5 Classic Outer Space Cartoons

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You’re probably still reeling from the sugar rush that was Force Friday and you’re reveling in all the Star Wars-related purchases you’ve made. But, if you’re like me, your overwhelming feeling is still of longing, because now you’re even MORE excited for The Force Awakens but it is nowhere near close enough to December 18th right now.

Luckily, there are some more awesome space opera series in the animated medium for us to imbibe, perhaps to take our minds off of the fact that we don’t even have a new trailer to watch yet. Below, we’ve compiled a list of 5 of our favorites:


Remember Thundercats? Well, SilverHawks was the exact same show, except in space. It featured a team of people who were “partly metal, partly real,” (was the theme song insinuating the metal was imaginary?) who could fly around space and protect Earth from MonStarr and his minions. MonStarr could change shape to become even more monstrous (sorta like Mumm-Ra, huh?). The best character by far was Bluegrass, the guitar-playing, southern-accented member of the group. Like Thundercats, this show existed in a universe where there was never anybody except the heroes and villains. Who exactly are we protecting?

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Ulysses 31

Mixing Greek Mythology with space adventure can be dangerous in some instances (like the ill-advised Lou Ferrigno Hercules movie), but it worked incredibly well here. Like all good anime (this one was a French-Japanese co-production), it knew the story it wanted to tell and did only that, lasting just 26 episodes. In essence, the show followed the plot of Homer’s The Odyssey, but with a laser sword instead of a steel one. His ship was even called Odyssey. Having the Gods of Olympus as the antagonists is a pretty awesome idea. That theme song is the pits, though.

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Bucky O’Hare and the Toad Wars

Early ’90s for the win! There’s nobody better suited to battling imperialistic toads and evil lizards than a green rabbit and his crew, consisting of a magic cat lady, a four-armed duck with one eye, a robot, and a Betelgeusian Berserker Baboon. This series, based on a comic book, packed in humor at the expense of the baddies, especially Toad Air Marshal, but never skimped on the drama. An early episode has Bucky’s entire planet enslaved. That’s pretty harsh. One of the main crew members dies (or at least disappears) in the very first episode. And as far as theme songs go, this one will not leave your head for about 22 years.

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Space Cobra

What was I just talking about? I love space anime! This one’s a little more tongue in cheek, and a little more Total Recall, because the titular adventurer, with his laser-cannon arm and his constantly smoking cigar, is actually an office worker having very elaborate dreams of traversing the cosmos with his android sidekick Lady Armaroid. Even the theme music seems like a James Bond film of the era more than a space adventure. It’s like a pulp detective novel but with lasers and stuff. Dude, just watch it; you’ll thank me later.

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Star Blazers

In a well-trod theme of space opera, Star Blazers, the American version of the Japanese Space Battleship Yamato, depicts Earth being nearly wiped out by an alien menace only to be saved by another, friendlier alien race who also gives them lots of cool tech and the ability to travel through space in a big, giant battleship named Yamato that gets turned into a spaceship called Argo. I would have named it “Clamato,” but that’s just me. This is about as close as anime space opera got to Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica.

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And there you have it! These are just five of my favorites; why not go ahead and share some of your own in the comments below?

courtesy of Nerdist.com

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