As a fan of film, I love exploring behind the scenes. Reading about the production process, the special effects and the stories of what could have been.
Operation: Aliens (Early 90’s)
It’s the early 1990’s and Twentieth Century Fox are dreaming up ways they can push publicity of their latest entry into the Alien franchise, Alien 3. Now there’s a film that deserves a What Could Have Been article!
Fox decided to drum up interest by releasing a line of Aliens action figures supported by a saturday morning cartoon much like other toy lines such as He-Man or Transformers.
An unknown animation company in the far East got as far as putting together either a demonstration reel, the opening credits or maybe even the first episodes. The truth is no one actually knows. What we do know is that Fox got cold feet and decided that it wasn’t going to work.
Unfortunately for the toy manufacturer Kenner, who was a part of this deal, the decision came too late. They had toys and games already produced, boxed and ready to ship out to the stores. They had no other choice but to send them out.
I remember seeing the various toys and puzzles in the stores and it was immediately obvious that it look like someone had try to make a cartoon out of the very adult themed 1986 Aliens film. I checked the television listing guides to find out if I was missing something, but the cartoon was nowhere to be found.
Once Kenner had sold the initial first run of toys, the Operation: Aliens logo was dropped and replaced with the Aliens logo from the film of the same name.
However much of the cartoon was produced, none of it has ever seen the light of day except for a series of screen captures which you can see below.
This article was inspired by a recent YouTube video by Stuart Ashens where he takes a look at the Aliens toy line.