Battle of the Planets: The New Exploits of G-Force (lost Gatchaman pilot dub; 2003)


Battle of the Planets: The New Exploits of G-Force
A screenshot of The Sea Dragon.
A screenshot of The Sea Dragon.
Status Lost

Battle of the Planets: The New Exploits of G-Force (also known as Battle of the Planets: The New Adventures of G-Force) was a planned third English adaptation of Tatsunoko's 105-episode Science Ninja Team Gatchaman anime television series, by Sandy Frank Entertainment. In 2003, the company announced their intention to produce a new English-language version of the series that would mix elements of Battle of the Planets and G-Force: Guardians of Space, the two prior adaptations, to target a new generation of fans, for broadcast in 2004. [1] Thanks to broadcaster disinterest due to the age of the footage, the project ultimately went unreleased, with ADV Films licensing Gatchaman for a faithful uncut English dub in May 2004.[2][3]

Battle of the Planets: The New Exploits of G-Force was set to be a 52 episode series encompassing content from the first 85 episodes of Gatchaman, the 20 previously unlocalized ones, and new CG animation produced by JulesWorld (including 7-Zark-7).[1][4][5] The series would have been recorded at Ocean Studios in Vancouver, Canada and would've featured a new score and script to help modernize the show and create a tone in-between the two prior adaptations.[1][6]

The twenty-second episode of Gatchaman was adapted into a pilot called "The Sea Dragon." It received two forms: one that focused on adventure and action and another that focused on comedy. At the time, this rendition of the show was sold as Battle of the Planets: The New Adventures of G-Force.[1] It featured the voice work of Scott Campbell, Michael Dobson, Richard Newman, Nicole Oliver, French Tickner and Sam Vincent.[7]

Other than the pilot's title card, which was shared in G-Force: Animated The Official Battle of the Planets Guidebook and some brief clips of the new animation produced by Julesworld, no footage of this pilot has ever surfaced.

Surfaced Content

7-Zark-7 test animation by JulesWorld
Phoenix jet test animation by JulesWorld
Test animation by JulesWorld

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 G-Force: Animated The Official Battle of the Planets Guidebook - Page 96
  2. http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/forums/showpost.php?p=113606&postcount=6
  3. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/convention/2004/anime-central/3
  4. https://www.facebook.com/Battle-of-the-Planets-11282816228/photos/?tab=album&album_id=11283211228
  5. http://web.archive.org/web/20030224054636/http://www.figures.com/databases/action.cgi?setup_file=fignews2.setup&category=actionfigures&topic=41&show_article=181
  6. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2003-02-04/battle-of-the-planets-new-series-details
  7. http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/forums/showpost.php?p=113872&postcount=12

See Also

  • The Gutman - An early English dub of Gatchaman believed to have been produced by Tatsunoko in the 1970s/80s.
  • G-Force: Guardians of Space - A 1985 English pilot dub of the series produced by Media360 Group of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This version of the show was ultimately turned down for the Fred Ladd/Sparklin' Entertainment production of the same name.

External Links

  • Battle of the Planets on Wikipedia - the first English Gatchaman adaptation produced by Sandy Frank Entertainment.
  • G-Force: Guardians of Space on Wikipedia - the second adaptation of the series produced for Sandy Frank Entertainment by Fred Ladd/Sparklin' Entertainment.

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