Friday, June 01, 2012

Geek TV: BraveStarr!

BraveStarr_lConcept: A space western – Galactic Marshall BraveStarr is a Native American stationed on the planet New Texas, able to call upon the power of “spirit animals.”

Total Episodes: 65

Original Air Dates: 1987-1988

Original Network: Syndicated

Geek Factor: 6


Marshall BraveStarr (Pat Fraley): A Galactic Marshall and Native American assigned to the planet New Texas. He can call upon the power of spirit animals to give him powers such as super-vision, super-hearing, super-strength, and super-speed. He also uses a Neutra-Laser pistol and Trans-Freezer rifle.

Thirty Thirty (Ed Gilbert): A technohorse who can transform from a quadroped to a biped. He's the last survivor of the Equestroids, a cybernetic breed of horses. He was apparently loosely based on David Lee Roth!

Handlebar (Alan Oppenheimer) Hulking green-skinned bartender and former space pirate with a Brooklyn accent. When faced with trouble in his bar he likes to use serving trays as throwing weapons.

Deputy Fuzz (Charlie Adler): Prairie dog-like alien, native of New Texas, who serves as comic relief.

Judge J.B. McBride (Susan Blu): The town's female judge and romantic interest for BraveStarr. Her father is an ex-prospector who runs the town's newspaper (apparently they don't get the Internet out there).

Shaman (Ed Gilbert): Native American who advises BraveStarr, capable of exteremely powerful magic.

Doc Clayton (): The town's Afro-American doctor, and frequent ally of BraveStarr.

Tex Hex (Charlie Adler): The leader of Stampede's gang and the main villain. Stampede mutated him and gave him magic powers.

Outlaw Scuzz (Alan Oppenheimer): Tex's henchman and cousin to Deputy Fuzz.

Sandstorm (Lou Scheimer): Red reptilian alien who can exhale great clouds of sand.

Stampede (Alan Oppenheimer): An animated Broncosaur skeleton who commands the gang, the man behind Tex Hex.

Geek Guest-Stars: Jonathan Harris, best known for his role on Lost In Space, voiced Professor James Moriarty in two episodes. Linda Gary, who also guested in a few episodes, is also known for voice roles on Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1977-1979), playing Aunt May in the 1981-1982 and 1994-1997 Spider-Man animated series, and may be best known as the voices of the Sorceress, Teela, and Evil-Lyn on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Mary McDonald-Lewis voiced Mycroft Holmes in two episodes, and voiced Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe (1984-1987). Peter Cullen, who voiced Doctor Whitson, was the voice of Mighty Man on The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, voiced the Hulk and Mysterio in an episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Red Skull in an episode of Spider-Man (1981-1982), several voices on Voltron: Defender of the Universe, Venger in Dungeons & Dragons, and was (and continues to be) the voice of Optimus Prime in The Transformers, plus many, many, many other roles!

Geek Pedigree:

Of course, any Filmation show has that Lou Scheimer connection to all the other Filmation shows, and his daughter, Erika Scheimer, who did a few voices here and there, worked on many of those shows as well.

Lead actor Pat Fraley had a long voice career before BraveStarr, most prominently voicing Major Talbot in the 1982-1983 The Incredible Hulk, several voices in G.I. Joe, Jake Kong Jr. in Ghostbusters (1986), and many other parts. After BraveStarr, he was the voice of Pyro and Wolverine in Pryde of the X-Men, Wildcat on TaleSpin, Cousin Itt on the 1992-1993 Addams Family, Marshall Moo Montana on Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa, Bat-Mite on the 1992-1994 Batman, Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story Treats, various roles in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-1996) including Krang, and way, way, to many more to mention! His most recent geek role was voicing Beta Ray Bill on The Super Hero Squad Show.

Charles Adler was Spike on various incarnations of My Little Pony, but you're probably more interested in knowing he was Silverbolt and Guardian Prime in Transformers, Low-Light on G.I. Joe, as well as other roles before BraveStarr; afterwards, he played roles like Captain Caveman, Jr. on The Flintstone Kids, Bat-Bat and others on Mighty Mouse, The New Adventures, Buster Bunny on Tiny Toon Adventures, Cow, Chicken, the Red Guy, I.R. Weasel and I.R. Baboon on Cow and Chicken, Dr. Doom in The Super Hero Squad Show, Cobra Commander and others on G.I. Joe: Renegades, and lots and lots of other roles!

Susan Blu has played the Archie Comics character Midge in 1978, was Kim on Fangface, Rita on The Incredible Hulk (1982-1983), Flim Flam on The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Arcee in The Transformers, Galadria on Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, and after BraveStarr did voices on Jem and other shows, but also kept busy as a dialogue director on shows like The New Adventures of He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Men In Black: The Series, Godzilla: The Series, and many more!

Alan Oppenheimer is probably always going to be best known for voicing Skeletor on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, but also did the voice of Dr. Contrare in Gammera the Invincible, and all sorts of other roles, both voicework as well as on-screen – and since I've already provided some extensive credits for him before on Blackstar, I'll leave off at this.

Ed Gilbert appeared on-screen in an episode of The Wold Wild West, two episodes of the original Mission: Impossible, an episode of The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, played Fenton Hardy on The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, started his voice career in the 1980s, notably voicing General Hawk and others on G.I. Joe, characters in InHumanoids, The Trnasformers, and a few episodes of DuckTales, and went on afterwards to voice Major Disaster in The Toxic Crusaders, Baloo on TaleSpin, The Mandarin, the Grey Gargoyle, and other roles in the 1994-1995 Iron Man, El Seed and others on The Tick (1994-1996), Dormammu and Mr. Watson on Spider-Man (1996-1997), and other roles. He passed away in 1999, although one of his roles wasn't released until 2011.

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