|"Many centuries ago, three carefully-selected young Earthlings were transported from their native lands to my faraway world. Here they were granted astounding powers, and eternal youth,|
|then returned to Earth, their mission to watch over the human race, helping the good in it to survive and flourish. In the course of history, their names have become legend:|
|Hercules, empowered with the strength of a hundred men;|
|Astrea, able to assume any living form;|
|Mercury, the amazing athlete who can match the speed of light.|
|Working together with me, Sentinel One,|
|and my maintenance robot, Mo,|
|these teenage guardians form the greatest team the world has ever known: the Space Sentinels."|
So ran the introduction to The Space
Sentinels. This animated series of thirteen 20-minute episodes was
released in 1977 by Filmation Associates, perhaps better remembered for
such classics of animation as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
and Star Trek - The Animated Series.
A short while later it arrived
in the UK, only to pale into woeful insignificance alongside the roughly
coterminous Battle of the Planets.
The animation is of typical Filmation quality, including their usual extensive re-use of footage. Many shots are limited to a sliding cel layer, flashing lights, or a single voice-synced element. However what animation there is, is adequately executed, and if nothing else the cloud backgrounds are impressive.
Between presumably entertaining scenes of the heroes' everyday lives (which they curiously spend in costume, in their spaceship base), wherein they nurse injured birds, argue over dietary requirements, and that sort of thing, the stories pit the Sentinels against a wide variety of adversaries; intelligent robots gone AWOL, time-travelling ne'er-do-wells, ancient Egyptian deities, super-powered bad guys, wildly-reproducting alien vegetables, etcetera. A few stories explore the Sentinels' origins, such as that of Morpheus, a would-be Sentinel turned megalomaniac.
and story editors
ALBERTO DE MELLO
director of color
asst. anim. supervision
DAVID J. LINK
background music by
SHERMLEY MUSIC CO. A.S.C.A.P.
music and sound effects by
GEORGE DI CENZO
© COPYRIGHT 1977 FILMATION ASSOCIATES
Last Updated 7th September 1999.
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