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DVD Shopping Bag: Thundarr the Barbarian

A big tease from Warner Brothers

By Robert T. Trate     May 04, 2010

Thundarr the Barbarian in Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1
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No, Thundarr the Barbarian is not coming out on DVD this week. I say that with heavy heart. However one episode and an incredible documentary about the show are available for the first time on DVD. Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1 is the big tease this week. Warner Brothers has bought the rights to many of our beloved cartoons from the eighties and put them in this fun Saturday Morning Collection. Don’t get me wrong I think they are a perfect introduction to a new generation of kids. Kids that will never know the joys of what Saturday mornings used to mean. For this grown up kid theseDVDs, this one in particular is a big tease. I want both seasons on Thundarr on DVD (Blu-ray would be ideal but right now I’d be settle for some old VHS copies).  
I could go all nostalgic about Saturday morning cartoons but that would be like preaching to the choir. Before we get to Thundarr let’s talk about what else you get in this collection.
Girl Cartoons: 
I hate to offend some of our readers but it is true.I didn’t need to cuddle up with The Biskitts (2 episodes) or the Monchhichis then or now. Yes, I sat through The Ewoks every once in a while but even their adventures were a little too cute for me. These adventures always had sinister bad guys but always ended with a hug and a smile. I think this is when I used to have my breakfast or turn the channel.
Middle of the Road:
The Flintstone Kids had some pretty good humor to it and it still carries to this day. There is a weird retro appeal as it is a prequel to the Honeymooners. I probably would have enjoyed this part of the DVD with one episode and not four.  
Goldie Gold and Action Jack is one show I have no memory of. It falls perfectly into the category of “Middle of the Road”. Clearly it was to appeal to two different demographics. Only one episode was enough pique my interest though. I doubt we’ll ever see Goldie Gold and Action Jack in a stand alone DVD collection.
Next to the comedic animated timing of Ed Grimley there was a variety show that was clearly influenced by old school Hollywood. The adventures of Kwicky Koala were just the Roadrunner re-imagined but Crazy Claws was clearly a modern day Groucho Marx. I’m almost ashamed at how much fun I had watching this variety show.
What Saturday Mornings Were All About:
This disc does pack some great memories. Dragon’s Lair, Galtar and the Golden Lance andChuck Norris: Karate Commandos will have you bouncing up and down with joy and questioning why these series haven’t been given the individual treatment. Mister T is another one of these series that should also be given a lot more love from Warner Brothers. With the new A-Team movie arriving soon it probably has the best chance of getting an individual box set for its three seasons. In watching the pilot episode you get a quick lesson from Mr. T and marvel at this modern day Scooby Doo mystery show that wraps itself around a team of gymnasts. It’s fun but almost has too many stereotypes to be watched by a modern day audience. Kids today might be too smart for it.
Thundarr the Barbarian:
Without a doubt Thundarr is the reason to buy/ rent this collection. You’ll marvel at Ken Spears’ and Joe Ruby’s brilliant series, a great mixture of Planet of the Apes, Star Wars and Conan the Barbarian. In a lot of ways it is still a very unique property. Again Warner Brothers throws the pilot episode out first, “Secret of the Black Pearl” and it is simply not enough. What makes this an even bigger tease is “Lords of Light! Thundarr the Barbarian”, an 18 minute documentary about the history of the show. Ken Spears and Joe Ruby give a detailed origin for the show’s conception and how it changed cartoons. Their goal was to preach to kids and tell stories that were smart while appealing to an audience that was growing up. Everything they did created a fan base that still loves this show to today.
Please Warner Brothers, PLEASE:
I honestly do love these collections. To sit down in my pajamas and watch a full day of cartoons on a Saturday (or Sunday) is a great way to unwind. I have to wonder if Johnny Quest, Space Ghost and even Aquaman have complete season collections why not Thundarr the Barbarian? Lords of Light! Who do I have to send Ookla after to get me some Thundarr on DVD?
Anything Goes ~ Uriel Arce, Carlos Valencia, Royce Gracie, and Fernando Soluco di Piero
Elektra (2005) (Ws Dir Dub Sub Ac3 Dol Dts) [Blu-ray] ~ Goran Visnjic
Exiled & Dynamite Warrior (Ws Dub Sub) ~ Dan Chupong
Eye for an Eye (Sub) ~ Suk-Kyu Han
Flawless & Quid Pro Quo & Boarding Gate: Triple ~ Michael Caine, Nick Stahl, and Michael Madsen
Hellbinders ~ Ray Park, Johnny Yong Bosch, Esteban Cueto, and Rich Cetrone
JCVD/Exit Speed [Blu-ray] ~ Jean-Claude Van Damme, François Damiens, and Zinedine Soualem
K-19: The Widowmaker [Blu-ray] ~ Harrison Ford
Outlaw & Dead Man's Shoes & Red: Triple Feature ~ Sean Bean, Danny Dyer, Paddy Considine, and Toby Kebbell
Shaolin Iron Men 4 Film Set
Suburbia (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) ~ Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, and Jennifer Clay
Tetro [Blu-ray] ~ Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich, Maribel Verdu, and Carmen Maura
Clamp Double Feature: Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE and xxxHOLiC [Blu-ray] ~ Cherami Leigh, J. Michael Tatum, Colleen Clinkenbeard, and Todd Haberkorn
Darker Than Black: Complete Series Set ~ Jason Liebrecht, John Swasey, and Kate Oxley
Dragon Ball: Season Four ~ Tiffany Vollmer
Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Three ~ Christopher R. Sabat
Hayate the Combat Butler: Part 5 (Sub)
Junjo Romantica Season 1 DVD Collection
New People Artist 5: Makoto Aida - Cynic Playgroun
Rozen Maiden: Complete Series Box Set ~ Miyuki Sawashiro, Asami Sanada, Noriko Rikimaru, and Sakura Nogawa
Tekkaman Blade Complete (Vols 1-3, Eps. 1-49) ~ Megumi Hayashibara
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Season 2 [Blu-ray] ~ Christopher R. Sabat, Jason Liebrecht, and Monica Rial
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Collected Memories Box Set [Blu-ray] ~ Christopher R. Sabat, John Savage, and Monica Rial
Vandread: The Ultimate Collection ~ Rafael Antonio Oliver, Julie Maddalena, and Julie Pickering
You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle Collection 2
Invader Zim Season 1
Invader Zim Season One & Two
Iron Man: Armored Adventures Complete Season 1
Marvel Iron Man: The Complete Animated Series - 3-Disc DVD ~ John Reilly, Robert Hays, and Jennifer Hale
Rozen Maiden: Complete Series Box Set ~ Miyuki Sawashiro, Asami Sanada, Noriko Rikimaru, and Sakura Nogawa
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1
Voltron Lion Force Part 1 (7pc) (Full)
Voltron Lion Force Part 2 (8pc) (Full)
Wolverine & X-Men: Revelation
X-Men, Volume Five (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection) ~ Iona Morris, Lenore Zann, and Alison Seasly-Smith
Dark Nature ~ Niall Greig Fulton, Imogen Toner, and James Bryce
Evil Toons ~ David Carradine
Gatekeeper: Unlock Your Worst Fears ~ Kevin Cunningham, Corey Costello, Tara Hunter, and Kayla Chalk
Meadowoods ~ Connor Thorp, Michelle Roe, Michael Downey, and Ila Schactler
Mother's Day Massacre ~ Adam Scarimbolo, Emily Grace, Heidi Kristoffer, and Greg Travis
Pulse & Sick Nurses (Ws Dub Sub)
Roger Corman the Best of B's 2: Teachers & Naughty
Slasher ~ Christiane Imdahl, Christian Stock, and Pia de Buhr
Vampegeddon ~ Shane Dean, Katherine Von Forelle, Jacqueline Smith, and Sugar Cox
Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora (Story 86) ~ Tom Baker
Doctor Who: The Curse of Peladon (Story 61) ~ Jon Pertwee
Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon (Story 73) ~ Jon Pertwee
Escape from L.A. [Blu-ray] ~ Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, and Bruce Campbell
Fallen ~ Paul Wesley, Tom Skerritt, Bryan Cranston, and Ivana Milicevic
Fallen: The Destiny ~ Paul Wesley, Kwesi Ameyaw, Fernanda Andrade, and Sharon Canovas
Flash Gordon (1980) (Ws Spec Sub Ac3 Dol Amar) ~ Sam Jones
First Spaceship on Venus (Cinema Insomnia Slime Line)
Mars Rising / Race to Mars ~ Michael Riley
Midnight Movie/Killer Movie [Blu-ray] ~ Leighton Meester, Daniel Bonjour, Greg Cirulnick, and Kaley Cuoco
The Moment After 2: The Awakening ~ John Gilbert, Jesse Jam Miranda, David A.R. White, and Kevin Downes
Race to Mars ~ Michael Riley
Tooth Fairy ~ Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, and Stephen Merchant
Tooth Fairy [Blu-ray]
According to Jim: The Complete Second Season ~ Jim Belushi
Dirt: The Complete Second Season ~ Courteney Cox, Ian Hart, Josh Stewart, and Alexandra Breckenridge
The Facts of Life: Season Four ~ Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, and Mindy Cohn
The Honeymooners: Second Honeymoon ~ Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, and Jane Kean
The Honeymooners: Valentine Special ~ Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, and Jane Kean
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 2 ~ Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig
Saving Grace 2 Pack (8pc) ~ Leon Rippy, Kenny Johnson, Bailey Chase, and Bokeem Woodbine
Tracey Ullman's State of the Union: Complete Season Two ~ Tracey Ullman
Doctor Zhivago Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Book) ~ Omar Sharif
Saving Private Ryan [Blu-ray] ~ Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, and Tom Sizemore
TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: War (Battle of the Bulge / The Dawn Patrol / Gunga Din / Operation Pacific) ~ Henry Fonda, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, and John Wayne
TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Westerns (The Stalking Moon / Ride the High Country / Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid / Chisum) ~ Gregory Peck, Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, and James Coburn
After watching one episode of Thundarr on DVD, Robert is now committed to getting all the Thundarr action figures. Robert writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.


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Chopsaki 5/4/2010 1:06:04 AM

Demon Dogs, they really do need to release Thundarr the Barbarian on dvd.  It still amazes me to this day how dark that show was in at least as far as how it depicted a devesated  future earth overrun by evil mutants. Lords of Light I want a live action movie!

egoist 5/4/2010 2:17:20 AM

Ariel, Ookla ryyyydddde!!!

karas1 5/4/2010 3:49:58 AM

Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora, that was a really good adventure.  The Doctor and Sarah went back to Italy in the Reneissance.  The BBC does do costume drama well and the costumes in this one were fabulous!

dbrock06 5/4/2010 6:40:48 AM

Just an FYI to everyone out there. Volume 5 of the XMEN animated Series is out today which completes the series for all of us who have been collecting it.  Hopefully they will soon release the Fox Spiderman cartoon from the same time period.

Hobbs 5/4/2010 6:58:24 AM

I have  a feeling watching Thundar with adults eyes will wreck my memories of it.  I'm sure the animation is very out dated and the stories through an adults eyes will probably be really stupid.  I'll pass on this and any season releases of Thundar and be happy with what I remember of them.

Wyldstaar 5/4/2010 7:30:00 AM

Speaking from experience, I have to agree with Hobbs.  However, I have found that if I watch the classic shows from my childhood with kids who have never seen them before makes them more paletable.  You get to watch it through their eyes, in a way.  If you don't have any kids, you've probably got some nieces & nephews somewhere.  Watch it with them.

Moz72 5/4/2010 9:59:13 AM

Thundarr yes, but the Monchichis???? Did someone let their five year old decide what cartoons to put on this disc? Couldn't they have put an episode of Blue Falcon, or Mighty Orbots, or Galaxy Rangers?

Hobbs 5/4/2010 10:18:02 AM

Galaxy Rangers...now THERE is a memory from the past Moz72.  That was a great cartoon.

Wyldstaar, all depends on the cartoon.  The old Disney movies my kids liked but a lot of that bad animation from the late 70's early 80's they can't get into.  Especially with what's out there today.  Now if I would have started them out with it then maybe but they are too spoiled but today's cartoons. 

LooneyBinJIm 5/4/2010 10:50:19 AM

The should've just put all of the Chuck Norris episodes up there. There were only five made. Galaxy Rangers already had a proper release of the complete series last year.

momitchell7 5/4/2010 11:19:32 AM


I don't think it was a "Saturday" cartoon, but does anyone remember the Silverhawks? That and Galaxy Rangers were cool shows...

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