Merry Christmas Eve Everyone! Sending you ALL the rest of my silly Trek-Style Dad-Joke Elf on a Shelves for your Holidays, as well as all the ones posted already! (I can’t believe I’ve made 20 of these!) Love you All and Wishing you a very happy, blessed and safe Christmas and New Years! Please let me know which are your favorites! See you in January! Hugs, Stay safe! – Therese xo
Well, if Jim is having emotional support dogs, I say for Spock, turnabout is fair play! 😉
Not quite the sleepover Nurse Chapel was expecting!
Lately I’ve been reacquainting myself with the animated Star Trek series (TAS -1973-4). I remember being a 12-year old and excited that my favorite show was being brought back (at least in animation) and that maybe the Enterprise could finally finish its five year mission! For the most part, it was pretty good, I only wished I had a color TV to watch it on! Anyway, recently I’ve seen a few episodes on Netflix and it really seemed all new to me again, as I hadn’t since the early 70’s. I was taken by the lovely backgrounds and the simple, but accurate way the animation captured the faces and subtle nuances of the original actors. (Can a cartoon male be handsome? You bet!). But something that also stood out for me was how the series often mimicked the original (TOS) in angles and style; the creators at Filmation clearly did their homework as you’ll see in these examples. Lets’ start with some opening Enterprise shots. The makers of the series did a beautiful job recreating the ship. There’s much more detail in the orbital images than the character scenes, but it’s lovely. Rotoscoping anyone?
But wait, there’s more. There were several detail and character scenes that were clearly influenced by the original (if sometimes with subtlety):
In Once Upon a Planet, the Enterprise crew visits the amusement park planet again as they did in Shore Leave – so of course Alice and the White Rabbit are there, but then there’s a clear reference to Catspaw, when a giant cat menaces the crew from a doorway:
Another revisited character was Harry Mudd – this time in Mudd’s Passion, peddling love potion to Nurse Chapel in her eternal quest for Spock’s affections. Here, he offers her pills, just as he did to his ‘cargo’ in Mudd’s Women:
Well, this was a fun visit to the Saturday morning cartoons of my youth (modern kids don’t know what they were missing!) If anyone here knows of any more similarities between TAS and TOS, let me know! I’ll post them!
Next Time: The Backdrops of TAS.
I’ve been working on this for a few weeks now -finally done! I had to get it in before October was over! I’m thinking Autumn is the favorite season on the Enterprise! I also love Bill’s face here; the gift that keeps on giving! And if you’re wondering what song Spock is singing, see this video from Cabaret. — I must have been subconsciously thinking of it when I created this! Willkommen meine Damen und Herren!
Jumping ahead 20 episodes here; I had a great idea for a Trek poster when I woke up on Sunday, didn’t write it down, but fortunately remembered it later in the day! However, I’m afraid Spock’s Brain was such an awful episode that I couldn’t glorify it with a movie poster; but a Murdoch-style tabloid worked just fine! Couldn’t wait 20 posters to share it with you, enjoy! Be sure to click on it for full size so you can read all that’s fit to print! (and 2 points if you recognize the “after” in the lower right!)