Question: I remember watching a cartoon called Gigantor in the early '60s. No one else remembers this show. Was I dreaming? Janice, Orlando, Fla.
Televisionary: No one else remembers? Janice, my dear, you're hanging out with the wrong people. I and all my cartoon-loving, freak-and-geek pals remember Gigantor fondly and love the cool, calypso-infused theme song even more.
One of the earliest Japanimation shows to make it big in the U.S. when it started its syndicated runs in 1966, Gigantor was a huge hit with kids. Originally called Tetsujin 28-Go in its native country, the show was purchased by producer Fred Ladd (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion), who adapted episodes for the American market.
As you may remember, Gigantor was a huge, pointy-nosed flying robot who, controlled by his little pal Jimmy Sparks and helped by Jimmy's mentor, Dr. Bob Brilliant, fought crime alongside their pal Inspector Ignatz Blooper. In 1993, the character returned to the U.S. on the Sci Fi Channel as a slimmer, sleeker model in The New Adventures of Gigantor, but to my mind it didn't have nearly as much charm as the old-school '60s incarnation.