Emergency +4

Emergency +4 is a 1973–1974 American animated television series based on the live action prime-time series Emergency![1]

Emergency +4
Genreadventure cartoon
Created byHarold Jack Bloom
R. A. Cinader
(live-action basis program)
Developed byFred Calvert Productions
Presented byFred Calvert Productions
Voices ofRandolph Mantooth
Kevin Tighe
Theme music composerSound Track Music Company
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23
Production
ProducerFred Calvert
Running time30 min.
Production companiesFred Calvert Productions
Mark VII Limited
Universal Television
DistributorMCA TV
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 8, 1973 (1973-09-08) –
November 30, 1974 (1974-11-30)
Chronology
Related showsEmergency!

The cartoon features the show's two main characters, young firefighter-paramedics John Roderick "Johnny" Gage and Roy DeSoto, voiced by the actors who played them on the prime-time series, Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe. It also added a "plus four" of young people trained in lifesaving techniques — Carol, Matt, Jason and Randy — along with their pets, Flash the dog, Charlemayne the myna bird and Bananas the monkey.[2]

Broadcast runEdit

The series began on NBC's Saturday morning schedule on September 8, 1973, and ran twenty-three 30-minute episodes over two seasons. The final episode aired on November 30, 1974. The show remained on the network until September 4, 1976 through re-runs.[3]

CastingEdit

Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe provided the character voices for their respective Emergency! paramedic characters of John Roderick Gage and Roy DeSoto. (See below for other character voice providers.)

FormatEdit

Each episode of the adventure series revolved around the Paramedical Rescue Service. The "+4" of the series title referred to the four children who joined the paramedics in each episode's rescue activities.

ProductionEdit

Universal Studios outsourced the animation to Fred Calvert Productions because, at the time, it did not have its own animation division.

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1973)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Desert Storm"Fred CalvertTBA8 September 1973 (8 September 1973)
22"Danger at Fantasy Park"Fred CalvertTBA15 September 1973 (15 September 1973)
33"The Circus Story"Fred CalvertTBA22 September 1973 (22 September 1973)
44"Sunken Plane"Fred CalvertTBA29 September 1973 (29 September 1973)
55"River of Peril"Fred CalvertTBA6 October 1973 (6 October 1973)
66"Fire at Sea"Fred CalvertTBA13 October 1973 (13 October 1973)
77"Tsunami"Fred CalvertTBA20 October 1973 (20 October 1973)
88"Brushfire"Fred CalvertTBA27 October 1973 (27 October 1973)
99"Oil's Well"Fred CalvertTBA3 November 1973 (3 November 1973)
1010"Winter Nightmare"Fred CalvertTBA10 November 1973 (10 November 1973)
1111"Cry Wolf"Fred CalvertTBA17 November 1973 (17 November 1973)

Season 2 (1974)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
121"Bicycle Thieves"Fred CalvertJohn Bates14 September 1974 (14 September 1974)
132"S.O.S. Help Us!"Fred CalvertRobert and Charlene Bralver21 September 1974 (21 September 1974)
143"King of the Mountain"Fred CalvertTBA28 September 1974 (28 September 1974)
154"Stuntman"Fred CalvertDavid and Susan Dworski5 October 1974 (5 October 1974)
165"Odyssey I"Fred CalvertTBA12 October 1974 (12 October 1974)
176"Odyssey II"Fred CalvertTBA19 October 1974 (19 October 1974)
187"Out of the Blue"Fred CalvertDon Goodman26 October 1974 (26 October 1974)
198"Afterburner"Fred CalvertJanus McBride2 November 1974 (2 November 1974)
209"Wheels of Fire"Fred CalvertJohn Bates9 November 1974 (9 November 1974)
2110"Ghost of Billy Silver"Fred CalvertJohn Bates16 November 1974 (16 November 1974)
2211"The Old Crox"Fred CalvertJohn Bates23 November 1974 (23 November 1974)
2312"Blast Off"Fred CalvertJohn Bates30 November 1974 (30 November 1974)

CreditsEdit

Season 1

  • Produced and Directed by Fred Calvert
  • Starring the Voices of Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe, with Donald Fullilove, Peter Haas, David Jolliffe, Sarah Kennedy
  • Associate Producer: Clifford Alsberg
  • Created by Harold Jack Bloom, R.A. Cinader
  • Stories by Joel Kane, Carol Henning, David & Susan Dworski, Peter Dixon, Joe Bonaduce, Norman Maurer, Fred Freiberger, Michael Donovan
  • Storyboard Director: Jan Green
  • Storyboards: Bill Perez, Joe Bruno, Corny Cole
  • Story Editors: Harriet Foster, Janis Fierstein
  • Animation Director: Ray Patterson
  • Animation: Edwin Aardal, Joan Drake, Daniel De La Vega, Shannon Lee Dyer, Robert Goe, Fred Hellmich, Robert Maxfield, Ambrozi Paliwoda, Morey Reden, Allen Wilzbach
  • Production Designer: Don Jurwich
  • Layout: Ray Aragon, Dale Barnhart, Kimie Calvert, Norm Gottfredson, Paul Gruwell, Alex Ignatiev, Michael Moss, James Mueller, Michael O'Mara, Norly Paat, Joel Seibel, Tony Sgroi, Craig Spaulding, Grace Stanzell, Al Wilson, Zygamond Jablecki
  • Background Stylist: Walt Peregoy
  • Background: Daniela Bielecka, Linda Langmade, Carolyn Lim, Cathy Patrick, Don Schweikert, Donald Watson
  • Production Coordinator: Paul Shively
  • Music by Sound Track Music Company
  • Editing: Bill Shippey, Peter Aries
  • Ink and Paint Supervisor: Pat Jencks
  • Checking Supervisor: Jan Cornell
  • Scene Coordinator: Rollie Greenwood
  • Xerox Supervisor: Ralph Coffman
  • Camera: Animation Camera Services, Inc.
  • Sound Engineering: Tom Rees, Valentine Recording
  • Production Assistants: Vanessa O'Meara, Carolyn Rosales
  • Fred Calvert Productions in association with Mark VII Limited and Universal Studios

Season 2

  • Executive Producers: Fred Calvert, Michael Jaffe
  • Produced and Directed by Fred Calvert
  • Associate Producer: Janis Fierstein
  • Created by Harold Jack Bloom, R.A. Cinader
  • Starring the Voices of Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe, with Donald Fullilove, Peter Haas, Sarah Kennedy, Bobby Diamond, Richard Paul, Jack DeLeon, Casey Kasem
  • Story Editors: Harriet Foster, Janis Fierstein
  • Art Director: Kimie Calvert
  • Storyboard/Layout: Gerard Baldwin, Gordon Bellamy, Norly Paat, Michael O'Mara, Roy Wilson, Bill Perez
  • Animation: Shannon Lee Dyer, Edwin Aardal, Ed DeMattia, Fred Hellmich, Don Schloat, Allen Wilzbach
  • Background Stylist: Walt Peregoy
  • Background: Daniela Bielecka, Cathy Patrick, Don Schweikert, Donald Watson
  • Music by Sound Track Music Company
  • Editing: Bill Shippey, Peter Aries
  • Production Coordinator: Don Schloat
  • Scene Coordinator: Rollie Greenwood
  • Ink and Paint Supervisor: Laurie Curran
  • Xerox Supervisor: Ralph Coffman
  • Camera: Animation Camera Services, Inc.
  • Voice Track: Larrabee Sound
  • Fred Calvert Productions in association with Mark VII Limited and Universal Studios

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 181. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981. Scarecrow Press. pp. 90–91. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  3. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 145. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 19 March 2020.

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