Basically some poor James Bond/Knight Rider affair, except this dude could morph himslef into any anumal. Great programme with a great title, "Manimal".
Glen Larson's crime-fighting shape-shifter was a man who could turn into ANY animal. Any animal at all. As long as that animal is a panther.
OK Ill admit if he can do a hawk too if he can be bothered, but usually after the bubbling hand bit, we always ended up seeing the panther.
Its not so much that special effects technology didn't exist in 1983, it's just that network TV could not afford them.
Production costs were high and pretty much all of it was ear marked for all that Manimalization, so low ratings meant they only made about 4 episodes or something.
They replayed them on Bravo not long ago. Watched them all and they reallly did make me laugh. Very funny, and very poor all at the same time. The funniest thing that I've noticed, is that Simon McCorkindale (the titular Manimal) is now the lead doctor in Casualty.
I thought it was great, we were promised a man who can be any animal, but this actually turned into the reality of a guy being swapped out for the same piece of stock panther transformation footage week after week.
Still, I loved it, and theyre supposed to be making a film of it. Brilliant.
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Posted by Life in the 80's at 7:28 PM