Saturday, April 26, 2014

Geek TV: Cadillacs and Dinosaurs!

cadillacs and dinos
Concept: Based on the comic book Xenozoic Tales by Mark Schultz, this animated series takes place in a future where dinosaurs exist again, while humanity tries to rebuild.

Total Episodes: 13

Original Air Dates: September 18, 1993 – January 28, 1994

Original Network: CBS

Characters:

Jack Tenrec (voice of David Keeley): A garage mechanic who is a member of the ecological freedom fighters known as the Mechanics. He has a passion for restoring old cars, mainly Cadillacs.

Hannah Dundee (voice of Susan Roman): A foreign ambassador from Wassoon, and Jack's love interest.

Mustapha Cairo (voice of Bruce Tubbe): Jack's companion who often helps Jack out.

Kirgo (voice of David Fox): A ferryman associated with the City in the Sea.

Hermes: An allosaurus raised by Jack. Gentle with Jack and Hannah, he can be fierce.

Council of Governors – Wilhemina Scharnhorst (voice of Dawn Greenhalgh), Dahlgren (voice of Kristina Nicoll), and Toulouse (voice of Philip Williams): The council that rules the City in the Sea. Scharhorst is corrupt and power hungry, and has hired Hammer Terhune and his gang to do her dirty work and deal with Jack. Dahgren is the voice of reason. Toulouse is the public relations man.

Noc (Voice of Don Dickinson): Captain of the Guards, dislikes Jack.

Dr. Fessenden (John Stocker): Mad scientist who invents technology for Scharnhorst to use.

Hammer Terhune (voice of Ted Dillon): Burly poacher and leader of a gang that mostly is comprised of his younger brothers.

Geek Pedigree:

Steven E. de Souza, who developed the series for TV, was previously a writer of three episodes each of Gemini Man and The Six Million Dollar Man, two episodes of The Bionic Woman, 22 episodes of The Powers of Matthew Star, the movie The Return of Captain Invincible, an episode of V, the TV movie of The Spirit, the movie the Running Man, seven episodes of Supercarrier, and an episode of Tales of the Crypt. He later wrote the movies The Flintstones, Street Fighter, and Judge Dredd (1995).

Marv Wolfman, who wrote one episode of the show, is best known for his comic book writing, which included many Marvel comics such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and creating Nova, as well as creating Night Force and The New Teen Titans at DC, and writing Crisis on Infinite Earths. Among his TV credits are writing episodes of Superman (1988), G.I. Joe, Batman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man (1995), Godzilla: The Series, Teen Titans, and Blade.

Colin O'Meara voiced Wrench Terhune, and previously voiced Tintin in the English version of The Adventures of Tintin. He also voiced Andrew in nine episodes of Sailor Moon. Susan Roman voiced Lt. Kelsey Carver in Starcom: The U.S. Space Force, Officer Anne Lewis in RoboCop (animated), and provided additional voices for Captain N & The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. She was the voice of Snowy in The Adventures of Tintin, and later voiced Callisto and the Scarlet Witch in the 1993-1996 X-Men, Virgo, Vertigo and others in Avengers: United They Stand, Lita/Sailor Jupiter in Sailor Moon, and provided voices for Beyblade.

Tedd Dillion voiced Overmind in Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future and Commandant Lassard on Police Academy: The Series. Don Francks, who voiced Girth and Hobbs, had guested in single episodes of The Wild Wild West and The Man From UNCLE, as well as two episodes of Mission: Impossible. He also provided the voice of Boba Fett for The Star Wars Holiday Special, did a few voices for Heavy Metal and Rock and Rule, voiced Dr. Claw and others in Inspector Gadget, a few Ewoks in Ewoks, Jann Tosh and Boba Fett in Droids, Adm. Franklin Brinkley in Starcom: The U.S. Space Force, Lacchi in Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, voices for A.L.F. (1987-1989), Police Academy: The Series, and The Legend of Zelda, Dr. Arcane in Swamp Thing (1991), and later voiced Sabretooth for X-Men (1992-1996). After voicing Mikla on this show, Lenore Zahn would later voice Rogue on X-Men (1992-1997), Tigra in Avengers: United They Stand, and other voice parts.

David Fox was another The Adventures of Tintin alumni, voicing Captain Haddock on the English version, and he later voiced the Sentinels in X-Men (1992-1995).

Geek Guests: None.

DVD Release: None, although the series can be downloaded through Amazon.

Website: None that I could find.

Notes: I was a fan of the original comics, which featured great art, but only got to see one episode of the animated adaptation. I enjoyed it, but wasn't able to watch it regularly.

1 comment:

  1. While there's no DVD/BluRay available, there are several VHS cassettes if you look on Amazon and eBay...

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