ⓘ ALF: The Animated Series

                                     

ⓘ ALF: The Animated Series

ALF: The Animated Series is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series that aired on NBC for 26 episodes from September 26, 1987 to January 7, 1989.

ALF: The Animated Series was a prequel and animated spinoff the prime time series ALF, which had also aired on NBC from 1986 to 1990. Paul Fusco, the creator and puppeteer of ALF in the live-action series, was the only cast member to reprise his role in voice form; none of the human characters from the prime time ALF appeared in the animated series. ALF Tales was a spin-off from the series that also ran on NBC on Saturdays from September, 1988 to December, 1989. The two ALF animated series ran concurrently during the 1988–89 season as the ALF & ALF Tales Hour.

                                     

1.1. Synopsis Setting

This show is a prequel to the live action sitcom ALF, depicting ALFs life back on his home planet of Melmac before it exploded. Since the original characters name of "ALF" was an acronym for "Alien Life Form", it is never used in the animated series except for its title. The main character is Gordon Shumway who is normally referred to as "Gordon". In each episode a live action ALF appears at the introduction and conclusion of the episode, talking to the television viewers; either setting up the episode as if writing his memoirs "Melmac Memories" and commenting on it afterwards, reading fan mail or describing what his life was like on Melmac. The visual look of the series was created by the lead character designer Fil Barlow.

The format of the series has the standard setup of a situational comedy, or sitcom, as its premise, in the style of The Flintstones or The Jetsons and it predates The Simpsons which has a similar family arrangement of two parents, three children and a dog. Much of the humor arises from the characters taking part in ordinary everyday activities set in an alien and surrealistic environment.

Gordon/ALF from this series is one of the cartoon characters featured in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.

                                     

1.2. Synopsis Plot

Gordon Shumway is a fairly normal teenager living in suburban East Velcro with his parents Bob and Flo, brother Curtis, young sister Augie and their dog Neep on the planet Melmac. He spends time hanging out with his friends Rick and Skip who call him "Gordo", and he has a girlfriend named Rhonda. Sometimes the quartet would report for mandatory duty with the Melmacian Orbit Guard. The show includes an array of quirky supporting characters, which include the fortune-smeller Madame Pokipsi and the villain Larson Petty with his offsider Eggbert.

                                     

2.1. Characters The Shumway Family

  • Bob Shumway voiced by Thick Wilson – Gordons father.
  • Harry – Shumway familys pet bird.
  • Augie Shumway voiced by Paulina Gillis – Gordons little sister.
  • Neep – The Shumway familys pet dog. He is officially called a "vespa."
  • Flo Shumway voiced by Peggy Mahon – Gordons mother.
  • Curtis Shumway voiced by Michael Fantini – Gordons little brother, voiced by Michael Fantini.
  • Gordon Gordo Shumway/ALF voiced by Paul Fusco – The star of the show.
                                     

2.2. Characters Melmacians

  • Stella voiced by Ellen-Ray Hennessy – The waitress.
  • Spudder – Curtis friend.
  • Rick Fusterman voiced by Paul Fusco – Gordons friend.
  • Eggbert Petty voiced by Dan Hennessey – Larson Pettys assistant.
  • Rhonda voiced by Paulina Gillis – Gordons girlfriend.
  • Colonel Cantfayl voiced by Len Carlson – An Orbit Guard officer.
  • Sloop voiced by Dan Hennessey – Gordons other friend.
  • Larson Petty voiced by Thick Wilson – The primary villain of the series. He has made plans to invade Melmac.
  • Madame Pokipsi voiced by Deborah Theaker – The fortune smeller.
  • Skipper "Skip" voiced by Rob Cowan – Gordons friend.
  • Sargent Staff voiced by Len Carlson – A sergeant in the Orbit Guard.
                                     

3. Home media

On May 30, 2006, Lionsgate Home Entertainment released both the first nine episodes of ALF: The Animated Series as ALF Animated Adventures – 20.000 Years in Driving School and Other Stories; and the first seven episodes of ALF Tales entitled ALF and The Beanstalk and Other Classic Fairy Tales on DVD in Region 1.

                                     
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