BraveStarr is an American space Western animated television series. The
original episodes aired from September 1987 to February 1988 in syndication. It was created
simultaneously with a collection of action figures. BraveStarr was the last
animated series produced by Filmation and Group W Productions that was
broadcast. "Bravo!", a spin-off series (originally called "Quest of the Prairie
People") was in production along with "Bugzburg" when the studio closed
The idea for BraveStarr began with Tex Hex, his chief adversary. Tex Hex was
created by Filmation's staff artists in 1984, during the development of Filmation's Ghostbusters. Lou Scheimer found the
character fascinating and pulled Tex Hex from the Ghostbusters cast. He asked
Arthur Nadel, Filmation's Vice President for Creative Affairs, and art director
John Grusd to develop a sci-fi western around the character. As the concepts
took shape, staff writer Bob
Forward fleshed out the writer's guide and eventually co-wrote the feature
film script for BraveStarr the Legend with writer Steve Hayes.
It should be noted that these powers are not literally equivalent to the
attributes of the animals he invokes, as the Strength of the Bear grants him far
greater strength than any real bear, capable of lifting huge boulders, and
similarly the Speed of the Puma allows him to run at immense speeds akin to
comic-book characters such as Quicksilver or the original Flash.
Bravestarr also carries a "Neutra-laser" pistol and a "Trans-freezer" rifle, but
seldom uses either, only doing so when he has to.
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