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In the year 1994, a comet hurtles between Earth and the moon. The moon is destroyed, and the Earth loses its ozone layer--causing the entire planet to be laid waste. Centuries later, Earth has become "a world of savagery, super-science, and sorcery," inhabited by various evildoers, scavengers, and magicians. Thundarr, a warrior who wields a powerful sword, is joined by his friends Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel as they make their way through this strange world. Written by
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Fantasy and sci-fi have always been my favorite genres, part of the reason is because both are always about possibilities and believing that the impossible could be possible. When combined together the possibilities are just endless.
This is one of my favorite animated shows of all time, and it's another childhood relic since I was a kid from the 80's; when I saw this show it just blew my mind and still does to this day.
The combination of the post apocalyptic sub genre and fantasy I think is a beautiful combination and it's one I honestly don't see much. The only other ones I can think of are the movie Ralph Bashi's "Wizards" and the pulp comic book series "Mighty Sampson" which may have been a partial influence to this cartoon due to the uncanny similarity.
The characters their not deep their simply there to serve their functions. But lets face it were all in this for the adventure and action and this show delivers well on both.
I really love the animation, sure it old but sometimes old fashioned can still be the best way to go and it has a retro charm for me. The character animation is good but it's really the background animation that impresses me the most.
It's a bit unnerving seeing how much of our world is in ruin because it also means a lot of culture that we thought would survive forever hasn't. For example, in one episode Thundarr sees a movie poster of "Star Wars" and Thundarr has no idea what the heck it is, let alone what a movie even is. It was a little disturbing but that little moment just shows how the things we take for granted once their gone their gone forever, which made me treasure things I love like "Star Wars" all the more.
However at the same time despite the ruin it also means new possibilities have opened up like with the film Ralph Bachi's "Wizards" we see there is magic back in our world along with some advanced technology which is scarce but still around all the same. These things just created a sense of broadness and made me wonder what more this world holds.
And the action is great and choreographed solid. I really like seeing the team just go on adventures and kick some asses that deserved to be kicked. They have to deal with Sourcerers, Evil Mad Scientiest, Robots, Monsters, Mutants, Faciests, Aliens, just a corn a coppia of bad which just makes it all the more tasty. Of course the highlight of the action is that Sun Sword which is obvious a rip on the light saber but all the same awesome, just seeing Thundarr using it to cut all things like butter and even block lazer bolts, you were almost indestructible with that sword. Along with seeing both Thundarr and even the Chewbaca like character Oo Loc both use their brute strength and force and Arial with her mystic powers which is also cool.
I would love to see a revival, where may'be we can have a little more depth on the characters as well as a developing plot line concerning on of the villains. As well as may'be even more depth into the ruined world, where it could take place further in the future and we would see what kind of technological advancements were made which could advance the plight of the villains but also question whether we were already on a way to ruin. Let alone an explanation where Thundarr got his sun sword, may'be he stumbled onto some ancient ruins and this was a mystical object from their society, I don't know something along those lines, but all the same the idea should be considered.
Overall, if you have a knack for retro toons then this show is one to check out, this series has plenty of thunder.
Rating: 4 stars
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