reanimated Trek

Between the announcement that they’re going back and spiffying up the special effects in the original Star Trek series and the release of a new DVD set of the animated Star Trek series, I’ve been a thinkering. Honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen any of the animated version, but my mental file for it is “the original voices, some impressive writers, basic crap 1970s Saturday AM animation”.
Now what if they took the voice track and redid it all, all CGI (perhaps with using video from the original series and using computer magic resyncing tricks for the human characters, since CGI does recognizable humans expensively and awkwardly)? I’m not saying that the results would be worth the expenditures financially, but it would be interesting to see if they could get anything particularly watchable out of it.

Published in: on November 30, 2006 at 9:35 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I don’t know about “them” doing anything like this, but ‘I’ had very much the same idea around the time that the enhanced TOS hit the airwaves, and am now trying to pull together creative 3D artists and animators to recreate the visuals of “The Time Trap,” an episode of the animated “Star Trek.” We’re using Poser with Mimic to animate the characters and sync them to the existing dialogue, and using pretty much the entire soundtrack, although the visuals will NOT be constrained by the designs or ‘cinematography’ of the original, by any means; the final animation and rendering will be done with commercial 3D apps like Lightwave, Cinema4D, Blender, and others that the participants may own and be comfortable with (trying to do it with Poser would take longer than many of us have to live ;-)).

  2. Ah! That certainly sounds like it could have interesting results. I’m glad to hear that I wasn’t the only one moved to ask that question. (And of course, not being limited by the existing cinematography would be part of the point.)

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