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Subj: Re: New banner! Did you watch Saturday morning cartoons in the 80s?
Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 at 07:10:23 am CST (Viewed 266 times)
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I was a little old for Saturday morning cartoons in the 80s. I was in my 20s. But I caught the occasional episode and usually had fun for the fifteen minutes or so that it lasted. I remember the Mister T cartoon, the Hulk cartoon, the Spider-Friends cartoon, and the Hulk Hogan cartoon. Did you watch any of those? What other Saturday morning cartoons from the 80s did you watch? Or, if you were too young to watch them when they first aired, did you catch any of them on DVD or the Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon or anywhere else a vintage cartoon might be found?

I especially liked the Mister T cartoon. It was inspirational. There was always some sort of "you can do it" or "do your best" or "don't give up" message. I don't recall watching the Hulk Hogan cartoon but I bet it was equally inspirational with probably the same sort of messages.

Oh wow - there was even a Chuck Norris cartoon in 1986.
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/ChuckNorrisKarateKommandos

I even watched the Smurfs now and then. And Thundarr the Barbarian.




Aw, heck yeah! I was probably too old for them (15 in 1980), but that didn't stop me. Heck, I was 20 or 21 and bawling my eyes out over the Death of Optimus. I could probably go on for days how much I loved 1980s cartoons, and I think they were better than the 1990s. Although there are plenty of 1970s cartoons I like (from my real childhood), the 80s generally tops it, imo.

My all-time favourite 30-minute cartoon series is the Dungeons & Dragons series. It doesn't get enough appreciation, imo. Those Season 3, Michael Reaves-written, episodes are some of the darkest, most psychologically intense Saturday morning toons there have ever been. Don't be fooled by the silly unicorn.

I'm not typically into giant robots, but the Transformers were more than just robots.

Thundarr is horribly underrated. YAY Gerber! Why hasn't this ever been brought back?

Star Blazers/Yamato sort of counts. It started airing in the fall of 79.

I just might be the biggest hetero male 50-something Jem fan that exists. I'm not ashamed. I bought the DVD for myself and forbade my daughter to touch it without permission... but we watched it together for days on end. \:D

I've long been a big fan of Spiral Zone, but having rewatched those old episodes, they really weren't that good. I think it's more the concept that I'm a fan of. Spiral Zone is sort of like a very toned-down zombie or even Lovecraftian concept. Mad scientist creates a machine that screws with people's minds and bodies... um, that's From Beyond, right?

Smurfs... He-Man... She-Ra... Thundercats... Defenders of the Earth... Ninja Turtles... Inspector Gadget... GIJoe... Ghostbusters... Voltron... Chipmunks... Spidey & Friends... Hulk... MASK... Galaxy Rangers... SilverHawks... Danger Mouse... Duckula... BraveStarr... Bionic Six... BlackStar... maybe Kidd Video (but hey, I love 80s music too)... even Pac-Man.

Eh... not really a fan of Rainbow Brite, Care Bears, and that type of stuff. And I'm not a Brony. That Mister T series didn't work for me either (it just wasn't adventurous enough, and maybe too sports-related).

Um... Turbo Teen creeped me out.

I don't recall the Hulk Hogan cartoon, either.




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