Gilligan's Planet

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Gilligan's Planet
Gilligans Planet title card.jpg
Gilligan's Planet logo as shown in the opening for the series
Created by Sherwood Schwartz
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Voices of Bob Denver
Alan Hale, Jr.
Russell Johnson
Jim Backus
Natalie Schafer
Dawn Wells
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Lou Scheimer
Running time 22:15
Production company(s) Filmation
MGM Television
United Artists Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Turner Program Services
Release
Original channel CBS
Original release September 18, 1982 (1982-09-18) – September 3, 1983 (1983-09-03)
Chronology
Preceded by The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island
Followed by Surviving Gilligan's Island

Gilligan's Planet is a Saturday morning cartoon produced by the Filmation animation studio and MGM/UA Television which aired during the 1982-1983 season on CBS. It was the second animated spin-off of the sitcom Gilligan's Island (the first being The New Adventures of Gilligan).

Gilligan's Planet was the last cartoon series that Filmation produced for Saturday mornings; afterwards, they produced cartoons exclusively for syndication. It was also the first Filmation series to feature the Lou Scheimer "signature" credit (as opposed to the rotating Lou Scheimer/Norm Prescott "wheel" credit which had been used since 1969). In addition, it was one of the last 1980s Saturday morning cartoons to be fitted with an adult laugh track, as the popularity of the practice had subsided.

Gilligan's Planet featured all of the original actors but one. Dawn Wells provided the voice of Ginger Grant as well as her own original character Mary Ann Summers. The previous animated series "The New Adventures Of Gilligan" did not feature either Wells or Tina Louise voicing their respective characters.

Premise[edit]

Gilligan's Planet is based on the premise that the Professor had managed to build an operational interplanetary spaceship to get the castaways of the original series off the island. True to the castaways' perpetual bad luck, they rocketed off into space and crash-landed on an unknown planet that supported human life. In many ways, the planet was like the island but with a strangely colored and cratered surface with more land to get around. The rocket was severely damaged in the crash; thus the castaways were still stranded and the Professor resumed his attempts to repair their only way home.

Overall, Gilligan's Planet re-presented the source material of the original live-action series with "space" and "alien" themes. Encounters with "headhunters" and other shipwrecked people became encounters with alien creatures. A new character named Bumper was added, who appeared as a reptilian alien pet/sidekick for Gilligan and company.

Cast[edit]

The cast of Gilligan's Island returned to voice their respective characters for Gilligan's Planet except for Tina Louise who played Ginger Grant. Dawn Wells provided the voice of Ginger as well as her own original character, Mary Ann Summers.

Episodes[edit]

Episode No. Title Original air date Synopsis
#01 "I Dream of Genie" September 18, 1982

Gilligan finds a buried robot and becomes its master. The robot will grant Gilligan's wishes.

#02 "Turnabout Is Fair Play" September 25, 1982
#03 "Let Sleeping Minnows Lie" October 2, 1982
#04 "Journey to the Center of Gilligan's Planet" October 9, 1982

After getting hit on the head with a coconut while reading his comic book, "Journey to the Center of the Planet", Gilligan dreams that he goes to the center of Gilligan's Planet.

#05 "Amazing Colossal Gilligan" October 16, 1982

While collecting samples of rivers for the professor, Gilligan accidentally falls in a river and becomes a giant. A circus owner tries to steal Gilligan for his act so he can be the greatest circus owner ever.

#06 "Bumper to Bumper" October 23, 1982
#07 "Road to Boom" October 30, 1982
#08 "Too Many Gilligans" November 6, 1982

Gilligan and Skipper find a cloning machine that Gilligan accidentally walks through twice.

#09 "Space Pirates" November 13, 1982
#10 "Invaders of the Lost Barque" November 20, 1982

The castaways find a map that leads to the lost barque, which is a spaceship that may be able to take them back to earth, but the map belongs to three little space creatures who also want to get back to their home.

#11 "Wings" November 27, 1982

Gilligan accidentally turns on the Professor's radio and attracts a spaceship. One of the castaways must pilot it back to earth, but the castaways all want the publicity, so they must train to see who is best fit to fly it to earth.

#12 "Super Gilligan" † December 4, 1982

Gilligan stumbles into a cave where an old man gives him a cape which gives him superpowers so he can can defeat the villain Gooniack.

#13 "Gilligan's Army" December 11, 1982

The New Adventures of Gilligan also featured an episode entitled "Super Gilligan".

DVD release[edit]

On July 22, 2014, Warner Archive released Gilligan's Planet: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[1]

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