The Animated Adventures of Flash Gordon

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NBC (ended 1980)

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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
  • THE SECOND SEASON OF CARNIVALE IS A FAVORITE THAT TOPS THIS WEEK FOR MOST, BUT WITH TONS OF FAMILY-FRIENDLY RELEASES OUT, WE'RE SURE EVERYONE WILL FIND A GOOD REASON TO GATHER AROUND THE TELEVISION. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, AMAZING STORIES, AND THE PRETENDER.

    July 18, 2006 DVD Releases

  • Alan Oppenheimer

    Alan Oppenheimer

    Ming the Merciless/Dr. Hans Zarkov

    Allan Melvin

    Allan Melvin

    Thun/Vultan

    Robert Ridgely

    Robert Ridgely

    Flash Gordon/Prince Barin

    Melendy Britt

    Melendy Britt

    Princess Aura

    Diane Pershing

    Diane Pershing

    Dale Arden

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