Galaxy High School
Galaxy High School or Galaxy High is a 1986 American-Japanese, sci-fi, animated, television series, It was created by Chris Columbus (who would later direct the first two Harry Potter films and produce the first three) and produced by TMS Entertainment.
Two Earthling and American senior high students named Doyle Cleverlobe and Aimee Brightower transfer to their new high school in outer space called Galaxy High. The two students are as different as they can be from each other: Doyle is the sporty, arrogant jock who is popular; Aimee is the brainy, studious scholar, but not so popular. But that all begins to change once they arrive at their new place for education. Suddenly, at Galaxy High, Aimee is the popular one and Doyle is not. While there, Aimee meets some new alien friends, whereas Doyle has trouble with some other extraterrestrials. With Doyle's situation, he has to adjust to his new surroundings and he gradually does. Although their new environment may be alien in another sense, some out-of-this-world adventures are to be had along the way. They also learn how to live in harmony with one another, in spite of their differences.
Why It Rocks
- The anime-influenced art style is captured well and the animation is among the better examples of cartoons from the 1980s.
- The storylines of the episodes are superbly and smartly written without any issues.
- Imaginative character designs, especially for the aliens.
- Likable, memorable, and well-developed characters. For example, Doyle eventually learns to humble himself and prove not to be all that bad after all.
- Irresistible theme song with instruments including a synthesizer, harmonica, and vocoder-enhanced vocals.
- Excellent voice acting and voice cast that includes Susan Blu, Nancy Cartwright, and Jennifer Darling.
- Sometimes well-given morals and lessons are exhibited.
- It was among the cartoons from the latter half of the decade that showed that the animation industry was surely having its renaissance.
- One episode, "The Brain-Blaster", denounced drug use and earned a Humanitas Prize nomination.
- A bevy of sight gags concerning the alien characters.
- Its message of diversity and differences is meaningful.
The Only Bad Quality
- Another brilliantly made show that fell victim to cancellation.
- This is one of the three space-themed shows from the 1980s produced or co-produced by TMS Entertainment. The two others are Ulysses 31 and Mighty Orbots.
- One of the promo pics features Doyle, Aimee, and Booey Bubblehead, the latter two riding in a flight-powered car and the former hanging on behind it, with different character designs. As an example, in this, Booey's head is powder blue instead of light pink.
- Future Ren & Stimpy and The Ripping Friends creator, John Kricfalusi, was a character designer for this.
- In 1996, there were plans for a feature film version of this in development in several deals with Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures, but that never materialized.
- There is, at least, one, known, unproduced episode that was planned called "The Day the School Stood Still". In a 1986 interview, Columbus explained the plot as having the Galaxy High students divide into cliques beginning with pranks and food fights. But when things get out of hand, the board of trustees threatens to shut down the school unless the pupils can prove the experiment of the school to be successful.
- Of TMS Entertainment's space shows, this is tied with Mighty Orbots for having the least episodes.