In April a video recreating a clip from Star Trek: The Next Generation in the style of Star Trek: The Animated Series went viral, with over 400,000 views. Now the same Gazelle Automations team is back and this time they are taking on Star Trek: Voyager.
Voyager’s “Threshold” gets animated
For Voyager Gazelle took on a bigger challenge, with almost six minutes of animation, compared to just over two minutes for the TNG video. Once again it is lovingly recreated in the 1970s Filmation style of The Animated Series, including music and sounds. There are even some TAS deep cut cameos. And to add a bit of fun, they are using the notorious episode “Threshold.”
Gazelle Automations was Founded by Justin and Lindsay Lee. Based in Toronto, Canada, Gazelle Automations has the goal of creating entertainment with the magic of puppetry, model miniatures and animation. They work with Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds, ITV, BBC, CBC, and others. As we did with the last video, we reached out via email to Justin to talk about how they put this all together.
Why did you pick Voyager as the next challenge, and why “Threshold”?
Since Voyager comes from a similar era of Trek to TNG, I thought it’d be fun to again “translate” that world into the TAS style. As for the excerpt I chose, I went through lists of episodes over and over for ages until I decided on “Threshold”. To me, there’s something TAS-y about crew members turning into salamanders (“The Ambergris Element” comes to mind). And to address the obvious, I did choose what’s considered to be a terrible episode of Trek, just to see how it would work as a Saturday morning cartoon.
This one was way harder than TNG: TAS, but of course, I did that to myself! I wanted to do the whole chunk from Janeway in the hallway to them finding the babies, and that meant lots more backgrounds, characters, etc. Also, the original segment has lots of long holds on actors, which just doesn’t work in this style, so I ended up drawing way more stuff so I could cut away to things and keep it visually interesting.
What are your favorite deep cuts you put in this one?
My wife and fellow Gazelle Automations producer Lindsay Lee loves Em/3/Green (he’s currently her phone lock screen, no joke), so making the conn officer someone from that unnamed race was really fun. And unlike TNG:TAS which only showed a handful of regulars, I wanted to show EVERY Voyager lead actor in the Filmation style somewhere, so one, in particular, had to be snuck into a shot.
So, will there be more?
Maybe there’ll be more? I never thought I’d do a second one, so…
Behind the scenes
After the release of the original TNG video in April, Gazelle released a video showing how they put it together.