Thursday, May 06, 2010

Zaki's DVD Collection...

...will soon include this.  Why?  Because I'm weak.

Like prior sets devoted the '60s and '70s, this collection represents Warner Brothers' picks of the litter from '80s Saturday morning cereal-ana (that they hold the rights to, anyway).  Of course, selections like The Monchichis and The Biskitts (not to mention past "Nostalgia Theater" honorees Chuck Norris and Mr. T) sure make it seem like the decade had more "litter" than "picks."
Says the spot-on review at The Onion's "AV Club":
Saturday morning cartoons have rarely been “good” exactly, but they were especially miserable in the 1980s, as animation companies like Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears pumped out an obscene amount of shows designed expressly to promote toy lines, create ancillary revenue streams for existing franchises, and exploit trends in popular culture. Prime examples of each appear on the two-disc, five-hour Saturday Morning Cartoons 1980s DVD set, and though the shows themselves are often excruciating to watch (with a couple of key exceptions), the set’s a useful cultural artifact, archiving some of the worst of a terrible era.
Well, it does say "useful" and "artifact" at the end there, right?  So that makes it okay?  Right?

Anyway, the whole set is almost made worth it thanks to the inclusion of the mostly-forgotten Thundarr the Barbarian.  The show, which predated the similar He-Man by a year or two, was shepherded by the late writer Steve Gerber and visualized by the King of Comics himself, Jack Kirby, and has inexplicably gone unreleased on DVD, so for now this is as close as it gets.

(Thanks to Ahmir for the heads-up on this one, by the way.)

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