Futurama and Red Dwarf (plus The Banana Splits)
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I am a fan of pretty much all things "Sci-Fi", not just Dan Dare. Two of my other favourites are the sci-fi comedy TV series "Futurama" and "Red Dwarf" - I love a good laugh! Below are some images, animated GIFs and MP3 music from those series, plus a free Flash online arcade game.
If you've never seen "Futurama" (which was first broadcast in 1999), I thoroughly recommend you to buy at least one season of the 4 (to date) seasons on DVD, or one of the 4 straight-to-DVD films - it's very funny (which is not surprising really since it was co-created by Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons") and you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy it, although it does help.
Below is a picture of some of the characters from the series, including (in the center) the three protagonists Leela the Cycloptic Alien-who-later-turned-out-to-be-a-mutant Human, Fry the Frozen-in-time-for-1000-years Pizza Delivery Boy, and (lying down) Bender the Girder-bending Robot, plus (from left to right around them) Kif Kroker, Zapp Brannigan, Nibbler and Amy Wong:
Click on the image of Fry (shortly before he was frozen in time for 1000 years) below to listen to the main title music from the series (MP3 format - 462 KB):
If you haven't previously seen Rob Grant's and Doug Naylor's "Red Dwarf" (which was first broadcast in 1988), I also heartily recommend you to buy at least one season of it on DVD - season 6 is, in my humble opinion, the best of the 8 (to date) full seasons. (The 2008 follow-up three part mini-season "Back to Earth" is also worth watching if you watch all the full seasons first.) As with Futurama, every episode is really funny and you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy them, although again it helps.
Below is a photo of the season 8 main cast, consisting of (from left to right) Danny John-Jules as "The Cat", Chris Barrie as "Arnold Judas Rimmer", Robert Llewellyn as "Kryten", Craig Charles as "Dave Lister", Chloe Annett as "Kristine Kochanski" and Norman Lovett as "Holly":
Click on the animated GIF of "Starbug" (the Red Dwarf crew's shuttle craft) below to listen to the rather splendid opening title music from the series (WAV format - 81.4 KB):
click here to listen to a medley of the opening title music and closing title
Here are the lyrics to the closing title song:
by Howard Goodall. First and second verse lyrics by Howard Goodall.
Listen to the famous "Tongue Tied" song by The Cat
And finally... It has absolutely nothing to do with anything else on this page, but I used to love a really corny but fun late-1960's children's TV series called "The Banana Splits" when I was very young. It was created in 1968 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (a.k.a. Hanna-Barbera), the team most famous for having written and directed the original "Tom and Jerry" cartoons, and for creating the "The Flintstones", "Top Cat", "Wacky Races", "Scooby Doo" and "Hong Kong Phooey" to name just a few.
Click on either of the photos of The Banana Splits below to listen to the really groovy main title song - a.k.a. "The Tra La La Song" - from the series (MP3 format - 660 KB):
Here are the lyrics to "The Tra La La Song":
by Ritchie Adams and Mark Barkan.
One of the key features of The Banana Splits show was the Hanna-Barbera cartoon adventure series "Arabian Knights" (see the image below). It was great fun, and if you're a fan of Disney's "Aladdin" cartoons I recommend you to try and track down episodes of the Arabian Knights to watch, as you're sure to find it just as enjoyable.
In 2008 a brand new version of The Banana Splits show was created, with a very similar appearance and style to the original show from 40 years before. Here are some "New Banana Splits" bonuses for you courtesy of one of this website's "sister" sites:
Click here to view a page about another of my childhood favourites, courtesy of one of this website's "sister" sites.
This site also includes pages of images, animated GIFs, free Flash online arcade games and music of some more of my favourites: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Brothers, Hanna-Barbera, Tom and Jerry, The Simpsons, Megaman and Thunderbirds
There are also 5 pages of Dan Dare animated GIFs in this site - click on this link to go to the first one: Dan Dare Animated GIFs
There is a page all about the Dan Dare CGI (computer-generated cartoon) TV series, including free movie clips and free music MP3s, at Dan-Dare.org's "sister" site, Dan-Dare.net - click on this link to view it: Dan Dare TV Series
are welcome to copy and use any of the animated GIFs on this page for
your own webspace if you wish
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