I got some really excellent gifts:
- Simon Pegg's book, Nerd Do Well (not out in the U.S. yet!)
- Two Iain M. Banks books, including Feersum Endjinn, which I have wanted to read for ages and which is REALLY hard to find
- V V Brown's album Traveling Like the Light
- and Thundarr the Barbarian on DVD!
Thundarr is *completely* terrible, in the best and most wonderful way.
The year 1994.
From out of space comes a runaway planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon, unleashing cosmic destruction.
Man's civilization is cast in ruin.
2000 later, Earth is reborn.
A strange new world rises from the old.
A world of savagery, super-science, and sorcery.
But one man bursts his bonds to fight for justice!
With his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, he pits his strength, his courage, and his fabulous Sunsword against the forces of evil.
He is Thundarr, the Barbarian!
You will note that they do not include "his brains" in the list of things that Thundarr pits against the forces of evil. He's... not very bright.
He's also kind of a dick on a pretty frequent basis.
Princess Ariel is not only the smart one, she manages to be the least scantily-clad, despite the fact that she runs around in a one-piece swimsuit and boots. (Thundarr may have covered shoulders, but he's also got waaaay more cleavage. Ookla is a speedo
In the post-apocalyptic future, pants are a lost technology. I'm pretty sure that the only characters who ever wear pants are the ones wearing tattered but otherwise inexplicably well-preserved past-clothes. Also, Uggs are a depressingly persistent fashion choice.
The most dangerous feature of the kraken is its fearsome tentacle-lasers.
The animators drew those horses jumping over things, and by god they're gonna USE those frames. In every. single. episode.
I really think the scripts are just transcripts of somebody's Gamma World campaign. Thundarr is played by the GM's 10-year-old brother.
But for all the cheese and bad animation, we also get an entire episodes of things like werewolves vs robots, where the leader of the werewolves is named Zevon.
So yeah, it's pretty awesome.
(Also, Ariel and Ookla are so totally doing it.)