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 has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and his award-winning short fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He teaches writing at the University of Maryland, College Park and lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer, Kate Angelella. For more information, visit his website at www.jrangelella.com or follow him on twitter: @jrangelella.
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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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