Friday, April 11, 2008

'80s Flashback: Rambo cartoon

Friday is here again, so it's time for another '80s Flashback.

Before a word from our sponsor, here are the recent '80s Flashbacks:

'80s Flashback: Psyche!
'80s Flashback: Jim and Tammy Faye
'80s Flashback: Avoid the noid
'80s Flashback: Mary Lou Retton
'80s Flashback: One night in Bangkok
'80s Flashback: Adams Atoms
'80s Flashback: Don't you forget about me

OK. This week's '80s Flashback is brought to you by the black-and-white checkerboard Vans shoe. Truly an icon of the '80s, when much of the fashion scene was trying to thrash something or catch a gnarly wave.

On to the Flashback:

After Rambo became a big hit at the movies, the decision was made to turn it into a cartoon. Rambo and Rambo II were good movies, but they were also incredibly violent. Both were rated R, so nobody under 17 was admitted without parent or guardian -- unless they were at the 99 percent of theaters who never enforced that rule.

But seriously, Rambo as a Saturday morning cartoon? It's not like there was a Cartoon Network that ran this at night when kids went to bed. This Rambo cartoon truly was created for kids -- and assorted adults who couldn't get enough of a protagonist with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Hmm ... a Rambo cartoon for kids. What could be the reason?

Well, here's one. (Rambo Human Growth Hormone accessory not included).

Here's the opening to the Rambo cartoon. Note that Rambo was impervious to gunshots, explosives and the hypothermia that would come with skiing while wearing his typical kick-butt outfit.