The Big Picture: Last Starr

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Wait a cyborg horse with a strange looking lazer shotgun.
Man, I have an exam tomorrow but now I have to watch this series.

I kept a straight face on through out the vid, only because I kept having flashbacks of those childhood shows o.O. man, talk about trip down memory line for me.

JPArbiter:

unacomn:
The Centurions was awesome!

amen to that. there is so a movie in that cartoon somewhere that needs to be made. but for now I will settle on a Big Picture about them!

Man and Machine, Power Extreme!

My favorite was another Old West-outer space themed show, The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers. It came out after "Empire Strikes Back", because one of the characters was a straight-up physical copy of Lando Calrissian. And they riffed more on old "Wild West" movies, but the backstory involved an evil empire, an empress who kept people in check with psychic robots, and who wanted humans and human minds/brains to make better versions of those robots so as to conquer more space.

The Good Guys had psychic powers of their own. The leader of the team, Zach, was voiced by none other than the actor who played Lenny Briscoe himself, Jerry Orbach. His power was a cybertronic arm that shot energy like a laser. Niko or Nikko, the female, was a gymnast/martial artist who had precognition. Doc, the Lando clone, was a programmer with intelligent, talking computer programs and could hack anything. His power was linked with his programs. The last character, Shane Gooseman, was the product of a super-soldier project that sent everyone in it but him into madness and villainy. His power was to be a super shape-shifter. These powers were powered by their badges, and were pretty much one-shot until the badges could be recharged. (When not using their badges, many of their powers were lessened, and Zach couldn't shoot his arm without the badge.

Minor characters included the funny alien Kirwin people, their companions the Andorians (who were staid and wise, until they were imprisoned, whereupon they went berserk, Zach's son, and a robot named Buzzwang (yeah, not too brigbt a name, was that?)

Eri:

unacomn:
The Centurions was awesome!

JPArbiter:

unacomn:
The Centurions was awesome!

amen to that. there is so a movie in that cartoon somewhere that needs to be made. but for now I will settle on a Big Picture about them!

The theme song was the best part of it all. So awesome!

Glad to see some love for The Centurions from Bob, and from my fellow Escapists. You don't know how bad I wanted one of their exosuits when I was a kid...

I remember watching this years ago as a kid. Completely forgot about it. Once I recognised the characters it brought a big smile to my face. :)

brave star was ace when i was a kid, from bob's vid it sounds like it didnt do as well in america. It was massive, at least amongst the kids at my school.

Also, although I cant say for sure if it was the first cartoon show to ever do it but...

In one episode (probably the feature length opener)I saw the first Adult/French/passionate (whatever you want to call it) kiss in a cartoon. Between brave star and the judge woman I think, It was a long ass time ago. There are probably other shows that did this sooner but it was the first I ever saw. Possibly the first time I'd ever seen this on TV at all (I was about 7 so only watched kids shows)

plus 3030 is the boss!!

The only reason ANYONE watched this show was because Thirty-Thirty was a walking pile of awesome. -:D

Vault Citizen:

malestrithe:

Vault Citizen:
I vaguely recall a cartoon from my child hood in which a city was attacked by a stampede of metal horses (which may or may not have had people riding them), is this that cartoon?

Maybe, but that also sounds like Wild West COWboys of Moo Mesa.

I did watch a lot of the stuff like this cartoon as a child but not everything sunk in so there are a few cartoons which I remember the premise of but not the title or much about it. If it weren't for the internet I would have never remembered the names for Black Starr, Mighty Max or that cartoon where the space men used technology augmented dinosaurs.

The one thing I think I rmemeber about that cartoon (the one with the horses) is that I'm pretty sure the horses had legs.

Oh crap! That took me back. Harness the power! Dino Riders! That was one weird show(but I watched it, boy did I).

wizzy555:
Can anyone explain in one to ten sentences how penny arcade got so big. I know they have a webcomic but I only ever "get" 1 in 10 of them.

I think it's down to luck and precedent. How did the nostalgia critic get to be so popular? How about the angry video game nerd? It's not that they were great. They were just good enough to get noticed and they managed to attract enough attention that they got jettisoned into being really popular, well known entertainers. Seems pretty cut and dry. What would you like to hear?

Lvl 64 Klutz:
Wait, wait, wait.... back up.

Filmation was bought by L'oreal? Isn't that a beauty product line?

EDIT: Apparently I got distracted and the last 20 posts popped up while I was typing that.

Revlon once owned Marvel. It's not THAT weird.

So with Filmation not existing anymore and no one making anything related to it, who owns the rights to Brave Star? Or after so many years of obscurity, is the property in the public domain?

I want to see a revival of this character. Preferably in comic book form!

I vaguely remember this show. I remember the lady was named JB because those were my initials...well still are as well. But that is all I remember, and the animation being meh.

FirebirdXR:
Walking horse with a shotgun? I like how certain things on 80's cartoons make reflect on the utter ambivalence I currently have on them....

Still... isn't an anthropomorphic horse with a firearm just an awesome concept?

_

DVS BSTrD:
He may have been a future cowboy but was he truly a Space Cowboy?

Urh:
L'Oreal? What the hell would a cosmetics company want with an animation studio?

CORPORATE AQUISITIONS
ARE
WEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDD!!!!

Because they're worth it?

Damn sir.... that made me laugh. XD
Good on you!

It amazes me that kids today think this is super weird, I guess growing up seeing stuff like Manimal, Automan, H.R. Puffinstuff, and Gallactica 1980 just Bravestarr so much ho hum...

Also because of the News post about Delta Force copyright I remembered Megaforce! Barry Bostwick with a beard as Commander Ace Hunter!

Oh, I just wanted to say good-bye and remind you that the good guys always win, even in the eighties.

lol, used to watch them when i was a kid. how time flies.
but WTF???? why in the world would a cosmetic company buy a animation studio???

horse with a shotgun. all that needs to be said

My God, the instant I saw the image for the video I thought, "Holy crap, Lawstar was REAL?!"

TheRocketeer:
My God, the instant I saw the image for the video I thought, "Holy crap, Lawstar was REAL?!"

That's funny, the instant I saw the image for the video I thought "Holy crap, I remember Bravestarr! ...wait, what's 'Lawstar'?"

Time is ever-changing....

FirebirdXR:
Still... isn't an anthropomorphic horse with a firearm just an awesome concept?

As abso-freakin' awesome as that picture is, the botched perspective on the shotgun just makes my eyes sad.

TLS14:
I got to "New Texas" before I just fell out of my chair laughing. What the hell?

in the past,present or future you don't fuck with Texas

this show looks okay I do like the horse robot with a shotgun.

octafish:

FirebirdXR:
Walking horse with a shotgun? I like how certain things on 80's cartoons make reflect on the utter ambivalence I currently have on them....

Still... isn't an anthropomorphic horse with a firearm just an awesome concept?

_

DVS BSTrD:
He may have been a future cowboy but was he truly a Space Cowboy?Because they're worth it?

Damn sir.... that made me laugh. XD
Good on you!

It amazes me that kids today think this is super weird, I guess growing up seeing stuff like Manimal, Automan, H.R. Puffinstuff, and Gallactica 1980 just makes stuff like Bravestarr so much ho hum...

Don't forget Night Man! Jonathan Chase (from Manimal) had a more than cameo appearance on that show, along with his daughter. Simon MacCorkindale for the win. And some place released Black Star on video. He was another Native American character (an Astronaut) who got taken to another universe and ended up on a fantasy world with a magic sword. I don't recall if they gave him Super Native American powers, but the character's full name was John Blackstar. It shares with Bravestar a world of weirdy short aliens (who kind of looked like D&D gnomes) who needed his help to remain free from a tyrant who wields the PowerStar Sword, which somehow gets split into the StarSword (which Blackstar is given/carries/wields) and the Powersword, which the baddie retains. And the StarSword is good-aligned, and the PowerSword is evilly-aligned, of course.

But to really go for 80's WTF-ishness, my money is on Thundarr the Barbarian. A mix of Conan (Thundarr, of course, and the Sorceress Princess Ariel), Star Wars (Thundarr's companion Ookla the Mokh and his Sunsword, which was pretty much a lightsaber, only it looked like flames rather than a bar of light), and Post-Apocalypse stuff (set in a future, ruined earth where the moon was broken in half, magic was technology/worked, and wizards ruled.

And this is the opening to Blackstar;

MB202:
HOLY CRAP! I just looked into this show last week after hearing part of the main theme in this awesome Cartoon Medley:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrMvYHFeH60

Love seeing another FreddeGredde fan (or maybe you're not, in which case you (and everyone)needs to watch his Wind Waker medley and Solace Distance)

OT: Has Bob seen literally every TV show EVER?

I wish my horse could do that on Skyrim.

This vaguely reminds me of a sci-fi dinosaur cartoon I used to watch. All I remember is that humans would tame dinosaurs and (I think) communicate with them with these magic pendants they had. The dinosaurs also had lasers attached to them.

<.<;

Edit: DINO-RIDERS! Huzzah!

You want to know one 80s cartoon that was as awesome as it was easily and undeserving-ly forgotten? Look up C.O.P.S.

And no it had nothing to do with the reality show Cops that came way latter.

Falseprophet:
~snip~

That chart blew my mind.

Native American goes to space, saves world. Acts as a law enforcer on a distant planet.

Prey and Prey 2, much?

Speaking of Prey 2, any news on what's going on with that? I've been out of the loop recently and I was really looking forward to being a bad-ass bounty-hunter on an alien planet.

I miss some of these companies.

Filmation, Sunbow, DIC (now cookie jar) and their like were the cornerstones of many Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons.

Nomanslander:
You want to know one 80s cartoon that was as awesome as it was easily and undeserving-ly forgotten? Look up C.O.P.S.

And no it had nothing to do with the reality show Cops that came way latter.

That's the late Mark Daily of Citypulse news, narrating that opening.

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Wow, I didn't realize that the game in 'the Trenches' was a take on a real show, and I actually grew up in the 80's. Too funny.

AH yes I remember Bravestarr also a lot of the other cartoons shown there, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ( Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the UK for some reason), M.A.S.K( mobile Armoured Strike Kommand (don't ask)), Centurions, Gobots (Transformers ripoff), Thundercats, G.I. Joe, Visionaries, Dino Riders, Gummi Bears, Thundarr, The REAL Ghostbusters, Voltron, Transformers, Duck Tales, COPS, Care Bears.

Though the one that stands out for me as the "What drugs was the person who thought of this on" was the Rambo Cartoon series O_o (yes it was as bad as it looks)

Intro :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eliQEStzhu4

Before I forget Bravestarr wasn't the only Wild West themed cartoon from the 80's there was also The Galaxy Rangers.

Intro :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3EoBl5uBfU.

Probably a few I forgot, but I was only 5 in 1980 ;).

Here is hoping that now G.I. Joe, Transformers, Thundercats and He-Man have had a revival and update that Centurions and M.A.S.K. get a live action film or an animation revival and update :D.

why the show is still named the big picture ?

NpPro93:

MB202:
HOLY CRAP! I just looked into this show last week after hearing part of the main theme in this awesome Cartoon Medley:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrMvYHFeH60

Love seeing another FreddeGredde fan (or maybe you're not, in which case you (and everyone)needs to watch his Wind Waker medley and Solace Distance)

OT: Has Bob seen literally every TV show EVER?

His Wind Waker video... good LORD is it amazing!

OT: I was going to ask the same thing, only with movies.

misterprickly:

Nomanslander:
You want to know one 80s cartoon that was as awesome as it was easily and undeserving-ly forgotten? Look up C.O.P.S.

And no it had nothing to do with the reality show Cops that came way latter.

That's the late Mark Daily of Citypulse news, narrating that opening.

image

He was the voice of the character "Bulletproof" Vess in the series.

"Lets see if we can get through this with a straight face..." Challenge Accepted
"...takes place on the planet 'New Texas.'" Challenge Failed

My God! the nostalgia! it's... overwhelming!

I must confess, I loved Bravestarr back in the day, and more obscure shows like The Centurions and TigerSharks (basically Thundercats, but underwater). "They" should totally ruin my childhood further by scraping the bottom of the 80's cartoon barrel in an attempt to recapture my disposable income. Actually, with a little TLC and some tweaking, a bunch of the "obscure" 80s cartoons might make interesting modern properties... though most people won't remember the originals and think they're rip-offs of the newer stuff that ripped them off initially.

...damn kids not knowing things... /fistshake

2xDouble:
My God! the nostalgia! it's... overwhelming!

I must confess, I loved Bravestarr back in the day, and more obscure shows like The Centurions and TigerSharks (basically Thundercats, but underwater). "They" should totally ruin my childhood further by scraping the bottom of the 80's cartoon barrel in an attempt to recapture my disposable income. Actually, with a little TLC and some tweaking, a bunch of the "obscure" 80s cartoons might make interesting modern properties... though most people won't remember the originals and think they're rip-offs of the newer stuff that ripped them off initially.

...damn kids not knowing things... /fistshake

There was an attempt to redo "Thundercats" some time ago, with, from what I remember, a grown -up Wilykit and Wilykat as slaves of Mumm-Ra. I honestly don't recall more of it than that, and it was a comic, not a TV series...

I remember you Bravestar. BRAVESTAR.

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