Bravestarr was the last, great 'toon from Filmation, the company that gave us He-Man and She-Ra (and a lot more besides). A science-fiction/wild west mash-up, it starred the heroic Marshall Bravestarr, a mystically empowered lawman protecting the planet of New Texas from outlandish criminals, aliens and monsters, with the help of his cyborg horse-man best buddy, 30/30.
I bought this DVD on a whim, half-remembering the show from childhood, and I'm pleased to say that it holds up well. Thanks to the liberal use of rotoscoping (filming the movements of live actors and then tracing the characters over those images), the animation is still impressively slick, and the designs of the characters, the setting and even the gadgets and other 'props' are appealing and memorable. Bravestarr and 30/30 have good 'buddy movie' chemistry, there's some laughs and even a bit of surprising darkness, and it's refreshing to see a cartoon with a non-caucasian hero.
Okay, ultimately it's a kids cartoon - don't be expecting an animated version of Firefly here - and the DNA of He-Man is ever present; there's a goofy little sidekick, moral messages and wacky, action figure villains. But Bravestarr is still an enjoyable romp, better and bolder than He-Man, and something to be enjoyed by the kids of today and yesteryear alike.
This DVD set comprises Bravestarr: the Legend (the full length animated movie, intended to act as the pilot for the following weekly series), five of the best episodes from the show itself and lots of little extras. It's good value and your kids'll probably love it - if you don't mind them running round the house shouting "STRENGTH OF THE BEAR!!!" for hours afterwards, that is...