Beastmaster, The (1983, fantasy and adventure)

Bronze Age hero (and bronzed hunk) Dar (Marc Singer) sets out on a quest to avenge the massacre of his people and acquires a quartet of feathered, fanged, and furry companions: Sharak, a mysterious golden eagle that guides him toward his destiny; Ruh, a loyal, ferocious black tiger who never runs from a fight; and Kodo and Podo, a pair of fun-loving ferrets with bandit-masks and a penchant for petty theft. Each animal is instrumental to Dar's victory (the eagle is his eyes, the tiger is his strength, and the ferrets are his cunning) as he faces the evil sorcerer Maax (Rip Torn). Two sequels followed ( Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time in 1991 and Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus in 1996. There was also a TV series featuring Dar (played by Daniel Goddard) and all his animal friends, which ran from 1999 to 2002. The Beastmaster is based upon the novel by Andre Norton.

Do you have the volume up, on your computer? If so, that sound you hear is ferrets. Ferrets "dook" or "chuckle" — they do not, as the movies always depict, squeak like a rodent. In fact, ferrets are not even in the rodent family. They are mustelids. Want to know more? Go to (and thank you, Hildy Langewis, for letting me borrow your ferret sounds!).

Would you like to see a baby ferret at play? Click here.

Want to know more about ferrets in the movies? Check out my article, LIGHTS-CAMERA-FERRETS! in the Ferrets USA Annual, 2005 edition. Click here.

Listen to "The Ferret Song" by Monte Python. Click here.

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