The good old days.

Once upon a time, back in the old days, we had good cartoons. You know the ones. The plots were simple, and sometimes violent. The good guys were colorful and sometimes politically incorrect.  They usually won anyway.  Sure, some of them had a suspicious fondness for snacks, or a strange affinity for living in mushrooms. But they were fun.  And none of the characters had cellphones. Or computers.

Sigh. I miss those cartoons. I sometimes catch a bit of something the kid is watching and I die a little inside.

So, without further adieu, I present to you my collection of

The Greatest Cartoons of The 80’s.

First up, the Smurfs.


How can you not love little blue elf-type people who live in tiny mushrooms and fight an evil wizard every week? Also, I love how there’s a Father Time and a Mother Nature, which makes my inner pagan happy.

I get that it’s probably sexist, and slightly creepy that there is only one woman, and she was made by the wizard, but it’s nice to see the males occupying so many roles. There is a Chef and a Tailor who have no shame about being guys who cook and sew. Each Smurf could be a different thing and there were at least 99 of them, so anything you could imagine could become a Smurf personality or, er, smurfonality.

A smurf for every occasion

Not to be outdone, we have the Snorks, although I can’t watch them anymore without remembering a bit from a  family guy episode where, well, nevermind. Let’s just say, that the thing on the top of their heads that used to remind me of a snorkel, (as I’m sure it was intended to, hence the name “Snork”…) er, now, not so much. Here,  see for yourself:

(This is mis-labeled as “Smurfs” but its the best clip I could find so I will just ignore that)

Then we have such classics as He Man:

This says it all. He held aloft his magic sword, people. And he has a green  tiger named Battle-cat. And together, with a sorcerer and a weird fairy-thing, they fight the evil masters of the universe.

And, let’s not forget She-Ra:

I mean, yeah, shes a bit more lame than He-Man, but, I’m a girl. Okay? Also, she holds aloft her sword as well. And she has a pony:

I can has shiny pony pls?

*I* want a pony.

Plus, how can you not appreciate the fact that she is the Princess of Power?

Last, but not least, (for today anyway) we have the Thundercats.

Thundercats Ho!

Upon Googling Thundercats info I learned they are supposedly  making a CGI Thundercats movie due out in 2010. Need I say more? Pardon me while I go work on my Thundercats trivia via this quiz

Most Pictures borrowed from, (click the pictures for links) Videos all found by randomly surfing Youtube.



Filed under Books, Television, Movies, Music and Other Popular Things.

4 responses to “The good old days.

  1. WookieLover1224

    Smurfs – The Smurf Village itself is a perfect model of a socialist commune or collective, (ie. a Marxist Utopia). It is self-reliant, and the land is not owned by individuals, but by the entire collective of all the Smurfs. Papa Smurf represents Barack Obam… i mean… Karl Marx. He is not so much the leader of the Smurfs as an equal revered by the others for his age and wisdom.

    Despite their different professions/distinctions, the Smurfs are all completely equal. Economically, the Smurf Village is closed-market. There is no money, and all possessions are communal – property of the collective.

    The evil wizard Gargomel represents capitalism. He embodies everything bad about capitalism. He is greedy, ruthless, and his only concern is with his own personal gratification. He is what happens when the individual makes himself more important than the society he lives in. He hates those lazy welfare gathering queen smurfs, and is my personal hero.

    Gods, but I hate the smurfs.

    Snorks – an obvious attempt to cash in on the success of The Smurfs. Take a Smurf, stick a snorkel on his head, put him underwater and force him to replace the word “Smurf” with the word “Snork” when he speaks, and you’ve got the basis for The Snorks. LIttle bastards….

    He-man – Oh yeah… nothing ambiguous here! I tied to explain in my own words… yet could not sum this up better than Sam Anderson. “Prince Adam, He-Man’s alter ego, is a ripped Nordic pageboy with blinding teeth and sharply waxed eyebrows who spends lazy afternoons pampering his timid pet cat; he wears lavender stretch pants, furry purple Ugg boots, and a sleeveless pink blouse that clings like saran wrap to his pecs. To become He-Man, Adam harnesses what he calls “fabulous secret powers”: His clothes fall off, his voice drops a full octave, his skin turns from vanilla to nut brown, his giant sword starts gushing energy, and he adopts a name so absurdly masculine it’s redundant. Next, he typically runs around seizing space-wands with glowing knobs and fabulously straddling giant rockets. He hangs out with people called Fisto and Ram Man, and they all exchange wink-wink nudge-nudge dialogue: “I’d like to hear more about this hooded seed-man of yours!” “I feel the bony finger of Skeletor!” “Your assistance is required on Snake Mountain!” Once you start thinking along these lines, it’s impossible to stop.” I mean, look at the way he COMPLETE ignores Teela. Mmmmm…. Teela. She still makes me sport a little bit of wood.

    She-ra – Much love for She-ra. In fact just thinking about She-ra…. I get all warm and fuzzy inside… and have to sit funny. And if you get something like the He-man/She-ra Christmas Special… which has Teela AND She-ra often in the SAME SCENE… well then i’m just about damn near useless for a week.

    Thundercats rock! Especially the fuzzy one with the big boobs. I wonder if we can work her into a movie with She-ra and Teela….

  2. pandorican

    Please tell me I don’t need to invest in a She-Ra or Teela costume…

  3. Ok, after that comment..why does WookieMan not have a blog yet??? LOL!!!!

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