The Animated Adventures of Flash Gordon

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The Animated Adventures of Flash Gordon

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This well-crafted cartoon series from 1970s animation powerhouse Filmation was a reworking of the original Flash Gordon serial. Art design and production design reflected the earlier era with a combination of Art Deco, Gothic Revival, Victorian and other styles. Like the earlier versions, the show was presented in a serial format, with each episode ending in a cliffhanger. The series began with Flash, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov already in flight to Mongo, skipping any scenes on Earth. On Mongo, Flash befriended virtually every race and gained allies in his fight against Ming the Merciless, hammering home a message to the young audience that they can achieve anything if they work together. The series was re-tooled for its second season (ostensibly for the usual "poor ratings" reason), dropping the serialized format for 12-minute short stories. A new addition for the second season was the pet dragon Gremlin, which bore a fairly close resemblance to the character, Godzooky, from competitor Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla animated series. Producer Lou Scheimer says that when the Samuel Peeple's pilot script proved too expensive for live action television, he sold the live action rights to Dino De Laurentiis, who promised Scheimer enough money to do the cartoon series. Scheimer also voiced the recap narration at the beginning of each "chapter." Most of the ships (except for Arborea's Leaf Fighters) were actual models painted black with white striping. After being shot on high-contrast film stock and processed, the colors were reversed to negative, leaving white ships with black lines. Coloring completed the footage. Because the ships are essentially 24 frame per second live action, their motion was smoother than if they had been animated. No directors were ever credited for individual episodes, although directors Hal Sutherland, Don Towsley and Lou Zukor have been listed as involved with this series.moreless
Diane Pershing

Diane Pershing

Dale Arden

Allan Melvin

Allan Melvin

Thun/Vultan

Melendy Britt

Melendy Britt

Princess Aura

Alan Oppenheimer

Alan Oppenheimer

Ming the Merciless/Dr. Hans Zarkov

Robert Ridgely

Robert Ridgely

Flash Gordon/Prince Barin

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  • Good old Sat mornings

    9.5
    I liked this verson of an adaptation of the Flash Gordon story line. Sure there is some repetition of scenes in the battles, and chases, but that was pretty regular for animated series of the time. It was a rarity of a series with a long continual story line, I am looking forward to the new TV series to be coming out. I hope they adopt the same serial story telling.moreless
  • Filmation takes a stab at Flash Gordon with predictable results.

    2.5
    The late 70s saw Filmation Studios producing cartoons with some of the greatest characters of the early cinema including Tarzan, Zorro, the Lone Ranger and Flash Gordon. For the most part, they were well received at the time but look cheap and stilted today.



    Typical of almost all Filmation work from that era, Flash Gordon features highly detailed backgrounds, good charater design and, special to this show, a really cool art deco style reminiscent of the 1930s. Stills of the show still look marvelous.



    Unfortunately, the show was severely hindered by the same problems that effected all Filmation works of that period. The re-use of animated cut scenes - often several times within the same episode, rotoscoped animation and poor voice acting. Beyond that, Flash Gordon also suffered from poor writing and never seemed to go anywhere.



    This show was a bust and was off the TV within a few months of its debut. It was not missed.moreless
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    July 18, 2006 DVD Releases

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