Friday, February 10, 2006
Cartoon Throw Back
Characters & Voices
Stanley/Hammerman - Hammer
Hammerman's Would-be Girlfriend - Susan Roman
We asked nicely – “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em.” But that didn’t stop MC Hammer from relentlessly stomping all over his enemies each week on the animated adventure series Hammerman.
In the fall of 1991, the former Stanley Burrell was too legit to quit showing off his exceptional musical and dancing skills, so he channeled them into a weekly children’s cartoon.
Hammerman told the tale of an ordinary guy named Stanley, a super dope homeboy from the Oaktown, who worked at a kids' recreational facility. Whenever trouble lurked, all Stanley had to do was put on his Magic Dancin’ Shoes and, quicker than you can say “proper,” he turned into the superhero Hammerman.
The dancin' crimefighter's main nemesis was the arch villain Boss Grindenheimer, who did his damage from behind bars via his loyal henchmen. Always looking to promote a positive image, each episode would end with the real Hammer expounding upon the day’s learned lesson, which usually focused on youth-oriented problems like vandalism, drug abuse and gangs.
Hammer believed in the project, lending his own voice to his cartoon likeness, contributing a different song each week, and making sure the character always acted as a solid role model. But after only one season, ABC executives brought down the hammer, canceling Hammerman.
Whenever there's a crime
Some crooks are gonna do time
They all better beware
Cause the Hammerman will be there!
Here's how it started
A long time ago
The legend of the Hammer
And how it began to grow
He was given magical shoes
From a hip-hop motown dude
Together they had power
They stood up for what was right
But Gramps was gettin' old and
He couldnt keep up the fight (right)
So Gramps and his granddaughter
They went out on the road (searchin')
To find a man they knew who could jam
Who was worthy of the load
They met a guy named Stanley (Stanley)
Who was dancin' every night
He helped the kids play every day
His heart was out of sight
So Gramps opened up the bag
And took out the magical shoes
He set them on the ground
And they soon began to groove
The shoes knew at once
They had finally found their man
They hopped right on his feet
And he became Hammerman!