactic circus.
10 "The Invisibles" A chunk of Magnilite lands in the Lost Lake of Quasar. Before long, the Herculoids go up against enemies that they can't see. Zandor soon learns from the Zelos King Zel that his son Eezo and his followers might be the culprits.
11 "Mindbender" While playing Dorno, Gloop, and Gleep discover and unearth a metal cylinder which contains a big-brained alien. When they release him, he reveals himself to be a member of race that ruled Quasar thousands of years ago. It's up to the Herculoids to reseal the Mindbender.

Teen Force[edit]

Teen Force focused on three superhumanly gifted young students who hail from an unknown alternate universe which is located beyond the confines of the mysterious Black Hole X, which serves as a gateway into the universe in which the other main characters from Space Stars exist.

The Teen Force consists of Kid Comet, who possesses tremendous levels of superhuman speed, enabling him move at speeds exceeding the speed of light, and can even move quickly enough to travel through time; Moleculad, who can control his molecular structure for various effects; and Elektra, who possesses the psionic disciplines of telepathy, telekenesis, and teleportation. Accompanying them are a pair of diminutive blue-skinned aliens named Plutem and Glax, also known as the Astromites. Their principal enemy in the series is Uglor, a mutant native and tyrannical ruler of the planet Uris (whose inhabitants are a race of evolved simians) in Galaxy Q-2. Uglor's mutancy granted him bird-like wings and the ability to generate destructive energy blasts from his bionic eyes, which allowed him to see through Space Ghost's Inviso Power and Elektra's telepathic illusions.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Orignal air date Summary
1 "The Death Ray" Uglor plots to destroy Black Hole X, home of the Teen Force, in order to trap them in his dimension and subsequently destroy them.
2 "Nebulon" In his latest plan for galactic conquest, Uglor creates an energy creature called the Nebulon. When Nebulon becomes too powerful, Uglor ends up working together with the Teen Force to stop Nebulon.
3 "Decoy of Doom"
4 "Elektra's Twin" Using a false distress signal, Uglor manages to capture the Teen Force with the aid of a doppelganger of Elektra. With the Teen Force imprisoned, Uglor plots to destroy the Helios star from his space platform, Techno.
5 "Uglor's Power Play"
6 "The Ultimate Battle" Uglor challenges the Teen Force to a battle on the desolate and hostile continent of Evil Island. The Teen Force discover that its creatures consider humans evil after they were convinced of this by Uglor.
7 "Prison Planet" September 26, 1981
8 "Trojan Teen Force" October 3, 1981
9 "The Space Slime"
10 "Pandora's Warp" Uglor plots to destroy Fredonia, a space station/power plant that provides vital energy to the rebel worlds that oppose his tyranny. To that end, he opens a rift to the Dimension of Magic and recruits Trentino, the Black Knight and his legion of demons to aid him.
11 "Wordstar" The Teen Force become embroiled in a race against time when Uglor learns of the existence of an ancient object of tremendous power called the Wordstar. He seeks to wrest control of it from its guardian, the cosmic entity known as Ananda.

Astro and the Space Mutts[edit]

Astro and the Space Mutts features Astro from the hit show The Jetsons. He teams up with two other dogs named Cosmo and Dipper, led by their human leader Space Ace. Together, the trio act as galactic police officers and travel through outer space.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Orignal air date Summary
1 "The Night of the Crab" The Crab crashes the Space Awards at the Space Palace and steals the awards. It's up to Space Ace and the Space Mutts to get the award back and defeat The Crab.
2 "Reverso" In his plan for universe domination, Reverso crashes the Spaceman's Ball at the Space Palace and demands that he is made ruler of the universe or else everything will end up in reverse.
3 "Menace of the Magnet Maniac" Mario Magnetti is on a metal-robbing spree.
4 "The Greatest Show Off Earth" The Spaceling Brothers Circus has been abducted by the Cosmic Clown. Space Ace and the Space Mutts follow him to Galaxy Q-2 to get it back and defeat Cosmic Clown.
5 "Rock Punk" When Rock Punk steals the recently created Mount Spacemore, Astro and the Space Mutts end up going after Rock Punk to keep him from completing his rock collection.
6 "Rampage of the Zodiac Man" Zodiac Man steals the Stardust Constellation Ring from the Moona Lisa Museum.
7 "Will the Real Mr. Galaxy Please Stand Up" Mr. Galaxy has stolen the First Galaxy Bank's vault. Space Ace and the Space Mutts track him to Muscle Beach Moon to get the vault back.
8 "Galactic Vac is Back" Galactic Vac is sucking up everything in the galaxy.
9 "The Education of Puglor" Uglor gives his nephew Puglor some of his powers for the next 12 hours in a plot to take over the resort world of Solar Springs.
10 "Jewlie Newstar" Renowned jewel thief Jewlie Newstar steals the Jupiter Jewel from the Interplanetary Museum. It's up to Space Ace and the Space Mutts to reclaim the Jupiter Jewel and defeat Jewlie Newstar.
11 "Wonder Dog" When the Lieutenant gives Space Ace a robot mutt named Brucie the Robot Wonder Dog for a trial run, this causes problems for the Space Mutts. Meanwhile, Scavenger steals the Aceship from Space Ace so that he can eliminate Space Ace for Lord Raider.

Space Stars Finale[edit]

This was the last segment on the show where Space Ghost, the Herculoids, Astro and the Space Mutts, and Teen Force team up to battle the scourges of the universe.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Dimension of Doom -
  2. Worlds in Collision -
  3. Polaris -
  4. Endangered Spacies -
  5. The Olympians -
  6. Magnus -
  7. The Crystal Menace -
  8. The Outworlder -
  9. Mindwitch -
  10. Uglor Conquers the Universe -
  11. The Cosmic Mousetrap -

Syndication[edit]

On the USA Network, the Astro and the Space Mutts segments were never shown. Additionally, the Space Ghost, Herculoids, and Astro segments have been seen on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, but not the Teen Force segments. Furthermore, the series has never been shown in its entirety on the Cartoon Network, and has yet to be shown in its entirety on Boomerang. Currently, these shorts are only broadcast on occasion during breaks between shows on Boomerang.

DVD release[edit]

On October 8, 2013, Warner Archive released Space Stars: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[2]

Cast[edit]

Production credits[edit]

  • Executive Producers: Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
  • Producers: Gerard Baldwin, Oscar Dufau
  • Directors: Ray Patterson, George Gordon, Rudy Zamora
  • Story Supervision: Ray Parker
  • Story Editors: Len Janson, Chuck Menville, Kathleen Barnes & David Wise
  • Story: Kathleen Barnes, Ray Colcord, Dianne Dixon, Diane Duane, Scott Edelman, Donald Glut, Orville Hampton, Andy Heyward, Len Janson, Earl Kress, Chuck Menville, Frances Novier, J. Michael Reaves, Reed Robbins, Jim Ryan, David Villaire, David Wise, Marc Scott Zicree
  • Story Direction: Tom Bird, Barrington Bunce, Ron Campbell, Robert Dranko, Jan Green, Gary Goldstein, Cullen Houghtaling, Chris Jenkyns, Emilie Kong, Larry Latham, Ron Maidenberg, Mario Piluso, Mike Sekowsky, Al Wilson, Tom Yakutis, Alan Zaslove
  • Recording Director: Gordon Hunt
  • Assistant to the Recording Director: Ginny McSwain
  • Voices: Michael Bell, Keene Curtis, Richard Erdman, Virginia Gregg, Darryl Hickman, David Hubbard, Allan Lurie, Sparky Marcus, Chuck McCann, Don Messick, Gary Owens, Mike Road, Stanley Ralph Ross, Steve Spears, John Stephenson, Alexandra Stoddart, B.J. Ward, Lennie Weinrib, Frank Welker, Mike Winslow
  • Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
  • Title Design: Bill Perez
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Design Supervisor: Bob Singer
  • Character Design: Judie Clarke, Jean Gilmore, Jack Kirby, Jesse Santos
  • Layout Supervisor: Don Morgan
  • Key Layout: John Tucker
  • Layout: Kurt Anderson, Owen Fitzgerald, Drew Gentle, George Goode, Mike Hodgson, Mike Kawaguchi, Mark Kirkland, Ken Landau, Hal Mason, Darrell McNeil, Mike O'Mara, Maurice Pooley, Darrell Rooney, Linda Rowley, Mike Sekowsky, Dean Thompson, David Thwaytes
  • Animation Supervision: Jay Sarbry, Don Patterson
  • Animation: Frank Andrina, Warren Batchelder, Carol Beers, Becky Bristow, Oliver Callahan, Lars Calonius, Rudy Cataldi, Zeon Davush, Joan Drake, Hugh Fraser, Lennie Graves, Jeff Hall, Terry Harrison, Fred Hellmich, Bob Kirk, T.C. Lennon, Rick Leon, Hicks Lokey, Mircea Manta, Bob Matz, Lori McLaughlin, Costi Mustatea, Ron Myrick, Karen Peterson, Barney Posner, Morey Reden, Kunio Shimamura, Ken Southworth, Dave Tendlar, Dick Thompson, Bob Tyler, James Walker
  • Assistant Animation Supervisor: John Boersema
  • Background Supervisor: Al Gmuer
  • Backgrounds: Lorraine Andrina, Fernando Arce, Susan Broadhurst, Dario Campanile, Flamarion Ferreira, Martin Forte, Andrea Freeman, Bob Gentle, James Hegedus, Eric Heschong, Jim Hickey, Paro Hozumi, Mike Humphries, Brian Karwan, Phil Lewis, Jeffrey Long, Michele Moen, Michael Morgan, Bill Proctor, Andy Phillipson, Phil Phillipson, Jeff Richards, Jeff Riche, Ron Roesch, Dennis Venizelos
  • Checking and Scene Planning: Jackie Banks, Debra Smith
  • Xerography: Star Wirth, Dan Forster
  • Ink and Paint Supervision: Alison Victory, Margaret Hale
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Joe Citarella
  • Technical Supervisor: Jerry Mills
  • Camera: Allen Childs, Candace Edwards, Curt Hall, Raymond Lee, Ralph Migliori, Joe Ponticelle, Sherry Popovich, Terry Smith, Neil Viker, Roy Wade
  • Supervising Film Editor: Larry C. Cowan
  • Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
  • Music Editors: Joe Sandusky, Terry Moore, Daniels McLean, Robert Talboy
  • Effects Editors: Michael Bradley, Cecil Broughton, Sue Brown, Katherine MacKenzie, Joe Reitano, Kerry Williams
  • Show Editor: Gil Iverson
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Production Manager: Jeffrey Kahan
  • Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
  • Executives in Charge of Production: Margaret Loesch, Jayne Barbera
  • A HANNA-BARBERA COLOUR PRODUCTION
  • This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • (c) 1980 HANNA-BARBERA PRODUCTIONS, INC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 590. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1. 
  2. ^ "Space Stars - 'The Complete Series' of this Hanna Barbera Show on DVD Soon". 

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