10 Greatest Animated Series from childhood
Looking back over the past 30 years, it's hard to imagine that popular cartoons went from superhero to card game related. Flipping through the channels on a Saturday morning use to mean having your pick of any number of great animated shows, however today all we get are an assortment of cartoons based on card games and pixar animation based on popular movies. Today, I'm going to take you through my top 10 favorite cartoons as a kid.
My top 10 favorite childhood cartoons.
The 80's were incredibly vibrant with Metallic art, especially in their cartoon logos. Honestly, I don't remember a whole lot about the original series except that I was a big fan with all of the toys and pajamas as a kid. Today, Thundercats have become incredibly popular to those who remember it and even returned to Saturday morning television in the form of a new rebooted series on Cartoon Network that was fairly short lived.
Unfortunately, Bravestarr suffers from what my wife and I call "The Webster Affect". It was great to watch as a kid, but going back to watch it again after age growth and special effects growth, it lacks that special something you once saw in it. Marshall Bravestarr was about a "Native American" marshal who could summon special powers to overcome the obsticals he was confronted with in each episode. "Speed of the Puma!" "Strength of the Bear!" "Eyes of the Hawk!" "Ears of the Wolf!" And the tagline for the show? "We needed a hundred lawmen to tame New Texas. We got one. You know something? He was enough." Of course it was cheesy, but it was a hell of alot better than the cartoons we're stuck with today.
Partly metal, partly real; The Silver Hawks also suffered the Webster Affect but not as much. The story followed a group of hand chosen warriors who would battle the evil Mon*Star. What was better than the cartoon however, was the action figures. Each one had metallic paint and when you place their arms to their side and snap the wings to their wrists, you could squeeze their legs and suddenly they looked as if they could actually fly. Silver Hawks was the forerunner to the popular Thunder Cats.
Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show-
With a mix of DC superheroes and Hanna- Barbera originals like Black Vulcan and Apache Chief, Super Friends was the hit show of 80's but only ran for 1 year. It eventually went on to have it's own spin-off, Super Powers: Galactic Guardians which had much better animation and more definition on each of the heroes. If you're lucky enough today to find action figures still in their original packaging from the Super Powers shows, you could almost plan your retirement.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe-
"BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!" He-Man was THE animated series of the 80's. If you didn't watch it, you weren't cool. Based on the toy line, Masters of the Universe became not only a popular show and toy line but also comic book, clothing line, decoration for children's rooms and not so popular movie. It eventually had a slight spin off called the New Adventures of He-Man, where Prince Adam sounded a little feminine when he spoke. Finally a new animated series came to Cartoon Network in 2002 (which I enjoyed alot more) and now it seems we're getting a re-do of a Masters of the Universe Movie.
Tiny Toon Adventures-
One of the few animated series that could truly be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. Tiny Toon Adventures wasn't just about gags and child like humor, but also some subtle attempts at adult humor as well.
The Warner Brothers and Warner Sister took what we liked about Tiny Toon Adventures to a whole new level. Of course there was child like humor but more often than not it was filled with adult humor as well and perverted innuendos such as when the doctor asked Dot for her finger prints and she looks at him and says what, he goes on to frantically say "Finger Prints" which Dot then miss hears and looks over to see Prince standing near by, looks at the camera and says "I don't think so". Absolutely a cartoon that should be brought back with new episodes today.
Batman: The Animated Series-
After Batman Returns, Fox premiered the two part episode "The Cat and the Claw" which was the first broadcasted episode of Batman TAS but actually occurred later in the season. Batman The Animated Series gave birth to Bruce Timm's animated DC Universe which would span many years from Batman TAS, Batman and Robin, The New Adventures of Batman and Robin, Superman TAS, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and Batman Beyond. Batman TAS made superhero cartoons cool again.
The Real Ghostbusters-
First came Ghost busters, a black and white television series produced by Filmation in 1975. Then, 1984 saw the movie Ghostbusters about a completely different group of paranormal investigators. This followed controversy as 2 animated series followed soon after, Filmation's Ghost Busters and The Real Ghostbusters which later became Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters and then Extreme Ghostbusters. I remember as a child I had all of the toys except Stay Puffed which I could never find. I even went as far as setting my Ecto-1 on fire along with my Adam West Bat Mobile, which I'm now kicking myself over and over for especially after watching Toy Collector. The Real Ghostbusters saw the same characters from the movie take on the Bogeyman, Jersey Devil, and many other ghosts and monsters. It taught us kids, that "We ain't afraid of no ghost!" Unlike Filmation's series which catch phrase was "Let's Go, Ghost Busters!"
Voltron: Defender of the Universe-
Arguably voltron was the grand daddy of such popular shows like Power Rangers, Big Bad Beetle Borgs, VR Troopers, Masked Rider and several other shows of the like that were based on Japanese giant robot martial arts shows. The only thing, and I'm nitpicking here, the only thing I didn't like which later adaptations corrected was that the pilots of the lions didn't share the colors of their lions except of Hunk and Pidge (who I always thought was a girl lol). After Voltron: Defender of the Universe we got Vehicle Voltron, Voltron: The Third Dimension and Voltron Force. However we have yet to see a live action or CGI movie based around the characters. If Hollywood does a movie though, I think their best bet would be to follow the same storyline that the newer comics portray.
Honorable mentions to include: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Transformers
Sound off below and tell me what your favorite cartoons growing up were!
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