Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
First episode date 12 September 1981
Narrated by Keene Curtis
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Final episode date 11 September 1982
Number of episodes 11 (66 segments)
Directed by Ray Patterson George Gordon Rudy Zamora
Voices of Michael Bell Virginia Gregg Darryl Hickman Allan Lurie Sparky Marcus Don Messick Gary Owens David Hubbard Mike Road Steve J. Spears Alexandra Stoddart B.J. Ward Lennie Weinrib Frank Welker Michael Winslow
Cast Don Messick, Frank Welker, Gary Owens, Mike Road, Michael Bell
Similar Galtar and the Golden Lance, Valley of the Dinosaurs, The Kid Super Power Ho, The First Easter Rabbit, The Stingiest Man in To
Space Stars is a 60-minute Saturday morning animated program block produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on NBC from September 12, 1981 to September 11, 1982.
Space Stars was narrated by Keene Curtis and featured five cartoon segments each week:
The cartoons would occasionally crossover into one another. Space Ghost and The Herculoids both had their own respective series in the 1960s. Teen Force and Astro and the Space Mutts are both new segments, although the Astro character was the family dog from The Jetsons.
Opening title narration
The opening title narration was provided by Michael Rye and consisted of the following:
Space Stars! A galaxy of heroes teamed together in an interstellar battle against evil! Blast off on adventures as big as the cosmos itself! Race, poised on the edge of time, with Space Ghost and his young friends! Streak through the universe with Space Ace, Astro and the Space Mutts as they spring into action! And somewhere deep in space, super-danger threatens the Teen Force! Join the famed Herculoids in their new battles to preserve peace on the planet Quasar! Now...get set for 60 laser-blasting minutes of action, adventure, fun...on Space Stars!
A total of 22 episodes were produced for Space Ghost (two segments aired each week), featuring a new assortment of villains including an evil version of Space Ghost called Space Spectre (who came from an alternate universe). The Phantom Cruiser and its Scout Ship were also given sleeker and more modernized looks. Space Ghost often came to the aid of the Herculoids and vice versa (as in the original Space Ghost series' "Council of Doom" storyline, where they met once). They also frequently crossed paths with the Teen Force, and it appeared that Jan and Teen Force member Kid Comet were dating as well. Elektra made several appearances as well. Gary Owens reprised his role as Space Ghost, but Tim Matheson was replaced by Steve Spears as the voice of Jace, Ginny Tyler was replaced by Alexandra Stoddart as the voice of Jan, and Don Messick was replaced by Frank Welker as the vocal effects for Blip.
As a departure from the original series, this incarnation of The Herculoids had its roots in science fiction and had story direction and content similar to Jonny Quest and Space Ghost. This series takes place on a far-away planet named Quasar in the land of Amzot (the planet was only named as such in this series, though Amzot was first mentioned in the "Time Creatures" episode of the original series). Eleven episodes were produced. Mike Road and Virginia Gregg reprised their roles as Zandor and Tara. Ted Eccles was replaced by Sparky Marcus as Dorno. Mike Road and Don Messick also reprised their roles as the voices of the Herculoids.
Teen Force focused on three superhumanly gifted young students who hail from an unknown alternate universe which is located beyond the confines of the mysterious Black Hole X, which serves as a gateway into the universe in which the other main characters from Space Stars exist.
The Teen Force consists of Kid Comet, who possesses tremendous levels of superhuman speed, enabling him move at speeds exceeding the speed of light, and can even move quickly enough to travel through time; Moleculad, who can control his molecular structure for various effects; and Elektra, who possesses the psionic disciplines of telepathy, telekenesis, and teleportation. Accompanying them are a pair of diminutive blue-skinned aliens named Plutem and Glax, also known as the Astromites. Their principal enemy in the series is Uglor, a mutant native and tyrannical ruler of the planet Uris (whose inhabitants are a race of evolved simians) in Galaxy Q-2. Uglor's mutancy granted him bird-like wings and the ability to generate destructive energy blasts from his bionic eyes, which allowed him to see through Space Ghost's Inviso Power and Elektra's telepathic illusions.
Astro and the Space Mutts
Astro and the Space Mutts features Astro, the family dog from The Jetsons. He teams up with two other dogs named Cosmo and Dipper, led by their human leader Space Ace. Together, the trio act as galactic police officers and travel through outer space. Don Messick reprised his role as Astro.
Space Stars Finale
Space Stars Finale was the last segment where Space Ghost, the Herculoids, Astro and the Space Mutts, and Teen Force team up to battle the scourges of the universe.
In syndication as a 30-minute series, USA Network had one segment each of Space Ghost, Teen Force and The Herculoids, but Astro and the Space Mutts segments were never shown, while on Nickelodeon, Teen Force segments were substituted with Astro and the Space Mutts segments.
Space Ghost, The Herculoids and Astro and the Space Mutts segments have been seen on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, but not the Teen Force segments. Furthermore, the series has never been shown in its entirety on Cartoon Network or Boomerang. Currently, these shorts are only broadcast on occasion as an interstitial segment between shows on Boomerang.
Home Media releases
On October 8, 2013, Warner Archive released Space Stars: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.