Theme Song Thursday: ReBoot

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This might be the first time in our podcast’s history that we remember a show for its characters, animation style, and plot rather than its theme song. Don’t get me wrong, the ReBoot intro is still great, it just lacks that ability to get stuck in your head for decades.  Luckily, the show itself more than makes up for a less-than-catchy theme.  At least, I hope it does. We’ll find out for sure when we review the show for this week’s podcast!

Thankfully, ReBoot remains popular even today.  You can watch the entire series on Hulu, or if you’d like a hard copy for yourself, Amazon has an awesome special edition for sale as ReBoot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition.  If you were going to pick it up anyway, please consider making a purchase through our referral link since it helps to fund the podcast. As for that theme song, take a look and listen below!

Saturday Mourning Cartoons Podcast: Episode 11 – DINOSAUCERS

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For our eleventh episode, we revisit the 1987 DiC Entertainment series Dinosaucers, a show about a race of humanoid dinosaurs from space who land on Earth and befriend a quarter of human teenagers. Yup! You’ll notice lots of familiar cartoon tropes – Good vs Evil, Alien Worlds, Power Rings, Valleys in the Lost World, etc – but it’s important to remember that this nutzo show somehow preceded others that feature these same traits with a much higher success rate.

Special nod to YouTube user Chris Dahl for having posted all the episodes of Dinosaucers which certainly helped us in our research. Head on over to his page to take a look for yourself!

If you’re interested in picking up the series from Amazon (as soon as they’re made available again), please consider buying it through our link as it helps to fund the podcast. Thanks!

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Tuesday Toonsday: Get to Know the Characters of DINOSAUCERS!

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Before we talk about the 1987 DiC Entertainment series Dinosaucers, we thought we’d introduce you to the Secret Scouts, the Dinosaucers, and the Tyrannos. There are quite a few humanoid dinosaur critters to keep track of, so let’s get to it!

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Secret Scouts

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The Secret Scouts are four teenage humans who ally with the Dinosaucers and receive magic rings that boost their powers. Ryan Spencer is a blond haired male teenager who leads the group and is the older brother of Sara Spencer, a blond haired female teenager and the only girl of the Scouts. Her ring strongly boosts her physical abilities to Olympic athlete status. Paul, who we find to be the most useful, is an African American male teenager who helps out the Dinosaucers and can run at enhanced speed over long distances. Lastly, David is a black haired teenage male and the wild one of the Scouts, with a ring that boosts his strength.

Dinosaucers & Tyrannos

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Dinosaucers

  • dinosaucersAllo is the leader of the Dinosaucers. He can Dinovolve into a 40 foot Allosaurus.
  • Dimetro is another member of the Dinosaucers and Allo’s assistant. Dimetro is the scientist/mechanic of the group and speaks with a slight Scottish accent, because why not?
  • Bronto Thunder is considered the strongest of the Dinosaucers. He can Dinovolve into an 80 foot Sauropod.
  • Stego is an evolved Stegosaurus and a rather dim-witted recruit when compared to the rest of the team. He tries to be brave, but is prone to panic attacks and general cowardice.
  • Tricero has a history for doing investigative work back on Reptilon, and provides a voice of calm reason. Tricero was a member of the law-enforcing Tricerocops on Reptilon before he became a Dinosaucer. Tricero has a vibrational super power that emanates from his two brow horns.
  • Bonehead is Allo’s nephew and, as his name suggests, is not particularly bright.
  • Ichy, whose name is pronounced “Icky”, is a prehistoric aquatic reptile.
  • Teryx is the only female Dinosaucer. She is an evolved Archaeopteryx, which is a derived theropod dinosaur, considered to be the first “true” bird.

Tyrannos

  • dinosaucers-tyrannosGenghis Rex, usually referred to as simply “Rex”, is the leader of the Tyrannos, as well as Allo’s evil counterpart.
  • Princess Dei is an evolved Deinonychus with yellow-green skin who is Genghis Rex’s older sister and the only female Tyranno.
  • Ankylo is Genghis Rex’s dimwitted, sycophantic assistant and is another member of the Tyrannos.
  • Quackpot is the practical joker of the group, much to the ire of the other Tyrannos.  Quackpot makes a quacking sound like a duck in comparison to his appearance.
  • Brachio is the archetypal thug of the gang, is the evil counterpart of Bronto Thunder and is physically the strongest among the Tyrannos.
  • Styraco is the evil counterpart of Tricero and was formerly a dentist working at the office of Pinchem, Pullem & Yankem before joining Genghis Rex on Earth. He is intelligent and sometimes works with machines.
  • Plesio is a prehistoric aquatic reptile. Plesio used to work for Slither, Slither & Shark, Attorneys at Law on Reptilon before becoming a Tyranno.
  • Terrible Dactyl is the flying member of the Tyrannos and the evil counterpart of Teryx.

Monday Morning Breakfast Cereal: DINERSAURS

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In anticipation of our upcoming podcast on the 1987 series Dinosaucers, we dug up a cereal commercial from 1988 that digs into the decade’s dinosaur craze.  The Ralston company put out this fruit-flavored dinosaur-shaped cereal with commercials featuring animated dinos that worked in a dino-shaped diner. Dino dino dino! Take a look at it below and be sure to check back on Wednesday for our latest podcast episode on Dinosaucers!

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Saturday Mourning Cartoons Podcast: Episode 10 – The Pirates of Dark Water

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For our tenth episode, we revisit the 1991 Hanna-Barbera series The Pirates of Dark Water.  I’m very pleased to report that this show is just as great as we remember and holds up very well over the twenty-odd years since it’s been on the airwaves.  Is there hope for a re-emergence of the cult-favorite series? We talk about that and more in the latest episode of our SMC podcast, so listen up ya chongo longo bilge rat!

Special nod to Just Anime Dubbed, which hosts episodes of The Pirates of Dark Water, as well as the incredible and resourceful fan site, PiratesOfDarkWater.net!  If you want to know more about TPoDW, definitely check them out!

If you remember The Pirates of Dark Water fondly, or just want to have it on hard copy for your home collection, please consider purchasing the Entire Series on DVD through our links.  These referrals help to fund the podcast and keep us going! Thanks!

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Dave Trumbore

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Matt Barron

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  • Keep an eye on Matt’s Twitter account for his upcoming series of short stories!

Tuesday Toonsday: Get to Know the Characters of THE PIRATES OF DARK WATER

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Just who are those colorful characters in the above image? Why, they’re the title heroes (and villains) in The Pirates of Dark Water!  Get to know them a bit better with our character guide below (via Wikipedia):

Ren

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The prince of the once-grand kingdom of Octopon and the main protagonist, Ren was raised by a lighthouse keeper in the outskirts of his homeland, unaware of his destiny and heritage. He wields the broken sword that belonged to his father in its whole form. By the beginning of the second season, he freed one half of the planet from the Dark Water.

Niddler

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A monkey-bird who once belonged to Bloth, until he escaped by aiding Ren’s own escape from the pirate lord. He hails from the island of Pandawa. He is usually depicted as a little greedy and constantly ravenous for food, his favourite food being minga melons, but he likes Ren, and his ability to fly often comes in handy. In the original five-part miniseries Dark Water, Niddler was voiced by Roddy McDowall. Once subsequent episodes began to be produced and the show was renamed The Pirates of Dark Water, Niddler’s voice was re-dubbed with the voice of Frank Welker.

Tula 

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She is an ecomancer with the ability to control the elements and biological life, both sentient and non-sentient, as well as a natural affinity towards nature and animals. She is headstrong and often flusters Ioz. She is introduced as being a simple barmaid, but she stows aboard Ren and Ioz’s ship, claiming she “wanted to get away from the drudgery of life on land.” It’s soon revealed that she’s a character with many secrets.

Ioz 

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A rogue and pirate, he joins up with Ren initially for the promise of treasure. Throughout the seasons, his character matures and he becomes fond of Ren and his idealism, evolving into a protective brotherly figure to him and often risking his life for Ren and the quest for the Treasures. However, he still continues his attempts at getting rich quickly but is mostly unsuccessful. Ioz also has a younger sister named Solia, who appears in the series. Like Niddler, he originally worked for Bloth, but according to him, “it ended ugly.”

Bloth 

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The ox-sized, humanoid captain of the feared pirate ship Maelstrom, he is after the Thirteen Treasures of Rule to control all the Dark Water in the world, and in effect, Mer itself. He destroyed Primus’s fleet seventeen years prior to the timeline of the show, and captured Primus and his aide Avagon, though the seven captains accompanying Primus were able to escape with the Treasures. Bloth has since been hunting them obsessively, and destroying every remnant of the House of Primus just as obsessively, including killing every heir to the throne of Octopon that he could find and ravaging and pillaging the ailing city. He held Primus captive for seventeen years before the old man escaped back to Octopon and to Ren. Upon learning that Primus has a son, he transferred his fanatical hatred of Primus to Ren, and began to hunt the boy across the twenty seas of Mer, in order to capture the Treasures, and to kill Ren and the house of Primus. In the second season, he makes an uncertain and untrusting alliance with Morpho, a major agent of the Dark Dweller.

The Dark Dweller

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The powerful, evil creature that created the Dark Water. He had the Treasures originally scattered because their power is the only thing capable of opposing him and his evil master plan to swallow Mer in Dark Water.

If you remember The Pirates of Dark Water fondly, or just want to have it on hard copy for your home collection, please consider purchasing the Entire Series on DVD through our links.  These referrals help to fund the podcast and keep us going! Thanks!