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Old September 2 2013, 10:02 PM   #91
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Re: Who created M'Ress?

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^^ It does make you wonder what else he has three of.
Aw, nuts...

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Old September 2 2013, 10:46 PM   #92
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...The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty, about a live-action cat who had cartoon daydreams about being various adventure heroes, including Catman, Catzan, Robin Cat, the Lone Kitty... and Captain Hurk of the starship Secondprize. (I'm often surprised that Waldo Kitty isn't better-known within Trek fandom.)
One will notice that all those characters are parodies from properties Filmation adapted over the years. One of the two Captain Hurk adventures had some noticeable elements of Flash Gordon in it even though that project was still a few years done the road. (Maybe Filmation had already secured the rights.) Kinda' tricky to depict a "Vulcan" when all of your crew already possess pointed ears. The "bowl cut" hairstyle drove home the point yeah enough. My fading memories may be playing tricks on me, but I seem to recall the science officer sounded more like Henry Kissinger than Leonard Nimoy.

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Old September 2 2013, 10:57 PM   #93
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...The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty, about a live-action cat who had cartoon daydreams about being various adventure heroes, including Catman, Catzan, Robin Cat, the Lone Kitty... and Captain Hurk of the starship Secondprize. (I'm often surprised that Waldo Kitty isn't better-known within Trek fandom.)
One will notice that all those characters are parodies from properties Filmation adapted over the years.
With one exception: Filmation never did a Robin Hood series. And Filmation's Tarzan and Lone Ranger series both came after Waldo Kitty, though only a year after for Tarzan. So at the time the show was made, only Batman and Star Trek were properties they'd adapted "straight" beforehand.

One of the two Captain Hurk adventures had some noticeable elements of Flash Gordon in it even though that project was still a few years done the road. (Maybe Filmation had already secured the rights.)
Well, with parody you don't need the rights.
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Reading the Wiki' entry about this series (Yes, I'm aware Wikipedia should not be considered an "authoritative" source of reference), the legal issue this show had was not with the properties it parodied, but rather with the estate of James Thurber. Supposedly, Filmation had not secured the rights to use a "framing" structure and title character name "inspired" by Thurber's famous short story. When the series was repackaged with another Filmation show a bit later, the live-action "framing" structure was dropped which contained all references to the name "Waldo Kitty". Thus all that remained was the animated footage.

I found the "Cat Trek" episode on YouTube, but it's dubbed in French. There are several French dubbed episodes there, but none in English (that I could readily find).

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