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Space Sentinels
"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.

Series Credits

executive producers
NORM PRESCOTT
LOU SCHEIMER

produced by
DON CHRISTENSEN

associate producers
and story editors
LEN JANSON
CHUCK MENVILLE

supervising director
HAL SUTHERLAND

animation directors
DON TOWSLEY
RUDY LARRIVA
MARSH LAMORE
GWEN WETZLER
LOU ZUKOR

production manager
JOSEPH SIMON

art directors
HERB HAZELTON
JIM FLETCHER
ALBERTO DE MELLO

key assistant
MIKE HAZY

layout
KURT CONNOR
FRANK GONZALES
GEORGE GOODE
CLARK HAAS
DICK HALL
ED HANEY
WES HERSCHENSOHN
DAVE HOOVER
RICH HOOVER
LES KALUZA
LONNIE LLOYD
CAROL LUNDBERG
GREG NOCON
JOHN PERRY
VIRGIL RADDATZ
JOE ROMAN
LEO SWENSON
CLIFF VOORHEES
DAVID WEST
JIM WILLOUGHBY

storyboard director
BOB KLINE

storyboard
JOHN DORMAN
PAUL FENNELL
GARY GOLDSTEIN
HAL MASON
MARIO PILUSO

director of color
ERVIN KAPLAN

background artists
TOM O'LAUGHLIN
DON WATSON
CURTISS PERKINS
ROLLY OLIVA
DON SCHWEIKERT
BARBARA BENEDETTO
DON PETERS
PAT KEPPLER
SHEILA BROWN
DOUGLAS STEVENSON
GARY SELVAGGIO

animators
TOM BARON
CARL BELL
BECKY BRISTOW
JIM BRUMMETT
EMIL CARLE
ZION DAVUSH
OTTO FEUER
ED FRIEDMAN
JOHN GARLING
GEORGE JORGENSEN
LOU KACHIVAS
WALT KUBIAK
LAWRENCE MILLER
JOE MORRISON
FRED MYERS
EMORY MYRICK
BILL NUNES
CASEY ONAITIS
JACK OZARK
TONY PABIAN
KAREN PETERSON
BILL PRATT
BILL REED
LEN ROGERS
DON RUCH
DON SCHLOAT
BEN SHENKMAN
LARRY SILVERMAN
HANK SMITH
BOB TYLER
DARDO VELEZ
GEORGE WAISS
RON WESTLUND

asst. anim. supervision
LEW IRWIN

checking supervison
MARION TURK

xerography supervision
JOHN REMMEL

paint supervision
BETTY BROOKS

camera supervision
R.W. POPE

camera
F.T. ZIEGLER
DEAN TEVES
DON DINEHART
DAVID J. LINK
JOHN AARDAL
DAN LARSEN

color by
TECHNICOLOR

film editing
JIM BLODGETT

film coordinator
JUNE GILHAM

background music by
YVETTE BLAIS
JEFF MICHAEL

music publisher
SHERMLEY MUSIC CO. A.S.C.A.P.

music and sound effects by
HORTA-MAHANA CORP.

voices
GEORGE DI CENZO
EVAN KIM
DEE TIMBERLAKE

© COPYRIGHT 1977 FILMATION ASSOCIATES

A Filmation Production






Last Updated 7th September 1999.

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