Episode 104 – Rambo: The Force of Freedom Show Description
There have been a lot of cartoon adaptations of books and movies throughout the years. Often times, those adaptations advance the stories and sometime introduce new characters to the show or book’s mythology. Think about how much was added to the Ghostbustera mythos by the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.
Well, sometimes a cartoon adaptation can vary so wildly from the original material that a completely new concept is created. That’s the case with the show we’re talking about today. Whereas the original book and movie portray the title character in very human and, often times, very troubling ways, the cartoon doesn’t so much showcase a character as it does a caricature. That show is Rambo: The Force of Freedom.
Rambo: The Force of Freedom, often called simply Rambo, is an animated series based on the character of John Rambo from David Morrell‘s book First Blood and the subsequent films First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II. This series was adapted for television by story editor/head writer Michael Chain and the series even spawned a toy line. The cartoon ran for 65 episodes, and was produced by Ruby-Spears Enterprises. The series debuted on April 14, 1986, as a five-part miniseries, and was renewed in September as a daily cartoon. Rambo was canceled in December of the same year.
Rambo, David Morrell, Joe Ruby, Ken Spears, Haim Saban, Shuki Levy, Neil Ross, Alan Oppenheimer, James Avery, Falkor, Centurions, He-Man, Skeletor, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Robert Ito, Mona Marshall, South Park, Digimon, Michael Ansara, Batman, Star Trek, Peter Cullen, Optimus Prime, Ghostbusters, Lennie Weinrib, Ed Gilbert, Talespin, Frank Welker, Stanley Ralph Ross
Final Monologue at the end of Rambo: First Blood: