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Ultraman: The Adventure Begins (ウルトラマンUSA, Urutoraman Yū Esu Ē, Ultraman USA) is a 1987 American-Japanese animated superhero film jointly produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Tsuburaya Productions and animated by both Studio Sign and Ashi Productions. It is the second foreign Ultra Series production overall, and the second foreign Ultraman film after The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. the Monster Army. Originally intended as a pilot for an animated series, no such series ever emerged and the pilot was made into a full-length film. It was released in theaters in the United States on October 12, 1987, with a Japanese theatrical release following on April 28, 1989. The costumes based on the three main heroes (the Ultra Team) were made for use in stage shows in Japan.

Ultraman: The Adventure Begins
(Ultraman USA)
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Directed byMitsuo Kusakabe
Produced byNoboru Tsuburaya
Written byJohn Eric Seward
StarringMichael Lembeck
Chad Everett
Adrienne Barbeau
Stacy Keach Sr.
Music byShinsuke Kazato
Edited byNaoyuki Masaki
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
October 12, 1987
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
Japan
LanguageEnglish
Japanese

Contents

PlotEdit

A stunt pilot trio called the "Flying Angels" (Scott Masterson, Chuck Gavin, and Beth O'Brien), are caught in a bizarre flash of light and crash, only to emerge unharmed. They are later informed by an agent of an interstellar peace-keeping agency (whose secret identity is the groundskeeper at a Pebble Beach golf course) that they have become the host bodies of warriors from the planet Altara in M78 to capture escaped monsters from the planet Sorkin who have arrived on Earth. They become the Ultra Force, headquartered within Mount Rushmore, and are assisted by a trio of robots, (the pint-sized Andy, the strong Samson, and the twitchy Ulysses). Although equipped with futuristic fighter crafts, inevitably one or more of the team is required to transform into an Ultraman, a gigantic red and silver superhuman being, to battle the monsters. After destroying the most powerful Sorkin monster, the constantly growing King Maira, the Ultra Force remains together to combat further threats to planet Earth.

CharactersEdit

Ultraman ScottEdit

Scott Masterson (voiced by Michael Lembeck in English and Tōru Furuya in Japanese dub) - The story's young protagonist. Transforms into Ultraman Scott. One of the Ultra fighters who came from the M78 Nebula which came to Earth following the Sorkin Monster. It became a one-sided entity living in Captain Scott Masterson of the American Air Force's acrobat flight team "Flying Angels", initially able to transform himself during a crisis, but also became able to transform on his own will in the middle. Having a buckle with a blue star shape in the abdomen, when the solar energy decreases, the beam lamp on the forehead flashes from blue to red and issues a warning sound. He threw Garuballade at power plants, etc., and they are good at the somewhat rough fighting way.[1]

StatsEdit

  • Height: 82 Meters
  • Weight: 64.000 Tons
  • Flight Speed: Mach 24

WeaponsEdit

  • Granium Light Ray
    A group of rays that gathers energy of the granite, combines both hands in a cross and releases it. Although it is a common technique of the 3 warriors, only Scott used it alone. If three people shoot at the same time Ultra Synchro Beam will increase its power.
  • Ultra Energy Ball
    Condensed energy discharged from the waist buckle and thrown into the light bulb. It damaged the main Im of the Garuballade.
  • Ultra Slicer
    A technique to make the granular energy into a circular saw and throw it. He threw it in two consecutive angles to the Im damaged by the Ultra Energy Ball and it split into four. Then he gave out the Granium Rays and extinguished the Im.
  • Ultra Push Beam
    After assembling the arms in the opposite shape to the Granium Ray, it is a yellow ray that shoots like a strip from the left hand he stood. It emanates on the Zoon wrapped in Ultraman Chuck's "Ultra Bubble Beam" and pushes it towards the Andromeda Nebula's planet M11.
  • Triple Power
    A counterattack to an enemy approaching at high speed.
  • Ultra Throw
    A technique to throw away the opponent with a mighty power. He threw away a huge Garuballade boasting a body length of 150m or more from the city of San Francisco to the Alcatraz Island in the offing.
  • Ultra Attack
    After rushing at a tremendous speed, with a meatball skill that hits the whole body weight against the enemy, it has the power to blow huge enemies by hundreds of meters. They extended out of the air towards the third form of King Myra who had destroyed the city area of New York and temporarily broke it.

Ultraman ChuckEdit

Chuck Gavin (Voiced by Chad Everett in English and Shinji Ogawa in Japanese dub) - The toughest and oldest of the team and the de facto leader of the Ultra Team. Transforms into Ultraman Chuck, one of the Ultra fighters who came to the earth with other Ultra team members following the Sorkin Monster. Like Scott, he stayed with Captain Chuck Gavin, one of the Flying Angels, and became one and the same. It is close to the command tower that dealt with things calmly and instructs the other two people. When the solar energy decreases, the beam lamp on the forehead flashes from blue to red and issues a warning sound.[2]

StatsEdit

  • Height: 79 Meters
  • Weight: 68.000 Tons
  • Flight Speed: Mach 22

WeaponsEdit

  • Granium Light Ray
    The Plus style laser weapon.
  • Ultra Bubble Beam
    An energy beam that creates a bubble around a monster to transport them through space.

Ultrawoman BethEdit

Beth O'Brien (Voiced by Adrienne Barbeau in English and Hiromi Tsuru in Japanese dub) - The cool-headed female of the team. Transforms into Ultrawoman Beth. A woman Ultra fighter who came to the earth with another Ultra Team member following the Sorkin Monster. Just like the other two, who lived in Lieutenant Beth O'Brien at Flying Angels. When the solar energy decreases, the beam lamp on the forehead flashes from blue to red and issues a warning sound. At the time the movie was released in Japan she was known as Ultra Woman.[3]

StatsEdit

  • Height: 76 Meters
  • Weight: 54.000 Tons
  • Flight Speed: Mach 23

WeaponsEdit

  • Granium Light Ray
    The Plus style laser weapon.
  • Ultra Spout
    A laser weapon she can fire from her hands when she is above a body of water.
  • Ultra Chop
    Attack attacking enemies with hand-swords while releasing energy from the body to the hand. She quickly tore up the tentacles of Green Shocks.
  • Ultra Power
    A strong technique that throws enemies many times higher than herself.

Ultra ForceEdit

An organization formed by a mysterious old man, Walter Freeman. The headquarters is in the basement of the Georgia National Golf Club and there is a mechanic hangar at Mount Rushmore.

  • Scott Masterson
    25 years old. Integrated with Ultraman Scott. A character with no eyes on young women. He is pleased with Susan.
  • Chuck Gavin
    35 years old. Integrated with Ultraman Chuck. Leader rank at the battle scene.
  • Beth O'Brien
    26 years old. Integrated with Ultra Woman Beth. She attends a dance class on a holiday.
  • The Robot Trio
    A group of support robots built to assist the Ultra Force. Their true names were too long for the team to remember, so they were given nicknames by Scott (who came up with "Ulysses" and "Samson") and Beth (who came up with "Andy"). The initials in their names form the letters "USA".
    • Ulysses (Voiced by William Callaway in English and Isamu Tanonaka in Japanese dub)
      The thin and effeminate robot in orange. His true name is Combot Model MF842.
    • Samson (Voiced by Ronnie Schell in English and Hiroshi Ōtake in Japanese dub)
      The big and strong robot in blue. His true name is Combot Model BA666.
    • Andy (Voiced by Charlie Adler in English and Kyoko Yamada in Japanese dub)
      The pint-sized robot in red. His true name is Utiloid Model ZQ14582. In charge of the Transportation System.
  • Walter Freeman (Voiced by Stacy Keach, Sr. in English and Kōhei Miyauchi in Japanese dub)
    An elderly man in his late 60s who forms the Ultra Force. He explains to the heroes the true cause of their accident and the origins of their powers. His relation to the Ultra beings and how he knows about them is never revealed.
  • Dr. Susan Rand (Voiced by Lorna Pattersonin English and Rihoko Yoshida in Japanese dub)
    A young scientist from the Federation for Extraterrestrial Research (or F.E.R. Labs). She has sympathy towards the Sorkin Monsters fought by the Ultra Force. She gets romantically connected with Scott.

Ultra Force MechaEdit

Ultra Force has a mecha used to defend the Earth against the Sorkin monsters.

  • Ultra Force Headquarters
    Located in the basement of the Georgia National Golf Club and there is a mechanic hangar at Mount Rushmore.
  • Mothership
    Ultra Force's mother ship. Equipped with three Ultra Jets. In the game against King Mylar, it is possible to collect sunlight by supplementing it with the parabola installed on the Ultra team that was running out of energy or to carry the Ultra Team to the outside of the atmosphere. Vertical takeoff and landing is possible with the wing engine.
  • Ultra Jet
    A fighter that Scott and others ride. The flight speed is Mach 7.3. Equipped with anti-monster missiles and a laser. The canopy painted in Scott's machine is blue, Beth's machine is red and Chuck's machine is yellow.

The Sorkin MonstersEdit

Green ShocksEdit

The vegetation monster. Has accelerated regeneration and powerful vines.

StatsEdit
  • Height: 100 meters (initial, can vary)
  • Weight: 30,000 tons (initial, can vary)

GaruballadeEdit

The electronic machinery monster. Superficially resembles a crystal ball (with a creature face in the center) and uses scrap metal from machinery to construct itself a monster body. The ball phase, standing on its long spinal tail, is called the Im (pronounced "eem").

StatsEdit
  • Height: 91.44 meters (Im: 152.4 meters)
  • Weight: 91,000 tons (Im: 27,000 tons)

ZoonEdit

The comical child monster. Being a gentle creature that's only dangerous because of his size, Chuck relocates him to another planet rather than killing him.

StatsEdit
  • Height: 35.05 meters
  • Weight: 35,000 tons

King MyraEdit

The most powerful of the Sorkin beasts. A "super transformation" monster who can double his size every 90 minutes without limit. He can also become invisible. His initial infant form (Wylon) is actually small and adorable. The Ultra Force had the most difficult time with him as his increased growth spurts resulted in deadlier abilities used against them.

StatsEdit
  • Height: Infinite in growth (Wylon: 40 centimeters)
  • Weight: Infinite in growth (Wylon: 5 kilograms)

Voice CastEdit

English Voice CastEdit

Japanese Voice CastEdit

CrewEdit

  • Director: Mitsuo Kusakabe
  • Screenplay: John Eric Seaward
  • Character design: Kazuo Iimura
  • Hero design: Yoshida et al.
  • Mechanic Design: Tomohiko Sato
  • Monster Design: Keita Amamiya , Hirotoshi Murayama, Chisato Sugiura
  • Art Director: Akira Furuya
  • Color: Wakai Koji, Koshiba Yuko
  • Drawing director: Kazuo Iimura, Osamu Tsuruyama, Yuuki Kudo, Nobuyoshi Hahara
  • Storyboards: Seiji Okuda, Satoshi Nagao, Mitsuo Kusakabe, Toshio Ohba
  • Cinematographer: Morita Toshiaki
  • Editor: Naoki Masaki
  • Sound director: Noriyoshi Matsuura
  • Japanese version Directed by: Matsukawa Riku
  • Sound effect: Swirl production
  • Development: Tokyo Development Office
  • Music: Shingo Futo
  • Music producer: Hidetoshi Kimura
  • Creative Producer: Jeff Seagull, Kelly Ward
  • Supervising Director: Ray Patterson
  • Production Supervisor: Ken Mimura
  • Creative Design: Iwao Takamoto
  • Key Character Design: Floro Delhi
  • Key Background Supervisor: Al Gooer
  • Editorial Supervisor: Larry Cowan
  • Voice Director: Gordon Hunt
  • Animation Casting Director: Andrea Romano
  • Talent Coordinator: Kris Zimmerman
  • Executive Producer: Jane Barbera
  • Executive Coordinator: Kiyotaka Ukawa
  • Associate Producer: Tamagawa Shizuka
  • Executive Producer: Tsuburaya Susumu , William Hannah , Joseph Barbera
  • Production Producer: Masayoshi Ozaki (Studio ・ Sain), Go Eto (Turuya Productions)
  • Cooperation: Studio Zain , Sakai Production , Ryu Production
  • Production partnership: Tsuburaya Productions, Hannah Barbera Productions, Kodansha , Japan Columbia , Bandai
  • Production: Tsuburaya Production

MusicEdit

Theme songsEdit

Opening theme
  • "Sky High Hero" (スカイ・ハイ・ヒーロー, Sukai Hai Hīrō)
Ending theme
  • "Toki no Naka o Hashirinukete" (時の中を走りぬけて, "Race Against Time")

SoundtrackEdit

The music was composed by Shinsuke Kazato and released by Nippon Columbia. The soundtrack was released as a limited edition printing of 5,000 copies.

Home mediaEdit

Ultraman USA was released in Japan by Bandai Home Video on VHS (Japanese dub only) on September 29, 1989 and on LaserDisc (bilingual) on July 25, 1991.[4][5] In North America, a VHS was released by Ultra Action Video and L.A. Hero Inc. on June 2, 1993.[6]

Tsubaraya announced that Bandai Visual will release a remastered version of the film on Blu-ray in Japan on September 26, 2018.[7]

Other appearancesEdit

  • Ultraman Legend, This cast gets new live-action footage in this short, which features fight scenes of each of the 28 Ultras from the original Ultraman to Ultraman Cosmos.
  • Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend The Movie (2009), Ultraman USA, along with other M78 Ultra Warriors, fights against the evil Ultraman Belial. This marks their second ever live appearances onscreen, after the Shinseiki Ultraman Densetsu featurette.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://m-78.jp/ultraheros/scott/
  2. ^ https://m-78.jp/ultraheros/chuck/
  3. ^ https://m-78.jp/ultraheros/beth/
  4. ^ "Amazon.co.jp: ウルトラマンUSA [VHS]: 古谷徹, 小川真治, 鶴ひろみ, 吉田理保子, 宮内幸平, 田中康郎: ビデオ".
  5. ^ "LaserDisc Database - Ultraman: The Adventure Begins [BELL-419]".
  6. ^ "Amazon.com: Ultraman - The Adventure Begins [VHS]: Peter Fernandez, Earl Hammond, William Kiehl, Peggy Lobbin, Corinne Orr: Movies & TV".
  7. ^ https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000004.000033128.html

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