Filmation, the production company that brought us animation favorites like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Ghost Busters, blasted onto the space western scene in 1987 with Brave Starr. Galactic marshall Brave Starr and his side kick "techno horse" Thirty Thirty team up to protect planet New Texas and its valuable resources from villains. To fight these evil forces led by Tex Hex, Brave Starr is able to call on spirit animals which give him special powers like strength of a bear and speed of a puma. As with other Filmation shows, each episode also contained a moral lesson. The cartoon's original run lasted just five months and 65 episodes. A month after the show was cancelled, a feature-length film was released to movie theaters. It was only available in limited release and did not have much of an impact on the box office. A year after the movie release, Filmation closed down for good.
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs
On Sept 14 1987, the same day as the Brave Starr debut, another space cowboy cartoon also made its debut. Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs was a Japanese animated series that was converted to english by World Events Production, who also did the same for Voltron. As humans began populating other planets in the future, the Earth Calvary Command was created to protect settled planets and to keep the peace. The Star Sheriffs were a special group of field agents that were the hands-on crime fighters for Calvary Command. Their enemy is the Outriders, who use an army of robots to attack the humans and steal their resources. The Ramrod Equalizer Unit, a powerful prototype spaceship, was the main defense against the outsiders as it could turn into a powerful robot. Saber Rider is the captain of the Ramrod and would ride his robotic horse Steed into battle. He and the other Star Sheriffs main foe is Nemesis, the evil leader of the Outriders and the creator of Vapor Trail travel that allowed the Outriders to enter the human dimension from their own dimension. Saber Rider and the Star Sheiffs' original run lasted just over a year and 52 episodes. Voice talent for the show included some now famous actors like Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime in Transformers. One of the best features of the show was the music, scored by Dale Schacker. The opening title and music from the show were also produced into two soundtracks. More recently, Firehazard Studio announced a new video game is being developed based on the original series which was rumored to have a 2012 release.
"Can you feel the thunder as you ride??!!"