Sci-Fi Cartoon Classics, Volume 1: The Adventures of Scott McCloud
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- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: February 24, 2015
- Originally Released: 1962
- Label: Alpha Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Ned Lefebver, Margaret Kerry & Hal Smith|
|Directed by||Alex Toth|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Space Angel was the second series produced by the short-lived Cambria Productions, who had previously made the Syncro-Vox animation method famous with Clutch Cargo (1959-1960). Like Clutch, the series used the cost-cutting technique of filming voice actors as they delivered dialog, and then superimposing their lips over still drawings of the characters' faces. Ned Lefebver was the voice of Scott McCloud, while Margaret Kerry (the model for Tinker Bell in Peter Pan) played Crystal. Hal Smith, best remembered as Otis on The Andy Griffith Show voiced Taurus, the Scottish engineer, a precursor to Star Trek's Scotty.
Animation and comics legend Alex Toth (1928-2006) created the majority of the artwork as large storyboards, to which the limited Syncro-Vox technique was then added. Beginning his career as teenager in the 1940s drawing "The Flash" and "Green Lantern" for DC Comics, Space Angel was Toth's breakthrough in the animation industry. He would subsequently become chief character designer on such staples of Saturday morning TV as Space Ghost (1966-1968), Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, The Herculoids (both 1967-1969) and Super Friends (1973-1985). His influence is still seen today in series like Batman: The Animated Series and The Venture Brothers. Space Angel used the same eerie stock music score composed by William Loose and Fred Steiner that was featured in films such as Teenagers from Outer Space, The Killer Shrews (both 1959), and, most famously, Night of the Living Dead (1968).
EXPEDITION TO A NEW MOON: The Starduster crew are sent to explore a newly discovered moon, but its perilous environment may make it their last mission.
SPACE HIJACKERS: Zora, the evil Queen of Outer Space, steals an experimental solar mirror to use as a weapon.
INCIDENT OF THE LOUD PLANET: A young boy implores the Space Angel to help him find his missing scientist father.
THE GLADIATORS: McCloud and Taurus are forced into gladiatorial combat by the rulers of an alien world.