Futuristic, animated, adventure series, set on another planet, featuring imaginatively designed monsters with special powers who protect a scantily clad human family of three who take turns needing to be saved. The action and graphics were very good.
Among the humans, Zandor is the muscular, red-haired father; Tara is the beautiful, blond mother; and Dorno is the athletic, blond son.
Among the monsters, Igoo is a huge apelike rock creature with enormous strength; Zok is a giant flying dragon who shoots lasers from its eyes and tail; Tundro is a big, multi-legged ceratops who shoots energy rocks from its horn; and Gloop and Gleep are, respectively, large and small ghostlike shape-shifters.
The family lives in a treehouse, with their monsters bunking outside. Together, they face a different peril every week.
The monsters clearly stole the show. They were imaginatively drawn, fiercely loyal, and supernaturally powerful.
As for the humans, aside from explaining the plot and interpreting the monsters' grunts and roars, their primary job was to look attractive and sympathetic while they were being menaced by the villain of the week.
With each episode being only ten minutes in length, the plot was understandably formulaic, the dialogue was utilitarian, and the character development was non-existent.
Unfortunately, the 1981 episodes had weaker graphics, and its attempts at character development tended to distract from the action.