What the @$%# is a Sammoflange?

In college, a group of us rediscovered the late 80’s and early 90’s cartoon Thundercats. We would tape the shows on VHS off of Cartoon Network and rewatch them until the tapes broke. We were obsessed with the subtextual subversive relationships, the innuendos, and the names–Liono, Cheetara, Panthro, Shnarf.

They had a psychological consultant on staff, credited in every epsode for crying out loud. His name was Dr. Robert Kuisis.

Our favorite author was Peter Lawrence.

When March Madness came around, somehow we wound up parlaying the excitement of a tournament into our cartoon obsession, pitting characters in Thundercats against each other, even going so far as to create brackets. Shnarf always made it to the Final Four as the underdog. Panthro was always upset in the first round, usually by the Wood Nymphs.

I often check out the price for the complete Thundercats DVD box set online and, sadly, only the first two of four seasons are available. Far too expensive for my blood.

And then we came across the follow outtakes. I haven’t heard it in about ten years, but as soon as I rediscovered it online, it all came flooding back to me.

Thundercats, the greatest cartoon of all time.


Keep on.


About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the popular debut novel ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press) and a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won the 2012 Short Story Contest held by The Coachella Review. He received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.
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One Response to What the @$%# is a Sammoflange?

  1. Chad says:

    Cheetara was my first crush. Seriously.

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