As part of their celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Animated Series CBS Studios is launching a new series of animated promotional spots in the style of TAS featuring characters voiced by familiar Star Trek celebs.
Very Short Treks
First teased at SDCC, today CBS Studios revealed these shorts will be titled Very Short Treks. Five shorts will be released through September and October with the first episode “Skin a Cat” arriving on Friday, September 8 as part of the Star Trek Day celebration.
Check out the trailer…
As noted in the trailer, the key difference with the two-season series Star Trek: Short Treks is that these five animated shorts are not considered canon. However, there are a number of familiar stars reprising their roles for these shorts, including Jonathan Frakes as Will Riker, Doug Jones as Saru and Armin Shimerman as Quark, and a new line-up of exciting voices, including Ethan Peck as Spock, Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher, Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura, Connor Trinneer as Trip Tucker, Bruce Horak as Hemmer, Noël Wells as Tendi, and the legendary George Takei as Sulu.
Star Trek: Very Short Treks comes 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.
The first animated spot will launch on Star Trek Day, Sept. 8, exclusively on StarTrek.com and the official Star Trek YouTube channel, with four additional animated spots rolling out weekly on Wednesdays through Oct. 4 at 10:00 A.M., PT/1:00 P.M., ET.
Titles and release schedule:
Sept. 8 – “Skin a Cat”
Sept. 13 – “Holiday Party”
Sept. 20 – “Worst Contact”
Sept. 27 – “Holograms, All the Way Down”
Oct. 4 – “Walk, Don’t Run”
CBS also released a new poster for their animation celebration.
Prodigy writer/producer wrote an episode
I wrote “Holograms, All the Way Down.” It’s strange and fun, a la Adult Swim. A loving tribute. Absolutely not canon.
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) September 5, 2023
Animated celebration comic book too
Casper Kelly will also release a new comic book with IDW Publishing, “Star Trek: The Animated Celebration Presents The Scheimer Barrier.” The first chapter of the comic will debut digitally on Sept. 8 on StarTrek.com with physical copies available at New York Comic Con in October. Additional chapters of the comic will drop weekly on Wednesdays on StarTrek.com at 10:00 A.M., PT/1:00 P.M., ET.
For more on Star Trek Day, check out our previous report.
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