Fantastic Voyage (TV series)
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|Directed by||Hal Sutherland|
|Voices of||Marvin Miller
|Theme music composer||"Robert Allen"
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||17|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||20th Century Fox Television|
|Original release||September 14, 1968– January 4, 1969|
|Preceded by||Fantastic Voyage|
Fantastic Voyage is an American animated science fiction TV series based on the famous 1966 film directed by Richard Fleischer. The series consists of 17 episodes each running 30 minutes. It was run on ABC-TV from September 14, 1968 through January 4, 1969. The series was produced by Filmation Associates in association with 20th Century Fox. It was later shown in reruns on Sci Fi Channel's Cartoon Quest.
The complete series was released, as a 3-disc DVD set, in the United Kingdom by Revelation Films on November 21, 2011. But in the United States, as of the middle of July 2015, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment had not formed, much less executed, any plans for release of the series on DVD and/or Blu-ray Disc.
Fantastic Voyage is the story of the C.M.D.F. (Combined Miniature Defense Force), a secret United States government organization that possessed the ability to reduce people to microscopic size.
The main characters were Commander Jonathan Kidd; biologist Erica Lane; scientist Busby Birdwell; and a "master of mysterious powers" known as Guru. The team was reduced in size for its missions, each miniaturization period having a time limit of 12 hours, and it traveled around in a microscopic flying submarine, the Voyager, doing battle against the unseen, unsuspecting enemies of the free world, both criminal and germinal matter. The series featured character voices provided by Marvin Miller, Jane Webb, and Ted Knight. The producers were Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott, the director was Hal Sutherland, and the music was provided by Gordon Zahler.
Changes from the film, aside from the ship's crew, included the duration of miniaturization (60 minutes, or one hour, in the film, twelve hours in the cartoon) and the meaning of the acronym. (In the cartoon, D is "Defense," and part of the phrase "Combined Miniature Defense Force;" in the film, it is "Deterrent," and part of the phrase "Combined Miniaturization Deterrent Force.")
Headquarters: CMDF--Combined Miniature Defense Force.
Project: Fantastic Voyage.
Authority: Top Secret, highest clearance.
Mission: In their miniaturized form, to combat the unseen, unsuspected enemies of freedom.
- Jonathan Kidd, Commander.
- Guru, master of mysterious powers.
- Erica Lane, doctor, biologist.
- Busby Birdwell, scientist, inventor, builder of the Voyager.
Time limit: Twelve hours.
While the series was in production, Aurora Model Company developed a plastic model of the Voyager, releasing it only months before the series cancellation was announced. Due to the short run of the show, this kit received only one press run, and as a result, it is one of the rarest kits to find of the Aurora line. A contributing factor to this scarcity is that most of the kits were bought for use as toys (by fans of the show) rather than as static display or collectors's items, thus they were lost, broken or disposed of long before they became "collectables."
Unbuilt, in-box kits have been sold on eBay for prices between US$300 and US$700. Assembled and partially assembled models in varied conditions from "acceptable" to "well-worn" have been sold for over $100, depending on condition.
Polar Lights, a company which owned the rights to re-produce the kit, passed on re-releasing the subject. Company director Dave Metzner stated that they had to produce much more in-demand subjects in order to be able to afford even considering the production of such niche products.
However, Moebius Models retooled from an original kit, and went into production on a reproduction Voyager kit, including the original distinctive delta-shaped stand used for Aurora aircraft models.
|1||"Gathering of the Team"||14 September 1968|
|2||"The Menace from Space"||21 September 1968|
|3||"The Magic Crystal of Kabala"||28 September 1968|
|4||"The Atomic Invaders"||5 October 1968|
|5||"The Master Spy"||12 October 1968|
|6||"The Mind of the Master"||19 October 1968|
|7||"Gone Today, Here Tomorrow"||26 October 1968|
|8||"The Day the Food Disappeared"||2 November 1968|
|9||"Revenge of the Spy"||9 November 1968|
|10||"The Hobby House"||16 November 1968|
|11||"The Spy Satellite"||23 November 1968|
|12||"First Men on the Moon"||30 November 1968|
|13||"The Great Busby"||7 December 1968|
|14||"The Barnacle Bombs"||14 December 1968|
|15||"The Perfect Crime"||21 December 1968|
|16||"The World's Fair Affair"||28 December 1968|
|17||"The Most Dangerous Game"||4 January 1969|
In popular culture
- Fantastic Voyage at the Internet Movie Database
- Fantastic Voyage (TV series) at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Fantastic Voyage at TV.com