Thundarr the Barbarian

Dick Tufeld – Losing a Voice From the Past

Who’s gonna warn Will Robinson of danger . . .

Dick Tufeld queitly passed away Sunday, Jan. 22 at his home in Studio City. He was 85. Most people won’t know who he was or what a big part he most likely played in their nerdy lives. Dick voiced the B-5 robot in the original Lost in Space television show and the 1998 movie. His work is a list of all the scifi shows that paved the way for today’s nerdy airwaves, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, The Fantastic Four, Spiderman and His Amazing Friends, and the one that really hit home with this NerdBastard, Thundarr the Barbarian.

Survivors include his brother, Howard, sons Bruce and Craig, daughters Lynn and Melissa and grandchildren Jason, Amanda, Sammy, Tali, Aiden and Clara Rose. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Sinai, Hollywood Hills.

Dick’s voice and therefore his memory will always live on in Nerd history, as nerds pass on their favorites to the next generation, Dick’s voice will be there, warning them of danger. 

Ten Cartoons Ready for a Reboot

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Saturday morning, a bowl of half eaten Captain Crunch cereal, Spiderman footy pajamas, watching cartoons.  Those were the days.  Well . . . really that was last weekend.  HEY!  As long as they keep making Spiderman footy pajamas in my size I’ll keep wearing them.  So the big thing in Hollywood these days is to dig through our past to find small nuggets of goodness to reproduce/repackage/reboot today.  Name recognition in the market is king these days.  If something has fans and at least everybody has some idea what that thing is, then you don’t have to spend as much to market it.

I figure if Hollywood is gonna reboot everything from the past before they take a chance on something new, than I could at least help them out with a list of some cartoons that I think are ready for a reboot.

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In case you need evidence that people were on drugs in the 80s, you’re in luck this May, because that’s when Warner Home Video will release its Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s Volume 1 DVD.

Like all drug dealers, they offer you some good stuff–a chance to own episodes of the beloved “Thundarr the Barbarian“–before sticking you with the shit that’s cut with baby powder. You’ll get to enjoy (maybe that’s too strong a word) “The Biskitts,” “The Flintstone Kids,” and “Monchichis.” To be fair, though, you also get to watch the Mr. T cartoon, imaginatively called “Mr. T,” in which in addition to pitying fools and suckas, he also coaches a coed gymnastic team and drives a van. Because that’s not creepy or anything.

If that’s not enough ass-kickery, there’s also “Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos.” Hells yes.

Other shows represented include “The Completely Mental Adventures of Ed Grimley,” “Galtar and the Golden Lance” (no, that’s not a porn title), “Dragon’s Lair,” “The Kwicky Koala Show,” and “Goldie Gold and Action Jack.”

That last one isn’t a porn title, either.

Now keep in mind this is only the first volume. We can only hope the second volume will include more classics like “Pac-Man,” “Rubik the Amazing Cube,” and “Turbo Teen.”

I never noticed how so many cartoons sound like porn.

The set hits shelves on May 4 and lists for $26.98. BYOB.