2023 is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and today at San Diego Comic-Con, CBS Studios revealed the first look at how they are saluting the franchise’s first foray into animation.
Riker, Quark, and Saru join Animated Celebration
To commemorate the golden anniversary of The Animated Series, CBS Studios is creating five all-new animated promotional spots in the TAS style featuring fan-favorite characters voiced by cast members from across the Star Trek universe, including icons Jonathan Frakes as Will Riker, Doug Jones as Saru, and Armin Shimerman as Quark.
The all-new animated spots come from creative consultant Casper Kelly, best known for the viral smash hit Too Many Cooks and his work on Star Trek: Short Treks and Adult Swim. Kelly announced the program alongside fellow panelist John Van Citters, Vice President, Star Trek Brand Development.
The Star Trek: The Animated Celebration spots will debut later this year. More details to come on Star Trek Day in September.
IDW celebrating TAS with “The Scheimer Barrier” comic
Casper Kelly will also release a new comic book with IDW Publishing titled Star Trek: The Animated Celebration Presents The Scheimer Barrier. The title honors Star Trek: The Animated Series producer Lou Scheimer, one of the founders of Filmation (the production company that made the series). Two first-look images from the comic were revealed during the panel by Kelly and IDW Senior Editor Heather Antos.
The comic will debut digitally in September on StarTrek.com with physical copies available at New York Comic Con in October. IDW revealed two first-look images from the comic during the panel.
More to come from Trek animation panel
Keep an eye out for more details on these projects with our full report from the SDCC panel. There were also announcements about the release of episodes 11-20 of Star Trek: Prodigy digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray, as well as special screenings of Star Trek: Lower Decks set for Star Trek Day.
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