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(Weaintcool)   Crappy, obscure cartoons of the 80's   ( divider line
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2002-03-31 01:41:49 PM  
Ashe3: Sam frickin terrified me as a kid. Thanks for the jolt! :P
2002-03-31 01:57:06 PM  
Now THESE kicked ass back when I was 12:

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2002-03-31 02:08:16 PM  

The "Greatest Generation" didn't grow up watching Popeye, they were too busy dying in bloody battles at the time.

Greatest Generation are those people who are currently in their 70s-90s .. they were so great cos they won the war... remember? those movies came out during the war..
2002-03-31 02:11:37 PM  
To help Ashe3 feel better:

I too remember the pain of this.
2002-03-31 02:14:01 PM

let's try that again...
2002-03-31 02:16:41 PM  
Has anybody noticed how many of those cartoons featured two opposing groups battling for no other significant reason than to have control over territory/turf, and that both sides felt they were doing what was right for them.

Then move along and realize how many inner-city latchkey kids were kept indoors at this time, being force-fed said cartoons as an alternate to parental rearing.
Thus leading the kids headlong into seeking out real-life examples of the only paradigm they had ever witnessed.

Yes, let the truth be known, the inner-city gang explosion of the early 90s, late 80s is a direct result of allegedly harmless cartoons, like Thundercats.

and you don't even want me to get started on the effect video games had..
2002-03-31 02:22:00 PM  
"But Batman beyond is a huge rippoff... They had a fantastic four carbon copy in one episode, of (insert diety name here)'s sake!!"

It's called "Archetyping," and it's a common practice in comic books today. F'rinstace:

- Marvel makes FF.
- FF become pretty universally known.
- Marvel never uses FF for anything cool, because change/conflict = bad news, in their minds.
- Along comes Astro City, Powers, et al, who take the superhero cliches we know (Superman, Batman, the FF) and messes with them.

In the Batman Beyond episode, the FF schtick was a cover-up for the fact that the heroes in question were the result of a murder attempt. Plus, they were going nuts. It was a good episode.
2002-03-31 02:57:21 PM  
soporific, i remember records. some grown up friend of my parents gave me my own record player from fisher price. i had an orphan annie record i listened to all the time. and the pink panther's christmas album... those were the days...
anyway, thanks muchly. i will check out this spartacus thing. it sounds like that might be it... we didn't have nickelodean or however its spelled, but we used to get those free channels for two weeks see if ya wanna buy it type of things, so i might have seen it there. wow, thats been haunting me for about 17 years... i feel like a caller on the hum line...
2002-03-31 02:58:20 PM  
halpas -- Thanks for the name! I can't believe this thing was made in 1987. I thought it was much older than than. That means I was watching this thing while I was 15!

Man, I can't believe I went from "Spiral Zone" to crashing Chryslers in one shore year!
2002-03-31 02:58:36 PM  
I'd just like to say that Thundarr the Barbarian was really cool. It was a saturday morning cartoon that showed the end of modern civilization in the opening credits... which is pretty heavy for the kiddies waiting for the smurfs to come on. Plus, some of the stories were actually very well written. The voice acting sucked, but that was standard in most 80's cartoons.
<...and that Ariel! Mmmmm, what a delicious piece that would be>
2002-03-31 02:59:00 PM  
The cartoon with the rick moranis voice work was called "Gravedale High"
2002-03-31 03:52:53 PM  
Robotech rocked, except it got progressively worse with each new spin-off or continuation (like the one after the original robotech/macross about Max's daughter and some shiatty hovertanks, and the one after that about motorcycle riders whose motorcycles could break apart and reform around their body). I saw every episode of that series, and if it were still on I would continue watching it. Last time I saw it on was a few years back, on Cartoon Network.

Sailor Moon... what can I say? I've seen every episode (even the non Americanized ones) even though I pretty much hated the show when I began watching it since there was nothing on. Now it's just another part of my life which I try to hide from myself. Reminds me of those 1960s propaganda videos -- you know the ones. "This is John. John likes to dress up in womens clothing..."
2002-03-31 03:55:15 PM  
In Thundarr, earth got hit by this massive comet or something like that in 1994. Made it even more fun to watch re-runs in 1996.
2002-03-31 04:05:39 PM  
The year 1994: From out of space comes a runaway
planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon,
unleashing cosmic destruction. Man's civilization is
cast in ruin.

Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn...

A strange new world rises from the old: a world of
savagery, super science, and sorcery. But one man
bursts his bonds to fight for justice! With his companions
Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, he pits his strength,
his courage, and his fabulous Sunsword against the
forces of evil.

He is Thundarr, the Barbarian!
2002-03-31 04:16:39 PM  
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Ah, Belle and Sebastian was very cool. The first show I ever watched that had a continuing story arc through the episodes. It was like a majorly long mini-series. Don't forget Poochy, though!

If you saw Belle and Sebastian, you had to have seen The Little Prince, right? Now that was a trippy show based on an equally trippy book. I know that if I lived on an asteroid, I'd capture comets in a butterfly net and use them as a form of transportation....
2002-03-31 04:22:03 PM  
Xtian: Guess I'm lucky I lived in the 'burbs, or I might have been a gang member! Oh right, I wasn't a latchkey kid either, my dad was always home 'cause he was disabled....
2002-03-31 04:30:02 PM  
What, does no one remember the Flintstone Kids?

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2002-03-31 04:36:21 PM  
Gummi bears! Bouncing here and there and ever-ree-where.

Great adventure that's beyond compare

Bouncing here and there and everywhere!

They are the gummi bears

Yes, it is Gummi, not gummy.
And The carebears/Teddy Ruxpin/Strawberry Shortcake/Rainbow Brite were the only fun cartoons we could watch at my mom's daycare.
2002-03-31 04:52:43 PM  
What about The Shirt-Tales?
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2002-03-31 04:55:30 PM  
soporific, i searched around for this spartacus and the sun beneath the sea stuff, and i have found the answer! that cartoon image and bits of sound that have been drifting in my brai for seevteen years has a name to go with it. it was indeed spartacus. the time machine was the ship. (i jumbled it) i heard the theme music, saw some images, its the one! i am soo happy. you would not believe how nice it is to know what that weird bit of information in my brain actually is!! thank you soporific, you have made my day!!!
2002-03-31 05:19:03 PM  
Glad I could help.
2002-03-31 05:19:09 PM  
won't someone PLEASE think of the silverhawks!
2002-03-31 05:20:26 PM  
i had a popple toy when i was a kid
i completly forgot untill i saw his description

i dont know weither to be ashamed or nostalgic
2002-03-31 05:32:12 PM  

what about:

- the live action spider-man show

- count duckula - now this cartoon rocked

Count Duckula. A vampire duck who was created using ketchup (wasn't it ketchup) instead of the proper blood that was supposed to be used. I loved that show.

2002-03-31 05:34:09 PM  
holyshiat i had a gloworm too
2002-03-31 05:36:58 PM  
"won't someone PLEASE think of the silverhawks!"

What, you mean "Thundercats in Space?"

How about "Galaxy Rangers?"
2002-03-31 06:20:27 PM  
Way late to post on this thread, but,

Best obscure cartoon characters for guys to have crushes on:

1. Goldie Gold, of "Goldie Gold and Action Jack". That scene in the opening sequence where she was wearing a black bikini always gave me a funny feeling...

2. Glorious Gal of "Hero High" from the "Super Kid Power Hour", especially since there was a live action sequence with revealing costumes!

3. Much later, but any of the cute anime-ish characters on "Beverly Hills Teens".

As far as awfulness is concerned, no one mentioned:
Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch
The Groovie Ghoulies

although the Get-Along Gang, previously mentioned, takes the cake in my book. Obnoxious theme song, too.
2002-03-31 06:23:43 PM  
whoops, Goolies.
2002-03-31 06:42:02 PM  
TV show #1:

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#2: She-ra

#3: He-man

#4: My Little Ponies
2002-03-31 06:43:16 PM  
brae , nice call.

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2002-03-31 07:05:48 PM  
I remember Hero High. I also remember Rex Ruthless' middle name was "Hell." How do I remember? 'Cause I had been SHOCKED that someone would say "hell" on a kids' show!!!

Hey, who remembers Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling?
2002-03-31 07:19:16 PM  
"He won't bite beast or man, 'cause he's a vegatarian."

Great, now I have the Duckula theme song in my head. And those are the only words I remember. Well that, and they said Duckula a lot.
2002-03-31 07:22:36 PM  
The concept for Duckula was that every 100 years the feared vampire duck was brought back to life, because they kept getting killed. Anyway, instead of blood, the "nanny"- a large duck who always wore a sling on her arm, fetched ketchup instead of blood, which was added into the mix by Duckula's head servant and chief reviver, thus producing the Vegan Vampire.
2002-03-31 07:25:04 PM  
I think I read through all of these posts and not once did I see The Smurfs...they were cool..but the theme song was one that got stuck in your head forever. Captain Planet, Star Brite, Strawberry Shortcake (I had that bike with training wheels), Care Bears rocked especially when they did the Care Bear countdown, and two others that nobody mentioned: The Cabbage Patch Kids...and Babar the Elephant...

Ah the memories...some sick and twisted...but most cartoons were like that from the 80s
2002-03-31 08:04:45 PM  
Yeah, I've seen one episode of Samuri Jack, it was pretty cool, but they never showed another episode here again.
It was on the WB channel, and for one day they were showing cartoons from another channel (I guess to get us to subscribe to it).

I like Batman Beyond cause Bruce Wayne is still alive, and it shows that being batman wasn't that great a deal for him.
2002-03-31 08:25:01 PM  
How did this fool miss Smurfs?
2002-03-31 08:34:23 PM  
MrDark: Shirt T-t-t-TALES!!!

That Mr. Dingle guy shoulda been named Mr. Dingbat....

When I was 8 (back in 1981) Smurfs were my favorite. Now I enjoy reading about a Smurf orgy on's HILARIOUS!
2002-03-31 08:37:49 PM  
How bout My Pet Monster? Save the Smoggies? The Ghostbusters cartoon? I still have the Ghostbusters theme song cause of that blasted show...
2002-03-31 09:30:11 PM  
I love you guys

And i loved all these shows
Not really but now i see that they sorta kicked ass
2002-03-31 09:48:45 PM  
You guys fortgot Ghost busters. That was a damn good show. In though the 80s really sucked minus G-bodies, and feul injection.
2002-03-31 10:40:36 PM  
Did anybody ever see that one Captain Planet episode that took place in the 1930s or something, and there were characters like the main ones, but the Linka character was a Southerner instead of a Russian, and she referred to the markings on her ring as "li'l ol' squiggly lahnes (trying to approximate the accent--female Southern drawl just does something to a guy ^_^)" or something.

Also, I remember the other Ghostbusters cartoon, where it had a completely different team and logo, and the main villain's name was Prime Evil or something. Blarg. X_X

I believe Tranzor Z was a translation of a Japanese cartoon called "Mazinger Z" by Go Nagai, who is indeed famous for proving (as with Aphrodite) that breasts can be a weapon. He also did Cutey Honey if anybody's ever seen that. And for more Tranzor/Aphrodite goodness, Megaman and Roll's "Hyper" move in Marvel vs. Capcom makes them look king of like Tranzor Z and Aphrodite (right down to the atomic boobies). Freaky as all fark.
2002-03-31 11:56:06 PM  
Pulsarcat:Samurai Jack is on Cartoon Network all the time. Justice league is pretty decent, like Super Friends on testosterone. Amazing how much they had to compensate for Sea Man. He's a badass from hell now.

Hehe. Sea Man.
2002-04-01 12:19:31 AM  
Everythin' from thuh 80's is crappy and obscure. Everthin'.
2002-04-01 12:19:58 AM  
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2002-04-01 12:27:43 AM  
Okay ,whoefer hacked up mein spellingkt please kill yourself or face mein vrad. Or ,I kould be drunk.
2002-04-01 12:34:44 AM  
Okay, let me post dis again. 'S coo', bro. [wid propuh' spellin']
Cartoons dat sucked-
Fat Albert
Dukes uh Hazard cartoon
Anydin' wid Scrappy Doo
dat one Yogi cartoon dat wuz likes Flintstone kids
If ya' still gots' trouble eyeballin' dis, blame da damn clunka' not me. What it is, Mama! Fark be screwin' down again. 'S coo', bro.
2002-04-01 12:39:09 AM  
JohnRoche: That "other" Ghothtbuthterth cartoon had two babeth and a gorilla and a talking car that hated the lot of them, but the car could travel in time, tho that wath pretty cool. And they fought ghothtth and all that fun thtuff. Like, ooh. I think the villian Prime Evil wath actually located 100 yearth into the future, but kept going back to the patht to annoy our current heroeth. Weird show.
2002-04-01 12:40:28 AM  
Dude, this here is strange.
2002-04-01 01:59:09 AM  
Sopowific: Dat "Ghostbustews" show was a cawtoon vewsion of a wive-action show of de same name fwom de 70's. When "Ghostbustews" de movie wanted to do a TV vewsion, de odew show had de twademawk on a tewevised "Ghostbustews" show. Hence, de addition of "De Weaw" onto de show stawwing Petew Venkman and Swimew.

Hope dat made sense in spite of de fiwtew. Happy Apwiw foows!
2002-04-01 05:11:54 AM  
You guys remember heathcliff? Heathcliff farkin rawked! And garfeild too.
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