Recent revivals/ re-treatments of older properties have been the Green Hornet, Snow White, Sherlock Holmes, the Smurfs and the soon-to-be released Lone Ranger. One could make the argument for Spider-man and the entire DC universe- and Superman has certainly been rebooted in movies and comics. The difference with these latter things as compared to the former properties is that they were still recent and active when they suddenly got the "total extreme makeover."
There is a Saturday morning property that I really hope a JJ Abrams/ Chris Nolan/ Josh Whedon-type will look to reboot and bring to a whole new generation- Thundarr the Barbarian!
Many of you may ask, "Who?" but for those of us who remember the show it was a high-point of the Ruby-Spears animation portfolio filled with sorcery, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic landscapes, mutants and villains. Character designs and settings came from the hands and minds of legendary comics icons Alex Toth (who also designed the timeless Space Ghost costume among many other things) and Jack "King" Kirby (the art part of the Marvel Age that created the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Avengers and more!).
|Ookla the Mok- part yeti, part Wookie, part cat-person.|
And then there is the title character Thundarr, who could see the world in terms of wrong or right, with no grey area in between. This allowed Thundarr to make snap decisions on what to do and who to help. Thundarr spoke in such a way that speech seemed difficult for him, yet he could read, he could rally the troops with a short and stirring speech, and he could even figure out how to pilot a large helicopter on the fly (see what I did there?). Strong and almost cavemanish in his attitudes, you just knew trouble was going to find this guy no matter where they traveled to on the globe.
|Princess Ariel in a similar outfit to the Herculoids' Tara.|
Clips of Thundarr can be found online, and you can piece together enough YouTube shorts to make full episodes. Beware, that if you only speak English, you may be disappointed to find many of these clips in Spanish.
|Tara. Most similar thing on the ladies are their heads.|
|Gemini- he could turn his head "Exorcist-style" to a face on the other side!|
|I forget who this guy is, but he is pretty freaky!|
|I always thought these guys were inspired by "Beneath the Planet of the Apes". Watch it to see what I mean.|
|The Rat King found work after the nutcracker!|
|Our heroes on their steeds. Ookla's mount is about as weird as he is.|
|Thundarr and Ariel jump about 70 feet from a window onto his horse. Don't try this at home.|