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Ulysses 31

 
 

 

 

 

Prod. Notes:


 

September 1981,  RTL-TVi Luxembourg (original airdate)

September 1986 - March 1987,  syndicated (US airdate)

TMS, DIC

 

Cast:

 

Ulysses ...................................................................................... Matt Berman

Telemachus ............................................................................ Adrian Knight

Yumi .............................................................................................. Anick Faris

Nono ................................................................................... Howard Ryshpan

Sherka ..................................................................................... Kelly Richard

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 


 
Greek epic met space epic in Ulysses 31, a French/Japanese animated retelling of Homerís The Odyssey. Set in the 31st century, the cartoon replaced sailing craft with spaceships and memories with computer banks, but much remained the same.

Spacefaring hero Ulysses planned to return home to his wife Penelope after a lengthy stay at an orbiting space station above the planet Troy. The bearded Ulysses was under a strict deadline; if he didnít make it back before the next comet passed the Earth, Penelope would be bound to marry another man. Unfortunately, the heroís journey was interrupted when his young son Telemachus was kidnapped by the forces of the dreaded Cyclops.

Ulysses managed to kill the Cyclops and free his son, along with a group of other kidnapped children, but in doing so, he brought upon himself the wrath of the gods. On Poseidonís urging, Zeus transported Ulyssesí ship, the Odyssey, to a far-off quarter of the cosmos. To make matters worse, the head god sent the crew into suspended animation and deleted the memory banks of the shipís computer, Sherka, leaving Ulysses with little hope of finding his way back home. Only by finding the way to the Kingdom of Hades could Ulysses break the curse and return to his beloved wife.

Despite the frozen crew, Ulysses did have some companionship on his long journey. Telemachus had escaped the godsí curse, as had Yumi, a blue-skinned, telepathic alien girl whom Ulysses had freed from the Cyclops. The trio was also joined by No-No, a silly robotic buddy Ulysses had given Telemachus for his birthday.

Ulyssesí journey lasted 26 episodes, bringing him in contact with such familiar Greek legends as Circe, Theseus, King Minos, The Sphinx and dual dangers Scylla and Charybdis (re-imagined as planets of fire and ice). Thirteen of these episodes aired as part of the syndicated Kideo TV package in 1986 (the series itself dated back to 1981), but Ulysses 31 was replaced by episodes of Rainbow Brite before the remaining 13 could be aired. Resourceful fans managed to find the missing episodes elsewhere, allowing them to see the real end of Ulyssesí long and perilous journey.

 


 

 
 
Episodes:
 

 

Vengeance Of The Gods

The Lost Planet

The Black Sphere

Guardian Of The Cosmic Winds

The Eternal Punishment

Flowers Of Fear

Mutiny On Board

Secret Of The Sphinx

Cronus, Father Of Time

Temple Of The Lestrigones

The Seat Of Forgetfulness

Trapped Between Fire And Ice

Phantoms From The Swamp

Song Of Danger

Before The Flood

The Magic Spells Of Circe

Lost In The Labyrinth

At The Heart Of The Universe

The Hidden Truth

The Magician In Black

Rebellion On Lemnos

The City Of Cortex

Calypso

Strange Meeting

The Lotus Eaters

The Kingdom Of Hades

 


 

Opening Lyrics:

 


 

"Ulysses, Ulysses - Soaring through all the galaxies,

In search of Earth, flying in to the night.

Ulysses, Ulysses - Fighting evil and tyranny,

With all his power, and with all of his might.

 

Ulysses - no-one else can do the things you do.

Ulysses - like a bolt of thunder from the blue.

Ulysses - always fighting all the evil forces bringing peace and justice to all.

 

It's me Nono small robot you know - friend of Uly-sses.

It's me Nono small robot you know - friend of Uly-sses.

 

Ulysses - no-one else can do the things you do.

Ulysses - like a bolt of thunder from the blue.

Ulysses - always fighting all the evil forces bringing peace and justice to all.

 

It's me Nono small robot you know - friend of Uly-sses.

It's me Nono small robot you know - friend of Uly-sses.

It's me Nono small robot you know - friend of Uly-sses.

It's me Nono small robot you know - friend of Uly-sses."

 

 

 

 

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