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Episode 52 – SilverHawks
Many people have never heard of the Silverhawks. For those listeners out there, it is basically ThunderCats…but in space. Truthfully though, it’s so much more nuanced than that. This short lived, animated gem of the 1980s is actually a listener request this week from one of our most devoted listeners. Riding high on the success of the ThunderCats, Rankin and Bass decided to try and capture lighting in a bottle again, for the upteenth time. But did they? That is the ten thousand dollar question. With a rocking intro and action packed episodes, it sure seems like they may have. In this week’s episode we try and answer this and much more as we delve into all things SilverHawks. They’re partly metal, partly real, but 100% awesome.
SilverHawks is an American animated television series developed by Rankin/Bass Productions and distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures in 1986, now Warner Bros. Television Distribution. The animation was provided by Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation. In total, 65 episodes were made. It was created as a space-bound equivalent of their previous series, ThunderCats.
As was the case with ThunderCats, there was also a SilverHawks comic book series published by then-Marvel Comics imprint Star Comics.
Currently, Warner Bros. (which purchased Lorimar, and Telepictures, in 1989) owns the rights to SilverHawks and other TV series made by Lorimar and/or Telepictures.
Rankin and Bass, ThunderCats, Turbo Teen, Bob McFadden, The Flight of Dragons, Stargazer, Peter Newman, Archer, Quicksilver, Larry Kenney, Bluegrass, Tigersharks, Count Chocula, Lion-O, Steelheart, Steelwill, Maggie Wheeler, Janice, Friends, The Copper Kidd, Hotwing, Doug Preis, Adolph, Caesar, Steven Spielberg, Mon*Star, Earl Hammond, Mumm-Ra, Kenner, LJN, Neil deGrasse Tyson,
Show intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUe5Ugg6Iks
“The Year Without a Santa Clause” Heat Miser song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbfgVEk-mxQ