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    Adventures Of The Galaxy Rangers

    Adventures Of The Galaxy Rangers

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    (ended 1986)
    In 2086, two peaceful aliens journey to Earth seeking help. In return for Earth's assistance, the aliens share the plans for the planet's first hyperdrive, allowing mankind to open the doors to the stars. With this new technology in hand, a team of unique individuals are assembled to protect Earth and its allies. These courageous pioneers - committed to the highest ideals of justice - set out to preserve law and order across the new frontier. The show began airing in September 1986 as a series of sixty-five 30-minute cartoons, running five days a week. Since then, The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers has reached cult status, sparking a loyal following. This visionary series combines elements of Westerns, space opera and a sword and sorcery style of fantasy. The well-developed plotline and captivating characters, which pushed the boundaries of children's programming in the '80s, are sure to excite loyal fans as well as a new generation of science fiction and animation enthusiasts. The series was one of the first anime-style shows to be created, storyboarded, voiced and produced in the United States and was animated in Japan by the famed Tokyo Movie Shinsha. This action-packed cartoon series also features the vocal talents of the late Jerry Orbach, Bob Bottone, Laura Dean and Earl Hammond. Galaxy Rangers Ho!moreless
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    The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo

    The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo

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    ABC (ended 1985)
    The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo is about the adventures of Scooby Doo, Shaggy Rogers, Daphne Blake, and Scrappy-Doo chasing after more mysteries. Now they are joined by a magnificent warlock called Vincent Van Ghoul, who is a cartoon caricature of Vincent Price (who also provides the voice), and a mischievous boy named Flim-Flam. Together they have to catch 13 ghosts and put them in a magical "Chest of Demons" that Scooby and Shaggy were tricked into opening by two sneaky ghosts named Weerd and Bogel. This was the last cartoon series that the original Scooby-Doo gang (minus Fred and Velma) appeared in for nearly 20 years. In 1988, the entire gang returned to TV as children in A Pup Named Scooby Doo, but they wouldn't resurface again weekly in their adult form until 2002 in What's New Scooby-Doo?.moreless
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    Ulysses 31

    Ulysses 31

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    (ended 1982)
    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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    Astro Boy (1980)

    Astro Boy (1980)

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    Nippon Television Network Corporation (ended 1981)
    It is the year 2030. A brilliant robotics engineer creates a robotic boy with robotic powers in the image of his own dead son. The show examines the robotic boy's adventures as he comes to terms with living among humans.moreless
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    City Hunter

    City Hunter

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    (ended 1991)
    If you're desperate and need a job done, write "XYZ" on the bulletin board at Shinjuku Station. That is a signal that you want to hire City Hunter. Ryo Saeba and Kaori Makumura make up City Hunter. Ryo is calm, cool, and an amazingly accurate shot. He is also the biggest lech since Ataru Moroboshi. Kaori is the "sister" (no blood relation, she was adopted) of Ryo's deceased partner and runs the business side of City Hunter. This story is very funny due to the face that it contains perverted jokes and elements. I don't know how they managed to keep everything at a G level. I highly recommend this series. This series is best watched in the original Japanese with English subtitles, it is very interesting to hear the voice actors stretch their voices to the limit on this one. Another thing to look for is the soundtrack, the music used in this series is worth a listen, even if you don't understand Japanese. Ryo Saeba - No one, even Ryo himself, knows who he really is. Orphaned at the age of three in a plane crash in South America, he was adopted by a group of mercenaries and became a mercenary himself. (As a result, even Ryo does not know when his real birthday is.) In fact, he is one of the best. His abilities include successive one-hole shots from ten metres, ultra sensitive hearing (he can hear a gun cock from far away), and the ability to shoot a person, while missing all the vital organs. Despite this, his main weakness is women. In fact, he is one of the most PERVERTED people in animation. Yet even through all of this, women still manage to fall for him after getting to know him better (no, not that way....). The one woman he truly loves however, is Kaori Makimura, but he refrains from expressing his love for fear that it would jeopardize her life. So he goes on in his merry Mokkori ways.... Hideyuki Makimura - As the series starts, Hideyuki is Ryo's partner in the business. A former police officer, he left the force after certain situations rendered him helpless to assist innocent civilians (like those who would call XYZ for their services). He is soon killed by a drug cartel for refusing to commit to their nefarious plans. Kaori Makimura - According to Kaori, she is Hideyuki's younger sister. According to Hideyuki, Kaori was adopted as an infant, the child of a murderer killed by police. After Hideyuki's death, she takes over his duties as Ryo's partner. Unlike Hideyuki, however, if Ryo tries to get too close to his beautiful female clients, Kaori will protect them by smashing Ryo's head in with a 100 ton mallet. Kaori herself is also attracted by Ryo's charms and character, but because of Ryo's lecherousness, she keeps her feelings to herself. Kaori's main peeve is being seen as a man by not only women, but Ryo himself. It seems that Kaori's true goal with Ryo is to be seen as attractive while invoking jealousy and perhaps even love in him. Hayato Ijuin AKA Umibozu AKA Falcon - Like Ryo, he was a mercenary in South America and also works as a sweeper in Shinjuku. This gigantic man is known for his awesome strength, and his ability to take a licking and keep on ticking. Whereas Ryo tends to solve a problem through cunning and guile, Umibozu tends to solve a problem using a blunt force approach: with a bazooka in one hand, and a machine gun in the other. Umibozu's greatest weakness is cats, including cute kittens, he loses all his strength at the sound of a cat's meow. Strangely enough, cats are very attracted to him, and his life partner Miki owns a shop called the "Cat's Eye". To some of his former enemies and comrades (including Miki), he is known as "Falcon". Saeko Nogami - A detective with the Tokyo Police department, Saeko is Hideyuki's former partner in the force, and is a good acquaintance of Ryo. She is also a great manipulator of men. Whenever she is in a tight spot with a case, she calls Ryo to assist her in completing her mission with the promise that she will sleep with him. Of course, she is always able to duck out of it in the end, so Ryo keeps a record of how many times Saeko "owes" him. Reika Nogami - Saeko's younger sister, Reika, like Ryo, works in the private sector and is also a former police officer. Like her older sister, she is also a great manipulator of men. Therefore, all her clients are typically male. If she needs Ryo to help her in a tight spot, she does not ask him outright, but rather use him as fodder for her protection. Unlike her sister though, Reika is TOTALLY attracted to Ryo and strives to be his partner in life and crime one day, much to the jealousy of Kaori. Miki - Umibozu's Partner. As a young man in his mercenary years, Umibozu found Miki as an 8 year old orphan. He then took her under his wing and taught her all the skills she would need to survive. However, several years later, Miki began showing affection towards Umibozu, so he ran away from her. Miki spent the next few years looking for Umibozu and when she finally did, she would become his life partner. Miki is the only girl in the series who does not display any attraction to Ryo Saeba whatsoever. Kasumi Aso - Also known as Phantom 305, she enlisted Ryo's help in getting a black rose back from a corrupt psychic. Later in the series, she enlists his help in breaking an arranged marriage to someone she detested. But in doing so, the head of the clan discovered that her heart had been "stolen" by Ryo. Kasumi was then forbidden to return home until she "stole" Ryo's heart. Kasumi thus works as a waitress at the Cat's Eye and becomes a recurring member of the cast. In 2005, the long awaited sequel to City Hunter, "Angel Heart" premiered on Japanese Television. "Angel Heart" portrays a darker side of City Hunter, one that includes the loss of one of City Hunter's most revered characters......moreless
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    Dinosaucers

    Dinosaucers

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    (ended 1988)
    Dinosaucers was a late 80s cartoon featuring a fleet of anthropomorphic dinosaurs from a planet called Reptilon. The Dinosaucers fought for the good of their homeworld, while the Tyrannos fought for domination of it. When the planet suffered because of the wars, the battle came to Earth, where the Dinosaucers teamed up with four young humans, who became their Secret Scouts in the new world.moreless
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    Spider-Man (1981)

    Spider-Man (1981)

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    (ended 1982)
    This early 80s animated series was the second Spider-Man cartoon after the original 1967 series. It was produced by the newly formed Marvel Productions, which had risen from the ashes of DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, who had previously produced the 1978 New Fantastic Four and 1979 Spider-Woman animated series. The series' character designs and some of the same voices (not Spider-Man himself) were later to be used in the more famous Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends animated series. The character designs for the series were based on the classic style of Spider-Man artist John Romita, and so, were very similar to the visual look of the comics from the mid 60s to the early 80s, when his style was still followed closely by successive artists.

    The series itself chronicles the adventures of Peter Parker as Spider-Man during his college years. Regular characters included Peter's Aunt May, J. Jonah Jameson-editor of the Daily Bugle, Betty Brant-Jameson's secretary and occasional damsel in distress, and later on in the series, Robbie Robertson, Jameson's assistant. In this series, Spidey faced off against some of his c foes, including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio and the Chameleon. There was also a six-part story arc spread throughout the series that had Spider-Man's battling with Doctor Doom.

    Although the series was produced just before the Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends series, it ended up being shown in syndication around the same time as Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends debuted on NBC in 1981. In 1988, the series was syndicated along with the then-new animated series Dinoriders and Robocop, altogether called the Marvel Action Universe. From the early 90s onwards, the series has been syndicated under the title of Spider-Man 5000, due to the production numbering system of the show (although the opening credits remain unchanged).moreless
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    Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

    Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

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    (ended 1988)
    Earth 2147. The legacy of The Metal Wars, where man fought machine - and machines won. Biodreads. Monstrous creations that hunt down human survivors and digitize them. Volcania. Center of the Biodread Empire. Stronghold and fortress of Lord Dread, feared ruler of this new order. But from the fires of the Metal Wars arose a new breed of warrior. Born and trained to bring down Lord Dread and his Biodread empire. They were Soldiers of the Future. Mankind's last hope.moreless
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    Brum: Crazy Chair Chase and Other Stories

    Brum: Crazy Chair Chase and Other Stories

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2001)
    Brum is a incredible show about a little car that is very brave that solves crimes all by himself.
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    Bubblegum Crisis

    Bubblegum Crisis

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    SBS One (ended 1991)
    Bubblegum Crisis is the story of four mercenaries, called the Knight Sabers, living in Tokyo in the year 2033. After a massive earthquake destroyed much of Tokyo, a new city, MegaTokyo, was recreated thanks to the aid of a multi-million dollar company, GENOM Corp. GENOM created and mass-produced biomechanical creatures called Boomers to aid in the restoration of MegaTokyo. However, the Boomers soon began to go out of control. Thus, the ADPolice stepped up to fend them off. The Boomers probed to be too much for them to handle, and the Knight Sabers where born! Siding with neither the ADPolice nor GENOM, the Knight Sabers simply fight for money and safety.

    The series began airing on AOL's online streaming service on May 2, 2007.

    The original eight episode OVA series was cut short due to production complications. Luckily, soon after it's completion a follow up three episode OVA was created called Bubblegum Crash. The series was also remade in 1998 and called Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040.moreless
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    The Karate Kid

    The Karate Kid

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    NBC (ended 1990)
    Based on the three hit movies of the 80's, NBC had the Saturday morning series. Mr. Myagi, Daniel & his girlfriend, Taki, travel the world for martial arts adventure. The actors who voiced Daniel & Taki (Joey Dedio & Janice Kawaye) would also do another cartoon series for DIC, Captain Planet.moreless
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    Sherlock Hound

    Sherlock Hound

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    YouTube (ended 1985)
    Meitantei Holmes (Sherlock Hound) is, as of 12/31/04, the last TV series to be made by Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away). The shows plot centers around Sherlock Holmes, along with the help of Doctor Watson, figuring out and stopping the evil schemes of Professor Moriarty and his henchmen Todd and Smiley. Miyazaki wrote the scripts for all 26 episodes, but he actually only directed 6 of them. The easiest way to tell these episode apart is to look at Professor Moriarty's henchman, Smiley; in a Miyazaki directed episode, he has green fur. Two of these episodes were theatrically released along with Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind in 1984. ("Blue Ruby" and "Treasure Under the Sea".) Opening Theme: "Sora kara koboreta Story" ("The Story That Fell From the Sky") by Da Capo Ending Theme: "Thames gawa no Dance" ("Dance of the River Thames") by Da Capo Show's Title in Other Countries: Sherlock Hound (English) Sherlock Holmes (French and Spanish) Die Abenteuer des Sherlock Holmes (German) Il fiuto di Sherlock Holmes (Italian)moreless
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    The Dick Tracy Show

    The Dick Tracy Show

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    (ended 1962)
    The adventures of the police force that is supervised by Dick Tracy. Joe Jitsu - an Asian detective who do the kung fu (excuse prease),Hemlock Holmes a canine copper who acts like a canine Cary Grant,,who works with the retouchables a gang of silly Police men. Go Go Gomez - a master of disguse and a speedy Mexican, among the police. They go after the comics famed crooks: B.B. Eyes & Flat Top, Sketch Piree & Mole, Stoogle Valler & Mumbles, Brain & Noodles, and Prune Face & Itchy! While the cartoon was pretty cool in the 1960's, the art isn't so great and the stories are not so hot, but it was the 1960's, a great time for TV in its heyday.moreless
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    Starcom: The U.S. Space Force

    Starcom: The U.S. Space Force

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    (ended 1987)
    Welcome to the Starcom: The US Space Force guide at TV.com.
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    Code Red

    Code Red

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    ABC (ended 1982)
    Joe Rorchek was a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles City Fire Department who specialized in arson investigations. His sons were also firemen - Ted on the ground and Chris from the air, as a helicopter pilot. Other cast members included: Haley, a young woman trying to prove herself as the city's first female "smoke eater," and Danny, a homeless 13-year-old boy adopted by the Rorcheks. Of course, he joined the Fire Department's Explorer Program so he could fight fires as well. Along with lessons in fire safety, the audience saw examples of the work of rescue operations, paramedics and even scuba diving for underwater fire protection - a danger most people didn't even know existed!moreless
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    Dragnet

    Dragnet

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    (ended 1990)
    Dragnet (1989) was a syndicated revival of the classic Dragnet (1951) and Dragnet (1967) series, which were based on the 1949 radio drama, all of which starred Jack Webb as LAPD detective Joe Friday. Webb died in 1982, however, and this revival decided not to re-cast his famous character. Instead, the 1989-1990 series, also known as Dragnet: The '90s or The New Dragnet, starred two younger detectives, but kept to the original formula of voice-over narration and sticking to "just the facts". Though 52 half-hour episodes were made, this series has generally faded from public memory, likely due to the lack of Joe Friday's distinctive character and also to the success of shows like Cops and police dramas such as Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue. This series had no relation to the 1987 comedic film Dragnet which starred Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks. The series was filmed at Universal City Studios in Universal City, California with the support of the Los Angeles Police Department's Chief Daryl Gates and Commander Bill Booth. NOTE: IMDB shows a release date for the series as October 4, 1989, and lists, for example, the episode "The Payback" as airing on October 11, 1989. However, copyright registration records list the earliest publication date as October 24, 1989. This guide uses publication dates from the United States Copyright Office.moreless
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    Wish Me Luck

    Wish Me Luck

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    Acorn Media Group
    Wish Me Luck was a British television drama about the adventures of female secret agents during World War II who worked for a group code named 'The Outfit.' This group was based off of the real life Special Operations Executive group of WWII. It aired from 1987 to 1990 on the ITV Network, lasting three seasons. The show was created by Lavinia Warner and Jill Hyem and was made by London Weekend Television. It was filmed on location in France and England. It dealt with its character seriously, showing strong female characters who dealt with extreme conditions during wartime. The first season was directed by Gordon Flemying. The second and third seasons were directed by Bill Hays. The first two seasons revolved mainly around the missions of SOE agent Nancy Wake. Keeping with the realistic tone of the series, much of this character's dialogue was taken from the real Nancy Wake's autobiography 'The White Mouse.'moreless
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    Pole Position

    Pole Position

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    CBS (ended 1985)
    Pole Position was a Saturday-morning animated action/mystery series loosely based on a popular 1980s racecar video game. It followed the adventures of three children, teenagers Dan and Tess Darrett and their younger sister Daisy, who worked for a secret crimefighting organization called Pole Position, run by their uncle, Dr. Zachary Darrett. With their computerized talking cars Roadie and Wheels, and their squeaky mascot Kuma, the children travelled around the country on missions, using a racing stunt show as their cover. Picture Speed Racer crossed with Inspector Gadget, with a few elements of Knight Rider and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? thrown in for good measure. The show premiered on CBS in the fall of 1984 and ran for 13 episodes, which were rebroadcast until the end of August 1985, and again on other networks such as USA through the remainder of the decade. It was also on the Family Channel (now ABC Family) in 1991 - 1992. The Cast Dan Darrett: Dan is the eldest of the Darrett siblings. He tends to be a bit stubborn and arrogant, especially about his driving, and to say and do things without thinking. Dan drives Roadie, the blue Pole Position car. Tess Darrett: Tess is Dan's slightly younger sister, but is definitely the more mature and levelheaded of the pair. She drives Wheels, the red Pole Position car. (Trivia: In the show's development, Tess was originally named "Tase" -- rhymes with "ace", short for Anastasia -- because the creators wanted a slightly unusual name for their female lead.) Daisy Darrett: Daisy is the youngest of the three Darrett children, looking to be about ten. She dreams of being a racer like her big brother and sister, but has a tendency to sneak off and get herself nabbed by the bad guys. Daisy likes video games and playing with Kuma and the car computers. She seems to have a special bond with Wheels in particular. Roadie: Roadie is the computer module for the blue Pole Position car, a more modern 1980's hot-rod than Wheels (with some resemblance to a DeLorean, complete with gull-wing doors). Roadie loves to race and exchange banter with Dan, while trying to keep him out of trouble. Wheels: Wheels is the computer module for the red Pole Position car, based on the classic muscle cars of the 1960's (particularly a Mustang convertible). Wheels is something of a worry-wart, often voicing concerns that he's getting too old and run-down for crimefighting work. (Trivia: Wheels' voice was provided by Mel Franklin of the Temptations, who passed away in 1995.) Kuma: Kuma is the Pole Position team's squeaky-voiced mascot, a hybrid of several different kinds of animal. His antics provide much of the show's comic relief. (Trivia: "Kuma" is Japanese for "bear", and was the name of Michael Reaves' dog at the time he developed the show.) Dr. Zachary Darrett ("Uncle Zach"): Dr. Zachary is the head of Pole Position, gives the kids their missions, and serves as a source of information, though he rarely tells them the full story until it's over. Questions and Answers Q: Where can I get episodes of Pole Position on tape? A: In North America, four commercial Pole Position tapes were produced by Karl-Lorimar / Kideo Video. Two compilation tapes, Racing to Adventure (#138) and Road Fever (#190), were released in 1986/1987. Racing contains the episodes "The Code", "The Canine Vanishes", "The Chicken Who Knew Too Much", "Strangers on the Ice", and "The Race". Road Fever contains the episodes "The Thirty-Nine Stripes", "The Thirty-One Cent Mystery", "Dial M for Magic", "The Bear Affair", and "To Clutch a Thief". There is also a mislabelled copy of Road Fever that was packaged in the Racing to Adventure box, hence some possible confusion about both compilations being identical; they're not. In 1989 two single-episode tapes, "The Secret" (#485) and "The Trouble with Kuma" (#486), were released. All of these are relatively available online, though you may have to look a bit. Good places to start are eBay, Half, and Amazon, or you can search the web for used or out-of-print video dealers. Expect to pay around $15 - $25 apiece for the compilations, but the single-episode tapes can usually be had for about $5 - $8. If the condition of the outer packaging is important to you, be warned: A lot of video stores cut the oversized compilation boxes to fit a standard VHS plastic case. Uncut boxes can be difficult to find. Unfortunately only 12 of the 13 episodes were made commercially available. The only way to get "Shadow of a Trout" is to find someone who recorded and kept the shows when the networks aired them. (That's a shame, as this episode contains one of the best moments of the entire series.) Try a Google search on "Pole Position cartoon". There are plenty of fans out there who will share their episodes. (Legality and quality cannot be verified) In the U.K., Pole Position was sold commercially on PAL-format tapes containing two episodes each. Not for certain which episodes were released, but one tape (#LR 2223) with "The Code" and "The Canine Vanishes" has been confirmed. In Australia, "Racing to Adventure" (Roadshow-Lorimar, #2668) was also released with 5 episodes, so it's possible "Road Fever" and the single-episode tapes were too. Others likely exist as well, including versions in other languages. The series was also aired in France and Brazil, and possibly Italy, Spain and Germany. If you would like to help petition DIC Enterprises to release the entire series on DVD, you can write to them at the address below. ATTN: K.R. Hartlove Home Entertainment Coordinator DIC Enterprises 4100 West Alameda Avenue Burbank, CA 91505 You can also vote online to express your interest in purchasing the series on DVD. Q: What are the lyrics to the theme song? A: (UNCLE ZACH: From now on, like your parents were, you are the secret force of Pole Position.) They're movin' real fast They're the only ones who can get there on time (TESS: Let's go, Dan!) (DAN: O-kay, sis!) And never too far behind They are always fighting crime (ROADIE: Step on it, Dan!) (DAN: Ready when you are, Roadie!) Round the turn they will face an adventure In the danger zone Pretty soon they'll be off on a mission Come and watch them go! (DAN: Hydrofoil mode, Roadie!) (ROADIE: Hydrofoil engaged, Dan.) Pole Position! What's behind their stunt show? (TESS: Wheels, hovercraft, quick!) (WHEELS: Anything you say, Tess.) Pole Position! What's behind their stunt show? (Kuma squeaks, Daisy giggles) Pole Position! Only their Uncle knows! Pole Position! Sit back and watch them go-ooo-oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Q: How do you know the episode titles? A: Episode titles for Pole Position were never given in the actual shows. During the initial CBS run they were revealed in a brief "coming up next" snippet immediately prior to each episode. Reruns on other networks omitted these, so they are hard to come by nowadays, though a couple of the commercial tapes give the title of the episode on them. Q: What kind of creature is Kuma, exactly? A: Writer Marc Scott Zicree says that the original concept was for an "intelligent raccoon", but Kuma has also exhibited characteristics of a cat, a monkey, a dog, and possibly a koala. The show never says specifically. Q: What happened to the kids' parents? A: The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons by Jeff Lenburg states that the Darrett parents "disappear in an unexplained explosion during a stunt race", and the show never elaborates. Uncle Zachary seems to believe they're dead, or at least never hints otherwise to the kids. Co-developer and writer Michael Reaves tells me that the original plan was for the kids to eventually come across clues about their spy parents. Unfortunately the series didn't last past the first season, and no specific planning was ever done for a second. The episodes were written as stand-alones, with no extended formats or "mythology", to allow them to be run in any order and still make sense. Given the show's nature for surprise twists ("Shadow of a Trout"), it wouldn't be too surprising to learn that the Darrett parents were still alive (possibly in an episode titled "Mr. and Mrs. Darrett"?) Q: Who is the older sibling, Dan or Tess? A: The show never specifically says, but Michael Reaves tells me that Dan is older. Q: Why do so many Pole Position pages, including the Internet Movie Database, list Helen Minniear in the role of "Teacher"? A: Not sure - Jeff Lenburg's Encyclopedia has it too, but there is no teacher character in any of the episodes, and the name Helen Minniear does not appear anywhere in the show's credits. In fact, Pole Position is the only credit the IMDB gives for her! Michael Reaves had no idea either. Maybe it's an error, possibly a credit from another show, that got entered by mistake on one site and has propogated across the Net ever since. Q: I heard this show was actually a dubbing of a Japanese cartoon that was renamed Pole Position for the U.S. distribution. Is this true? A: This is a persistent rumor, but it is not correct. Itseems to stem from the fact that the show's animation style has a Japanese appearance to it, and the inevitable comparisons to Speed Racer. Head writers Marc Scott Zicree and Michael Reaves, the latter of whom co-developed the series with Jean Chalopin have stated that, although the animation was done by a Japanese studio (hence the look and feel), the series itself was conceived and created in the good old U.S. of A.moreless
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    Rambo

    Rambo

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    (ended 1986)
    Rambo was based on the successful movie franchise of the same name starring Sylvester Stallone as freedom fighter John Rambo. The cartoon series debuted in April of 1986 as a five part mini series, and was renewed in September as a daily cartoon. Unfortunately the series only last one season and was cancelled in December of the same year. In the cartoon, Rambo was now part of a team called The Force of Freedom which went on missions around the world battling against the evil organization S.A.V.A.G.E., led by General Warhawk. Although the cartoon was filled with lots of fighting and gun fire, there was never any sensational violence, blood or gore, and rarely did anyone ever die. Rambo used violence as a last result and relyed on quick thinking and fast moves to outwit his opponents. The cartoon spawned a line of action figures and nearly half of the episodes were released on VHS. The series was reaired once in 2000 on the Sci Fi channel.moreless
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    The All-New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show

    The All-New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show

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    ABC (ended 1983)
    Scooby and Scrappy Doo solved mysteries with their best pals named Shaggy and Daphne.
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