Something I have been mulling over recently is how successful an animated version of Red Dwarf could be. I’m talking about proper 25-30 minute episodes like now but instead of being filmed they are animated. The characters would all be voiced by the actors, written by Doug Naylor and music by Howard Goodall. I’m hoping to see 2 more ‘normal’ series of 6 episodes on Dave but after that perhaps animated versions could be beneficial. The pros and cons as I see it. Pros: Solving the age issue: This has been brought up a few times, its not something that worries me but their advancing years could soon start to become problematic for the guys, for Danny to act as the energetic Cat and for Robert to wear that suit all day. Availability: I don’t work in television but I suspect its easier and takes less time to voice animated content than it does to film. This could help with Craig Charles getting time away from Corrie for example. Budgets/Logistics: Watching the making of DVDs we always hear about how an episode had to be ditched or re-written because they ran out of money, this would be much less an issue with an animated series. Cons: Model Shots: For me this would be the biggest con, the model shots and visual effects in Red Dwarf and great and I’d really miss them. No Studio Audience: The live audience and the live performances really make a difference in my opinion. Change: It just wouldn’t quite be the same I think, seeing Lister in his leather and dreads, Rimmer with his H, Kryten with his head shaped like an amusing ice cube. As you can possibly see I’m quite torn on this so wanted to get the thoughts of other Dwarfers if I could.