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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.

Synopsis

The films follow Ken, a Star Wolf fighter from the Planet Valnastar, a totalitarian space regime. After disobeying orders and accidentally killing his best friend - a fellow soldier, Ken becomes a fugitive alien rescued by the Earth starship the Bacchus 3. The crew of the Bacchus 3 includes alcoholic Captain Joe, Rocky the pilot, disco-haired navigator Dan, Billy, and Tammy the ‘morale officer’. Ken joins the Bacchus 3 team at Captain Joe’s invitation.

Dubbing HistoryEdit

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.

CastEdit

Image Character Original Actor[1] English Voice
Ken Shinsei Tatsuya Azuma Garrick Hagon
Captain Joe Joe Shishido Jesse Vogel
Tammy Miyuki Tanigawa Liza Ross
Rocky Chôei Takahashi Jay Benedict
Dan Tsutomu Yukawa ?¿
Billy Hiro Tateyama ?¿
Lord Halkon Shohei Yamamoto Sean Barrett
Rita Nana Shimazaki ¿Stacey Gregg?
Colonel Yurulin Katsumi Muramatsu Peter Marinker
Narration Gorō Naya Constantine Gregory
Bob Sessions
(2nd Movie)

Additional VoicesEdit

NotesEdit

  • 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.

Video ReleasesEdit

Fugitive Alien

Distributor Year Format Region Country
Celebrity Home Entertainment 1986 VHS NTSC United States Flag United States
Xstasy Video 1987 PAL United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
Mill Creek Entertainment* 2011 DVD 1
NTSC
United States Flag United States

*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

Distributor Year Format Region Country
Celebrity Home Entertainment 1987 VHS NTSC United States Flag United States
Xstasy Video PAL United Kingdom Flag 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.

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