Filmation Studios had some of the best writers in kids TV, great backgrounds and character models, and some rather interesting visual effects (mostly for portals and laser blasts). On the other hand, they kept their budget with some sub-par animation, which is how the critics like to nail them.
They also had some real good background music. Most of their intros, however, had their great themes up against exposition that gives Conan the Adventurer a run for it’s money as far as exposition goes. He-Man & The Masters of the Universe was #1 on MarzGurl’s 10 10 list of intros that explain the series plot. And they were still more interesting that Conan’s.
While Bravestarr‘s intro is also mostly explanation, it works because (A) it was sung rather than spoken by one of the characters, (B) would have taken too long to explain in-story every episode, and (C) was just butt-kicking awesome!
Kind of makes you want to watch, doesn’t it? Sadly, they still don’t have the episode that got pulled off of YouTube, so it’s annoying that the best episode isn’t available. On the other hand I recommend watching whatever episodes you can.
The intro itself has a great tune that fits the world of the cartoon, has the epicness that sells the character without being the blunt object of Conan the Adventurer, and is merges with some really nice visuals, like the scene where Tex Hex’s face is superimposed over the scenes of kid-friendly carnage just before Bravestarr jumps on top of the bad guys. It’s just as fantastic as the show. That’s an intro done right.