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Ton o' news re: "Starship Troopers" animated series !!!

Glen here...

Zim! Power suits! Skinnies! Bug guts and death!

DINGLE BERRY just sent in heapin' gobs of information about the Starship Troopers animated series previously reported on Coaxial (I didn't make up that codename - it was requested by the source).

I can't provide a link to my previous coverage. When Aint It Cool News moved from crappy, home-grown graphics to all this damn CGI stuff, some of my articles were lost in the archiving, upgrade, and transition. My Starship Troopers animated piece was one of these articles.

None the less, the following information far transcends anything I've said about this topic before (which was...basically...that a series was in development). Here's what Dingle Berry had to say about the Starship Troopers animated series:



REMEMBER - while the series is definitely a go, they are still in the script development stages and casting stages, so what I tell you now may not end up on screen.

It is being made by Sony and most of the staff who worked on the MIB animated series for the WB.

The Starship Troopers animated series is taking elements from the Robert A. Heinlein book as well as the Verhoven film - and some new elements that the animation writers and producers will add.

The series is going to be all CG (like Beast Wars). A digital house has not been selected yet although Netter Digital (owned by Douglas Netter-Producer of Babylon 5) looks like the leading candidate.

((Glen Note: Netter Digital has also been mentioned in conjunction with the Sci Fi Channel's six hour DUNE miniseries, which has apparently hit some financing snags. Back to Dingle Berry:))

There are 40 episodes being produced for strip syndication. So it will be aired Monday-Friday. The entire series will be aired over a period of 8 weeks. The series is an arcing story-line and will have closure by the end of the 40th episode. In each week of the series the mobile infantry will travel to a new planet (or other location) and that weeks episodes will mostly take place there.

Characters such as Johnnie Rico, Carmen, Sgt. Zim will be in the series, but they are part of the regular cast (Zim is only written into 5 episodes as far as I know). There are about 10 voice actors who make up the regular cast of the series, no big names have been cast in any of the lead roles.

It seems like the story line starts before the events that happened in the film, when humans are fighting the bugs, but not having a full scale war with them. But the story arc seems to end long after the events of the film.

One element from the book that you will see in the series are the the Mobile Infantry Power Armor. It isn't exactly like the armor from the book (that was able to drop from out of the sky in orbital troop carriers). But it isnt like that cheezy non-armor stuff from the movie either.

There are 2 different types of power armor. There is the standard mobile infantry power which will give enhanced strength, agility and full protection from any environment. Most of the infanty will be wearing this kind of armor. But in each M.I. unit there will also be 2 Marauder class power armor suits which will be less agile, but much more heavily armed.

Another element from the book that willl be used in the animated series will be the appearence of the Skinnies. Skinny are an alien race that the troopers also fought before taking on the bugs. They are rather thin and elongated (hence they are called Skinnies). One week of the series deals specifically with the battle against the Skinnies.

Now for some of the story outline:


Week 1: Takes place on Pluto. The a squadron of M.I. is assigned to eradicate what they believe some relatively non-hostile bugs that are indigenous to Pluto. They discover that the bugs are not indigenous and quite hostile.

Week 2: The troops are sent to Hydora- a water world planet to fight the bugs there.

Week 3: The troops are sent to Tofid, homewolrd of the Skinnies, where they do battle. The troopers eventually realize that the Skinnies are actually being controlled by a psychic "Mind Control Bug" who has been manipulating them and forcing them to fight with the humans. When the trooper free the Skinnys from the Mind control bug's power, they want revenge against the bugs. But since the Skinny's do not have faster than light travel, several of them join with the troopers (one becomes part of the regular cast).

Week 4: Takes place on a Jungle planet.

Week 5: The troopers are marooned on an ice asteroid-which turns out be really be a giant bug heading for Earth.

Week 6: The Troopers launch a major offensive strike against Klendathu, the homeworld of the bugs.

Week 7: While the troopers attacked Klendathu, the bugs launched their own campaign against the Earth, the troopers return to Earth to stop the bug invasion.

Week 8: Final battle against the bugs. (location unknown)

They want to get it on the air by Fall of 1999, but with all the heavy CG work that is planned it could be much later than that...


Glen here again...

A huge thanks to Dingle Berry for sharing this information with the world. Very much appreciated, very cool....

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  • Feb. 11, 1999, 9:37 a.m. CST

    At least its somewhat faithful to the book.

    by Uncapie

    This should be a pretty good series, but my guess it'll be aimed towards kids so there will be politically correct violence instead of showing the real horror or war. There was a Japanese anamie three part series that came out in the eighties on "Starship Troopers". Hard to get now, but it was good. If they make this series like the early "Macross", it should be good.

  • Feb. 11, 1999, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Bugs Mr. Riko and I am mowing em down

    by Ranger1138

    I agree that the MIB aspect bothers the hell out of me. I hate that WB shoves that thing in between Superman and Batman Beyond. But the Beast Wars style is very popular right now and if they use the styles mentioned above with the same type of storytelling that was used in EXO Squad it might be alright. Robert H.'s books of the 50's had that spirit of adventure. If they can recapture half of that same spirit then we have got something to look forward to. Hopefully, this will see some sort of video only or DVD treatment because if it goes to the big networks.... Well remember the probs Batman had with those six eps with FOX?

  • Feb. 11, 1999, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Thank goodness it's not traditional animation

    by Maruku

    Because WB likes to prove how badly they suck with every piece of cel animation they do. (Does Iron Giant count? Idunno.. does Toy Story count as a Disney flick?) Anyway...

  • Feb. 11, 1999, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by Shadow Lord

    I was orginally sceptical when I heard about this. I hated that dame movie, love the book. But as long as they base it more off the book than the movie(though taking some from the movie is not bad), and with the CGI of beast wars(beast wars rocks, best show in the kids arena ever), this could be a real winner. As far as the gore goes, if they aim it towards a higher target audeince(like war planets), they may be able to put that in. Why don't they get mainframe to do it? Between beast wars and war planets, they've proven they know how to do CGI. but giving someone else a chance might be fun too.

  • Feb. 11, 1999, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Who wrote this thing?

    by Tenebros

    Though I am not sure how much I like the idea of CG animation, I'm willing to check it out. The only prolem I have with this whole thing is the plot synopsis. It sounds so "blah". The most interesting sounding plot is the week of the skinnies. (Is it just me or does that sound like a french super model convention or something?) But these bits about "They fight bugs on a forest planet" then "They fight more bugs on a water planet." It sounds more like it will end up a show case of how many different kinds of bugs the concept artists can come up with. What I want to know is. .. will it have meat? (And I don't just mean gore)

  • Seperation of the sexes(no women in the MI, no male pilots) and bugs using guns and other tech. are the main points that should be taken from the book. The level of gore can be toned down but the amount of violence needs to push the censors to the absolute limit of what they will let pass. Also, I thought the "eggshell" orbital delivery system was one of the coolest apects of the MI and I am dissapointed in the exclusion of it.

  • Feb. 12, 1999, 11:59 a.m. CST

    StarShip Troopers

    by fafhrd

    Hello! There already IS a Starship Troopers animation! Studio Nue (famous for Macross and Macross:Do You Remember Love?) did make ST an anime. ST the anime was directed by Tetsuro Amino. It was released somewhere around '88, probably as a OVA or movie. It was very faithful to the book, and kept the characters mainly as they were envisioned in the book, there are the Power Suits (all variations!)The only difference was that the Bugs were changed, to look like gelatinous aliens. From what I've heard, it was far better than the effects driven movie.

  • Feb. 13, 1999, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Saturday Morning Cereal: NAZI-O'S!

    by L'Auteur

    Hmmm... I'm not saying the show wouldnt be entertaining, but two things: 1) anyone who sells their movie to a TV show is a SELL-OUT! and 2) Do we really want our kids watching a show based on a movie that subliminally promoted Nazism?

  • Feb. 13, 1999, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Beast Wars

    by goonies8

    If this show is anything like beast wars, I'd like to see some episodes. Beast wars is in my top ten shows and if anyone has some tapes of beast wars for sale notify me, I'm interested.

  • Feb. 14, 1999, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Starship Troopers

    by Genocybre

    I like the idea of a Starship Troopers animated series, and I love the idea that it will be faithful to the book. However, I have very little faith that it will be executed properly. I have a pretty good idea of the way these things work. Scripts change, writers change, and without the original author around to keep tabs on things, all hell will break loose. That's why the movie was a big pile o' special FX laden dung. The movie was made to be a satire of the Nazi propaganda of the 30's and 40's. Heinlein meant his novel to be a warning of things to come, and as far as I can tell, many of his predictions have come true. But that's just my opinion... BTW, Heinlein also inveented the waterbed, for you trivia buffs out there. He didn't patent it, however.

  • March 23, 1999, 11:29 p.m. CST

    propaganda and SST thoughts

    by JMYoda

    I agree SST the film was a parody of propaganda films. However it wasn't anything like Nazi propaganda. It was a parody of the pro-American anti-Japanese propaganda that was fed to our grandfathers and (in the case of some of you) great-grandfathers in WWII. As for the film I thought it was mildly amusing as a satire but pretty pathetic as a sci-fi film despite the interesting eye candy. Even with that the FX where more of an excuse to tear people apart then to impress us with the film's technical staff. I really hope the CGI series has the book's feel rather then the film's. It still won't be nearly as interesting as Space: Above and Beyond was though.

  • July 4, 1999, 10:54 p.m. CST

    I Think It Sounds Cool

    by Macgyver

    I dont care what the rest of you say, i am a big fan of the movie, and i thought the book was well done (at least for the time), and so I think that making the series in cgi would be awesome, just as long as the quality is better than beast wars, I hate that show, the idea is good, but the quality sux But over all, this would make a great series, I cant wait to see it, it has every element of the true starship troopers story and should be a great show