I got up this morning with a sore stomach from too much low quality German food. On my schedule was some movie watching and writing. Now, last night I has watched some Japanese monster movies, which is what I planned on writing about while I watched some b-movie horror. But my stomach demanded comfort watching. And when I finally decided on what to watch this morning, Thundarr the Barbarian, I felt compelled to write about it.
Why Thundarr? Well the complete series has been freshly released on The Warner Archive and it is the perfect Sci-Fi/Fantasy cartoon series to watch during October. If you know nothing of this amazing series, you can of course listen to the Thundarr the Barbarian Podcast or just read this handy dandy summary of the show:
Man’s civilization is cast in ruin when a runaway planet speeds between the Earth and the Moon, unleashing cosmic destruction. Two-thousand years later, Earth is reborn from the ashes with a savage landscape, strange creatures and a primitive sense of justice. But one man fights to spread peace throughout the land: he is Thundarr the Barbarian and the show stars Thundarr and his companions Ookla the Mok and sorceress Princess Ariel. Using their strength, courage and wits plus Thundarr’s magical Sunsword, they journey from village to village, liberating slaves and battling all kinds of beasts, mutants, wizards, thieves and robots. The future of Earth may be shrouded in darkness, but Thundarr the Barbarian bursts into action as a shining symbol of hope for humanity.
Monsters! Wizards! Robots! Mutants! Magic! While it ain’t straight up horror, which I know purists like to stick with, this is the perfect show to watch on a chilly Saturday morning and since the set has 21 episodes, you can stretch the show out over the next few weekends or marathon it like I did this morning over a recuperative bowl of buttery Quisp cereal. Watching it all in order I am still blown away by the character design and the storytelling. Just watch the pilot and I think you will agree, this is a show that deserved at least 100 episodes and a reboot is long overdue.
Thundarr is another home run from the Warner Archive. So order your copy today.
Thundarr the Barbarian – The Complete Series [@] The Warner Bros Archive