Thundarr the Barbarian

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  1. Andy Sheets

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    I have this sudden urge to watch that early 80's cartoon Thundarr the Barbarian but of course it's not on dvd yet. Any news on when/if it'll be released?
     
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    This is a Warner Brothers show. I haven't heard about a release, but I'd like to see this on dvd.
     
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    Count me in on this one. This was one of the best Saturday morning shows. A "complete collection" seems like a no-brainer. Little bit fantasy little bit sci-fi and all-action!
     
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    I wish I had Boomerang again. They used to play this Sunday afternoon's. I'm game for a release is Warner is.
     
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    I don't think I've seen it on Boomerang since '04. But I'd definitely love to have this, especially since we have Blackstar and now D&D coming out this Tuesday. I loved '80's cartoons with magical weapons and fantasy settings.
     
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    AAAAAH YEEEE!
     
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    I only vaugly remembered the show from when I was a kid - until a couple of months ago, where I got ahold of some of the old tapes of the series off eBay. (You know - large black things that you put into a special machine. Like DVD, but not as shiny).

    I was really impressed with the show. It holds up very well, and I like the Kirby-ish influence on the show. And I had to laugh - Thundarr cant say a line WITHOUT YELLING IT! LORDS OF LIGHT!

    It's like watching an animated Brian Blessed.
     
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    Jack Kirby designed a lot of what appeared on the show. He even drew up some Thundarr comics for a proposed newspaper strip that never happened, unfortunately.
     
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    I also would love to see this toon on DVD. Ariel, Ookla ride!
     
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    In my opinion, there is a decent enough fanbase for Warner to profit from a dvd release. Just a matter of them to realize this sooner or later, to announce a dvd release. Cant remember, was this 1 season it lasted or more ?
     
  11. Andy Sheets

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    Heh, yeah, and I like his old 70's hair. My brother and I had hair like that back then [​IMG]

    IIRC, the main reason the show was cancelled was that it was actually considered "too adult" for the kiddies it supposedly aimed at. Too violent and all that. But I found that it holds up well because the characters inhabit such a rich setting and it lacks the preachiness of most cartoons of that era.

    And yeah, there was quite a bit of talent behind it, at least if you're familiar with the comic industry: The heroes were designed by Alex Toth, Jack Kirby did the rest of the art design, Steve Gerber created the show, and Mark Evanier was the story editor. I think Doug Wildey may have had some involvement, too.
     
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    2 seasons, but only 21 episodes - 13 in the first, 8 in the second.

    I wish we could get our hands on this one...
     
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    [​IMG]

    Maybe, this pic will remind people.


    I remember as a kid thinking the show was a bit like the TSR game "Gamma World".
     
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    If Warner ever does release this my prediction is this, the entire series will be released on 2 double sided discs, for a retail price of 39.98.
     
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    ^ Long shot at best, I know, but I keep hoping BCI can somehow grab the rights to this one. As long as they keep it off double sided discs like Defenders of the Earth, that is.
     

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