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my goodness, i was looking on "Youtube" at some old goodies that i used to watch. memories!!! he-man, she-ra, rainbow bright, today's special, eureekas castle, fraggle rock, muppet babies, david the gnome, snorks, the smurfs...on and on it goes! cartoons nowadays totally suck, but what we had growing up was truly awesome!
so tell me, what was your fav cartoon/show growing up? [Smile]

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In the weekends i would get up at **** o' clock, to watch saturday morning cartoons. all the old skool ones, MASK, Transformers, He-Man etc.

And that Hulk Hogan, WWF cartoon! Anyone remember that?

Anyway, my favourite cartoon was Rambo And The Forces Of Freedom! I loved anything with Rambo... I had all the action figures from the cartoon! Except for that damn White Ninja, that was impossible to find....... oh White Ninja, you still haunt my dreams!

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Smurfs, Shirt Tales, Get Along Gang, Rainbow Brite, Looney Tunes, Beany and Cecil, Flintstones, Fraggle Rock...
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I used to watch them all, He-Man, those Marvel comic cartoon that used to come on at some uncinvillised hour on a Saturday morning for 10 measly minutes of The Incredible Hulk or Spiderman & his Amazing Friends (which, at least, would be shown in its entirety).

Jay Lee, you're thinking about Hulk Hogan's Rock n' Roll Wrestling there. And the white ninja must be on e-bay, you can buy anything there, only last week I purchased some politican's souls for a bargain price [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by Kash:

Jay Lee, you're thinking about Hulk Hogan's Rock n' Roll Wrestling there. And the white ninja must be on e-bay, you can buy anything there, only last week I purchsed some politican's souls for a bargain price [Wink]

I know.... unfortunately I blasted all the other figures to bits with my air rifle in my angry teen years, so I wouldn't make much sense to buy it now [Smile]
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i loved so many cartoons now i snatch up what ever i can get from the 80s early 90s some of my favs
care bears
rainbow brite
smurfs
snorks
popples
jem and the holograms
shera
pound puppies
flintstone kids
wuzzles
fraggle rock
heathcliff
90s
rugrats
rocko s modern life
doug
stuff like that [Wink]

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For me it doesn't get much better then Gobots and Voltron.And what was that one cartoon about the bears that lived in trees and drank magic stuff to make them super?
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gummy bears i think is what you are talking about
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Scooby-Doo
The Smurfs
Insepctor Gadget
Adventures of the Lost Pup
She-Ra
Beverly Hills Teens
Jem
He-Man
Thundercats
Transformers
Heathcliff
Ducktales
Alvin and the Chipmunks
The Flintstones
The Jetsons
Josie and the Pussycats
Care Bears
Muppet Babies
Fat Albert
Pound Puppies

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One of my favourites was 'Jayce and The Wheeled Warriors', it had the greatest opening song!!

Jayce and The Wheeled Warriors


Other Favourites:

Mask
The Mysterious Cities of Gold
Thundercats
Ulysses 31
Dogtanian and The Muskahounds
Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers
Tailspin
Darkwing Duck
Dungeons & Dragons
The Pink Panther

Does anybody here actually collect the DVD box sets that have come out?

I'm going to be honest, and say that I've got the following:

Transformers Season 1
Dungeons & Dragons Complete Box set
Chip & Dale Seasons 1 & 2

I'm just collecting them for my future kids. Honest. [Embarrassed] [Big Grin]

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ha ha i got my daughter into chip n dale cartoons as well as all the original looney tunes
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I enjoyed about all that have been mentioned, and some that haven't.
G-force
Turboteen
Kid Video

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Robostory ("I want to rust." Robot Moron.)
Starblazers
Belle and Sebastian
Lucky Luke
Count Duckula
Spartacus and the Sun Beneath the Sea

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Oops, I forgot about Care Bears, Wuzzles and Pound Puppies!
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Does anybody remember that one cartoon "Scooby-Doo's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics"? Man i loved that stuff,The teams consisted of:
The Scooby-Doobies (the blue team)
The Yogi Yahooies (the red team)
The Really Rottens (the green team)

GOOD TIMES!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8lXu15uy0Q

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They just started airing the Boomerang network in my area so I get to watch some great old cartoons.

Herculoids-they just stopped airing this last week but it was great while it lasted.
Banana Splits
Johnny Quest
Wacky Races
Penelope Pitstop
Dynomutt
Hong Kong Phooey
Atom Ant
Tom & Jerry
Top Cat
Flintstones
Jetsons
Thundarr The Barbarian
Huckleberry Hound
Yogi Bear
Popeye
Swat Kats
Pink Panther

Bob

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dont forget richie rich lol
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Ah, yes, the Wuzzles ("Two parts in one!"), I remember them. What about Hoppotamus, who like Tammy Bakker wore large amounts of eye-shadow?
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Watched Laff-a-Lympics (a concept well ahead of its time) all the time when the USA Cartoon Express was at its zenith. I was a Yogis fan and the episodes were worth it when they came out on top (surprised they didn't try to put the Flinstones or Jetsons or the rest of Scooby's inner circle apart from Shaggy and made it really all-encompassing. But what he do have is just fine, really).


It's amazing looking back at all the cartoons that came out in the 80s at just how well so many of them hold up today; indeed, most of them could be run today and you wouldn't be able to tell they're 20 years old. Of course, there're always exceptions; Jem looks a little too dated having tied a bit too much into the MTV craze, and G.I. Joe comes off a little too unrealistic to today's viewers given that no matter how much ammo was expended, no one ever so much as scratched their arm. But by and large, there's still a pretty good track record at work with them as a whole. Another plus is that even when the core concept was supposed to be geared towards one sex, the other could often enjoy it just as well; I myself will readily admit My Little Pony and Friends was a guilty pleasure. The only major cartoon of the 80s I didn't actually see for the first time in the 80s was Dungeons and Dragons, whose run had ended before I became a Saturday morning regular, and no local station reran it. Seeing the reruns on Jetix and YouTube, though, have hooked me on that as well (if only the people who put together that wretched movie some years back had looked here for inspiration, they'd've had something salvageable).

While most animation historians would be quick to point out that artistically 80s cartoons are well below what came out in the Golden Age, they're still much better than what TV animation had given us in the decades prior. And there's no denying the writing was much better, as smarter minds like Michael Reaves, Douglas Booth, and J. Michael Straczynski gave us intelligent, thoughtful scripts each week. They weren't afraid to look deep or be scary if they wanted to be, and I'm sure many of you have nightmares of some kind from one show or so that's stuck with you for years.


Officially, my top 10 from the decade is:

1. Ducktales (the best TV animation ever got, there wasn't a single bad script in 100 episodes. While there's often a good lesson to be learned, they didn't pound it over your heads as other shows may have, and every character was likeable and imitable. Not to mention the theme song is easily the best of the decade, and I'll bet 90% of Generation Y still know it word for word)

2. The Real Ghostbusters (while it may have slipped a bit once the network moved in to make it more kid-friendly, it never really went completely off the tracks. As noted, they wrote taut, intelligent stories at their peak, and weren't afraid of scaring the audience and giving us imagineative ghosts, topped of all by Samhaine from the Halloween episodes, who gets my vote as the very best TV cartoon villain ever created (my vote for the single scariest moment of the decade comes from the first season's Mrs. Rogers' Neighborhood, where the demon Watt possesses Peter to bypass the containment unit's security system. Losing one's free will is a concept kids do find frightening, the scene as animated makes it clear the experience is agonizing on the very likeable Peter, and Egon's One Chance of the Week--setting their equipment on different frequencies to try and seperate Watt and their comrade--is believeably dangerous even knowing it's going to work in the end)).

3. Inspector Gadget (repetitive isn't all bad, and DiC's ultimate show proves it. Even knowing Quimby will be blown up by his assignment every week makes it no less funny. Claw's a believeably intimidating villain, who let's not forget attempts genuine murder against Gadget each week--can't get away with that today, nor with the sometimes obsolete cultural stereotypes sometimes seen, nor the repeated endangering of minors every time Claw learns Penny's on to him. Meanwhile, Gadget himself is endearing despite his utter brain-deadedness, as is the perfect character to render in animation).

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (while it may not be an interpretation along the lines of what Eastman and Laird intended, it's more amusing to watch than the authorized version of a few years ago. That's another problem of today's cartoons: the element of fun is gone, and this one enjoyed itself as few others have. And you have to admit you've got to love all the 4th wall moments when the Turtles turned to the camera and commented on the plot, another facet that's stuck with me over the years).

5. The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (another great theme song coupled with intelligent scripts that could well have been Milne's. And the voice cast was probably the best assembled in any cartoon series; John Fiedler and Paul Winchell continued to be fabulous as Piglet and Tigger, Jim Cummings proved a great successor to Sterling Holloway as Pooh, and other additions like Peter Cullen, Ken Sansom, and Hal Smith add a lot of flavor to their own roles)

6. Thundercats (the best pure action cartoon of the decade, with probably the best recurring villain of an 80s cartoon in Mum-Ra, who at least kept his schemes reasonable and never fell to pre-success gloating as other heavies like Skeletor and Shredder often did. His transformation to his "Super Pharoah" form was also a bit unnerving as a child)

7. Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats (another strong winner from DiC, with another memorable theme, a great performance by a still great Mel Blanc, and Heathcliff's perfect foils for the second half of the show that previous encarnations of the character on cels didn't have)

8. Dungeons and Dragons (as noted, it wasn't until later I found it, but it's so good that it leaps up the list anyway. Kudos to the staff for taking the right direction with the concept and not being afraid to push the envelope with Saturday morning standards & practices (by the way, the persistent urban legend that the last episode had them finding out they were dead is just that, a legend. It actually would have been a cliffhanger with Dungeon Master offering them the choice to go home after they redeemed Venger or continue in the Realm. The script is available at writer Michael Reaves's official site if you're interested).

9. My Little Pony and Friends (although it's only in this high position when Glo-Friends is the second half show; I didn't really like Potato Head Kids or Moondreamers that much at all (with this in mind, I should say the funniest part of any 80s cartoon's opening credits comes from the Glo version when Starnose runs head on into the overhanging log at "Will you find your heart's desire?" given there's no way I can tell that he could have possibly missed it (and then suffers insult to injury by having Brasher and Smasher run right over him as they continue pursuing our heroes)). Ponies itself taught me as an aspiring writer the value of an effective cliffhanger, which was a novel way of handling the material and were usually fairly effective for younger age groups.

10. Dennis the Menace (very good adaptation of Ketcham's strip; having multiple stories per episode kept the comic strip feeling as well. One has to wonder how well Phil Hartman might have done had he kept animation voiceovers as a side job, as his Mr. Wilson and Mr. Mitchell were top notch).

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couldn't let this thread go without mention of The Littles... and my sister was a fan of the short lived Monchhichi's.
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Scooby-Doo, GI Joe and Transformers were the main one's I watched. I also liked Tom & Jerry.
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A few more:

Terrahawks

Pole Position

Captain Caveman

Godzilla

A few British cartoons:

Super Ted

Dangermouse

Bananaman

Trap Door

Count Duckula

The Family Ness

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It looks like they stopped airing Richie Rich also. I forgot to list Scooby Doo, which my older set of twins absolutely love.

Bob

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mighty mouse! wow i remember the monchichi's
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Here is my favourite cartoons.

Transformers.
M.A.S.K.
He-Man.
Godzilla-great untill they introduced Godzuki.
Captain caveman.
Battle of the planets.
Wackey races.
X-men.

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