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|title=<center>Operation: Aliens</center>
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|title=<center>Marines</center>
 
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|imagecaption=1992 "Assault" poster advertising the series.
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|imagecaption=1992 "Assault" poster advertising the board game.
 
|status=<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''</span>
 
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'''''Marines'''''<ref>https://web.archive.org/web/20180404032524/https://www.ebay.com/itm/-/362286068516?roken=cUgayN&soutkn=QN2XXX</ref> was the title given to unused animation for a set of toy commercials for Kenner's ''Aliens'' toyline. Frames from the finished animation were uploaded on a long-defunct site devoted to Korean animation along with a poster with the caption ''Operation: Aliens'', leading to long running speculation that the animation was a scrapped pilot for an ''Aliens'' animated series.
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'''''Marines'''''<ref>https://web.archive.org/web/20180404032524/https://www.ebay.com/itm/-/362286068516?roken=cUgayN&soutkn=QN2XXX</ref> was the title given to unused animation for a set of toy commercials for Kenner's ''Aliens'' toyline.
  
In April 2018, animation professional Will Meugniot, who had directed and produced said animation, upload a storyboard for the second commercial on eBay and explained in the description that "Operation: Aliens" never existed and that the animation was produced for a set of toy commercial  in 1992. The animated footage ended up being unused after the producer of the live-action footage found a technique to better film the actual toys and decided to use that instead.
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Frames from the finished animation were uploaded on a long-defunct site devoted to Korean animation along with a promotional poster for the 1994 ''Operation: Aliens'' board game, leading to long-running speculation that the animation was a scrapped pilot for an ''Aliens'' animated series.
  
:''"In 1992, while producing Conan the Adventurer and X-Men for Graz Entertainment, Meugniot was asked to storyboard, produce and direct animated segments for three Aliens toy commercials, done in support of a new Aliens toyline. The trio of ads were all concerned with a team of space marines defending a space station from an Alien attack. The animation was done by Akom, using the same team that did the Conan titles. However, a new snorkel camera had come to the attention of the commercials' live action producer, allowing him to film the toys with unprecedented clarity, so he decided to use this footage instead of the completed animation in the final cut of the commercials. <br> The shown frame captures from finished animation have sparked an internet myth that there was an "Operation Aliens" animated pilot, which doesn't exist.
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==Reveal==
"''
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In April 2018, animation professional Will Meugniot, who had directed and produced said animation, put up a listing for a storyboard for the second commercial on eBay and explained in the description that ''Operation: Aliens'' never existed and that the animation was produced for a set of toy commercials in 1992. The animated footage ended up being unused after the producer of the live-action portion of the commercial found a technique to better film the actual toys and decided to use that instead.
:''-Will Meugniot, in the eBay product description for the storyboard<ref>https://web.archive.org/web/20180404032524/https://www.ebay.com/itm/-/362286068516?roken=cUgayN&soutkn=QN2XXX</ref> ''
 
 
==References==
 
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:''"In 1992, while producing Conan the Adventurer and X-Men for Graz Entertainment, Meugniot was asked to storyboard, produce and direct animated segments for three ''Aliens'' toy commercials, done in support of a new ''Aliens'' toyline. The trio of ads were all concerned with a team of space marines defending a space station from an Alien attack. The animation was done by Akom, using the same team that did the ''Conan'' titles. However, a new snorkel camera had come to the attention of the commercials live-action producer, allowing him to film the toys with unprecedented clarity, so he decided to use this footage instead of the completed animation in the final cut of the commercials. <br> The shown frame captures from finished animation have sparked an internet myth that there was an ''Operation Aliens'' animated pilot, which doesn't exist."''
  
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:''-Will Meugniot, in the eBay product description for the storyboard<ref>https://web.archive.org/web/20180404032524/https://www.ebay.com/itm/-/362286068516?roken=cUgayN&soutkn=QN2XXX</ref> ''
  
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
 
[[File:OP_ALIENS.jpg|thumb|600px|center|Montage of stills from the commercials.]]
 
[[File:OP_ALIENS.jpg|thumb|600px|center|Montage of stills from the commercials.]]
  
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==External Link==
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* [https://www.avpcentral.com/hicks-newt-alternate-fates Article on alternate fates for the ''Alien'' series, including a mention from the animated ad.] Retrieved 22 Aug '19
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==References==
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[[Category:Completely lost media]]

Latest revision as of 17:55, 8 January 2021

Opposter.jpg

1992 "Assault" poster advertising the board game.

Status: Lost

Marines[1] was the title given to unused animation for a set of toy commercials for Kenner's Aliens toyline.

Frames from the finished animation were uploaded on a long-defunct site devoted to Korean animation along with a promotional poster for the 1994 Operation: Aliens board game, leading to long-running speculation that the animation was a scrapped pilot for an Aliens animated series.

Reveal[edit | edit source]

In April 2018, animation professional Will Meugniot, who had directed and produced said animation, put up a listing for a storyboard for the second commercial on eBay and explained in the description that Operation: Aliens never existed and that the animation was produced for a set of toy commercials in 1992. The animated footage ended up being unused after the producer of the live-action portion of the commercial found a technique to better film the actual toys and decided to use that instead.

"In 1992, while producing Conan the Adventurer and X-Men for Graz Entertainment, Meugniot was asked to storyboard, produce and direct animated segments for three Aliens toy commercials, done in support of a new Aliens toyline. The trio of ads were all concerned with a team of space marines defending a space station from an Alien attack. The animation was done by Akom, using the same team that did the Conan titles. However, a new snorkel camera had come to the attention of the commercials live-action producer, allowing him to film the toys with unprecedented clarity, so he decided to use this footage instead of the completed animation in the final cut of the commercials.
The shown frame captures from finished animation have sparked an internet myth that there was an
Operation Aliens animated pilot, which doesn't exist."
-Will Meugniot, in the eBay product description for the storyboard[2]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Montage of stills from the commercials.

External Link[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]