Ulysses is an animated adventure series that first aired in 1981. The series follows a famous explorer who after his latest adventure simply wants to go home to his beautiful wife. However, as he is returning home his son is kidnapped by a very evil man who wants the great explorer to come after him. The explorer decides that he is going to do just that, and he ends up going on a great adventure to find him. Along the way the explorer learns that the villain

1 Season, 27 Episodes
April 3, 1982
Anime, Science Fiction
Cast: Matt Birman, Jacques Ebner, Claude Giraud, Séverine Morisot

Ulysses Full Episode Guide

  • In the final episode, Ulysses and his companions reach the Kingdom of Hades. They meet Orpheus, who seeks Ulysses' help to find his love, Eurydice, who has been taken to the Kingdom of Hades by Charon. Hades, the god of death, tells Ulysses that he must leave his companions behind if he wishes to return to Earth. He rejects the offer, which was a final test, and they all return home.

  • Needing raw materials to repair the Odyssey, Ulysses travels to a world where the inhabitants are addicted to eating seeds which induce amnesia.

  • Ulysses and the children are sent back in time and meet the original Ulysses, Telemachus and Penelope of Homer's epic.

  • The Odyssey is drawn off course by an unknown force, and after Ulysses attempts to fly the ship by manual control, Sherka informs him that machines only obey machines. Ulysses and the children are strapped to their seats by Sherka while she continues to obey the unknown controller. Soon, a voice introduces himself as Cortex, chief of the Planet of Machines, and tells them that he wants to keep the Odyssey. Once on the planet, the robot inhabitants begin stripping the Odyssey of its robotic components, including Nono, who catches the attention of a golden female counterpart of his named Nanette. She wants to take him to Cortex, while Ulysses and the children are also removed from the Odyssey. Nanette tells Nono that her people must keep Cortex running otherwise the consequences will be terrible. She tells Nono to forget his human friends, who are kept as exhibits for the machines to look at. Nono rescues Ulysses and the children, and Nanette tells them that Cortex will punish them. Ulys

  • Passing a ringed planet that looks just like Saturn, the Odyssey receives distress signals from a disabled ship. Ulysses and the children rescue the pilot, and she tells them her name Hypsipyle is and she wishes to go to the base at Istria. She wants help in freeing the women of Lemnos, after all the men imprisoned them since they rebelled against their male masters. On Lemnos, it is the women who do all the work, and work in the factories producing Tridents for the Sharkmen. As punishment for her disobedience, the Lemnos Council of Four imprisoned Hypsipyle's father, the king of Lemnos. As Ulysses escorts Hypsipyle to Istria, she tells him that her father may know the location of the Kingdom of Hades. At Istria, they find the entire base has been destroyed by Tridents, so they then head off to Lemnos itself. There, they find the factories empty, with all the women still imprisoned. They free the women, but on board the Odyssey Yumi senses that they are in danger, and so she and Telema

  • The shapechanger Nereus calls Ulysses for help when Shark Men, servants of the gods, take over his planet.

  • Mercurius, the bubble-dwelling "grandson of the gods," enlists Ulysses' help in taking a jewel from the brow of the giant Atlas under the promise that it will give him the power to send Ulysses home.

  • Exploring a planet remarkably similar to the Earth of 200 million years ago, with the continents different from the present, Ulysses and the children quickly come under attack by giant mutant vultures. Forced to land, they seek refuge in a cave and discover an advanced underground city. There, they come across a strange group of large egg-shaped structures, while Sherka warns Ulysses that there are about to be immense seismic disturbances on the planet. Counting nine eggs, one for each planet in Earth's solar system, Ulysses opens the third egg, representing Earth. A winged woman named Sauria emerges and tells Ulysses that they are on Earth and that her people were all put in suspended animation to protect themselves from a huge flood covering the Earth, when the gods lived on Earth and her people were their slaves. The gods left without them, and used the mutants vultures named Keconopters to protect their spaceships before they left. In secret, Sauria's people built the Ark, containi

  • Pirates kidnap the children to force Ulysses and No-No to brave the danger of the Sirens, said to guard a map of the Olympus universe.

  • Coming across a piece of Zotra that could bring Numinor back to life, Ulysses and Yumi pursue it to a swamp planet where they are ambushed by monsters who can copy their forms

  • Trying to help a stranded astronaut, Ulysses tries to find a hidden base on one of the deadly twin planets Scylla or Charybdis.

  • Ulysses follows a Trident carrier in hopes of learning more about the way out of Olympus, and finds himself trapped in bizarre worlds. To save the children, he will have to give up his memories.

  • Ulysses is saved from a Trident attack by Chronos, the god of time, who wants to use him as leverage to be allowed to reenter the home of the gods.

  • Passing through the domain of the great Sphinx, Ulysses must answer his riddle to leave safely. His treacherous daughter kidnaps the children and plots to make Ulysses her slave.

  • A space storm revives the companions as crazed automatons who take over the ship and try to crash it into space glaciers.

  • The Odyssey comes across a lifeless city world. On hearing that its people had the technology to bring the dead back to life, Yumi takes Numinor to the planet to revive him. However, she learns why there is no life in the city.

  • Ulysses encounters Sisyphus, a king condemned to fill a crater with boulders for all eternity for having dared to want the secret of immortality. Zeus has promised Sisyphus he can leave if he makes Ulysses take his place.

  • Aeolus, King of the winds, kidnaps Ulysses to provide entertainment for his daughter's birthday party. Unable to watch her father's cruel sport, she frees the captives and helps them escape.

  • On an isolated asteroid, the blind Heratos and his Zotrian companion Atena attempt to contact the Odyssey. The gods of Olympus, who took Heratos' sight, offer to return it if he sends Ulysses to the graveyard of wrecks and hulks. After they threaten Atena, he agrees to betray Ulysses. The Odyssey receives their signal and heads towards Atena and Heratos' asteroid. Atena explains how she was found abandoned as a child in a spaceship by Heratos, and Heratos himself tells Ulysses of a black sphere that lay next to Atena in the ship. After touching the sphere, he found it to be a ship's log showing a map of Olympus and the route through the galactic glaciers. To prevent him from knowing too much, the gods took away his sight, and he and Atena ended up stranded on an asteroid. Heratos pretends give Ulysses directions to the galactic glaciers, but they are instead directions to the graveyard of wrecks and hulks. After confessing his crime to Atena, they both travel into space after Ulysses.

  • The ship passes a moon that brings Numinor back to life, since it's from his home planet of Zotra. When they investigate, the children disappear and Numinor suspects they've been kidnapped by a legendary witch.

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