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Thundarr the Barbarian 

Thundarr the Barbarian and his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel wander a devastated future Earth and fight evil wherever they find it.


Steve Gerber




2   1  
1981   1980  




Series cast summary:
Henry Corden ...  Ookla the Mok / ... 7 episodes, 1980-1981
Robert Ridgely ...  Thundarr / ... 4 episodes, 1980
Nellie Bellflower ...  Princess Ariel / ... 4 episodes, 1980
Dick Tufeld ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 1980
Joan Van Ark ...  Captain Corden / ... 2 episodes, 1980-1981
Alan Oppenheimer ...  Mindok The Mind Menace / ... 2 episodes, 1980
Nancy McKeon ...  Tai / ... 2 episodes, 1980-1981
Keye Luke ...  Additional Voices / ... 2 episodes, 1980


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 Brian Barjenbruch

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Princess Ariel is voiced by Nellie Bellflower. Ariel is a beautiful and powerful sorceress. Not much was revealed about her past before she met Thundarr except that she was the stepdaughter of an evil wizard named Sabian. She learned of Earth's history from his library. In the episode "Battle of The Barbarians", Thundarr was once a slave of the evil wizard Sabian before being freed by Princess Ariel. It is also thought that she gave Thundarr his principal weapon, the Sunsword. It was never revealed exactly where she was a princess. Her most common feats of sorcery involved creating light constructs, ranging from throwing exploding spheres to levitating weights to summoning nets, shields, or bridges over chasms. She could also produce powerful energy blasts, blinding light and magically reanimate machines. At times she shows romantic feelings towards Thundarr; although he never outwardly returns them, it is clear that he does care greatly for her. Ariel's attire consists of knee-high boots and an open-backed, leg-baring cyan (with yellow trim) costume which suggests a bathing suit. See more »


[repeated command]
Thundarr: Ariel! Ookla! Ride!
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Referenced in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: Matanzas (2016) See more »

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Wonderful series...
11 August 2002 | by SteveM-1See all my reviews

....even if it did borrow a lot of concepts from the popular Star Wars movies. Thundarr with his Sun Sword (lightsaber), wise cracking Princess Ariel (Princess Leia) and a large hairy, growling companion, Ookla the Mok (Chewbacca).

All these aside, it was still a great series. I liked how the items that are so common in our world, become totally new things in the Devastated Future World. It was also kind of interesting to see the new landscapes and realize that they were actually standing in ruined Los Angeles, Washington D.C., etc.

It was somewhat hampered by the cheap animation common to Cartoon Series of the day. I would love to see the series re-made with today's animation techniques. I'm sure it would be even more astonishing.

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4 October 1980 (USA) See more »

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