Sunday, April 27, 2008

Thundercats Intro & Theme Song

Okay I've not heard this memorable cartoon theme song for years, until I searched for it recently on YouTube.

One thing about this cartoon is that I remember finding the 'mummy' villain rather scary to look at. I had to sometimes look away for a second when he appeared on screen. He actually looked not as scary when he transformed to his 'more powerful' muscular mode.

When the DVD set was released in the stores here in Singapore a few years back, I baulked at the price. It was over SGD 100.00 for the box set! Luckily the other cartoon DVD sets that I collect are not that highly priced.

Song lyrics:

Lion-o: Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats, Ho!

Thundercats are on the move,
Thundercats are loose!
Feel the magic, hear the roar,
Thundercats are loose!

Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats!
Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats!
Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats!
Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats! Thundercats!

Thundercats Characters: Follow this link.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Voltron transformation sequence

I'm happy to find this video on Voltron's transformation sequence that takes place in every episode.

Voltron usually takes on the 'weekly' monsters as 5 separate robot lions first. If that 'fails' (which always happens, if not Voltron won't appear), then the 5 drivers form Voltron to resume the fight.

About the transformation 'speed':
Some comments on YouTube mentioned that before the transformation sequence is over, the monster would have struck. I personally think that the transformation sequence is supposed to be very fast and bright but as viewers, we get to see it in detail.

My Voltron-inspired childhood dream:
As a kid, I loved the idea of driving the lion robots that I imagined the closest I could ever do something similar is to drive a real car. Hence I eagerly looked foward to the day I came of age to drive.

When I finally picked up my driving license many years back, I still remembered my childhood dream of driving a Voltron lion! Even today while behind the driving wheel, I sometimes think about Voltron!

Anyway, here is the memorable transformation sequence once more, enjoy!

Transformation Script:

Ready to form Voltron!
Activate interlock!
Dynotherms connected!
Infracells up!
Mega thrusters are go!


Form feet and legs!
Form arms and body!
And I'll form the head!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Voltron Intro (5 lions version)

There were 2 versions of Voltron cartoons that I came across in the 80's. One of it featured Voltron as a mighty robot formed by multiple smaller space vehicles. The other which is more famous, was where Voltron was formed by 5 different colored robot lions!

I definitely preferred the latter and I would turn off the TV if the former was being shown instead (I found the former rather boring, and maybe because I much preferred 'animals').

To think back, I find the plot for both Voltron cartoon series rather 'thin', as in not much depth. It was basically the 'ancestor' cartoon that inspired the rise of the "Power Rangers" TV series since the 90s (till now).

The drivers of the 5 robot lions, based on my memory are as follows:

Black Lion - Keith (leader, wears red uniform, I think he's the love interest of Princess Allura)

Red Lion - Lance (wears blue uniform, can't remember much about him)

Blue Lion - Princess Allura (wears pink uniform, she looks 'weak' and like a typical distressed damsel in her princess outfit, but quickly switches into 'warrior behaviour' when in Voltron uniform)

Yellow Lion - Hunk (wears dark yellow or light orange uniform, large bulky guy)

Green Lion - Pidge (wears green uniform, young little nerdy spectacled guy)

Simple Plot:
Voltron defends the planet Arus, where Princess Allura's kingdom is located.

Every week, the villains: King Zarkon, his son Prince Lotor, and a witch named Haggar (who are all from another planet), would conjure up giant monsters to defeat Voltron and conquer Arus. Of course, every week they fail. Sometimes, Voltron needs '2 weeks' to defeat the more powerful monsters.

I distinctly remember Prince Lotor has a liking for Princess Allura, so half the reason for conquering her planet was to have her as his bride or something like that. Of course she detests him.

Many of the episodes involve Princess Allura getting captured or held hostage by Prince Lotor. Her teammates had to go and rescue her, partly because she's their friend and comrade, and partly because the team needed her to form Voltron.

Intro Script:

From days of long ago,
From unchartered regions
Of the universe,
Comes a legend.
The legend of Voltron:
Defender of the Universe!
A mighty robot,
Loved by good,
Feared by evil.

As Voltron's legend grew,
Peace settled across the galaxy.
On Planet Earth,
A Galaxy Alliance was formed.
Together with the good planets
Of the solar system,
They maintained peace
Throughout the universe,
Until a new horrible menace
Threatened the galaxy.

Voltron was needed once more.
This is the story
Of a super force of space explorers.
Specially trained,
And sent by the Alliance,
To bring back Voltron:
Defender of the Universe!

Defender of the Universe!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Last Unicorn music video with scenes from the movie

While searching for the video of "The Last Unicorn" on YouTube last week, I came across this one and bookmarked it.

This custom made video of "The Last Unicorn" incorporates many of the most memorable and exciting scenes from the movie. Enjoy!

Song Lyrics:

When the last eagle flies
Over the last crumbling mountain.
And the last lion roars
At the last dusty fountain.
In the shadow of the forest,
Though she may be old and worn,
They will stare unbelieving,
At the Last Unicorn.

When the first breath of winter
Through the flowers is icing
And you look to the north
And the pale moon is rising
And it seems like all is dying
And would leave the world to mourn
In the distance hear the laughter
Of the Last Unicorn!

I’m alive, I’m alive!

When the last moon is cast
Over the last star of morning.
And the future has passed
without even a last desperate warning
Then look into the sky where through
The clouds have had their sport
Look and see her how she sparkles
It’s the Last Unicorn!

I’m alive, I’m alive!

I’m alive, I’m alive!

I’m alive, I’m alive!