I have fond memories of my brother and I taking our Stretch Armstrong toy out in the backyard and trying to pull its limber limbs past the breaking point. We were eventually successful in our torturous act, and its long-expected gush of dark red corn syrup goo issued forth, resulting in a sorrowful moment of childhood reflection on the demise of our treasured toy. I'm sure that story has been re-enacted in many vintage memories from the '70s over the years, and now Kenner's rubbery, blond-mopped wrestler is getting a show of his own in the form of a new animated series coming in 2017 to Netflix.
This 26-episode cartoon will be the newly formed Hasbro Studios' first foray into original television programming. It was announced that the animated action/comedy series will center around an overscheduled teenager named Jake Armstrong and his two best buddies. When the gang is accidentally exposed to a volatile experimental chemical, they become Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, a team of unlikely stretchable superheroes who expand beyond the boring confines of their lives and embark on a series of wild adventures.
Hasbro Studios' initial step into the entertainment arena was with Peter Berg's much-maligned Battleship, and they had planned a big-screen treatment of the squishy bodybuilder starring Taylor Lautner but declined after their 2012 film's failure. Let's hope this venture can stretch its success far beyond that waterlogged sci-fi fiasco.
Are you excited for a Stretch Armstrong animated show, or should it have stayed mint in the box?