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Lassie's Rescue Rangers

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Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Lassie-Rescue-Rangers-(Animated)-(DVD).jpg
GenreAnimation
Directed byHal Sutherland
Voices ofTed Knight
Jane Webb
Keith Sutherland
Lane Scheimer
Hal Harvey
ComposersYvette Blais
Jeff Michael
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Production
ProducerNorm Prescott[1]
Lou Scheimer
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companiesFilmation Associates
Wrather Productions (as Wrather Corp.)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution (on behalf of DreamWorks Classics)
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 11, 1972 (1972-11-11) –
December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)

Lassie's Rescue Rangers is an animated TV show produced by Filmation and featuring Lassie, running from 1973 to 1975.[2] The hour-long pilot, Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain, was part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie.[3]

Summary

In the series, Lassie the collie lives near Thunder Mountain with the Turner family. Ranger Ben Turner (voiced by Ted Knight) works with wife Laura (voiced by Jane Webb) and children Susan (voiced by Jane Webb), Jackie (voiced by Lane Scheimer), and Ben Jr. (voiced by Keith Sutherland) as the Forest Force, a ranger-rescue team that protects Thunder Mountain National Park. Lassie is the leader of the Rescue Rangers, a group of wild animals living in the park, working alongside the Turners to help protect the environment and keep it safe for visitors.[4]

The Rescue Rangers were eight animals including Groucho the owl, Toothless the mountain lion, Musty the skunk, and Robbie the raccoon. Also helping the Forest Force was Gene Fox, a Native American, who was Ben Jr.'s, Jackie's and Susan's friend. Lassie herself and Toothless are the only animals who appeared in every episode. Also, Laura Turner was absent from "Lassie's Special Assignment," "The Impostors," and "The Sunken Galleon."

Reception

The sixteen-episode season was not well-received. Lassie's trainer, Rudd Weatherwax, said, "That's not Lassie. That's trash."[5] The National Association of Broadcasters agreed: "The manufacturers of this rubbish have incorporated violence, crime and stupidity into what is probably the worst show for children of the season."[5]

Episode list

No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
1"Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain"November 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)
Lassie, the Turner family, Gene Fox, and a small group of animals oppose Aaron Lipton's plan to build property on a reservation.
2"The Animals Are Missing"September 15, 1973 (1973 -09-15)
All the animals are captured by drug traffickers who need them to retrieve heroin from a dangerous subterranean area.
3"Mystic Monster"September 22, 1973 (1973-09-22)
Something has crash landed in the woods. Could it be a visitor from outer space?
4"Lassie's Special Assignment"September 29, 1973 (1973-09-29)
The rescue animals risk everything to rescue an imprisoned medical doctor when an epidemic threatens the public at large.
5"The Imposters"October 6, 1973 (1973-10-06)
A mad scientist has created robot duplicates of the whole Rescue Rangers team, and sent them out to rob banks.
6"Deadly Cargo"October 13, 1973 (1973-10-13)
The team discovers that the couple they rescued from a helicopter crash were transporting explosives.
7"Grizzly"October 20, 1973 (1973-10-20)
The Rescue Rangers return a grizzly bear named King to the wild. Having been raise in captivity, will he be able to adjust to his new surroundings?
8"Deepsea Disaster"October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)
Jackie, Susan, Gene Fox, Lassie, Toothless, and Fastback are assigned as the crew of the Aquabase. But will a disgruntled sub designer have his revenge?
9"Black Out"November 3, 1973 (1973-11-03)
The team heads into the city during a blackout to stop looters and other threats.
10"Arctic Adventure"November 10, 1973 (1973-11-10)
This adventure focuses on the search for firefighters in Alaska.
11"The Sunken Galleon"November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)
Jackie, Susan, and Gene Fox search for a missing frogman in Clinton Inlet, unaware that two men have set their sights on a fortune in gold bars.
12"Goldmine"November 24, 1973 (1973-11-24)
A greedy man mistakenly believes the Rescue Rangers are trying to steal gold from his mine.
13"Rodeo"December 1, 1973 (1973-12-01)
Someone is trying to sabotage a rodeo.
14"Hullabaloo in Hollywood"December 8, 1973 (1973-12-08)
The Rescue Rangers arrive in Hollywood to appear in a movie. But a mysterious phantom is causing problems on the set.
15"Tidal Wave"December 15, 1973 (1973-12-15)
The Rescue Rangers have their work cut out for them when a tidal wave threatens to devastate the Florida coast.
16"Lost"December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)
Duane Johnson gets lost on his first camping trip, putting himself and a mountain man called Jake in terrible danger.

References

  1. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2005: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland p. 302. ISBN 978-0-7864-5210-1.
  2. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (July 15, 2018). "VFX Artist, Illustrator George Jenson Dies Age 87". Animation Magazine. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Miller, Chuck (June 21, 2016). "The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie". Times Union. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981. Scarecrow Press. p. 167. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 487–488. ISBN 978-1476665993.

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