Sunday, April 11, 2010

Nostalgia Theater: Turbo Teen Edition

If you look around the site, you'll see that I've added some innovations here and there to spruce the place up a little bit, including the neat little "Label Cloud" widget on the right. Taking a look at some of my commonly used tags, I realized that I hadn't done a "Nostalgia Theater" in over two years, which is just criminal, frankly. Of course, with that much anticipation, it's pretty much impossible for anything to measure up. So instead of trying, here's a blast from my past that I was fairly certain no one besides me even remembered until I found it online:


Yes, it's the heartwarming story of a boy. Who turns into a car.

I guess we can chalk this up as one more unfortunate result of Knight Rider fever (along with David Hasselhoff's career and, by extension, Pamela Anderson's career). Smoked up by the folks at Ruby-Spears, one of the primary purveyors (along with Filmation and Hanna-Barbara) of '80s animated fare, the studio primarily specialized in licensed properties like the animated Rambo (you know, this one) and 1988's Superman. Turbo Teen was the rare original creation from them, and the video above exemplifies why they were so rare.

I don't remember a whole lot of specifics about this show, but I do remember even as a kid having a little bit of "What the hell?" with that premise -- though that didn't stop me from playing Turbo Teen during first grade recess (he said, wincing). Needless to say, after twelve episodes in '84-'85, that was that for Turbo Teen except for a Robot Chicken parody a few years back that I can only assume was aimed at me and only me. Still, thanks to the magic of YouTube, it's preserved in perpetuity so that our posterity can forever wonder what the heck was wrong with us.

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