|Not quite as memorable as the Millennium Falcon, the Cygnus|
rests on the edge of a... BLACK HOLE!
Following the huge success of the original Star Wars in 1977, every television and movie studio was looking to get in on the profits and the House of Mouse was no different. It probably seemed an easy enough task given the superficial formula Lucas had laid out in his film. Unique, toy-ready robots? Check. Rakish, bad-boy hunk? Check. Respected European actor in a key role? Check. Potentially iconic villain-in-mask? Check.
Disney's The Black Hole, directed by Gary Nelson (whose previous effort was the original Freaky Friday in 1976), was released in 1979 featuring performances by Oscar-winning actors Maximilian Schell (Judgement at Nuremberg, 1961) and Ernest Borgnine (Marty, 1955), as well as respected actor Anthony Perkins, best know as Norman Bates in Psycho (1956). The voices of the main robot characters are provided by Roddy McDowall and Slim Pickens.
|Giant bad robot Maximilian and Dr. Hans Reinhardt played by Maximilian Schell.|
|B.O.B. (BiO-sanitation Battalion), a battered early model |
robot voiced by Slim Pickens.
|Our heroes led by V.I.N.CENT ("Vital Information Necessary CENTralized") |
voiced by Roddy McDowall.
|V.I.N.CENT. and Captain S.T.A.R.("Special Troops/Arms Regiment") |
played by Tom McLoughlin.
|Maximilian listening in on Dr. Alex Durant (Anthony Perkins) |
and scientist Dr. Kate McCrae (Yvette Mimieux).
|One of three color-coded puzzles to be constructed using the backs of the trading cards.|
|V.I.N.CENT ("Vital Information Necessary CENTralized")|
|The climactic battle between Maximilian and V.I.N.CENT!|
On second thought, maybe these cards aren't so bad...