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Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (1982)

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Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All began life in 1979 as an animated cartoon feature, titled simply Flash Gordon . The film was an attempt by the TV-cartoon factory Filmation to break into Disneylike theatrical respectability. Stories vary as to what happened next: Either Dino De Laurentiis, then producing a live-action Flash Gordon film, moved to legally block Filmation from releasing its picture, or De Laurentiis was so impressed by the animated project that he poured money into it himself and agreed to release it after his own film had made the rounds. Whatever the case, Filmation's Flash Gordon was subsequently cut up into five half-hour episodes and integrated into the studio's Saturday morning cartoon series, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon. The plotline partially adheres to the original continuity of Alex Raymond's comic strip, with World War II elements thrown in. Flash Gordon, an American state department official stationed in 1939 Poland, tries to prevent Ming the Merciless of the planet Mongo from destroying the world. Flash is aided in his efforts by the lovely Dale Arden, the brilliant Dr. Zarkov, and the kindly Prince Barin, rightful ruler of Mongo. This cartoonization of Flash Gordon was acceptable for Saturday mornings (with some interesting "three dimensional" effects in the space battle sequences), but hardly worthy of its original feature length. Be that as it may, the project was restored to its initial two-hour form in 1982 and telecast as an NBC special, Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Animation , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
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Runtime:
Studio:
Filmation Associates

Cast

Robert Ridgely
as Flash Gordon
Diane Pershing
as Dale Arden
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It's not the greatest adventure. Bad acting. Cheesy and corny. But still one of the better Flash Gordon movies.

Dan OlderMusicGeek
Dan OlderMusicGeek

From the very first moment you know this is going to be good. The animation quality is well above the usual standards of Filmation. I've liked some Filmation shows, particularly the animated "Star Trek", but their animation style was far too often cheap and stiff. Stock shots reused over and over again, plenty of static shots of one character while another character off-screen is talking...a lot of cheap tricks were used to save on animation. I don't blame them, animation can be expensive, but it can sometimes e dull to watch. But this starts off and there is movement, and style...and you can tell that some effort was put into this one, and it truly carries the spirit of "Flash Gordon", which is one of the most important aspects of the character to capture. The serials had the spirit of fun and adventure, but the campy film from 1980 didn't...it was making fun of that spirit. The story of the first serial, the 1980 film, and this animated feature are pretty much the same, and while I still have a soft spot for Buster Crabbe...this is a definite improvement over the campy nonsense that was the live-action film. It is written by Samuel A. Peeples, who also wrote the second pilot for "Star Trek", and he did a solid job with this Flash Gordon script. As animated TV movies from the late 70s/80s go...this is all around a solid effort, if only they could release it on DVD!

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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