Thundarr The Barbarian

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  • TV-Y7
  • 1980
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.5  (1,730)

Thundarr the Barbarian was an animated television series that narrated the story of three travelers; Thundarr, the hero, a barbarian, and his two friends Ariel, a sorceress, and Ookla, a big and hairy creature resembling a cat who was always with them. Our three heroes journeyed through a post-apocalyptic world wrought with death and destruction.

The world was set in 3994 AD after a catastrophic event that disintegrated Earth's moon and set the planet into turmoil, rendering the once-great civilization into a desolate wasteland filled with mutants, monsters, and vicious warlords. The remains of humanity have regressed, and science is regarded as magic. This event transformed the Earth into a much more hostile environment, leading to the rise of monstrous creatures, villainous sorcerers, and evil wizards, making it even harder for our heroes.

Our three characters made their way through this challenging terrain, facing all kinds of dangers and obstacles thrown in their way, and saving other survivors from perilous situations. Thundarr, strong and determined, used his combat skills to fight their way through treacherous odds, while Ariel used her powers to help protect and heal those in need, and Ookla aided them with his strength and more often just being an extra force and support. Together they make a fantastic team.

In this barren and harsh world, they encountered several foes who sought to vanquish them, often in the form of ruthless warlords who fought for power and control. Every episode brought new threats that our heroes had to face, and they were always persevering despite the odds. The show had a classic and straightforward storyline, making it easy to follow and understand, with a healthy dose of action and adventure to keep one engaged.

The animation of Thundarr The Barbarian was nothing short of spectacular. The post-apocalyptic world was drawn in great detail, with a visually striking style that captured the audience's imagination. The background design was remarkable, with the depiction of the barren wasteland and the towering structures and castles of the villainous warlords. The character design was also a highlight, with the character of Thundarr standing out with his distinct appearance, with his strange blue scarred arms and his unmistakable helmet.

One of the notable aspects of the show was the sound that accompanied the animation. The music, composed by Dean Elliott, was gripping, well-matched to every scene, adding a certain gravity and drama to the sequence. Each episode had gripping music that added to the tension of the situation, in addition to the captivating sound effects that showed the different environments, like the wind howling across the wasteland or the sound of the ocean crashing against the shore.

The voice cast of Thundarr The Barbarian deserves special mention. The voice actors brought life to the characters, and the voices were fitting and appropriate for the animated characters of the show. Henry Corden, who voiced Thundarr, brought the appropriate toughness and grit to the character, while Robert Ridgely gave Ariel the soothing and reassuring voice that made her likable. Nellie Bellflower voiced Princess Ariel's nemesis, Sorceress-Queen of the magical city, with an unsettling yet powerful voice.

Thundarr The Barbarian was not only a show fit for children, but it also attracted an older audience. It was a unique show that had a unique setting, great animation, and music that made it stand out from other shows. The show's primary focus was the struggle against evil in all its various forms, a timeless theme that appeals to all ages. It remains a cult classic to this day and is remembered fondly by those who watched the series in the 1980s.

In conclusion, Thundarr The Barbarian was a show that showcased an incredible post-apocalyptic world filled with adventure and danger, brought to life by an all-star cast of voice actors, a superb music score, and fantastic animation. It is an unforgettable show that still stands the test of time, as people fondly remember the epic character of Thundarr, Ariel, and Ookla in their perilous adventure across the barren wasteland.

Thundarr The Barbarian is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (21 episodes). The series first aired on October 11, 1980.

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Trial by Terror
8. Trial by Terror
November 21, 1981
Thundarr must face an evil wizard, journey through a treacherous swamp and battle a number of ferocious creatures in a race to prove a friend innocent before his friend's death sentence is carried out.
Prophecy of Peril
7. Prophecy of Peril
October 31, 1981
The Crystal of Prophecy reveals the way Vashtar may be defeated: Only if the powers of three great sorceresses combine can Thundar defeat the evil wizard. To claim victory, Thundarr must find Maya, an element shiftor who is buried in the ruins of Endor; Cinda a barbarian residing in the Canyon of Death; and Valerie Storm, a fashion model from old Earth who will gain great power when Vashtar unsuccessfully tries to kill her.
Master of the Stolen Sunsword
6. Master of the Stolen Sunsword
October 17, 1981
During a battle with Yando, a supposed wizard with unusual, technological magic, Thundarr is struck by red negative lightning, which significantly diminishes the power of his sunsword. Its strength can be restored at the nearby Pool of Power, but the sword stolen by Yando, who seeks to have its power for himself.
Last Train to Doomsday
5. Last Train to Doomsday
October 10, 1981
Thundarr tangles with an old enemy when Gemini reappears posing as Janus. The two-faced wizard attacks a train run by the former swamp urchin Tai.
City of Evil
4. City of Evil
October 3, 1981
After Thundarr defeats him, the evil wizard Sarott plots a return to power with the help of the miniaturized City of Thieves: If he restores the city to normal size, its evil citizens will help Sarott defeat all humans and reign supreme. But first, Sarott must seize the Gauntlet of Power to strengthen his magic enough to restore the City of Thieves.
Island of the Body Snatchers
3. Island of the Body Snatchers
September 26, 1981
When Thundarr, Ariel and Ookla investigate an island where there have been a number of unexplained shipwrecks, the find the lair of the sorceress Circe -- who has been cursed to turn to stone if she leaves her island. To escape, she must find a young sorceress whom she can trick into swapping bodies, a sorceress like Ariel!
Fortress of Fear
2. Fortress of Fear
September 19, 1981
Thundarr and his team are captured by Argoth, the wizard of a thousand eyes, who announces his intention of making Ariel his bride!
Wizard Wars
1. Wizard Wars
September 12, 1981
Thundarr becomes involved in the war between wizards Skullos and Octagon when he comes across a village being attacked by Skullos's robots.
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  • Premiere Date
    October 11, 1980
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (1,730)