ATTENTION FANS - Commercial DVD, VHS, Comic Book and other releases are now available all over the world. Check it out!
NOTE: Information on this web site treats BotP as a sepearate entity from Gatchaman or G-Force, put together from notes taken while watching the show, so all blame rests solely on me.
Email Me! Copyright Julieann Adolf 1997-2004 . This webpage was put together by a fan, and is not meant to infringe on any copyrights held by Sandy Frank Film Syndication Inc., Saban Entertainment, Hearst Entertainment, Turner Program Services or Tatsunoko Production Co., LTD.
There's a lot going on for this show that first aired in the U.S. in 1978. DVDs/Videos, comics, action figures, posters/fine art, soundtrack, t-shirts, to mention just a few. And then there are the rumors! Its been hard to keep track of it all! What is obvious, is that Sandy Frank has finally decided to do something with this old property, and he's making up for lost time. I'm not going to complain!
Well, the experiment with frames was costing this site in search rankings, so now it's gone. Hey, it gives me an excuse to work on an update, right? ;-) Tried for a nice medium between the old design, and the ease of navigation the frames provided.
Close your eyes and picture it now, the opening music beginning as we view a star field, a lilting orchestrated, highly energetic musical score, and a deep bass voice announcing: "Battle of the Planets! G-Force, 5 incredible young people with superpowers. And watching over them from Center Neptune, 7-Zark-7. Watching, warning against surprise attacks by alien galaxy from beyond space. G-Force, fearless young orphans, protecting Earth's entire galaxy, always by acting as one. Dedicated, inseparable, invincible!"
Any deep dark memories starting to surface? No? Perhaps you need more prodding to recall. Come, follow me....
The premise was simple: Aliens from another planet were attempting to conquer Earth and all that was standing between them and their goal was a group of dedicated young people. A generic plot-line, you say to yourself. So what, you ask. Ah, but not so simple, not so generic!
The series took place sometime in the future, where space travel was possible and humankind had colonized other worlds. G-Force was a team that comprised of 5 teenagers with cerabonically enhanced powers, who had been trained for their job almost from birth. They were not the perfect team. They had their fights and disagreements, but when it came down to the wire, they were unbeatable. They were sworn to protect the Earth, as well as other planets in the Intergalactic Federation of Planets, from any invader that might do it harm.
Their foe in most episodes was the planet Spectra, a dying planet that had used up all of it's natural resources, and wanted Earth to revitalize itself. It was ruled by The Great Spirit and his chosen leader, Zoltar, who sent many mecha in many forms to Earth and to the friendly planets of the Federation in their endeavor to conquer it. To aid them in their fight against the aliens, the G-Force team had at their disposal incredible technology and weapons, the most obvious of which was being able to 'transmute' into their Birdstyles from ordinary clothing. The spaceship Phoenix was also able to 'transmute', transforming into a 'Fiery Phoenix' in times of emergency. They were directed and advised on their missions by Security Chief Anderson, who put the team together.
It was a show unlike any of the usual animated fare that was being shown on TV at the time. The stories were exciting, the voice acting wonderful and full of emotion, and war had consequences, proved by the fact that one of the main characters father died in the course of the series. For those of us who were captivated by the show as children, it's hold on us has been tenacious, refusing to drift back into the haunting happy memories of our early days. Instead, it continues to occupy our thoughts and imaginations, it's staying power proven by the fandom surrounding it 18 years later.
Battle of the Planets was a translation of a series that ran in Japan in the 1970's called Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, which ran for a grand total of 205 episodes. The original series was revolutionary in it's day, starting a whole new genre for 'team' shows. Battle of the Planet was created using 85 episodes of the first Gatchaman series, which ran for 105 episodes. Animation of 7-Zark-7, the Ready-Room, and several space and planet shots were added to BotP by an American animation studio.
The original Gatchaman story took place completely on Earth (except for a couple forays to the Moon and Mars) and was more violent than the sanitized version shown in the U.S. For a description of the original series, see the links page. All the links are wonderful, and I have visited each several times (I'm a hopeless fan of every Gatch related series, if you haven't figured that out yet). Other versions of Gatchaman that have been seen in the U.S. are G-Force and Eagle Riders.
I hope you have enjoyed this little journey, and please, don't be alarmed if you find yourself never the same again. This is perfectly normal. Revel in it, enjoy it! You have now joined the ranks of many before you. I now leave you to return to the so-called reality of the world that surrounds you with these words: "Tune in again, for excitement, action and outer space adventure with G-Force. Mark, Princess, Tiny, Keyop, Jason, and 7-Zark-7, the fantastic guardian robot of Center Neptune. Protecting the galaxy from alien invaders of other worlds, facing untold dangers every moment of their lives! Battle of the Planets!" (from a blurb just before the ending credits)
Don't be a stranger!
Copyright Julieann Adolf 1997-2004
Special thanks to Carolyn for help with some of the pictures shown on this page. Also special thanks to G-6 and Jason (Airplaneairplane!).This web page was put together by a fan, and is not meant to infringe on any copyrights held by Sandy Frank Film Syndication Inc., Saban Entertainment, Hearst Entertainment, Turner Program Services or Tatsunoko Production Co., LTD.