Space Stars is a 1981 American animated, superhero, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and comedy-drama television series that aired Saturday mornings, originally on NBC. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera.
It contains revivals or continuations of Space Ghost and The Herculoids from the late 1960s, with the characters appearing in new segments. A new segment series called Teen Force features a young, space defense trio and Astro from The Jetsons stars in another new segment series called Astro and The Space Mutts. Each episode consists of six segments in total: Two Space Ghost segments, one Herculoids segment, one Teen Force segment, one Astro and The Space Mutts segment, and one Space Finale segment. The heroes from the various segments would form an alliance on occasion (especially in the Space Finales) to go up against and take down the villains. There are additional segments that aren't the main ones known as Space Fact, Space Magic, Space Mystery, and Space Code.
Why It Rocks
- It's one of the very few Hanna-Barbera cartoons to run for an hour rather than half an hour.
- The instrumental theme song makes a fine use of the theremin, giving it an eerie, space age pop sound befitting of it.
- It's one of Hanna-Barbera's crossover shows.
- The writing of the episode segments' stories and scripts are well-written, and even better than one may remember.
- The Space Ghost and The Herculoids characters are still fine, and the newer characters from Teen Force are great as well. As for the characters from Astro and The Space Mutts, that depends on one's view.
- The chemistry amongst several of the characters brought together is intriguing to see and they gel well.
- The Space Fact, Space Magic, Space Mystery, and Space Code segments are interesting too.
- The visual effect sequences provided by Laserium are spectacular to watch and an extra special treat.
- All the voice actors who reprised their roles sound as great as they did in the original runs of the older series. The newer voice actors sound great in their respective roles as well.
- While the art style is familiar and fine as usual, the animation in this may be among the better ones by H-B and there's rarely any animation errors.
- Overall, it's plainly a thrilling experience mostly.
- Some may not care for the Astro and The Space Mutts series, nor find it that entertaining, as it may be considred the weakest of the segment series.
- Some may find most of the Space Code segments not challenging enough to solve.
- None of the recurring villains from the original Space Ghost segments return in this.
- This was initially meant to premiere in 1980, but was postponed until the next year due to the writers' strike.