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Thundercats! Ho!

Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Tonight in Loud Eighties Theme Tune Land we go animated. In actual fact, of all the eighties action cartoons, this isn't the best - that accolade goes to Visionaries - but since Visionaries had a really annoying voiceover, I've gone with the big shouty pussy cats. Anyway, even if it is only second best, Thundercats still rocks.

So, the story then. Fleeing the destruction of their planet, the Thundercats ride to safety in stasis chambers on their spaceship, piloted by the ghostly Jaga (who dies en route). On arrival on Third Earth - which seems to be a post-apocalyptic Planet Earth, though that's never properly explored - they set up home. It was an odd one, this. Yes, I know I seem to say that quite a lot. The Thundercats' leader was Lion-O, a ten-year-old prince who was the only surviving member of the royal family, and therefore had to be the one in charge. Because he was only a small boy, Jaga fiddled with his stasis chamber, so whilst everybody else didn't age at all on the voyage to Third Earth, he aged ten years. This meant that Lion-O was big and strong enough to fight evil upon arrival on his new world. Answers on postcards as to where he got all those muscles from, though, having spent all that time lying in a box. But anyway. The problem was, he was emotionally and developmentally still only ten, so really Jaga might just as well not have bothered. Sure he was strong enough to fight evil, but he seemed to spend much of his time running off somewhere to play, and then getting kidnapped. It's all very well having a super-strong, feline superhero to lead you, but it helps if he doesn't have the mind of a little boy. Think Tom Hanks in Big, but dressed in a leotard, and with a world to save. Actually, don't.

Still, he did have a nice sword.

Rounding off the team were ageing strong-man Panthro, the allegedly wise Tygra, the oddly sexy Cheetara, and obligatory kids Wily-Kit and Wily-Kat, who were actually older than Lion-O, and therefore slightly pissed off that he was now a big, strong superhero, and they were still just really annoying cubs. With flying skateboards, granted, but still really annoying cubs. Together they fought the not very deadly Ssslythe, and his henchmen Vultureman, Monkian and Jackalman, and the splendidly evil and dastardly Mumm-Ra, The Ever-Living (he of the awesome transformation sequence). I like Mumm-Ra. Okay, so he got comprehensively battered every week, but he was still cool.

For those who care, by the way (and, rather obviously, for those who don't), rival cartoon Visionaries was set on the planet Prysmos, where one day science ceased to exist. Magic took its place, and a group of wandering knights - some of whom had once had ordinary office jobs, and others who seemed to have been wandering knights even in the days of science (how do you go about getting a job like that?) - won themselves magical powers from the wizard Merklynn. These allowed them to change into a specific animal at will. It was awesome. Needless to say, some of them got a better deal than others. Arzon got to be an eagle, for instance. Leoric a lion. The girls had to be a dolphin and a shark, though, so they didn't really get to be very useful unless there happened to be some water nearby. Then they'd mostly dive into it and just fight each other.

Still, it would be cool to be an eagle. And a shiny blue one at that.

Otherworld update. Episode five is bizarre. They clearly forgot for the entire episode that the family has three children, because the hugely pointless younger son (who has barely had a line of dialogue yet) disappears completely, save for a few long distance shots where he seems to have interchangeable heads. Still, this one guest stars Marjoe Gortner (and his hair), so who cares about disappearing children. Granted he plays an insane cross between Conan the Barbarian and Mad Max, but still - Marjoe Gortner! And his hair!


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Jun. 22nd, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yay Thundercats!

Never heard of Visionaries. Do you remember 'Ulysses 31'?
Jun. 22nd, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Of the annoyingly catchy theme song! Yes. It was a favourite of my sister's, as she was obsessed with the little robot, No-No.

Quite a good idea. I know that quite a few kids became interested in the Greek myths as a result, which certainly beats the hell out of Pokemon.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Ladygretchen here banned from multiple log-ins because I keep messing my password!
OMYG...I LOVED Thunder Cats, and it had the coolest cartoon theme song next to Jem and the Holograms and a few others,like Alvin and the Chipmunks. Wasn't the 80's a spectacular time for cartoons? I don't know what happened! I had completely forgotten that Lion-o was supposed to be 10 years old, lol. I haven't seen it in ages. Thanks for bringing back the memories. The two cubs annoyed me though. I liked Panthro and Tygra...wasn't there also an Albino tiger guy? I forget his name. Cheetara was pretty cool. Shame if Cheetara liked Lion-o, he's just a boy, lol. I always pegged her to be a good match for Tygra. LOL.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
The other tigery one was Ben-Gali. He turned up later, when the show was a success, and they wanted to sell more toys. To sell more toys you have to introduce new characters! Hence Ben-Gali, Pumyra and another one. Lynx-O? Something like that. I don't think we ever got any of their episodes in the UK, though, so I'm less familiar with them.
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