27 Year Anniversary

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27 Year Anniversary

Post by MoDaD » Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:00 am



Today marks the 27th anniversary of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron. On September 11, 1993, The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice debuted on Turner Broadcast System (TBS) in the United States and it quickly became a cult hit with viewers, resulting in the renewal of the show for a second (and infamously cut short) second season in 1994. SWAT Kats was the penultimate action/adventure series made by Hanna-Barbera before its acquisition by Time Warner in 1996. The show inspired an avid online fandom community in the mid-90s that has since persisted across decades, various fan websites and social media and remains active to this day. Various efforts to bring the show back, ranging from letter-writing campaigns (which likely resulted in the long-overdue release of the series on DVD in 2012) and most notably the as-of-yet realized SWAT-Kats Revolution project in 2015, which lead to several years of creator/fan interactions at conventions, live stream events, giveaways (both official and fan-run) and the release of exclusive show materials, which have helped to re-inspire the interest of many fans.

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What are your favorite memories of SWAT Kats, and what has it meant to you after all of these years?
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Re: 27 Year Anniversary

Post by marklungo » Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:58 am

My favorite SWAT Kats memory is all the friendships I've made through the fandom, some of which have lasted years or even decades. Other than that, the show still holds up very well for the most part, and (despite all the TMNT comparisons) there hasn't been anything quite like it before or since.

P.S. Besides the premiere of SWAT Kats, September 11 is also the birthday of one of my closest friends in the furry community. (He's not a member of this group, unfortunately.) It's good to have something besides terror and tragedy to associate with this date.
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Re: 27 Year Anniversary

Post by MoDaD » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:54 pm

In celebration of SWAT Kats 27th Anniversary, fan-artist and 3D modeler/animator Nikhil Bhoyrekar spent much of the year working on the following:



He worked with several fans to accomplish this, and it's a really impressive and very cool result SKLogoIcon
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Re: 27 Year Anniversary

Post by Rusakov » Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:28 pm

marklungo wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:58 am
Other than that, the show still holds up very well for the most part, and (despite all the TMNT comparisons) there hasn't been anything quite like it before or since.
Quite. I like to think of the show as having elements of 90s cartoons, but "with the rough edges sanded out". If that makes any sense. BlushJakeIcon
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Re: 27 Year Anniversary

Post by LAKenji » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:34 pm

I have great memories watching the show as a kid before going to the school. Then I reconnected with the series in 2004 discovering this small but awesome fandom that later became an inspiration to make a a fan comic. This is a doodle remembering the old times.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/o1d8tukywdq4l ... .jpeg?dl=0

Happy 27th anniversary, SWAT Kats!
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Re: 27 Year Anniversary

Post by numbuh 278 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:16 pm

Wow 27 year and groing strong

Not share but love the way it was animated
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Re: 27 Year Anniversary

Post by stancymckatt » Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:45 pm

Favorite Memory? Sitting and watching it with my Dad. The more his mind fades... The more important that becomes.

Second favorite Memory? Swat Kats was my first online fandom to join.

What it means to me is hard to put into words.... Swat kats has been something fairly stable in my life, when friends came and went. I could retreat here.

The only thing that comes close is Petz.
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Re: 27 Year Anniversary

Post by marklungo » Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:34 pm

stancymckatt wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:45 pm
Favorite Memory? Sitting and watching it with my Dad. The more his mind fades... The more important that becomes.
So sorry to hear that. I can relate all too well.
stancymckatt wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:45 pm
The only thing that comes close is Petz.
You mean this?
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Re: 27 Year Anniversary

Post by stancymckatt » Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:46 pm

marklungo wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:34 pm
stancymckatt wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:45 pm
Favorite Memory? Sitting and watching it with my Dad. The more his mind fades... The more important that becomes.
So sorry to hear that. I can relate all too well.
*Hugs* I'm sad to hear that you're having to deal with it too.
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Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:34 pm
stancymckatt wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:45 pm
The only thing that comes close is Petz.
You mean this?
Yes. That's it. That description makes it sound boring, though. The Mods, and customized petz, make it super fun for me. Short of editing the AI that's the brain of the game... You can customize a lot of it. RKC is one of communities that's still active. Some folks have modified the dog, and cat breeds to look like horses, Birds, Pokemon, and more. I want to make some Swat Kats mods for the game eventually if I ever get good enough at it.

Razaar was showing off some of the petz that she had when she played it, that lead me to wanting to get it. Around 2000 or so... Or at least I remember discussing it with her on a general chat area on one of the forums at some point.
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Post by marklungo » Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:29 pm

stancymckatt wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:46 pm
*Hugs* I'm sad to hear that you're having to deal with it too.
This was years ago, while my parents were still alive. Just treasure your time with your loved ones while you can. *Returns hugs*
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