Battle of The Planets

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(ended 1985)

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Battle of The Planets
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Battle of the Planets follows the adventures of the teenaged hero team G-Force. Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny travel in The Phoenix to battle the evil forces of Zoltar from Planet Spectra. G-Force is guided by Chief Anderson and 7-Zark-7, but also receives help from Colonel Cronos, President Kane, Susan, and even 1-Rover-1. They are based in Center Neptune, which is far beneath the sea off the west coast of the United States. Although it has never been officially established, it's thought that the show takes place in 2001. This show is the first English translation version of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. The second English version was known as G-Force: Guardians of Space. For fans that loved this show as children, this is a great time! For 15 years, we couldn't find anything on the show. Now, everywhere you look, there's Battle of the Planets! This is the 25th Anniversary DVD release of Battle of the Planets episodes. This follows seven prior DVD releases. Rhino eventually plans to release all 85 episodes. If you live in the UK, or have a Region 2 DVD player, you can purchase all 85 episodes in one, 12-disc set that was released by Universal.

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Alan Young

Alan Young

voice of Keyop

Ronnie Schell

Ronnie Schell

voice of Jason

Janet Waldo

Janet Waldo

voice of Princess

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

voice of Mark

Keye Luke

Keye Luke

voice of Zoltar

Alan Dinehart

Alan Dinehart

voice of Tiny

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  • Fun show that got ruined with some bad planning

    5.0
    I loved this show as a kid, but there are some fatal flaws that make it hard to watch.



    "Keyop" is the most idiotic character in the history of television. Instead of hiring a child actor, they shortened his lines with a series of verbal beeps and chirps and short lines. I have to mute the sound when he speaks it's so annoying (he's surpassed Fran Drescher as most annoying TV voice).



    Many of the English episodes are also poorly written, even for a kids' show. It was like little effort was made to make things consistent, even within episodes.



    The original Japanese footage has a lot of great art work in it, and even some great camera angles that make it visually very interesting, even advanced. And how can you not love robotic dragons, sea monsters and mummies? :)moreless
  • This was definitely a classic and ahead of it's time.

    10
    "Battle of the Planets" was a show I absolutely loved as a kid. I remember vividly sitting on the floor of our family room as an seven-year-old, and my dad sitting on the couch said, "hey Mark...there's a new cartoon starting this week you might like." He handed down the TV Guide to me and there was actually a picture advertisement for "Battle of the Planets." It was to be shown on our ABC affiliate every afternoon at 4:00. I started watching, and I was hooked. I loved that show, and the animation, and the voice acting...everything. I'm sure we're not the only ones, but my brother and I would regularlly play G-Force...using our dad's old t-shirts to make uniforms and capes. Now, as a 34-year-old, I love the show just as much as I did when I was a kid, and I can't wait to share it with my own kids. "Battle of the Planets" has definitely passed the test of time, and will be sticking around for a long time.moreless
  • Great show

    10
    This is one of the finest examples of Japanese anime being brought to American audiences ever. Along with Robotech, and Captain Harlock, they did not get much better.



    Too bad most of the episodes that were broadcast in the states were so severely edited. The Japanese versions were much more gritty and dark. Luckily most of them are available on DVD now.



    I have heard talk of the show being turned into a feature film. I think that after the success of the Transformers movie that the possiblity of G-Force making it's way to the big screen could become a reality.moreless
  • The adventures of G-Force.

    10
    The brave youngsters of the 'guardians of space' pilot the mighty Phoenix ship, which launces from underwater base Center Neptune (in a secret location which suspiciously resembles the coast of California). The manic Keyop, practical Jason and Mark, stout Tiny and graceful Princess band together under the leadership of Chief Anderson. They must face enemies as varied as robot ants, lava giants, and monsters and aliens galore. The evil genius behind all this is Zoltar of Spectra. Ever crafty, he sends wave after wave of terror, only to be thwarted again. Beware, though--both sides can be counted on to live to fight another day.



    Funny, brisk, stylish and wtih clever characters, this was a series which had no trouble finding a loyal audience. I don't know exactly why people who lived on board a submerged station and space rocket needed to dress in winged outfits with beaked helmets, but then again, they never lost points for style.



    The themes of unity, intelligence and never giving up made it far better than most animated shows today, which are little more than toy commercials. With BOTP/G-Force, you got plenty of heart for your trouble.moreless
  • A pioneer in TV animation

    7.0
    Although it seems fairly dated now, `Battle Of The Planets` is an iconic series in animated TV history, as it helped introduce the japanese art of anime to a much wider audience. It's just a shame that the western version had so much of the show's violence cut out.
  • FILM BASED ON CLASSIC JAPANESE CARTOON WILL BLAST ONTO THEATER SCREENS.

    Star Blazers movie will save Earth

    • A "Battle Of The Planets"DVD 30th Anniversary Box Set Collection
      In 1978 I was only 8 years old when I saw Battle Of The Planets for the first time,and it became the only animae cartoon I enjoyed...
      06/27/09
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    • Different series?
      This show was presented under a few different names in its history. You may know it as BOTP or as G-Force. What I'd like to know i...
      07/07/08
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    • The team base...
      Why, exactly, was it never found? Was it invisible to sonar or something?Don't you think the Navy would have noticed somebody inst...
      07/07/08
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    • Silly Questions
      How does Jason get to Center Neptune?  He's the only one who has a vehicle that can't go over or on water, and he doesn't always ...
      07/07/08
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    • Keyop
      Did he drive anyone else nuts? I know, that sounds cruel, but he kind of got on my nerves. Never my favorite character.
      07/07/08
      4
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