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Lords of Light! [Apr. 24th, 2011|05:49 pm]
Beemer
Thanks for the birthday wishes, everybody!

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 man mok.)

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.)
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[User Picture]From: shirtlifterbear
2011-04-25 12:32 am (UTC)
I just had a flashback to a Thundarr moment in my past that I had totally repressed in self-protection.

*shudder*

I giggle, but I'm shaken!
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2011-04-25 12:01 pm (UTC)
I remember this show!
Well, OK, I mostly remember "Ookla the Mok" which I used to go around saying for no obvious reason.
Happy birthday!
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From: walrusjester
2011-04-25 01:07 pm (UTC)
Did you know Jack Kirby and Alex Toth worked on Thundarr? Did you care?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2011-04-25 03:16 pm (UTC)
I did, actually! Jerry spotted Kirby's name in the credits. It explains a lot of the character designs.
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[User Picture]From: kung_fu_monkey
2011-04-25 04:01 pm (UTC)
When I realized that many of the character designs were extremely similar to Kirby's work on the New Gods from DC Comics (Orion and Darkseid, mainly, but a few others), I checked the credits to confirm my suspicion.
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2011-04-25 01:30 pm (UTC)
Re: horses jumping. Is this a Filmation show? I remember them doing the same thing with close-up sequences of He-Man doing a roll on the ground.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2011-04-25 03:18 pm (UTC)
No, it's Ruby-Spears. I think heavy sequence reuse is just an '80s series cartoon thing.
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[User Picture]From: kung_fu_monkey
2011-04-25 04:03 pm (UTC)
Functionally the same thing, really. He-Man's jumping over logs, rolling on the ground, etc., is comparable to the horses jumping over stuff, people jumping on horses, people riding on horses, etc. from Thundarr. Hooray animated stock footage!
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2011-04-25 04:07 pm (UTC)
I liked Herculoids, which was pretty much the same show but 10-15 years earlier. I am still disappointed that real triceratops cannot fire tennis balls from their horns.
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2011-04-25 04:07 pm (UTC)
Also all the triceratops are dead.
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[User Picture]From: detailbear
2011-04-26 12:49 am (UTC)
Not tennis balls, FIRE ROCKS!

Also, Gleep and Gloop are my favourites.
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[User Picture]From: k8cre8
2011-04-25 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm going to admit, I was very fascinated by this series when it was on, and yet, I don't remember a single episode. What I do remember was thinking very hard about a post-apocalyptic world, and finding it an interesting place to create stories, which were much more interesting to me than the ones they showed.

I also remember appreciating that Ariel's got clothes, as I'd already tired of depictions of naked women next to fully clothed and armored men.

I think you're probably right about Ariel and the Mok.
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From: bonkishnurtaz
2011-04-26 04:29 am (UTC)

Happy belated birthday!

I hope that you had a great weekend! ((((HUGS))))
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2011-04-26 11:49 am (UTC)

Re: Happy belated birthday!

Thanks! :)
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