Tuesday, 6 September 2011
he's our hero
i've come to that age when you suddenly starting clinging to nostalgic memories, longing for discarded toys and feeling the need to revisit old tv programmes that had you glued to the idiot box in your formative years
this is why you'll find 80s cartoons gracing the t-shirt racks of many highstreet clothes shops, and why you'll find dvd reissues of classic cartoons
now that we have grown up and no longer ask our parents for money, we are invited to spend our disposable income on recapturing our youth, as if we didn't rinse enough of mum and dad's money on merchandise the first time round
and i'll pity anyone that has coughed up for something like the Thundercats box-sets, as a few years ago i got my hands on a video (retro, i know) of the Thundercats movie that he was chucking out, it is essentially the first few episodes cobbled together without any title sequences to break it all up, and it was utterly disapointing
obviously my under-developed brain was more than content with the flimsy stories that usually lead to fighting and a moral ending, i had thundercats wallpaper in my bedroom and oversized Lion-O and Mum-Ra toys that would also keep me entertained for hours on end, sadly, rose tinted memories were blown away by watching the cartoon with a more mature point of view (although i'd love to get my hands back on the toys, just for old times sake)
and now of course we endure barrages of remakes, either on the small screen or in the cinemas
Transformers enraged me, Turtles entertained me, and it is with trepidation that i shall view the new Thundercats cartoon
i've also come to that age where i have had friends over to my house who are younger than me, and looked bemused at mentions of Captain Planet.
guests at a superhero themed party were urged with a message from Captain Planet to recycle their empty bottles and cans in the correct bins
and even with nostalgia on it's side, Captain Planet is still considered something of a joke amongst those that witnessed it first time around
which is why the news that it is currently being considered for a cinematic revival is troubling news indeed.
cos to be quite honest, Captain Planet was shit.
but if Hollywood had the balls to handle the film like this (seriously or not) i'd be a hell of a lot more interested
let the campaign start now...
Don Cheadle for the power-crazed Captain Planet