03 November 2005

Ookla the Mok

    The year: 1994. From out of space comes a runaway planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon, unleashing cosmic destruction! Man's civilization is cast in ruin!
    Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn. A strange new world rises from the old: a world of savagery, super science, and sorcery. But one man bursts his bonds to fight for justice! With his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, he pits his strength, his courage, and his fabulous Sunsword against the forces of evil.
    He is Thundarr, the Barbarian!
      Openning narration from Thundarr the Barbarian

Several years ago I was at a friends holiday party playing Celebrities. For those who are unfamiliar, it is a game where everyone writes down names of celebrities on slips of paper which are then drawn at random by teams of two, with one player giving hints so that the other says the celebrity's name. The celebrity can be anyone famous, real of fictional.

One celebrity that showed up was Ookla the Mok. Do you know who that is? Ookla was the traveling companion of Thundarr the Barbarian, an early-80s Saturday morning sci-fi cartoon. The show ran only two seasons, and was one of my favorites. The Ookla entry wasn't mine, though I was one of only two people that even knew who Ookla was. There was some question as to whether he was really a celebrity.

Well, the guys at HomestarRunner.com know who Ookla is. Check out this year's Halloween Toon. Each year, the characters costumes are a collection pop-culture references, famous and obscure. And Ookla is there.


Greg! said...

Ookla is DEFINITELY a celebrity.

Andrew said...

I'm with you, Greg!

Rob S. said...

I'd say there were at least two other people who knew Ookla. I think Greg wrote it, and oh, I knows my Ookla.

Andrew said...

Oh, I'm sure you know Ookla.

You and Greg weren't at this party. It was at Tom's parent's house, when he was in for the holidays. Only his brother and yours truly knew Ookla.

Rob S. said...

You went to a party without me???