Saturday, June 29, 2013

Things that should be remade: Thundarr the Barbarian.

I don't remember much about the year 1994 but evidently the Earth was nearly destroyed.  At least according to the cartoon Thundarr the Barbarian.  It was a rogue planet that came to close and literally shattered the moon.  Two thousand years later there are a lot of monsters and mutated humanoids and above all the evil wizards who use equal parts super science, magic and army surplus to rule over a ruined planet.  Luckily we have Thundar who with his mighty-not-in-any-sense-a-light-saber sun sword and trusty companions a Mok-which-is-not-wookie and Princess Girls-Can-Fight-Too! Ariel fight the evil wizards.

As you can tell this is about one third road warrior, one third star wars and finished off with a heaping amount of Conan.  It's a pretty heady mix and even by the low standards of saturday morning cartoons at that time they came off with some nifty things.  Not everyday do you see the Statue of Liberty turned into a flame throwing monster.  Subtle it isn't, but that's one of the joys of it.  Every now and then we need something that is just some guy with sword and hairy monster pal.  As a live action film it could be an action extravaganza with some incredible sets.  Anyway untill they do it let's party like it's 1994.

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