Friday, November 26, 2010

TDMTLTUT: Ulysses 31

This will be the start of a series of articles I'll be doing on the TV shows of my youth, entitled They Don't Make Them Like They Used To or TDMTLTUT for short. I'll be hoping to focus on two things. 1) The awesome theme tunes and 2) the bat shit insane stories. But mostly the awesome theme tunes. This week, I'm going with the under appreciated classic Ulysses 31.

The show was a French/Japanese cross-over production and is as far-out as you'd imagine one to be. It's a basic retelling of the Greek myths of Ulysses but updated to the 31st century. Zeus (now a big floating head in space) curses Ulysses and his crew because Ulysses saved them from a cyclops. The crew are kept in the creepiest kind of suspended animation (they hung in mid air, like corpses) until Ulysses and his son Telemachus, a robot and a young alien girl make the voyage to Hades. Encountering several problems and challenges along the way, of course.



It has a weird mix of both ancient Greek style and futuristic technology. For example the Greek style head pieces but instead of the traditional leaves it is a metal band with aerials and screws. There was a little red robot called No-No who ate screws and scrap metals. He also had a handle on his head that he could press to rev himself up... ladies. Oh and did I mention the ship is essentially a flying eye?

This show was all kinds of fucked up. It was dark and slow paced which you would think made it unsuitable for kids but it was repeated constantly on TV and I loved it endlessly. If you can buy the DVD box set or legally acquire it from a torrent site, you won't regret it.

I've already got the theme tune stuck in my head just thinking about it. If you think of a cross between Daft Punk and the guy who sang the Pokemon theme tune, you'd be close. Luckily, because the Internet was designed to please my inner child, I don't have to try and describe it! Have a listen and enjoy humming it for the rest of the day.

This video also contains a quick "previously on" which will give you a good impression of what you're up against.