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|Space Angel Collection 1 |
Full Col Dol
Actors: Ned Lefebver, Margaret Kerry, Hal Smith
Director: Dick Brown
Genres: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Animation
Scott McCloud is the Space Angel, a secret agent for EBI (Earth Bureau of Investigation), who together with his friends, Taurus, Crystal, and Professor Mace, travel far and wide from their base on the space station Evening... more »
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"Space Angel (1962) ... Dick Brown ... VCI Ent. (2008)"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 07/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"VCI Entertainment presents "SPACE ANGEL COLLECTION #1" (1962) (225 mins/Color) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- The '60s animated series comes to DVD with Space Angel - Collection 1, from VCI Entertainment --- This DVD has 9 complete episodes, each running 25 minutes and presented in 5 segments. Also included is "An Interview with 'Tinker Bell' ": an exclusive one on one interview with actress Margaret Kerry, the voice actress for Space Angel and Clutch Cargo, and also the original ,alter ego actor and reference model for the famous pixie from Walt Disney's Peter Pan.
Space Angel was an animated science fiction television series produced from early 1962 through 1964 --- It used the same Synchro-Vox (live action moving lips over the mouths of the animated characters lips) technique as Clutch Cargo, the first cartoon produced by the same studio, Cambria Productions --- The science fiction stories were serialized with five episodes comprising each adventure --- Voices included Ned Lefebver as Scott McCloud, with Margaret Kerry and Hal Smith providing other incidental voices.
Under the production staff of:
Dick Brown - Director/Producer
Edwin Gillett - Director of Cinematography
Clark Haas - Art Director
Wes Depue - Associate Director
Hal Dennis - Film Editor
Cliff Selkirk - Camera Operation
Vic Fisher - Camera Operation
Roy Donava - Special Effects
HI Mankin - Art
Douglas Wildey - Art
Al Toth - Art
Ray Vinella - Art
Charles Christanson - Art
Jim Mabry - Art
Sal Trapani - Art
Cecil Beard - Story
Dave Detiege - Story
Warrn Tuffs - Story
Hal Smith - Voices
Ned Lefebyer - Voices
Margaret Kerry - Voices
Oat Jearub - Voices
SPACE ANGEL EPISODES:
1.Incident of the Loud Planet
2.Expedition to a New Moon
3.The Slave World
5.Visitors from Outer Space
8.The Donovan Plan
9.They Went That A'Way
SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES:
1. Episode Selection
2. Phone interview with Margaret "Tinker Bell" Kerry
Hats off and thanks to Robert Blair and his staff at VCI Entertainment --- VCI was named in Variety and Hollywood Reporter as the first company to produce and release motion pictures directly to the home marketplace --- order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch releases --- VCI are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector -- looking forward to more Nostalgic Collections --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 225 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment 8533 ~ (7/29/2008)"
Another fun bit of nostalgia from the days of primitive anim
Keith D. Fotheringham | Ballston Spa, NY United States | 06/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just got done reviewing the 'maybe it'll be released' DVD of Marvel Superheroes '66 Collection. Disney has the rights to that collection and it seems that it's release has been delayed. We'll hope and pray it sees the light of day.
It made me think immediately of this cartoon, though, because I used to watch Space Angel and Marvel Superheroes (and Gumby as well I think) on early Sunday mornings in the Albany, NY area (can't remember which television station) back in the mists of time. I was young and it was probably the early 70s, a few years after it's original release. I was too young when it first aired, being born in 1964.
Even as I was watching it as a kid I realised that it was cheap animation. I was already watching Walt Disney and Fleischer Popeyes, so I could tell this wasn't as good, but I loved it anyway. Partially due to the fact that there were hardly any cartoons on Sunday mornings! But also because the Space theme was cool.
Thanks to VCI (no, I don't work for them) for being the company to finally release this. I would have preferred a full season set (not sure if there was more than one season), but this will do the trick in the absence of any other release.
I know that this will sell if VCI can just get the word out to adults of my generation, so best of luck to them.
Ah - A trip down memory lane - and really not bad, even toda
Cartoon lover | Mid west | 09/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Space Angel was one of those early sixties cartoon that came out early in the space race. As noted by others, the Space Angel was done by the same folks who did Clutch Cargo, which became a bit of cult favorite because the voice sync was done by superimposing actors' moving lips on still drawings. In effect, what you have is someone animating a comic book - good to excelent art work, but very limited animation. But, it is this wonderful art work that redeems Space Angel - notably that by Alex Toth, who helped on Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, and a host of others. And really, the plots are not too bad - and the science is reasonably accurate - yeah, it gets strained at times - but really the basics are there.
So, an enjoyable trip down memory lane - the prints and sound tracks are in excellent shape! Well worth its modest price!"
Stand By for Adventure
Gord Wilson | Bellingham, WA USA | 11/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Animation is expensive to make, which is why so many full-animation cartoons today are made in Korea and other places overseas. In its beginnings on TV in the late '50s, animators also had to contend with paltry budgets for an entire series, as opposed to the lavish capital for theatrical cartoons. It was widely believed that no one could make a half hour cartoon for TV. Hanna-Barbera did, beginning with The Ruff and Reddy Show, and the rest is animation history.
But it meant cutting corners, what H-B called "limited animation". In H-B and Filmation shows, it meant characters running past the same house and barber pole over and over again, and that animated heads were filmed on mostly non-moving bodies. Jay Ward, for Crusader Rabbit, made different choices, relying on a narrator to tell the story and minimize characters talking. Both Crusader and Sondac's Space Marine, Colonel Bleep, were "cliff-hanger" cartoons, broken into short segments that could be shown by a live TV host, like Captain Kangaroo or J.P. Patches, interspersed throughout a live action kids' show.
To kids of the era, this seemed like a great mix, and Nick brought it back for a short-lived, but popular show called Wienerville. The best known cliff-hanger cartoon is also one of the most loved: Jay Ward's Rocky and Bullwinkle show. The advantages are obvious. Retelling "our story so far" enabled animators to reuse the same animation from the last segment. The narrator's witty and dramatic recap of "when we last left Moose and Squirrel" showed that you didn't really need to animate much if you had a winning combination of great character design and scripts that played like radio.
Cambria Productions, known for very limited animation cartoons, released a cliff-hanger series in 1959 called Clutch Cargo, drawn sort of from Terry and the Pirates in the Sunday comics, and using a bizarre technique called Synchro-vox, in which human lips were superimposed over characters heads, and which had been seen in '50s shorts in which zoo animals talked.
Space Angel, which aired from 1962- 1964, took the process further. It was in color, each 25 minute story split into five cliff-hanger segments (which made for convenient commercial breaks). Cambria minimized the synchro-vox scenes by having characters' mouths mostly covered by microphones. The design, by illustrator Alex Toth, used a lot of black, and resembles a graphic novel. The animators made the same choices as early anime like Speed Racer: animate the important parts. Thus, in Space Angel, lamps blink on control panels, a rocket fires on a space ship, and the art keeps you watching.
Space Angel inherited a space opera tradition in full swing, with Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, Flash Gordon, and numerous other live action serials, themselves the offspring of space-themed radio shows. The challenge was to do it in animation. Space Angel influenced numerous later programs, including Jonny Quest, as well as live action shows like Star Trek. Taurus is a Scottish powerplant technician aboard the Star Duster. Was Scotty's role meant as a later tribute? Because Space Angel is the secret identity of pilot Scott McCloud, and works for the Earth Bureau of Investigation, there's also a gumshoe/ gangbusters angle that could generate countless dramatic plots.
Space Angel may not appeal to viewers of tech 'toons like Star Wars: The Clone Wars (or it may), but this 9 show collection will be welcomed by animation fans and historians, as well as anyone who remembers it. VCI Entertainment is finally filling the void left for so many years, and catering to the classic TV and family audience which has been so long ignored by major studios. VCI is bringing back affordable collections of great shows, like the eagerly awaited Space Angel, to viewers who remember how ground-breaking it once was, and are primed once again to stand by for adventure."