Waking up at 6 am not caring thats its early, just you and the blue light that makes your house look so comfortable. The TV, perched upon its mantle like the glorious false relic that it is. Then the light flickers and the cartoons beam across the screen, don’t forget the cereal.
Here at iamthnews.com we bring you the top 5 cartoons of the 80′s. The list is short so for any of those “Shera Princess of Power” lovers, sorry it didn’t make the list.
This anthropomorphic masterpiece featured human, cat hybrids led by some dude Lion-O fighting, Mumm-Ra the demon-priest Mumm-Ra, is the self-proclaimed “ever-living source of evil”. Pretty bad ass I know. Lion-O had a pretty decked out click, with lots of female cats running around, some tough looking panther guy getting his back. His pops was also there to give him advice and wisdom in the face of evil. This series was recently revamped in 2011 and this clip features both intros, believe it or not the one from 1985 looks better I think. The best website on this is the “Ultimate Thundercats Website” what else.
The 80′s was big on giant robots and Voltron was one of the best, a robot formed by a team of robotic large cats, Voltron “Defender of the Universe”, although short lived featured excellent animation and had some variations but usually gets pushed under the rug by The Transformers. The Japanese have been animating giant robots since 1952 with “Gigantor” , and thanks to the pioneering skills of producer and creator Peter Keefe who seeing the technically beautiful animation in the Japanese cartoons Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, he decided to lease the material and bring it to American audiences, basically introducing america to Japanese Anime.
Most memorable line, “and I will form the head”. The fan website is featured simply as VOLTRON.COM
By far the most successful franchise on the list, “The Transformers” original television series ran from 1985 to 1987 and featured Japanese style animation from studios in japan and south Korea. I have yet to find an animator credited for the original serious, so if anyone out there knows, please let me know. By now after the release of the three live action films there isn’t much to tell anymore but the original serious is definitely one of the most memorable from the 80′s.
Cool, cliche with supernatural sci-fi themes, this very early animated series featured “Space Ghost”, a crime fighting, astronaut/superhero with sidekick teen helpers Jan, Jace, and Blip the monkey who fought a wide assortment of villainous characters in outerspace. It simply does not get anymore pop then that.
Even though the original series was designed by Alex Toth for CBS in the 1960s, 22 new Space Ghost segments appeared on Space Stars in 1981 and since it was a staple of saturday morning cartoons in the 80′s it makes the list as number 1. Things are said like “Galloping galaxies” and Space Ghost’s catch Phrase is his name elongated into sort of a spooky call from beyond.
This is called ”Attack Of The Space Sharks” I mean C’MON
And for all those we missed, im sorry, here are some photos from other 80′s Cartoons. I would also like to make an honorable mention to He-Man.