Sunday, February 13, 2011

Literary Toons: Fantastic Voyage (1968)

A year after their adaptation of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth was sold to ABC, Filmation struck again, this time with an adventure series loosely based---we think---on Isaac Asimov's Fantastic Voyage.

This time, the CMDF (Combined Minature Defense Force) is battling spies and common crooks instead of viruses and antibodies, as in the movie. As was the case with Journey, only one season's worth of episodes was produced for Voyage, which hung around until the spring of 1970 before being cancelled. 20th Century Fox, by virtue of having made the movie, also holds the rights to Voyage, which hasn't been seen since a brief cable run on the then-Sci Fi Channel (now SyFy) in the late 90's.

Ever-busy Ted Knight not only was the show's announcer, but also the voice of Commander Jonathan Kidd, the CMDF's leader. Hewey1972 uploaded the open, which includes a rare bumper before the opening credits roll.........

Rating: A.

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