Thundarr the Barbarian is one of the great but forgotten 80s cartoons. Here is everything you need to know about this hidden gem of a classic.
“Thundarr the Barbarian” is an American animated television series that aired on ABC from 1980 to 1982. It was created by Steve Gerber and produced by Ruby-Spears Productions.
The show is set in a post-apocalyptic future, in the year 1994. A comet has collided with the Earth, causing a massive global cataclysm that has wiped out most of human civilization. The survivors of the disaster have regressed to a medieval level of technology, and the world is now ruled by wizards and other magical creatures. The protagonist, Thundarr, is a warrior who fights against the evil forces that threaten the world, aided by his friends Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel.
The main characters in the show are Thundarr, Ookla the Mok, and Princess Ariel. Thundarr is a strong and courageous warrior who wields a magical sword that can cut through almost anything. Ookla is a large, blue, fur-covered humanoid who is fiercely loyal to Thundarr and possesses great strength. Princess Ariel is a beautiful and intelligent young woman who is skilled in the use of magic and serves as Thundarr’s love interest.
There were a total of 20 episodes of “Thundarr the Barbarian” that aired on ABC. Each episode was approximately 30 minutes long.
The voices for the characters in “Thundarr the Barbarian” were provided by several voice actors. Thundarr was voiced by actor Jeff Altman, Ookla was voiced by actor Peter Cullen, and Princess Ariel was voiced by actress Patricia Stitch.
The theme song for “Thundarr the Barbarian” was composed by Hoyt Curtin and was performed by the band The Cured. The lyrics to the theme song are as follows:
“Thundarr the Barbarian, He’s fighting for the right, He’s a defender of justice, He’s a warrior of the light.
With his magic sword and his trusty steed, He travels through the land, Defying all the odds, He’ll do whatever it takes to save the land.
Thundarr the Barbarian, He’s a hero through and through, He’ll fight for what is right, And he’ll never give up until he’s through.”
“Thundarr the Barbarian” was created by Steve Gerber, a writer and editor best known for his work in the comic book industry. Gerber also served as one of the producers of the show.
“Thundarr the Barbarian” aired on the ABC network in the United States. It was originally broadcast on Saturday mornings as part of the “ABC Weekend Special” block.
“Thundarr the Barbarian” aired from 1980 to 1982. It premiered on ABC on October 4, 1980, and the final episode aired on September 18, 1982.
Yes, “Thundarr the Barbarian” is available on home video. The complete series has been released on
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