Saturday, January 12, 2008

Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Fantastic Voyage (1968)

Here's a little gem I just barely remember watching. The delightfully hammy and ham-fisted opening jogged a lot of memories. This was a late morning entry when channels were starting to shift to live action programing. Loosely based on the 1966 movie, this cartoon featured the Combined Miniature Detection Force (CMDF), who, after being shrunk to microscopic size, were sent on missions to stop mysterious threats to freedom. That's right, freedom! The Team consisted on Commander Jonathan Kidd, Physician Erica Lane, Guru, a mystic, and Busby Birdwell, the pilot and designer of their ship, the Voyager. The ship is very similar to the one in the film, but all the characters are different. Ted Knight (News Anchor Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show) provided many of the voices.

Here's the opening...

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1 comment:

Pete Best said...

I was obsessed with Fantastic Voyage as a kid, but I forgot that this show existed. I was only 2 in '66, so maybe it is just a subconscious memory. I must have been watching it though, because in those days you couldn't watch a movie over and over again.

My mom had this triangular pendant with a jewel on top and it very vaguely resembled the Voyager. But I played with this pendant so much, imagining microscopic adventures that she eventually just gave it to me to play with permanently. Of course, I lost interest in soon after. Sorry, Ma!