Monday, July 11, 2016

It Should've Been on a Saturday: Space Strikers (1995)

In 1996, UPN went full-bore with a Sunday children's block (Saturdays in some markets), but before that, they had experimented with a CGI animated series that was the first produced for the network exclusively.

Space Strikers came from Haim Saban's production company. Wikipedia claims the show first aired in South Korea, where much of the animation was produced, in 1993, but, to tell you the truth, I hadn't heard of the show until today.

What it was, friends, was a loose adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, this time set in outer space. The classic tale had been done in animated form before, but never like this. David Coburn, fresh from Captain Planet, voiced the futuristic Capt. Nemo, who now had to deal with an old friend turned enemy, who called himself Captain Phantom.

I think you can tell this was developed with a toy line in mind that never came to fruition. We'll leave you with the open, as there's no rating.

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