On September 8, 1973, exactly seven years after the debut of Star Trek, Star Trek: The Animated Series premiered on NBC. Produced by the famous Filmation studios which was founded in the early 1960s by Lou Scheimer, Norm Prescott and Hal Sutherland, TAS would run for 22 episodes. For the time, it had what was probably the largest budget of any animated series at about $75,000.00 per episode. Costs were high because the series had almost the entire TOS cast reprising their roles. Money was saved in the animation. Where 25 minutes of Disney animation could use seventeen thousand drawings a typical episode of TAS would use only five to seven thousand. The series endures, not so much for its animation, but for its wonderful stories. Many of the writers of TOS returned to work with Gene Roddenberry. Most notably, D.C. (Dorothy) Fontana who wrote what is arguably the best TAS episode, "Yesteryear."
Another artist we have to thank for TAS is Emmy winner Bob Kline. His animation career really began with TAS. He served as a layout artist and designer on the series. He would go on to work on such famous animated series as My Little Pony, The Gummi Bears, Darkwing Duck and Gargoyles. Kline is still working in animation today.
All 22 episodes of Star Trek: TAS are available on DVD. All of the animated screencaps seen here are from the episode "Yesteryear." For more information, see the book, The Art of Star Trek by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens.