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Long before there was a Sharknado (or The Second One), there was the 1987 Rankin/Bass animated action-adventure series, TigerSharks! This show will be the subject of this week’s podcast, thanks to our current guest contributor, Joe Gallo. You’ll have to tune in next week to see if his suggestion is a hit or miss. In the meantime, here’s the crazy intro for this equally crazy series:
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This week’s podcast visits Filmation’s 1987 Sci-Fi/Western series BraveStarr, a show about a Native American lawbringer blessed with the powers of hawk, wolf, puma and bear, living on the distant planet of New Texas in the 23rd century. If you want a bit of a primer before diving into this podcast, be sure to check out the show’s theme song and an introduction to its characters.
If you’re a fan of the series and want to pick it up on DVD, please consider using our referral link to purchase the complete BraveStarr series. It goes a long way towards helping us fund the podcast! Thanks in advance! And a special thanks to Joe Gallo for filling in for Matt this week!
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The characters of Filmation’s 1987 Sci-Fi/Western series BraveStarr are not exactly household names. The title hero is a Native American lawbringer blessed with the powers of hawk, wolf, puma and bear, living on the distant planet of New Texas in the 23rd century … and he’s the most normal thing on this show! Check out our handy character guide below (thanks to Wikipedia) to get a handle on the insanity.
If you’re a fan of the series and want to pick it up on DVD, please consider using our referral link to purchase the complete BraveStarr series. It goes a long way towards helping us fund the podcast! Thanks in advance!
- Marshall BraveStarr(Pat Fraley): The title character; a Native American who can call upon the power of “spirit animals”, enabling him briefly to perform superhuman feats. The spirit animal powers are:
- Eyes of the Hawk: Enhances his vision and can also grant him an aerial view of the surrounding area.
- Ears of the Wolf: Gives him super-human hearing.
- Strength of the Bear: Gives him super-human strength.
- Speed of the Puma: Gives him super-human speed.
Bravestarr also carries a “Neutra-laser” pistol and a “Trans-freezer” rifle, and the badge on his shirt can shield him at need.
- Deputy Fuzz(Charlie Adler): A member of the Prairie People. BraveStarr affectionately calls him “li’l partner”. Fuzz is typically a figure of comic relief, but has played more-serious rôles at need.
- Handlebar(Alan Oppenheimer): A hulking, 14-ton, green-skinned bartender and former space pirate from the Rigel star system, with a bright orange handlebar mustache and a Brooklyn accent. He mostly serves BraveStarr and Thirty Thirty a drink called “sweetwater”. Other times he acts as a reserve law enforcement officer. He has a pet cyborg steer named Rampage.
- Judge J. B. McBride(Susan Blu): Fort Kerium’s principal (and perhaps only) judge and lawyer; Bravestarr’s ally, consultant, and occasional paramour. In battle, she uses an electronic gavel (called a “hammer of justice” in the series) given her by the Prairie People.
- Shaman(Ed Gilbert): An otherwise-unnamed mystic, capable of teleportation, time travel, psychokinesis, and near-omniscient clairvoyance; Bravestarr’s mentor and foster-father.
- Thirty Thirty(Ed Gilbert): BraveStarr’s cyborg stallion, capable of assuming a bipedal form at will. His principal weapon is the ‘Sarah Jane’: a large blunderbuss from which he projects directed energy. He is more belligerent than Bravestarr, and will often prefer fights to resolutions.
- Stampede(Alan Oppenheimer): Chief antagonist, and sponsor to all other villains; a monstrous, skeletal ‘Broncosaur’, and apparently the last of his kind. Stampede seldom appears in battle directly, but is usually the source of his subordinates’ evil plans.
- Tex Hex (Charlie Adler): Bravestarr’s rival, opponent, and counterpart, distinguished by a withered appearance and lavender skin; Stampede’s junior partner.
- Outlaw Skuzz(Alan Oppenheimer): Tex’s cigar-smoking henchman and cousin of Deputy Fuzz; apparently the only Prairie Person to prefer crime.
- Sandstorm(Ed Gilbert): A red reptilian alien who can exhale giant clouds of sand, which the gang usually uses to escape. His kind are sometimes called ‘sand walruses’ and are native to New Texas. He can also use his sand to put people to sleep or create sand creatures.
- Vipra (Susan Blu): A serpentine female villain who has the power to hypnotize people; assistant to Tex Hex, but envious of his high rank among the villains.
And here’s a bonus villain for our friends who have watched BraveStarr’s hard-hitting anti-drug episode, “The Price” …
If you’re like me, you probably start your Monday morning off with a strong cup o’ Joe. My personal favorite store brand just happens to come from Dunkin Donuts. You know what else comes from Dunkin Donuts? Cereal! Yes, dear friends, in the glorious heyday of 1987, Dunkin Donuts were available in miniature form in a kid-friendly cereal box.
Also occurring in 1987 was the show at the center of this week’s podcast discussion, the Filmation sci-fi Western series, BraveStarr. If you’re a fan of the series and want to pick it up on DVD, please consider using our referral link to purchase the complete BraveStarr series. It goes a long way towards helping us fund the podcast! Thanks in advance!
Who’s that strong-jawed chap giving you the bedroom eyes? Oh, it’s just Marshall BraveStarr, title hero of the 1987 animated series BraveStarr. I wasn’t familiar with the show at all when it was brought to my attention, but a binge watch of episodes on Hulu changed all that. I’ll start you off slow with just a taste via the show’s bizarre opening, which has enough craziness in it to fill an entire podcast by itself.
If you’re a fan of the series and want to pick it up on DVD, please consider using our referral link to purchase the complete BraveStarr series. You’re going to buy it anyway, right? Might as well help us fund the podcast while you’re at it! Thanks in advance!
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On this week’s episode of the Saturday Mourning Cartoons podcast, we travel to Videoland to talk about Captain N: The Game Master. This 1989 Nintendo and DiC Entertainment series centered on a videogame-playing teenager from the human world who’s transported to the realm of videogames to help a collection of fan-favorite heroes defeat the machinations of Mother Brain and her infamous henchmen.
The entire series of Captain N: The Game Master is available on DVD! Please consider purchasing the show through our Amazon referral link since it helps to fund the podcast. Thanks! Our discussion follows below: