Fugitive Alien, along with its sequel Star Force: Fugitive Alien II are compilation films of the Japanese TV series Star Wolf (スターウルフ Sutā Urufu) which was based on a series of American novels by Edward Hamilton, and produced in 1978 by Tsuburaya Productions.
The Star Wolf series was licensed in the 1980's by television producer Sandy Frank and dubbed and edited into two compilation films for television stations to pick up for "movie of the week" features. It was also released on VHS by Celebrity Home Video with rather tongue-in-cheek descriptions.
Due to the cutting episodes together and excising material, the movie often loses all semblance of plot coherency. The many Kens in this movie series are a result of this.
|Image||Character||Original Actor||English Voice|
|Ken Shinsei||Tatsuya Azuma||Garrick Hagon|
|Captain Joe||Joe Shishido||Jesse Vogel|
|Tammy||Miyuki Tanigawa||Liza Ross|
|Rocky||Chôei Takahashi||Jay Benedict|
|Lord Halkon||Shohei Yamamoto||Sean Barrett|
|Rita||Nana Shimazaki||¿Stacey Gregg?|
|Colonel Yurulin||Katsumi Muramatsu||Peter Marinker|
|Narration||Gorō Naya||Constantine Gregory|
- The two movies are infamous for being featured on the B-movie lampooning series Mystery Science Theater 3000, along with several other Sandy Frank dubbed movies. They appeared on the show twice, once during its KTMA-TV 23 Minneapolis run (usually referred to by fans as KTMA or Season 0) and again during Season 3 in 1991.
- Incidentally much of the voice cast were previously voices in the similarly themed sci-fi puppet show, Star Fleet. Many character voices were identified thanks to a fan of the latter.
|Celebrity Home Entertainment||1986||NTSC||United States|
|Xstasy Video||1987||PAL||United Kingdom|
|Mill Creek Entertainment*||2011||1|
*This release of the movie is part of the Sci-Fi Invasion - 50 Movie Pack rather than a stand-alone.
Star Force: Fugitive Alien II
|Celebrity Home Entertainment||1987||NTSC||United States|
|Xstasy Video||PAL||United Kingdom|
In addition, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffed versions of the films are available on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 - XXIV DVD Set, released by Shout! Factory in 2012.