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Eagle Riders
Format Adventure, Science Fiction
Created by Saban Entertainment
Directed by Eric S.Rollman
Starring Dena Burton
Richard Cansino
Lara Cody
Bryan Cranston
R. Martin Klein
Heidi Lenhart
Mona Marshall
Greg O'Neill
Paul Schrier
Peter Spellos
Country of origin  United States
 Australia
 Japan
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Eric S.Rollman
Broadcast
Original channel United States first-run syndication
Original run September 9, 1996 – January 1, 1997

Eagle Riders is an English-language version of Gatchaman II and Gatchaman F, which have been combined together. The rights to the English language version of Eagle Riders is owned by Saban Entertainment.[1] [2] All 65 episodes aired in Australia, but in the United States only 13 episodes were aired.[3]

Contents

Premise

Earth is under siege from the alien menace known only by the name Cybercon, and its legion of android forces, the Vorak. The Global Security Council convenes to address this problem, and calls upon Dr. Thaddeus Keane for assistance. They remember the aid they had received from Keane's special force, the Eagle Riders, in years past. Keane assures them that the Eagle Riders are still together, still strong, and armed with brand new weapons....

Adaptations and changes

Both series were heavily edited when it came to the adaptation process, with controversial elements (such as death and violence) removed, as well as the entire soundtrack being replaced. As with previous English adaptations of Gatchaman, character names and terms were also changed in the localization.

One notable example of the changes made to the series is the removal of Mallanox (Gel Sadra)'s origin and transformation, which happened in the premiere episode of the original Gatchaman II. The character was also changed from female to male, though her correct gender and origin were reinstated in later dub episodes (without explanation).

Another change, made to segue the two series together, involved the finale of Gatchaman II and the first episode of Gatchaman F being merged, as well as the death of Gel Sadra being cut. Instead, Mallanox is said to have been transformed into a new form, named Happy Boy (originally, the Gatchaman F villain Count Egobossler).

The final eight episodes of Gatchaman F were never translated due to the objectionable content involved (death and destruction). Instead, the 15th episode of F served as the series finale.

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Team variations across different versions

The re-naming of the various characters and terms in Eagle Riders are highlighted as follows (in correspondence to their Gatchaman equivalents, among others):

Gatchaman Battle of the Planets G-Force Eagle Riders OVA (Dub) Rank Bird Uniform Weapon Mecha Japanese seiyū Voice actor (BOTP) Voice actor (G-Force) Voice actor (OVA Dub) Voice actor (Eagle Riders) Voice actor (ADV Dub)
Ken Washio Mark Ace Goodheart Hunter Harris Ken the Eagle G1 Eagle Razor boomerang Airplane Katsuji Mori Casey Kasem Sam Fontana Eddie Frierson Richard Cansino Leraldo Anzaldua
Joe Asakura Jason Dirk Daring Joe Thax Joe the Condor G2 Condor Pistol Race Car Isao Sasaki Ronnie Schell Cam Clarke Richard Cansino Bryan Cranston Brian Jepson
Jun Princess Agatha June ("Aggie") Kelly Jennar June the Swan G3 Swan Yo-yo Motorcycle Kazuko Sugiyama Janet Waldo Barbara Goodson Lara Cody Heidi Noelle Lenhart Kim Prause
Jinpei Keyop Pee Wee Mickey Dugan Jimmy the Falcon G4 Swallow Bolo Dune Buggy Yoku Shioya Alan Young Barbara Goodson Mona Marshall Luci Christian
Ryu Nakanishi Tiny Harper Hoot Owl ("Hooty") Ollie Keeawani Rocky the Owl G5 Owl Pistol God Phoenix Shingo Kanemoto Alan Dinehart Jan Rabson/Gregg Berger Richard Epcar Paul Schrier Victor Carsrud
  • Although he was obviously the Swallow, Jimmy called himself the Falcon.
  • The Eagle Riders adaptation used different terms for some of the uniforms: Hunter Harris was referred to as a Hawk rather than Eagle, Joe Thax was a Falcon, and Kelly Jenar became a Dove (as opposed to Swan). The remaining two members, however, kept their original bird themes.

Other character variations across different versions

Gatchaman Battle of the Planets G-Force Eagle Riders OVA (Dub)
Dr. Kozaburo Nambu Chief Anderson Dr. Benjamin Brighthead Dr. Thaddeus Keane Dr. Kozaburo Nambu
ISO Director Anderson President Kane Anderson/Cmdr. Todd (some episodes) Anderson Director Anderson
Red Impulse /
Kentaro Washio
Col. Cronos Red Impulse Harley Harris Red Spectre
Berg Katse Zoltar Galactor Lukan Solaris
Sosai (Leader) X O Luminous One /
The Great Spirit
Computor Cybercon Lord Zortek
Galactor Planet Spectra Planet Galactor Vorak Galactor
Gel Sadra
(Gatchaman II)
Mallanox Mallanox
Dr.Sylvie Pandora (Gatchaman II) Dr.Francine Aikens
Sammie Pandora (aka "Gel Sadra", Gatchaman II) Nancy Aikens
Dr. Rafael (Gatchaman II) Professor Andro
Count Egobossler (Gatchaman F) Happy Boy
Mechandol (Gatchaman F) Olaf
Kempler (Gatchaman F) Vax
Engineer Kamo (Gatchaman F) Uncle Avery

Other notable changes

Gatchaman
Identity change command
Battle of the Planets
Identity change command
G-Force
Identity change command
Eagle Riders change command OVA change command (English)
Bird, Go! Transmute! G-force Transform! Eagle Mode, NOW!
Ken Eagle One Transform
Joe Shapeshift, Condor
June Swan Mode, Now
Jimmy Falcon Tracker Transform

Production staff

Owned and distributed by: Saban Entertainment

Executive Producer: Eric S.Rollman

Producer and Story Editor: Rita M. Acosta

Writer (ADR Script): Marc Handler.[4]

Voice Directors: Richard Epcar, Steve Kramer, Heidi Noelle Lenhart, and Michael Sorich

Production Assistant and ADR Coordinator: Gregory C. Ireland

Sound Operation: Clive H.Mizumoto, Xavier Garcia

Sound Effects Editors: Keith Dickens, Martin Flores, Zoli Osaze, Ron Salaises, and John Valentino

Re-Recording Mixers: Michael Beirenger, Mark Ettel, R.D. Floyd, and Wayne T. O'Brien

ADR Recording: Carl Lange, Kevin Newson, David W.Barr

Foley Artists: Susan Lewis, Kalea Morton, and Taryn Simone

Audio Assistants: Brian Densmore, Andrew Kines, and Don Sexton

Music Composers: Shuki Levy, Kussa Mahchi

Executive In Charge Of Music: Ron Kenan

Music Supervisor: Lloyd Michael Cook II

Music Editors: Barron Abramovitch, Bill Filipiak

Music Engineer: Barron Abramovitch

Second Engineers: James Dijulio, Frank Bailey-Meier

Music Assistants: Jeremy Sweet, Tim Gosselin

Offline Editor: Terry Marlin

Video Traffic Coordinator: Jerry Buetnner

Online Editors: Michael Hutchinson, Harvey Landy (Hollywood Digital Inc.), John Bowen, and David Crosthwait (Modern Videofilm)

Telecine: Lee Ann Went (Varitel Inc.), Greg Hamlin (Film Technology, LA)

Post Production Supervisor: John Bryant

Post Production Coordinator: Francesca Weiss

Executive In Charge Of Production: Dana C.Booton

Voice cast

Hunter Harris: Richard Cansino

Joe Thax: Bryan Cranston

Kelly Jenar: Heidi Noelle Lenhart

Mickey Dugan: Mona Marshall

Ollie Keeawani: Paul Schrier

Dr.Thaddeus Keane: Greg O'Neill

Dr.Francine Aikens: Lara Cody

Auto: Dena Burton

Mallanox: R. Martin Klein

Cybercon: Peter Spellos

Misc. (uncredited): Joshua Seth[5], Bob Bergen[6], Julie Maddalena, Richard Epcar

References

Further reading

  • G-Force: Animated (TwoMorrows Publishing: ISBN 9781893905184)

External links


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