Brit 50's Icon Dan Dare To Make U.S. Television Debut In High-Definition On Animania

Sean Mota

SatelliteGuys Master
Supporting Founder
Sep 8, 2003
New York City

Animania HD, the new high-definition television (HDTV) channel that delivers big, bold fun for kids, today announced an agreement to air Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future, a 26-part, half-hour animated television series based on the well-known British 1950's comic strip hero. The series makes its U.S. debut this month on Animania HD, which is available exclusively on VOOM, the first satellite television service to deliver the most complete lineup of high-definition programming for the rapidly expanding home entertainment market.

Dan Dare is a $20 million CGI-animated series boasting a top British cast and a theme song written by Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin and performed by Sir Elton. Colonel Dan Dare is the 007 of outer space. Although quintessentially British, Dan is a cool, handsome and totally fearless superhero, as stylish and sophisticated as James Bond, but with the additionally attractive mythological strength and powers that justifiably place him alongside the giant American comic strip heroes like Superman, Batman and Spiderman.

Colin Frewin, Head of the Dan Dare Corporation, which owns the global rights to Dan Dare and the Eagle magazine in which Dan Dare first appeared in 1950, said: "I am delighted that the series is now transmitting in America and am particularly excited about seeing Dan Dare delivered with vivid high-definition images on Animania HD. Although conceived in the Fifties, Dan, like Superman or Batman, is a character that transcends any given timeframe. Also kids - indeed families - throughout the Western world can readily identify with his adventures, conflicts and conquests. I am quite sure that in a very short time, Dan Dare will be equally as popular in America as it is in the UK."

"Dan Dare is a legendary, popular superhero in the UK and we're thrilled to bring this exciting new Dan Dare series to the U.S.," said Nora Ryan, senior vice president of business development, Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC, creators of Animania HD. "The CGI animation explodes to life on Animania HD, delivering an adventure unlike anything kids have had a chance to experience on conventional television."

Dan Dare is a true hero adventurer as well as the best pilot on the planet. In a futuristic world where atomic-powered rocket ships zip around the solar system, Dan and his highly trained crew are explorers for the newly formed Space Fleet. Their primary purpose: to explore other planets, establish relationships with alien races, and defuse possible threats to peace.

Professor (Prof) Jocelyn Peabody is the designer and Chief Engineer of the interplanetary space ship, Anastasia. American flyer, Hank Hogan, is the foremost specialist in Zoology and Alien Physiology, and Pierre Lafayette is a highly skilled, sophisticated French pilot.

The cast of Dan Dare includes British-born actor, Greg Ellis, now based in America, who is the voice of Dan; Julian Holloway plays his trusty side-kick Digby; and Carole Ruggier is the beautiful, voluptuous and sexy Professor Jocelyn Peabody. Not only does Dan have to cope with his biggest adversary, the evil Mekon (voiced by Rob Paulsen), he is also challenged by a formidable cast of guest villains, headed by Robbie Coltrane, Tim Curry and Charles Dance.

Although faithful to the original comic strip, Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future has been brought up to date with the latest technology in CGI animation, which considerably enhances the transmission and image quality of the series when viewed in high-definition.

Dan Dare first appeared when the Eagle comic magazine was launched in Britain in April 1950 by the Rev. Marcus Morris, a vicar in the English town of Southport. The strip was created and drawn by artist Frank Hampson, and among the other original artists who illustrated Dan's adventures were David Hockney and Gerald Scarfe. The Dan Dare comic strip ran until the Eagle ceased publication in 1969.

The new Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future series was produced by Foundation Imaging, based in Los Angeles, having animated productions like Max Steel and Starship Troopers and the series, Babylon 5

Sean Mota

SatelliteGuys Master
Supporting Founder
Sep 8, 2003
New York City
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The “pilot of the future” and his space adventures actually started life in April 1950 on the front page of the Eagle comic. The popular comic was the brainchild of the Rev Marcus Morris but it was the chief artist, Frank Hampson, who created the square-jawed and very British Dan Dare.

The British sense of fair play, decency, the stiff upper lip and formality of dress are features of the cartoon strip. It was written at a time when Britain was recovering from the ordeal and privations of the Second World War. There was a great pride in the wartime effort and its successes. Dan was the figurehead for a future where there would be a world government but Britain would be in charge. The headquarters of Space Fleet were in the UK.

The story began with a mission to Venus and continued up until 1966.
The 26 22-minute episode CGI TV series cost £14m and took 16 months to make. The original production company Netter Digital went into liquidation leaving Foundation Imaging (Starship Troopers, Max Steel) to pick up the pieces and complete the remainder of the series. They used six teams of ten animators all working simultaneously with fourteen cameras. Actor Greg Ellis voices Dare, Julian Holloway is Digby, Carole Ruggier is Prof Jocelyn Peabody and Rob Paulsen is The Mekon. Bob Forward (X-Men, Evolution) was the Producer, Rick Ungar (X-Men, Evolution) was Executive Producer and Shannon Denton (Astro Aces) was the Director. Robbie Coltrane, Tim Curry and Charles Dance have provided voices for guest villains. A few changes were made in the storylines with the prof being the creator of the Anastasia, Sondar was turned into a giant and a member of the team, and the Treens and Therons become two ideologies within one race rather than two separate races. The theme song at the end of the show is sung by Elton John.

In Dan’s future, space flight is routine between the Earth, Moon, Venus and Mars with regular passenger flights. Space stations orbit them and the Solar System teams with life in many forms. But in this universe, all beings are either good or evil with no grey areas in between. Venus is inhabited by the warlike Treens in the North led by the merciless Mekon and the peace-loving Therons in the South. The Mekon is bent on invading the Earth and subjugating us.

The full list of Episode follows, although they may be shown in a different order.Each episode is in two parts.

Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future
The Ark of Phobos
The God of War
Journey to the Centre of the Sun
The Mines of Titan
The Outpost
Full Circle
The Mekon Among Us
Saturn Rocs
Menace on Mars
Space Race
The Surrender of Earth


Jan 21, 2004
Hi everyone.
I've been a lurker herer for awhile and I'ld like to say thankyou to all of you for providing me with such great info about VOOM. I'm so close to taking the plunge and Dan Dare Is pushing me in to the pool. I've been a Dan Dare fan for many years, and would love to hear what people think about this show. Many here have bitched about the looping nature of voom, but I currently have all the HD that my cable provides: PBS,CBS,INHD 1&2,HDNET,HDNET MOVIES,DISCHD,HBO,AND SHOWTIME and They all Loop so much I'm getting dizzy. Right now I'll take any extra choice I can get my eyes on. SD doesn't cut it any more.

Sorry I got OT, but I'ld Love to hear About the big DAN DARE.

Once again thanks for all your info.

Sean Mota

SatelliteGuys Master
Supporting Founder
Sep 8, 2003
New York City

welcome to the board! Dan Dare already started on Animania-HD. It looks quite amazing. I stopped and watch for a few minutes but I have not watched the entire sequence. I need to get all the sequence together and watch it. The PQ is amazing though.

Sean Mota

SatelliteGuys Master
Supporting Founder
Sep 8, 2003
New York City
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