Demon Dogs! Thundarr the Barbarian: The Complete Series to be released on Blu-ray!
The 80s was a strange time for animation. There was not much going on animation-wise when it came to DC and Marvel comics-based super-heroes. Out of nowhere like a hurtling runaway planet, Thundarr the Barbarian hit the TV screens without much fanfare. It lasted two seasons on ABC from October 4, 1980, to October 31, 1981, and got canceled after 21 episodes.
Thundarr the Barbarian was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. The company was many years later acquired by Warner Brothers. The property came out in DVD format a few years ago. Now for the first time, it will be released in Blu-ray format. It was long overdue.
Comic book writer-artist Jack Kirby worked on the production design for the show. The main characters were designed by fellow comic book writer-artist Alex Toth. Toth, however, was unavailable to continue working on the show, so most of the wizards and other villains and secondary characters that appear on the show were designed by Kirby. He was brought onto the show at the recommendation of comic writer Steve Gerber and Mark Evanier who also wrote for the show.
Civilization is cast into ruin when a runaway planet speeds between the Earth and the Moon, unleashing cosmic destruction. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn from the ashes with a savage landscape, strange creatures and a primitive sense of justice. But, one man fights to spread peace throughout the land: He is Thundarr the Barbarian, and you can own all 21 exciting adventures starring Thundarr and his companions Ookla the Mok and sorceress Princess Ariel. Using their strength, courage and wits, plus Thundarr’s magical Sunsword, the journey from village to village, liberating slaves and battling all kinds of beasts, mutants, wizards, thieves and robots. The future of Earth may be shrouded in darkness, but Thundarr the Barbarian bursts into action as a shining symbol of hope for humanity.
Writers: Steve Gerber, Buzz Dixon, Mark Evanier, Martin Pasko, Ted Pedersen
Starring: Robert Ridgely, Nellie Bellflower, Henry Corden
Narrator: Dick Tufeld
Producers: Joe Ruby, Ken Spears, Jerry Eisenberg