Gilligan's Planet

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Gilligan's Planet
Gilligans Planet title card.jpg
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 United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
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 network 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 was 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 represented 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]

No. Title Original air date
1 "I Dream of Genie" September 18, 1982
Gilligan rescues a robot named Wizzard from a landslide, which then grants Gilligan's every wish out of gratitude. Eventually, Mr. Howell becomes the robot's master, and misuses his wishes, ruining another chance to get home.
2 "Turnabout Is Fair Play" September 25, 1982
The Skipper has been shirking his duties at the compound, and insists that his time is better spent guarding everyone from alien invaders, though in reality, he is simply napping. When real aliens invade, he is quickly captured, and must be rescued by his "helpless" friends.
3 "Let Sleeping Minnows Lie" October 2, 1982
The Skipper becomes despondent due to having been away from the sea and his boat for so long, so the others decide to build him a small boat, which serves the dual purpose of allowing the Professor to reach a small island which he thinks might be a source of mica, needed to repair their rocket. An attack by a sea monster leaves them stranded on the island, but not all is as it appears...
4 "Journey to the Center of Gilligan's Planet" October 9, 1982
Gilligan continually attempts to avoid his chores to read his comic book, causing a series of mishaps and accidents, culminating in the castaways falling into a hole that leads to the center of the planet, where they are taken prisoner.
5 "Amazing Colossal Gilligan" October 16, 1982
While collecting samples from the Million Lakes region of the planet for the Professor, Gilligan accidentally falls into a lake full of yellow liquid and becomes a giant. Space circus owner P.C. Barnaby arrives on the planet in his ship, and tries to steal Gilligan and turn him into his latest attraction.
6 "Bumper to Bumper" October 23, 1982
Bumper continually gets scolded in his attempts to find someone to play with. He decides to run away, and gets abducted by visiting aliens who worship his species.
7 "Road to Boom" October 30, 1982
The Professor discovers that the planet on which they are marooned will soon be pulled into a "space hole", so the castaways try everything they can to avert this disaster, including mounting the rocket pod from their ship on a tower to try to change the planet's course.
8 "Too Many Gilligans" November 6, 1982
Gilligan and Skipper find a cloning device that Gilligan accidentally walks through twice, and Mr. Howell and Ginger go through once, creating multiple copies of themselves with disastrous results. Eventually Bumper coaxes them all to run through the device multiple times until it short circuits and explodes, causing all the clones to vanish.
9 "Space Pirates" November 13, 1982
Gilligan discovers a treasure trove of advanced technical equipment, including a "size transformer cube", and accidentally shrinks all the castaways except the Professor. Soon after, pirates arrive looking for the cube and the other equipment, and chaos ensues...
10 "Invaders of the Lost Barque" November 20, 1982
While trying to retrieve a wrench that fell down a hole near their rocket, Gilligan discovers a map leading to a spaceship called The Lost Barque. The castaways head to a nearby cave to search for it, unaware that a group of tiny aliens who call themselves Quarks are trying to stop them so they can find the ship first.
11 "Wings" November 27, 1982
Gilligan accidentally turns on the Professor's radio and attracts a pilotless space probe. One of the castaways might be able to pilot it back to earth, but the castaways all want the fame and fortune, so the Professor puts Bumper in charge of training them to see who is best suited.
12 "Super Gilligan" December 4, 1982
A cosmic hurricane damages the compound, and the rocket's steering mechanism is blown away. While searching for it, Gilligan stumbles into a cave where an old man mistakes him for a great hero, and gives him a cape which grants superpowers, so he can can defeat a villain named Gooniack.
13 "Gilligan's Army" December 11, 1982

Home 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 release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and amazon.com.[1]

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