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Warner Archives revives "Marine Boy"

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by Jerry Beck
June 24, 2013 2:47 PM
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Alongside Astro Boy, Giagantor, Eighth Man, Prince PlanetSpeed Racer and Kimba: The White Lion, MARINE BOY was one of the pioneering handful of anime television series to be syndicated to the U.S. in the 1960s. Warner Archives has just announced that it is releasing the first 26 (of 78) episodes, newly restored, on DVD. 

Marine Boy was the second anime series produced in color (the first was Kimba) and production was handled by animation studio Japan Tele-Cartoons. It was originally sold outside of Japan by Warner Bros / Seven Arts Television. In an unusual twist, the US version aired two years before the show was telecast in Japan! 

From the press release:

Produced in Japan but intended for first-run syndication in the United States during 1966-67, Marine Boy was one of the first color cartoons to come from Japan. A teenager with some amazing inventions at his disposal, Marine Boy battles evil on and under the seas on behalf of the Ocean Patrol, aided by his father, Dr. Mariner, and the brilliant Professor Fumble. Joining Marine Boy in his missions are his white dolphin, Splasher, young mermaid friend Neptina, and fellow Ocean Patrol agents Bullton and Piper.

 The series even shared some pedigree with Speed Racer, most notably featuring several members of the rival series’ voice cast - like Corinne Orr, the voice of Marine Boy, Neptina and Clicli (as well as Trixie on Speed Racer); Peter Fernandez as Piper and Dr. Mariner (and the original voice of Speed Racer) and Jack Grimes as Professor Fumble and Splasher (Chim-Chim). Jack Curtis provided the voice of the narrator for both series.

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4 Comments

  • keith steptoe | March 9, 2014 7:56 PMReply

    Classic but I seem to be the only person that remembers it on Saturday's alongside casey jones the virginian etc

  • eeteed | June 25, 2013 4:36 PMReply

    can't wait to get my hands on this!

  • droosan | June 24, 2013 11:55 PMReply

    One of my earliest childhood drawings was a crude crayon doodle of Marine Boy, his dolphin and a school of fish. I got my mom to write the words "MARINE BOY" at the top of the drawing, because I didn't yet know how to write. The show remains a fond memory for me, even though I haven't seen it since I was 4 or 5 years old.

  • Toonio | June 24, 2013 6:13 PMReply

    Do I want this to be released before the complete collection of Histeria.... No.

    Yet will I buy it?... hell yeah. Way too much fun to miss out.

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