Thursday, February 22, 2007


1983. He-Man and Dungeons & Dragons first aired. Uni, the bothersome unicorn who would week after week emotionally blackmail Bobby the Barbarian into staying in the world of Dungeons & Dragons (or at least it seemed that way), was voiced by Frank Welker who also voiced Tiamat the multi-headed dragon and Megatron (as well as many others) in Transformers in 1984. But the best was yet to come. 1985 brought us Thundercats which I'm pleased to see finally has a region 2 release on DVD. Above are the titles from Ulysses 31 (1981) which was a Japanese-French anime series I used to watch as a kid. Another great example of eighties animation. Mysterious Cities of Gold was another great Japanese-French show (the Japanese studio (Studio Pierrot) now makes Naruto).

I was going to put the opening titles to Thundercats up, but the theme song for Ulysses 31 simply won hands down. Plus, it's good to have as a comparison to this next video:

The above animation is a wonderful homage to shows from the 80's. Made by Ron Doucet and Mike White of Collideascope Digital Productions. It first featured in an article over at Cold Hard Flash last year, where you can read more about it and watch two documentaries about the making of it. It was made entirely in Flash.


Piotr said...

hah the Ulysses tune is catchy, great stuff:P and the homage is wonderfully crafted!

dragonhead said...

Wow! That's all I can say.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

It was Ulysses 31 that had a Tie Fighter Sound Effect in one of the episodes,I also remember a derelict spaceship very much like a Chris Foss painting he'd done for Alien around 1977-78