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Wing Commander takes off

Universal Cartoon Studios and Electronic Arts are going ahead with an animated version of Electronic Arts' Wing Commander line of PC games....
June 1, 1996

Universal Cartoon Studios and Electronic Arts are going ahead with an animated version of Electronic Arts’ Wing Commander line of PC games.

Thirteen half-hour episodes of the animated series, called Wing Commander Academy, are being produced at Universal Cartoon Studios for a fall ’96 air date on USA Network.

Key actors from the Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV PC games will voice the TV show, including Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Star Trek: Generations), Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Tom Wilson (Back to the Future).

The Wing Commander story line stars Blair (Hamill) and Maniac (Wilson) as space fighter pilots in the Terran Confederation, which is fighting a war against a cat-like evil alien called the Kilrathi.

More than 3 million Wing Commander games have been sold around the world since its launch six years ago.

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