"The year: 1994. From out of space comes a runaway planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon, unleashing cosmic destruction! Man's civilization is cast in ruin! Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn...
A strange new world rises from the old: a world of savagery, super science, and sorcery. But one man bursts his bonds to fight for justice! With his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, he pits his strength, his courage, and his fabulous Sunsword against the forces of evil.
He is Thundarr, the Barbarian!"
So begins one of those cartoons that remains indelibly etched in my mind since my childhood. Of course, many of the details are either fuzzy or non-existent, but the important ones are still there and that is what counts. Warner Brothers is helping me fill in those blanks with their release of the complete Thundarr the Barbarian series and believe me when I tell you that it has been a blast watching these old cartoons. Granted, they don't quite have the same effect on me but I love the nostalgia that comes with them.
I always loved watching Saturday morning cartoons. It didn't matter what channel you turned to, wherever you went was some manner of animated goodness. Thinking back on those glory days just makes me sad whenever I take a spin around the modern Saturday dial. It is tough to find a cartoon and even tougher to find anything that matched up to the classics of the 1980s.
Thundarr the Barbarian is not the type of show that I watched every week, but when I did happen to come across it, my face would be plastered with a big grin. Why? I am not quite sure. I don't think I would call it one of my favorites (that would likely go to something like Transformers or GI Joe). Whatever it was, the post-apocalyptic world presented was one of wild mystery and adventure with an engaging trio and plenty of crazy bad guys to oppose them.
Our heroes are Thundarr, a Conan-esque character armed with strength and a lightsaber-like weapon called the Sunsword, Princess Ariel, a sorceress with a wit and an answer to everything, and Ookla the Mok, a Wookie-type creature whose language is grunts and growls. They travel around the re-emerging world battling mutants, wizards, and anyone who gets in their way.