Ulysses 31

(ended 1982)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 27

    Nono - I Make Noise

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 26

    The Kingdom Of Hades

    Aired 4/3/82

  • S 1 : Ep 25

    The Lotus Eaters

    Aired 2/27/82

  • S 1 : Ep 24

    Strange Meeting

    Aired 3/13/82

  • S 1 : Ep 23

    Calypso

    Aired 3/27/82

  • Cast & Crew
  • Vlasta Vrana

    Zeus

  • Kelly Ricard

    Sherka

  • Adrian Knight

    Telemachus

  • Matt Berman

    Ulysses

  • Anick Faris

    Yumi

  • show Description
  • This animated sci-fi retelling of the Greek poet Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey", was a French-Japanese co-production originally produced in 1981, with animation from premier Japanese animation studio TMS (Tokyo Movie Shinsha). The series was originally envisaged as being 52 episodes long, but production difficulties cut back the number of episodes to 26. The show was written by the French writing team of Nina Wolmark and Jean Chalopin, before being animated by TMS in Japan. Many of the show's key Japanese staff came from the very popular (in France as well as Japan) anime, Rose Of Versailles (Lady Oscar), although the original director, Tadao Nagahama died after production of the first episode, leaving the remaining directors to carry on in a similar style. Some of the show's mechanical designs were also created by Shoji Kawamori and Studio Nue, the famed creators of Macross. Although the show's worldwide debut was on September 12 1981, on Luxembourg's RTL channel, France's FR 3 (the first 'official' home of the series) was not far behind in showing the series. In the mid-1980's the show was given a very respectable and mature English dub by DIC, courtesy of Jean Chalopin and the cast and crew at Multidub International in Montreal, Canada. In the USA, the show was shown in syndication from September 13 1986 as part of Kideo TV a DIC-produced package of animated series such as The Get-Along Gang, Popples and Rainbow Brite (which Ulysses later replaced). The show was also shown on the UK's BBC and Channel 4 networks. Ironically, for a show co-produced by the Japanese, Ulysses 31 wasn't shown on Japanese television until February 6 1988, when a run of twelve episodes was shown there under the title of Space Legend Ulysses 31.moreless

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  • Quotes (1)

    • Telemachus: (in response to Yumi's interest in the pods) You can count them all you like, but there'll always be nine. Yumi: That's just it. That's what I find so fascinating. There are nine. Isn't that the number of planets in your solar system?

    Notes (57)

    • This is the only episode including narration, right at the very end.

    • There are actually two different versions of the opening and ending credits for the English-language version of Ulysses 31. The first set of credits are longer and feature the full version of the theme song, with the end credits still written in French. The second set of credits were prepared by DIC when the show was syndicated in the U.S. and are shorter, with the end credits written in English (in a comicbook style font). Both versions do however include the theme song in English.

    • Original French Title: The Cyclops

    • This is the first of four times that Numinor is revived during the series.

    • Original French Title: Heratos

    • Original French Title: Eole

    • In Greek Mythology Sisyphus was nown as the craftiest of men and the son of Aeolus. When he died he cheated death by begging Thanatos (Death) if he could go back and arrange a proper funeral for his corpse and then return. Once he was back in the land of the living he stayed where he was for many years. When he died again he was condemned for eternity to push a boulder up a hill. Just as he would reach the top the boulder would slip and roll back down the hill and he would start again.

    • Sisyphus' world of Corinth is portrayed as being akin to ancient Greece.

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    Trivia (6)

    • Being in Cronus' palace seems to have aged Yumi; she's taller, has longer hair and shows, erm...development in some shots. Neither Ulysses nor Telemachus seem to be thus affected.

    • When Telemachus calls Ulysses, Ulysses says that "things are fine." But since he and Yumi are being attacked by an army of evil clones of themselves, and two more of the creatures are aboard the Odyssey, it's hard to see how things are fine!

    • When on the bridge of the Odyssey with Telemachus, Ulysses is wearing his space suit in one shot even though he's wearing his casual clothing the whole time.

    • When Theseus picks up Ulysses's lightsaber, the hilt changes to a completely different design.

    • Ulysses still had his space suit on after he and the children return to the bridge of the Odyssey at the end. But in the final shots he has his casual clothing on.

    • At the end, the baby's wings are missing when the old man holds her up.

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    Allusions (1)

    • The style of the mutiny in this episode is similar to that of the explorer Ferdinand Magellan. The Ulysses crew takes over the Odyssey like how some of Magellan's crew seized some of the ships to fight him.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • This is one of the best shows ever created. Its full of cheesiness and it's seems old, but this is a excellent program to watch at least once in a lifetime. Recently, I saw this on Fox Kids before it changed to the Jetix channel, and I was laughing alot.

    By ZERO-00, Aug 09, 2006

  • This beautiful anime series offered a unique take on the Homeric legend. Space opera like you've never seen it before.

    By Lokar, Jun 02, 2006

  • Follow the adventures of Ulysses in the 31st Century.

    By Trojdalv, Dec 18, 2005

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