Author: The Retro Rambler

I'm the Retro Rambler, and this is my online home where I relive all the stuff that made my childhood cool. I've never really grown up, and don't really want to either. Enjoy your stay here, and come back often to see the latest memories we're posting. Drop me a comment when something strikes you and we'll chat about it. Retro Ramblings....your childhood lives here.

Do You Remember the Teen Wolf Cartoon

Teen Wolf Cartoon

A year after the big-screen version, Teen Wolf made its way to television as a cartoon. As in the film, the cartoon Scott Howard (played in the movie by Michael J. Fox) was forced to deal with the indignities of adolescence—acne, girl trouble, and extra hair…everywhere.

Unlike the film’s premise, wherein Scott became popular at school after his alter ego was revealed, the cartoon showed Scott hoping to keep his werewolf tendencies a secret. The animated series also added a pack of were-relatives, including Scott’s grandparents and semi-wolfen little sister Lupe. Continue reading “Do You Remember the Teen Wolf Cartoon”

Looking Back at the Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon

Dungeons and Dragons

Loosely based on the TSR role-playing game of the same title, Dungeons & Dragons brought swords and sorcery back to Saturday morning, along with a bevy of orcs, goblins, and one mean Eye of the Beholder.

During the opening credits, five teenagers and one tag-along little brother entered the “Dungeons & Dragons” ride at a local amusement park and found themselves magically transported to a medieval land. There they met the Dungeon Master, a diminutive wise man who presented them with six enchanted objects. Dashing blond Hank got a bow with an endless supply of energy arrows, Presto an unreliable magic hat, Diana an extending acrobat’s pole, Sheila a cloak of invisibility, and Sheila’s hot-tempered brother Bobby got an earth-shaking club. Eric, the arrogant and cowardly one, was presented with a magic shield, which he generally used to duck and cover. Uni was the team’s pet unicorn (voiced—or rather, “brayed”—by Frank Welker, of course). Continue reading “Looking Back at the Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon”

Remembering SilverHawks

Silverhawks

Rankin-Bass’ follow-up to their successful Thundercats was this series about a team of human heroes in the 25th Century who were given metal bodies and hawk wings to stop organized crime in the Limbo galaxy.

Bionic policeman Commander Stargazer recruited the SilverHawks to fight the evil Mon*Star, an escaped alien mob boss who transformed into an enormous armor-plated creature with the aid of Limbo’s Moonstar. Joining Mon*Star in his villainy was an intergalactic mob: snakelike Yessman, blade-armed Buzz-Saw, bull-headed (literally) Mumbo-Jumbo, weather controller Windhammer, shapeshifter Mo-Lec-U-Lar, robotic card shark Pokerface, weapons-heavy Hardware, “and the musical madness of Melodia!” Continue reading “Remembering SilverHawks”

The Awesomeness That Was BraveStarr

Bravestarr

Frontier justice moved to the final frontier in Filmation’s BraveStarr. Set in the 24th century, the syndicated series starred Marshal BraveStarr, lawman of the distant planet New Texas, who could call upon the powers of nature to aid his cause—strength of the bear, speed of the puma, eyes of the hawk, ears of the wolf. Operating from his HQ at Fort Kerium, BraveStarr kept the peace the only way he knew how: by kicking evil solidly in the rear.

Backed up by his Equestroid horse/sidekick Thirty-Thirty and alien Deputy Fuss, BraveStarr defended the lawful rule of Judge B.J., New Texas’ magistrate. Shaman, BraveStarr’s elderly advisor, occasionally appeared to set the lawman on the right moral path Continue reading “The Awesomeness That Was BraveStarr”

Eerie Indiana

Eerie Indiana

This ultra-quirky sitcom was notable for any reasons. Not only did it place the family sitcom in a unique setting and situation, its sophisticated handling of its paranormal elements also paved the way for later non-sitcom shows like The X-Files and Roswell.

The show focused on Marshall Teller, a young man who felt quite homesick when his inventor father, Edgar, uprooted the family from their New Jersey home and moved them to Eerie, a small town in Indiana. Also along for the ride were Marilyn, Marshall’s mom, and Syndi, his narcissistic older sister. Marshall’s post-move depression quickly gave way to bemusement when he took stock of his new surroundings. Continue reading “Eerie Indiana”

Remembering The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

Brisco County

This well-liked but short-lived Fox TV series was a sort of modern-day take on The Wild Wild West. Bruce Campbell (known to horror fans as ‘Ash’ in the Evil Dead film series) played the title character, a Harvard-educated lawyer turned bounty hunter. Brisco took on this profession when his father was murdered by John Bly and the ‘Gang of 12.’

To seek his revenge, Brisco worked for the Westerfield Club, a group of robber barons who hired him to round up the rogues responsible for his father’s death out of fear that they might be next. Brisco’s liaison with the club was their legal counselor Socrates Poole, who often played an unwilling role in Brisco’s adventures. The avenging son was also aided in his quest by Lord Bowler, another bounty hunter who helped Brisco on his hunt for the purpose of being cut in on the many bounties involved. Continue reading “Remembering The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.”

Looking Back at Tales of the Gold Monkey

Tales of the Gold Monkey

Like any true success, Raiders of the Lost Ark was frequently imitated.Tales of the Gold Monkey was frequently lumped in with the ‘Raiders’ clones but it had actually been dreamt up by creator Donald Bellisario two years before Spielberg’s film came out. It was initially rejected by network executives, who thought no one would care for a show set in the 1930’s. However, Tales was quickly snapped up by ABC once Raiders of the Lost Ark proved audiences would respond to a period adventure.

The show was set on the fictional Pacific island of Boragora in 1938. The protagonist was Jake Cutter, a dashing cargo pilot who provided the only inter-island transportation via his plan,e the Grumman Goose. Cutter’s best friends were Corky, his often-drunk mechanic, and Jack, a one-eyed terrier who could communicate with his owner (one bark for ‘no’, two for ‘yes’).  Continue reading “Looking Back at Tales of the Gold Monkey”