Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Xtreme Theme

[The Original Intro: you gotta love it]
Written by GL

You see, the thing about the 80s was that there was so much talking; talking on the streets, talking on the phone, talking on television, even talking on cartoon series intros. And Centurions opening theme is no different, but no worse for it.

I love this opening, especially because of the narrative introductions of each of the main Centurion characters(I even went and sourced the lyrics, hee hee hee schoolgirl laugh hee hee):

In the near future, Doc Terror and his cyborg companion, Hacker, unleash their forces to conquer earth.
Only one force can stop this evil. A handful of brave men.
In specially created exo-frames, they can be transported anywhere.
To fuse with incredible assault weapons systems,
beamed down from the space station Skyvault.
Becoming man and machine, power extreme.

Max Ray, brilliant sea operations commander (dramatic pause).
Jake Rockwell, rugged land operation specialist (dramatic pause).
Ace McCloud, daring air operations expert (dramatic pause).

Whatever the challenge, they are ready.
The Centurions (echo, echo echo).

See, you don't get that no more with major cartoons - the deep elaboration of a synopsis and explanations of characters. It's becoming a rare art form. And get this fun fact: William Woodson, the narrator of this opening is also the narrator for the 1978 Hanna-Barbera cartoon series Challenge Of The Super-Friends.

Not forgetting that Centurions was an awesome, awesome cartoon in its own right. Enjoy. This for your free-time viewing pleasure, my friends. Drive safe, its been a rainy week.