Here’s something super cool I’ve been meaning to share for a while that any lover of Saturday morning cartoons and 80’s pop culture can appreciate: Space Stallions!
As darkness is covering the multiverse, far away in the galaxy of the wild stallion, a spark of hope is born. Guided by the light of Mother Mustang, the Space Stallions must defeat the Demon of darkness, Destructo.
Though I’ve had this bookmarked for a couple of months, I’ve been hesitating to blog about it. At the time I thought I had stumbled upon something so amazingly amazing and uniquely unique that nobody else knew about, only to find out it’s been covered by the likes of iO9, Topless Robot, and other sites much bigger than mine MONTHS before I discovered it. Cue Price is Right fail horn.
But after thinking on it some more, and living with the knowledge this cartoon features A FUCKING MAGIC SWORD THAT TRANSFORMS INTO A KEYTAR, I decided there’s no way I was NOT going to put Space Stallions on my blog. Sometimes you just have to make gutsy editorial decisions. (Also, I was in desperate need of some fresh content. I’m really scraping the bottom of the barrel today, kids.)
Space Stallions, sadly, is NOT a real Saturday morning cartoon from the 80s, but a 3D-animated film from 2012 by two students of Denmark’s famed The Animation Workshop, named Thorvaldur Gunnarsson and Jonatan Brüsch. I actually discovered the mega-awesome theme song first on Bandcamp, and for a time believed that’s all there was of Space Stallions. Imagine how my mind was blown when I also found out there was an actual animation and characters to go along with it.
Had it existed during my childhood (and I so wish it did), Space Stallions would have easily taken their rightful place alongside the Rankin-Bass classics like ThunderCats and Silverhawks.
Now if you’ll indulge me for a moment, I’ve come up with a wishlist of my own Saturday morning cartoon ideas I’d love for some talented animator to tackle:
Someone please make one/all of these happen:
Fearsome beasts of land and sea, these guys are either ferocious armored bears that transform into ferocious armored fish, or ferocious armored fish that transform into ferocious armored bears. I didn’t bother coming up with it, but the acronym would be something awesome that reflects that.
Normal arcade machines that transform into giant mechs empowered by the moves and special attacks of their own video games. They’re controlled by a group of teens who hang out at the arcade all day and one day discovered the secret code to make them work. The only downside is they STILL have to shell out quarters every time, so they’re forced to live normal kid lives and do things like work and chores in order to make the necessary coin to keep saving the world.
Half-snail, half-human superheroes who run at lightning-fast speeds and leave behind a trail of glowing, toxic slime. Being snails, they’re able to use their shells for protection as well as carry around an arsenal of cool weaponry. Really, my whole rationale behind this one is to know whether or not it’s possible to make snails cool.
And it should also go without saying, all of these are set in the 1980’s.