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Star Trek - The Animated Series, Vol. 10: The Pirates of Orion/ The Practical Joker [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols
  • Writers: Gene Roddenberry
  • Format: Animated, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: July 20, 1994
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630132031X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Even though this series is animated, the stories are just as thoughtful and entertaining as the original TV series. It is actually able to pull-off some of the special effects and tell some of the stories that would have otherwise been impossible with 70's movie technology. Every true Trek fan should include the Animated Series in their collection.
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It's really too band that the animated Star Trek from 1973 and '74 is so criminally overlooked. Probably because it was slated on the Saturday morning cartoon lineup, many adult fans of Star Trek probably dismissed it thinking it would be for kids, while the subject matter was likely a bit over the heads of the kids. If this was aired during prime time, the story might have been a bit different. Regardless, while I wasn't around to see the originally run of the animated series in '73-'74 (I was only one year old when it was first aired in the fall of '73), I did catch it as reruns, during Saturday morning cartoons in the early '80s, and then again on Nickelodeon at the end of the '80s/beginning of the '90s. I loved how the series ended with Hal Sutherland's signature and Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott's name rotating in a circle (which was normal to see on any Filmation production of the time). Then I never saw the animated Star Trek again, until I got them on VHS. And the great thing about owning these series on VHS is the pleasure of seeing them without commercials!

These animated series was produced by Filmation, the same animation company that gave us Fat Albert, the Archies, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Ghostbusters (not to be confused with the cartoon adaptation of the 1984 movie by the same name entitled the Real Ghostbusters), and even non-animateds like Ark II.

This set includes The Pirates of Orion with The Practical Joker, which consists of two episodes from the final season, from the fall of 1974. It's a bit strange that Orion, in this case would be pronounced "or-ee-on", instead of "or-eye-on", make me wonder why it wasn't called "The Pirates of Oreon".
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Two excellent pieces of Star Trek lore, lost in the "official" history of Star Trek.
Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the entire classic cast live on in these episodes. I wasn't even around when these episodes were produced for NBC in 1973-1974, but managed to catch the series in reruns. Some of these stories were so good, they could have been produced as live action episodes. But unfortunately, they suffered from the fact that they were meant to be kiddie fare. I recommend purchasing these eleven volumes for your Star Trek collection.
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THIS EPISODE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PRAISED ONE FOR FANS AND ONE CAN SEE WHY. IT IS TREK IN MOTION, IN PLACE AND INVOLVED. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF STORIES THAT MAKES TREK SUPERIOR, NOT THE COUNTLESS AND OFTENTIMES LAME STORIES ABOUT ANOMOLIES, NEBULAS AND IRREGULARITIES. THINGS THAT MADE VOYAGER STAGNANT, DULL AND PREVENTED GOOD STORY TELLING. WHEN WILL TREK RETURN TO WHERE IT SHOULD BE??????????????????
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