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.
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* 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.
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 www.daylife.com, (click the pictures for links) Videos all found by randomly surfing Youtube.