Battle of the Planets (1978) is an American animated television adaptation of the Japan anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1972). Of the 105 original Gatchaman episodes, 85 were used in the Battle of the Planets adaptation, produced by Sandy Frank Entertainment. The adaptation is generally faithful to the plot and character development of the original Gatchaman series, but significant additions and reductions were made in order to increase appeal to the North America juvenile television market of the late 1970s, as well as avoid controversy from parents, mostly notably with the removal of elements of graphic violence, profanity and transgenderism.
As of February 2007, Sandy Frank's 30-year license to Battle of the Planets is expired.
A CGI film based on the franchise, Gatchaman, is slated for a 2011 release from Warner Bros.
Battle of the Planets casts five young people as G-Force, consisting of Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny. The question has been raised whether or not the characters were cyborgs due to their "cerebonic" enhancements which granted them superhuman agility and demonstrations of power such as their tornado-like, spinning force "Whirlwind Pyramid" form.
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