If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Wired)   Weren't the cartoons of the 80's awesome? NO, NO THEY WEREN'T   (wired.com) divider line 276
    More: Obvious, cartoons  
•       •       •

12315 clicks; posted to Geek » on 13 Jun 2012 at 11:52 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



276 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | » | Last | Show all
 
2012-06-13 02:38:53 PM

The Homer Tax: Znuh: you're not looking hard enough for the jems.

Which would be truly outrageous.


I LOL'd :D

And yeah, there's tons of stuff I can't get enough of - Being a huge Fallout nut, I absolutely love Adventure Time. In "Three little Graybles" you find out more how the Earth was destroyed, and where - look at the globe that's onscreen while the Storyteller is getting going.

Accidentally was introduced to Phineas and Ferb through my Niece, and think it's a great little toon.
 
2012-06-13 02:42:59 PM
Being born in '73, Starblazers occurred over the decade change and was amazing in that that everything wasnt happy go lucky. I mean the aliens or whatever were actually winning and we had to send a last chance crew to find help!

Also Battle of the Planets was freaking awesome at my age. The MTV G-force remake (or re-americanization) was freaking horrible. Got the names wrong and the repetative music was horrible.

For every awesome Thundar the Barbarian, Voltron, Space Ghost or Herculoids I watched, I countered the goodness with watching horrible episodes of Super Friends/Justice League or GI Joe or transformers. I had to watch GI Joe because of Sgt Slaughter, honest!

For anyone who grew up with the smurfs, I give you this awesomeness:

Unicef ad

In the 90's (my college years) I enjoyed the batman, Ren and Stimpy (don't push the button!) and Duckman. I am surprised there is not a Duckman continuation or reboot. Must have Jason Alexander, though
 
2012-06-13 02:45:16 PM

ManOfTeal: Kidd Video


Holy crap. Someone else remembers that.

Doesn't hold up well at all. Galaxy High is still watchable if you can find a not-crap distorted VHS rip. TMT was good, He-Man had passable moments, Real Ghostbusters amazing, Pirates of Darkwater, SWAT KATS, etc etc etc etc. Like the rest of tv, some was crap, some was decent.
 
2012-06-13 02:45:21 PM
You farking kids have no idea what good cartoons are

The 20s was were it was at:

The Money Grubbing Adventures of Hook Nose the Money Lender
Big Lips McMonkey Face and The Watermelon Kids
Betty Boobs the friendly neighborhood whore
The Krazy Klan Kartoon
WhatsamattaU! with Professor Guido
Hymie the Talking Jew
 
2012-06-13 02:46:18 PM

Dr. Whoof: They were certainly more inventive...I mean, the guy is singing the praises of the updated versions of these cartoons while failing to point out that they are still rehashes of the old stuff. There's some legitimately good new stuff out there, Adventure Time being one that really stands out, but a lot of cartoons today are not new concepts like they were in the 80s and 90s.


There are more new shows than continuations of old series out, and the new shows are way the hell more "inventive" than the shows in the '80s when they were new. 80's shows took standard serial plots (usually from westerns), inserted the prefix "ray" or "laser" or "auto" in front of random words, and called it a script, or ripped something directly form a comic book. In the 90s there was a focus on making the shows tolerable for adults and older kids as well as munchkins, resulting in much more genuinely creative and clever animation (Animaniacs, the Tick, etc) and in the '00s there was a big effort to decouple animation from the old forms entirely resulting in shiat that's straight-up good on its own merits (Avatar, Boondocks, etc for adults/older kids, things like Dora the Explorer for younger ones).

If anything, the '80s were a low point for creativity in animation. Before that the form was dominated by slapstick stuff that required, if nothing else, inventive choreography at least. Not so much random robots standing around discussing a rejected laser-Gunsmoke script.
 
2012-06-13 02:50:23 PM
t3.gstatic.com

t0.gstatic.com

t3.gstatic.com

t0.gstatic.com

Only ones worth mentioning (to me) from the late 90's early 00's. I know someone will come saying ATHF and whatnot and sure they had an episode here and there but nothing really memorable for me.

/except maybe Broodwich
//maybe I liked Birdman out of my dislike for 90% of Hanna Barbera
///Venture Bros more like mid 00's I guess.
 
2012-06-13 02:52:35 PM
Definitely more of a 90's kid, but netflix streaming has a bunch of shows I completely forgot about. I'm still not sold on if they hold up, but I've been watching:

- Jackie Chan Adventures
- Ripley's Believe it or not!
- MIB

Also much love for the GOOD Sonic the Hedgehog series ("Sonic Sat-AM") it's held up remarkably well (because of a good story, who knew?) save for all the 90's slang that Sonic spews. But that's who he was.

Other obligatory shows have been covered, but where can I find the animated "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?" ? I really am curious to see how that one held up...

/Does anyone remember the game shows? There was a standard one, then there was one where they were in space? Something?
//Hello?
///Bueller?
 
2012-06-13 02:54:11 PM
It's true, nothing done for money has any artistic validity.
 
2012-06-13 03:01:03 PM
MTV's Liquid Television had some great stuff in it, and I was always a fan of the Aeon Flux series. Never could bring myself to watch the live action movie.
 
2012-06-13 03:02:38 PM

McGrits: Being born in '73, Starblazers occurred over the decade change and was amazing in that that everything wasnt happy go lucky. I mean the aliens or whatever were actually winning and we had to send a last chance crew to find help!

Also Battle of the Planets was freaking awesome at my age. The MTV G-force remake (or re-americanization) was freaking horrible. Got the names wrong and the repetative music was horrible.!


That right there reminded me of The Maxx, which was pretty freaking awesome. Weird, and I'm sure someone will tell me it sucked next to the comic books graphic novels, but I loved that show. Aeon Flux was interesting too, but I never got into it.
 
2012-06-13 03:05:59 PM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: MTV's Liquid Television had some great stuff in it, and I was always a fan of the Aeon Flux series. Never could bring myself to watch the live action movie.


The Aeon Flux that had no talking in it was good. They made an animated series where they tried to add like story and talking and it was just a miserable failure.
 
2012-06-13 03:13:31 PM

Genju: Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: MTV's Liquid Television had some great stuff in it, and I was always a fan of the Aeon Flux series. Never could bring myself to watch the live action movie.

The Aeon Flux that had no talking in it was good. They made an animated series where they tried to add like story and talking and it was just a miserable failure.


this. this right here.
 
2012-06-13 03:14:31 PM
CSB time: One of my high school friends works in animation and was telling me about all of the shiat the writers try to sneak into the cartoons. Anything from the mundane family names and birthdates, to double entendres like the one below:

i46.tinypic.com


/CSB
//Still love the 80's cartoons
///And my spawn are amazed at my Transformers knowledge haha
 
2012-06-13 03:15:33 PM
Early to mid 80's? They sucked, with a few specific exceptions.

Early to mid 90's? They sucked, with a few specific exceptions.

Early to mid 00's? They sucked, with a few specific exceptions.

Early to mid 10's? They sucked, with a few specific exceptions.

... wait, getting ahead of myself, aren't I.
 
2012-06-13 03:21:33 PM

Ninepoundhammer: and for clarification i mean this one

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x251]

drop it ....like it's hot...because it is


Gatchaman/G-Force/Battle of the Planets FTW!
 
2012-06-13 03:25:54 PM

PonceAlyosha: Today's longform/action cartoons are much, much better. Especially the Legend of Korra. Now, I loved those cartoons as a kid, but now the quality of writing and directing in animation in general has increased drastically over the past thirty years.


Seirei no Moribito's a FAR better story.
 
2012-06-13 03:30:13 PM
images.wikia.com

youbentmywookie.com

bestofthe80s.files.wordpress.com


my favorite 3
 
2012-06-13 03:30:46 PM
www.8daysageek.com
 
2012-06-13 03:33:19 PM
I know it originally ran in the 60's, but it was still being shown every Sunday when I was a kid and god damn, Jonny Quest was the farking best.

upload.wikimedia.org
Even the theme song was awesome...
Link
 
2012-06-13 03:38:42 PM

ArkAngel: Yes they were.

TMNT, Inspector Gadget, He-Man, Chip and Dale, Smurfs, Silverhawks, DuckTales, Gummi Bears, GI Joe, Tansformers, Thundercats, Voltron, M.A.S.K., COPS and CROOKS, Dino-riders, Dungeons and Dragons.

Great cinema? No. But hella entertaining and a great way for parents to get an extra half hour of sleep Saturday morning



THIS x 1000. Throw in some Garfield, Shirt Tales and Smurfs. I think Go-Bots even had a show. Saturday mornings were like Christmas every week.
 
2012-06-13 03:41:35 PM

Greenbeanx: Wow..I never remember cartoons being so gay looking in the 80's..


howtolookgay.com
 
2012-06-13 03:42:09 PM
BTW, the new Thundercats series is not bad.

galacticwatercooler.com
 
2012-06-13 03:43:44 PM
80's/90's cartoons have a nostalgic quality but a lot of cartoons today are head and shoulders above what we had back then. I tried to watch some old episodes of GI Joe and they were so bad it made me angry. Not a cartoon, but the same thing happened with Sliders. I loved that as a kid and when I watched it again a few years ago it was horse shiat.

IMO, The only cartoons that still hold up are Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, and the Nicktoons from the 90's.
 
2012-06-13 03:53:34 PM

PsyLord: BTW, the new Thundercats series is not bad.

[galacticwatercooler.com image 600x343]


Agreed, but compared to the shows after it (Green Lantern, Young Justice) the writing feels really old fashioned. At least it's better than Ben 10 Whatever or that abomination of a new Spider-man show.
 
2012-06-13 03:56:13 PM

Iceberg659: I tried to watch some old episodes of GI Joe and they were so bad it made me angry.


GI Joe PSA's

/Some NSFW language
 
2012-06-13 04:08:55 PM
Gawd you guys suck...

www.mybigfatcubanfamily.com
upload.wikimedia.org
upload.wikimedia.org
www.dan-dare.org
upload.wikimedia.org
www2.macleans.ca
 
2012-06-13 04:16:11 PM

InmanRoshi: 80's cartoons were brillant marketing tactics for toy mega corporations to brainwash kids into buying their overpriced pieces of plastic molded crap at 80000% markup.


Excuse me, but my parents bought those toys for me. And I never owned a DuckTales toy, but the cartoon was completely awesome.
 
2012-06-13 04:18:56 PM

Skyfrog: Ned Stark: Also, how about the 10s? I know its early yet but we've already got adventure time and regular show.that's some high quality rooms.

I hate them both personally. No amount of drugs could make either of those shows make any sense.


I think you're missing the point of the show.
 
2012-06-13 04:19:05 PM

ManOfTeal: Shirt Tales Biatch!!!!
[images.wikia.com image 520x390]


Awesome. Loved that show!
 
2012-06-13 04:22:08 PM
The He Man cartoon in the 00's was good. I've never seen a good Transformers though. I heard the new Thundercats one rocks.

/Also forgot to say that Venture Bros is the best cartoon series of the 2000s.
 
2012-06-13 04:26:56 PM

PsyLord: BTW, the new Thundercats series is not bad.

[galacticwatercooler.com image 600x343]


They wear pants now? That's an improvement at least. If the voice acting is any better I'll give it a shot.
 
2012-06-13 04:30:03 PM
images.wikia.com
 
2012-06-13 04:36:04 PM

Erix: PsyLord: BTW, the new Thundercats series is not bad.

[galacticwatercooler.com image 600x343]

They wear pants now? That's an improvement at least. If the voice acting is any better I'll give it a shot.


Yep, they wear clothing that appear to be normal, not some freakish unitard or under-roos.

/would totally go furry for the new Cheetara
//who am I kidding, would do the same for the old Cheetara
 
2012-06-13 04:39:41 PM

xxysyndrome: 80's cartoons weren't all bad -
give it up for

[upload.wikimedia.org image 350x263]


Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse was the only thing worth watching, although I'm surprised they let it alone as long as they did.
 
2012-06-13 04:44:12 PM
Eek the Cat was in the early 90's I believe and it was pretty awesome, too.
 
2012-06-13 04:44:14 PM

verbaltoxin: Are there any good animated shows on now besides that pony one?


These days? Avatar the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

Been hearing a lot about the new Thundercats here. I'll have to look that up now.
 
2012-06-13 04:44:26 PM

Kangaroo_Ralph: [images.wikia.com image 300x271]


I remember watching the ALF cartoon, tried watching it again recently and it has aged very badly. Also for some reason they did their best to make all the secondary characters as ugly as possible.
 
2012-06-13 04:55:08 PM
dcmcmillen.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-13 04:56:25 PM
Mr. T was the best 80s cartoon because in the intro he punches a shark in the face.
 
2012-06-13 04:58:41 PM
Can't believe you FARKERS missed:



But yeah, lot's of great ones listed here.
 
2012-06-13 04:59:36 PM
Son of a ....

anilinkz.com
 
2012-06-13 05:10:57 PM

Ned Stark: Also, how about the 10s? I know its early yet but we've already got adventure time and regular show.that's some high quality rooms.

Aughts weren't so great.


Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Flapjack.
 
2012-06-13 05:14:04 PM
 
2012-06-13 05:19:33 PM
I see this thread was done in one.

80's cartoons were AWESOME.

Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Robotech, Gummi Bears, Smurfs, Snorks, Mask, Tranzor-Z, ETC.
 
2012-06-13 05:20:55 PM
See ya on the Flip Side!
 
2012-06-13 05:29:16 PM

kukukupo: I see this thread was done in one.

80's cartoons were AWESOME.

Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Robotech, Gummi Bears, Smurfs, Snorks, Mask, Tranzor-Z, ETC.


I think you and I were the only people to watch Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. I love the hell out of that show. Not to mention the Inhumanoids, Centurions, Visionaries, GI Joe and others.
 
2012-06-13 05:30:04 PM

Genju: Only ones worth mentioning (to me) from the late 90's early 00's.


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-06-13 05:31:05 PM
I loved cartoons in the 80s but no cartoon ever can compare to Adventure Time. It is absolutely the most insane thing ever put on TV.
 
2012-06-13 05:33:19 PM

El Freak: As further proof of 90s cartoons being superior to the 80s, I give you

[tfwiki.net image 300x227]

I grew up on the original 80s series, but it doesn't hold up, and Beast Wars does. It and Transformers Prime are probably the best things to come out of that entire franchise.


Your taste has been proven as bad.

/The original Transformers movie is still awesome
//That beast wars stuff was terrible
 
2012-06-13 05:36:13 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: [www.8daysageek.com image 312x221]


I remember that show. I specifically remember one episode where a helicopter lost its main rotor, and only it's main rotor. MC Hammer belted out a pair of literal, physical music notes by singing, tied the notes together, and then threw them up on the chopper like a ninja star. The music notes attached themselves to the chopper and made a new rotor.

Saved the farking day, is what he did.
 
Displayed 50 of 276 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report