Saturday, March 21, 2015

Celebrity Toons: More Tribbles, More Troubles (Star Trek, 1973)

Star Trek's most popular animated episode, some might guess, is a sequel to a well beloved episode of the live-action series.

Unfortunately, episodes are no longer available in full form. Here, then, is the trailer for "More Tribbles, More Troubles":



Out of Filmation's freshman class of 1973, Star Trek, unsurprisingly, was the most successful, but it wasn't the only adaptation of a TV series the studio produced that year. It just happened that Lassie's Rescue Rangers (ABC) & My Favorite Martians (CBS) flopped, and I think it might be because either one or both were slotted opposite Trek if my memory serves me correctly.

Rating: A.

19 comments:

hobbyfan said...

So you worked for Filmation back then. I do recall that Trek was the first Filmation series NBC bought. They didn't acquire too many others. In fact, they're easily listed, and have already been covered:

Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty (1975)
Space/Young Sentinels and the Archie/Sabrina Hour (1977)
Fabulous Funnies (1978)
Flash Gordon (1979)
Batman & the Super 7 (repeats from CBS)(1980)
Sport Billy (1980)
Kid Super Power Hour w/Shazam! (1981).

Where I live, the ABC & CBS Sunday blocks were dropped by their affiliates due to lack of interest and a preference for local or syndicated programming. Too bad NBC didn't try the same strategy, but then, the same thing would've hit them, too.

Maybe you can solve this lingering mystery, Austin. On Brady Kids, when they did crossovers with Superman and Lone Ranger, who did the voices? I know Jane Webb did Wonder Woman in the 1st season.

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phairhead said...

Star Trek: The Animated Series is FABULOUS. My personal favorite is Yesteryear.

"No, I-Chaya!" Fantastic :D

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hobbyfan said...

Bud Collyer had passed away 3 years before Brady Kids launched, so he couldn't have done that gig. Supposedly, Len Weinrib had done a mimic of Collyer for a Sesame Street segment during that series' 1st season, also 1969.

Now, we're getting away from the subject at hand......

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magicdog said...

Lane definitely wasn't the voice of Superman in Brady Kids. He was voicing Greg Brady after Barry Williams bowed out. I'm not sure who voiced Supes in that ep if Bud Collier was dead by the time the episode was produced - a quick search online didn't turn up anything either.

I never knew this episode was meant to have been an episode for the live action ST! The show overall was quite good for the times (having DC Fontana aboard was also a plus) and it was great to see aliens that would have been impossible to bring onscreen in TOS.

Ditto on the love for the episode, "Yesteryear". I still get a lump in my throat when Young Spock has to make the painful decision to put I-Chaya down. Heaven knows all pet owners have been in that position at one time or other.

hobbyfan said...

IIRC, Lane Scheimer may have been doing some of the supporting characters during season 1 before being asked to take over as Greg in season 2. Since the Superman x-over has never appeared on YouTube, and I've never seen it, I still don't know.

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hobbyfan said...

Prescott & Lou Scheimer did a lot of uncredited work, at least until Scheimer began using stage names such as Erik Gunden (He-Man & the Masters of the Universe).

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hobbyfan said...

Keith Sutherland. Hal's kid, perchance?

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hobbyfan said...

So Rye, who was the Ranger in the 1966 series, reprised. Nice.

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hobbyfan said...

As it turned out, it wasn't Michael Rye as the Ranger. It was John Erwin, using the same voice inflection he'd used a year earlier as Dick Tracy (Archie's TV Funnies).