Heeeeeeeeey kids! That's right, featuring Highlander: The Animated Series makes me want to greet you like Binky The Clown. It could be the swords, it could be the ponytails, it could even be the not-quite-Sean-Connery voice they have for Ramirez, but something about this show makes me want to scream with Binky.
I'm sure many of our non-kid listeners are already familiar with the Highlander mythos from both the movies and the TV show (and yes, I am refusing to acknowledge the Raven series. Feh!), but this is one of those rare cases in which it may not be to your advantage. All of you out there who are coming to this cartoon cold will probably like it a whole lot more than those of us who have two decades of immersion in the established world. It's a lot like X-Men Origins: Wolverine; ignoring everything you know will make everything so much more fun. And there is a lot of fun to be had here and throughout the franchise.
Of course we can't forget about the bunnies, bunnies, it must be bunnies! ...uh, I mean, go here to see the 30 Bunnies Theatre version of Highlander, because it's awesome and totally true to the movie. It's even better when you can watch it instead of just listening to it. You'll have fun exploring their stuff if you've yet to do so. :)
In the spirit of unabashed fangirliness that I know many of you share with me, here's the opening sequence from the original show. Dated? Perhaps, but it brings to mind a great many lovely thing. It also looks
Note how many thematic elements are shared with the animated opening. What? You thought I was going to bring it up without context? Pishaw.
Now last week I promised a treat and a treat you shall have. It's more than a little old school, but I think it's something special, not only because we rarely get to deal with straight up commercial animated properties on the show, but also because this short wonderfully encapsulates all the good things that can come from entrusting your product to people who know what they're doing, then leaving them alone. I hope you dig it as much as I do. That tune's mighty catchy.
Tune in next week for audio travel through both time and space when, much to DJ Beta's protest, we bring you one of the most important Japanese cartoons ever, Gigantor. Woo anime! He's the original space age robot controlled by a grossly underqualified prepubescent boy, baby!
Whatever you're up to this weekend, have a happy Valentine's Day and enjoy!
- DJ Muppet