Remember The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers?

THE ADVENTURES OF THE GALAXY RANGERS came out in syndication in 1986. And I never saw it until 2011. I can’t believe I missed this gem of entertainment! This show had it all! Cowboys and Aliens! Spaceships! Strange Planets! 80s rock ballads (no, seriously, it had 80s rock ballads!)

The show was produced by Koch Entertainment, but the animation was done by TMS (Tokyo Movie Shinsha) Entertainment, the same animation studio responsible for the movie AKIRA. It starred such voices as Jerry Orbach (LAW & ORDER, DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST), Earl Hammond (THUNDERCATS, SILVERHAWKS), and Corrine Orr (SPEED RACER, ULTRAMAN). It ran for 65 episodes and it’s mix of computer animation and cartoon animation was revolutionary for it’s time.

The 65 episodes were originally not played in order. In fact, it wasn’t until the release of the DVD sets that they finally presented the cartoons in chronological order. Also, the series was quite a struggle at times, because there were three animation groups out of TMS Entertainment that presented three different quality levels of animation. At times, the animation would look fantastic, and other episodes the animation was a little sloppy. The other interesting fact about the series is that the animation was done first, and then the voices were recorded, where most other audio for cartoons are recorded first and then the animation is created to synch up with the voices.

Wanna watch the episodes for free? Go to Hulu or click here. Or, buy the series on DVD from Amazon here. I seriously cannot in words recommend this series more highly than I am right now. It’s an awesome piece of cartoon entertainment.

Here’s one of their music videos featuring the song that they used for their opening, entitled “No Guts, No Glory”:

Thanks to kochvision for the intro and MightyHedgehog for the music video.

Saturday World

Walking cartoon encyclopedia, with a bachelor's in Filmation and Hanna-Barbera. Names most of his family pets after comic book or cartoon characters. Oh, and he has a lot of PEZ...a lot.

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12 thoughts on “Remember The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers?

  1. Very nicely done man! A compact, one-stop shop for all of our Galaxy Rangers needs! I’ve never seen this show but now, because of your post I’m gonna have to check it out…as if I didn’t have enough cartoon related nonsense taking up my time! Anyway great post Mr World…or can I call you Saturday?

  2. Doug says:

    For some reason, I never dug the sci-fi/western fusion of this or Bravestarr or Silverhawks. Yet I love Firefly. Go figure. Love the opening animation, though.

  3. mwentworth says:

    Yeah, kind of like how Wild Wild West (shudder) kept me from watching Sherlock Holmes for over a year. Glad I got past that.

  4. I’m not a big fan of westerns, but I gave this a shot anyway. It became one of the more enjoyable animated series I’ve watched.

    @Doug – I used to watch Silverhawks as a kid, and I had the chance to watch it as an adult. It left little to be desired. And, Bravestarr, while I love the concept and the fact that it’s a Filmation cartoon, I find it hard to watch.

    @mwentworth – Yeah, the WWW movie did suck. And I still haven’t watched Sherlock Holmes…it better be more enjoyable.

  5. mwentworth says:

    @Retroist – Yup, the movie. I actually have never seen the TV show, but assume it is a different colored type of horse.

    @ Saturday – I found Sherlock Holmes shockingly good. And I am a fan of traditional SH books and radio shows, not that there is much common ground.

  6. I envy you, Saturday World! Getting to see this series for the first time…it really was a show ahead of it’s time. Thanks so very much for the heads up on it being on Hulu, now I know what I can watch all night on these double shifts. :)

    I’ve said this before…I really enjoyed the Wild Wild West movie, but it’s certainly a flawed film. I agree with the Retroist, the TV series is very much worthy of your viewing time. Just try to keep up with the count of special guest stars as well. :)

  7. @VicSage – If it wasn’t for all of the positive reviews from fans of the show I found on Amazon, I would have passed over on this show. I’m glad I didn’t. This show really was ahead of it’s time, and is still enjoyable, even after 25 years.

  8. Drahken says:

    I saw it when it first aired & loved it, then saw bits of it again years later on.. cartoon network? scifi? *shrug* whatever, but couldn’t get into it again, then I started watching it online in recent years & got into it again. Kinda weird how that worked out.

    I could never really get into silverhawks. It wasn’t a bad show by any means, but I just couldn’t really get into it.

    Bravestarr I didn’t like when it first aired because I mistook it for the previous (unrelated) series with a similar title, “blackstar”. I had loved the blackstar cartoon & thought that I had just misremembered the name when I saw bravestarr apeear. When i saw that bravestarr wasn’t remotely the same, I felt cheated & rejected it. Many years later though, I now watch it on RTV and find myself liking it.

    btw, Am I the only one who finds it weird that this post is under the “music” category, when the focus is primarily on the cartoon & it only has 1 music video even mentioned?

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