Tuesday Toonsday: Get to Know the Street Sharks!

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I’d like to say that you’re about to learn a lot about sharks, some of the world’s most incredible (and most misunderstood) creatures. Instead, I’m here to school you (fish joke #1) on the characters of Street Sharks. The mid-90s DiC Entertainment animated series about four teen brothers turned into anthropomorphic sharks was created to promote, you guessed it, a line of toys produced by Mattel.

If you remember the show fondly and want to pick up the complete series on DVD, please consider purchasing through our referral link. It helps to fund our podcast and bring you future episodes, and you still get as many shark puns as you can handle! That’s JAWSOME!

We’ll have this week’s episode up on Saturday, so until then, here’s a handy character guide for Street Sharks (via Street Sharks Wiki):

street sharks john boltonJohn “Ripster” Bolton

John is the leader of the Street Sharks. He is the smartest and the oldest of the Bolton Brothers. He enjoys creating inventions; taking up most of his knowledge and skills from his father. He’s also an avid pool player. In the first episode, he’s seen riding a motorcycle. when he’s changed into Ripster, he becomes a Great White Shark, with teeth that can chew even through steel. John/Ripster was voiced by Lee Tockar in the 1994 TV series.

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Clint “Jab” Bolton, Clint’s defining characteristic is that he is the lazy brother, but one of his hobbies is boxing. He appears to have some talent with mechanics, as he uses a jetpack in the first episode. When he transforms into Jab, he becomes a Hammerhead Shark, in which he uses his head as a battering ram. Jab also appears to be more in tune with his animal side than his siblings, roaring and snarling when angry or excited over something. Clint/Jab was voiced by Matt Hill in the 1994 TV series.

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Bobby (Robert) “Streex” Bolton Jr, Bobby is the token “cool’ brother, self proclaimed ladies” man. He’s seen everywhere wearing his rollerblades, and appears to enjoy extreme sports like parachuting and snowboarding. Later on, he demonstrates the ability to play drums professionally. When he transforms into Streex, he becomes a Tiger Shark. He gets his name from the purple streaks on his body. In the pilot movie (eventually to be episodes 1-3), he was originally called “Blades”, due to his skills as a rollerblader. Bobby/Streex was voiced by Andrew Rannells in the 1994 TV series.

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Coop “Big Slammu” Bolton, Coop is the sport-oriented brother, and the strongest (as well as youngest) of the four. He was also a football player in high school. In the first episode, he uses a skateboard to get around. When he transforms into Slammu, he becomes a Whale Shark. His most prominently featured attack is called “Seismic Slam”, where Slammu sets off an earthquake by hitting the ground with his fists. Coop/Slammu was voiced by D. Kevin Williams in the 1994 TV series.

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A brilliant genetic engineer, Dr. LutherParadigm plots to turn the whole world into loyal mutates. He was the one that created Slashand Slobster, transformed the Bolton Boys into Shark Mutates, and their father into something else. During one such experiment were he was attempting to mutate Bends with piranha DNA, he accidentally crossed himself with it where he was named Dr. Piranoid as a result. While his mutation did not cause such a dramatic increase in mass he now has webbed hands and feet as well as a more pirahna-like face. Also his mutation is unstable, he appears human while calm and collected but will change when under extreme duress.

During the episodes that had the Dino Vengers in them, he once gene-slammed himself with iguana DNA (which he mistook for Velociraptor DNA) and was renamed Dr. Iguanoid as a result.

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Monday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Sharks Invade Your Cereal/Soup Bowl

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We’re kicking off our own version of Shark Week here on Saturday Mourning Cartoons. On this week’s episode we’ll be talking about the 90s animated series, Street Sharks, but believe it or not, I couldn’t find any breakfast cereal tie-ins to this zany show. Instead, I found this 80s retro commercial for Cheerios which features two kids powering up to take down a shark who’s just being a real jerk.

As a bonus, I’ve included a retro commercial for shark-shaped noodles from Chef Boyardee, which were then repurposed* with a cartoonish label in order to hawk Street Sharks. (Apparently Chef Boyardee’s Street Shark-Fin Soup didn’t go over so well in the States.) Enjoy the retro below!

[Editor’s Note: The Cheerios commercial with the shark has disabled embedding for some reason, so here’s one with a sawfish instead. Close enough, right?]

*No sharks were harmed in the making of this cereal/soup/blog post.

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The Death of Saturday Morning Cartoons

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Saturday Morning Cartoons may be dead, but Saturday Mourning Cartoons will carry on.  Like we reported recently, the last block of Saturday/Sunday morning animated series came to an end this weekend as The CW’s Vortexx programs enjoyed their last few hours in the spotlight. Future weekends will feature reality TV, live-action programs, and “Edutainment” aimed at kids and families. It’s the end of an era, folks.

Though our nostalgia and childhood memories have certainly been hit hard by this recent programming change, we know that we’re not alone; many of you out there lament the passing of Saturday morning tradition of grabbing a bowl of cereal and watching wacky cartoons for hours. The good news is that we here at Saturday Mourning Cartoons will continue to bring you news and reviews of some of history’s best/craziest animated series.

The only change here is that we’ll be bringing you our weekly episodes on Saturday mornings (instead of Wednesdays) from here on out. You need something to fill the void right? Why not listen to us instead? You can find us on iTunes by subscribing through this link right here, or open up iTunes, head to the store, go to the podcast section and search for Saturday Mourning Cartoons. We’ll keep the lights on for ya!

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Theme Song Thursday: Street Sharks

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If Thundarr the Barbarian was my biggest pleasant surprise on this show so far, it’s looking like Street Sharks is going to be my biggest challenge. Though I remember watching this show (albeit sparingly), the theme songs already have me irritated.  You can sample them for yourself below, and be sure to tune in for our next installment of the podcast to see if I make it through the episode.  Ugh…

Saturday Mourning Cartoons Podcast: Episode 19 – Thundarr the Barbarian

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The series we picked for this particular episode is easily my most pleasant surprise on the show so far.  Thundarr the Barbarian is pure delight, and we had a blast talking about it.  If you want to pick it up for yourself, please consider using our referral link to buy the complete series on DVD. Your purchase helps to fund our podcast.

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Tuesday Toonsday: Get to Know the Characters of Thundarr the Barbarian!

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Let’s get barbaric with Thundarr the Barbarian! This early 80s Ruby-Spears Production centered on a warrior, a sorceress and a … Mok, which sounds like a straightforward fantasy series until you learn that it’s set in the year 3994 AD!  That blew my mind as an adult, since the presence of skyscrapers and (sorta) rusted Volkswagen Beetles apparently escaped my attention as a kid. Regardless, we’ve put together a handy character guide below to get you better acquainted (via Wikipedia).

If you remember the series fondly and want to pick it up for yourself, please consider using our referral link to buy the complete series on DVD. Your purchase helps to fund our podcast. Thanks!

  • thundarr-the-barbarian-thundarrThundarr (voiced by Robert Ridgely) – The main protagonist of the series. He is a barbarian that was once a slave to Sabian until he was freed by Princess Ariel and given the Sunsword which he uses as a weapon in his fight against evil wizards and other villains. Thundarr was frequently uttering such pronouncements as “Demon dogs!”, “Lords of Light!”, and the Thundarr war-cry “Aaaaahh-ee!” Thundarr, along with his friend Ookla, are largely unknowledgable about the world and rely on Ariel’s guidance, but Thundarr is respectful of knowledge gained. When once asked what kind of man he was, Thundarr simply replied “Free!”
  • thundarr-the-barbarian-ookla-the-mokOokla the Mok (voiced by Henry Corden) – Ookla is a member of the Mok species, a leonine humanoid with fangs and yellow eyes. In Thundarr the Barbarian‘s back-story, Ookla and Thundarr were enslaved in the court of the wizard Sabian until Sabian’s stepdaughter Princess Ariel helped them escape. As a Mok, Ookla has great strength, usually fighting by ripping up a nearby sapling or piece of wreckage to club his enemies. On a few occasions he is shown to use a longbow that fires a type of paralyzing arrow. However, he is also the most likely of the heroes to charge right into an enemy attack or to be enraged by unusual nuisances or threats. Moks dwell in their own territory, ruled by a king; they fear and hate water, preferring to face overwhelming odds in battle rather than wade through a stream to escape. Both Thundarr and Ariel generally understand the howls that make up Ookla’s speech, but Thundarr seems to know more about Mok culture than Ariel, perhaps because he and Ookla met and worked together as slaves before either met Ariel. Whereas Thundarr and Ariel ride horses for transport, Ookla’s steed is another quadrupedal species called an equort.
  • thundarr-the-barbarian-princess-arielPrincess Ariel (voiced by Nellie Bellflower) – Ariel is a beautiful and powerful sorceress. Not much was revealed about her past before she met Thundarr except that she was the stepdaughter of an evil wizard named Sabian. She learned of Earth’s history from his library. In the episode “Battle of The Barbarians”, Thundarr was once a slave of the evil wizard Sabian before being freed by Princess Ariel. It is also thought that she gave Thundarr his principal weapon, the Sunsword. It was never revealed exactly where she was a princess. Her most common feats of sorcery involved creating light constructs, ranging from throwing exploding spheres to levitating weights to summoning nets, shields, or bridges over chasms. She could also produce powerful energy blasts, blinding light and magically reanimate machines. At times she shows romantic feelings toward Thundarr. Though he never outwardly returns them, it is clear that he does care for her.

And here’s a bonus round for the villainous wizards, thanks to The Savage AfterWorld!

thundarr the barbarian wizardsPictured are four of the more powerful Wizards who have been encountered in the Thundarr future world:

  • Gemini: This Wizard had head with two faces – one good and one evil. When crossed or angered, his head would rotate, revealing the “evil” Gemini face (pictured). Gemini was the only Wizard to appear in two episodes.
  • Mindok: The brain of one of the Ancients was placed into a mechanical robot body. Over the years, Mindok learned the ways of magic. It is said he is immortal.
  • Argoth: The Wizard with One Thousand Eyes, Argoth can see in 360 degrees around him. His eyes are the sources of his power, as all of his spells come firing out of them.
  • Skullus: This Wizard is nothing more than a head living inside of a glass dome. But don’t let that lull you into a sense of security as Skullus commands one of the largest armies in the world.

 

Monday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Star Wars’ C3POs

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You know what sounds great right about now? A bowl of cereal inspired by Star Wars’ gold-colored, metallic mandroid, C3PO.  What better to chow down on than rivets and pneumatic connectors soaked in lubricant? Yum yum! Actually, this cash-grabbing product isn’t even as visually interesting as all that, since it’s basically a bunch of reject Cheerios that got stuck together.  Sounds like a cost-savings move to me, but what do I know.

You may be wondering why we’re featuring a Star Wars cereal when our topic of discussion for this week’s podcast is Thundarr the Barbarian. Well, as we’ll explain in the upcoming episode, this 1980-82 cartoon series borrowed heavily from the George Lucas production for a lot of their characters and plot elements. If you remember the series fondly and want to pick it up for yourself, please consider using our referral link to buy the complete series on DVD. Your purchase helps to fund our podcast. Thanks!

Check out the retro commercial for Kellogg’s C3POs below:

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