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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby tifosi77 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:29 pm

The bulk of my cartoon viewing was mostly Tom & Jerry and the Looney Tunes. My 80s faves were:

G.I. Joe
Transformers
Voltron (the cool lion one, not the pokey cars one)
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

But a big shoutout has to go to Rambo: The Force of Freedom, just for sheer audacity of concept.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby newarenanow on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:32 pm

eddysnake wrote:it's hard ranking these after revisiting them recently. Example: He-Man was amazing as a kid, try watching that show now, it's pretty terrible.


I agree. I watched it on the HUB or one of those stations, and all of them are pretty bad. But just the memories are what made them good.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby slappybrown on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:34 pm

Kaizer wrote:
Beveridge wrote:
count2infinity wrote:TMNT without question is #1 in my book.


slappy having friggin muppet babies ahead of it probably says a lot about him.

Muppet Babies' complexity is astounding for a show of its time. The Star Wars episode?
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby newarenanow on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:36 pm

Muppet Babies was solid, but not in my top 15.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby slappybrown on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:40 pm

newarenanow wrote:Muppet Babies was solid, but not in my top 15.

I don't even know what the hell "ShirtTales" is NAN.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby eddysnake on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:40 pm

newarenanow wrote:
eddysnake wrote:it's hard ranking these after revisiting them recently. Example: He-Man was amazing as a kid, try watching that show now, it's pretty terrible.


I agree. I watched it on the HUB or one of those stations, and all of them are pretty bad. But just the memories are what made them good.


you are right about the memories. I go back and rewatch a lot these with my kids and so far I have to say "gummi bears" has held up the best of them all. It's pretty much a long storyline and it actually keeps you interested (I may or may not have watched a couple ahead when nobody was around). On a separate note, TMNT drops from my #1 because of this. It will probably always be my favorite show as a kid, and a lot of them still do hold up fairly well, but the new TMNT on Nickelodeon is so much better. 2nd season started over the weekend and it was great. It's so nice looking forward to a saturday morning cartoon again and reliving that through my kids.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby newarenanow on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:42 pm

slappybrown wrote:
newarenanow wrote:Muppet Babies was solid, but not in my top 15.

I don't even know what the hell "ShirtTales" is NAN.


That's because you are dumb.

I'd add Garfield and Friends and Dungeons and Dragons as ones I remember watching as well.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby meow on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:44 pm

How is there not a poll for this?
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby newarenanow on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:45 pm

eddysnake wrote:you are right about the memories. I go back and rewatch a lot these with my kids and so far I have to say "gummi bears" has held up the best of them all. It's pretty much a long storyline and it actually keeps you interested (I may or may not have watched a couple ahead when nobody was around). On a separate note, TMNT drops from my #1 because of this. It will probably always be my favorite show as a kid, and a lot of them still do hold up fairly well, but the new TMNT on Nickelodeon is so much better. 2nd season started over the weekend and it was great. It's so nice looking forward to a saturday morning cartoon again and reliving that through my kids.


I think all of the Disney ones (Gummi Bears, Rescue Rangers, Ducktales, Tailspin) have stood the test of time and held up. They did a heck of a job.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby newarenanow on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:45 pm

llipgh2 wrote:Galaxy High is a seriously underrated cartoon.


I loved it. I can't believe there are only 13 episodes of it.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby slappybrown on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:46 pm

newarenanow wrote:
slappybrown wrote:
newarenanow wrote:Muppet Babies was solid, but not in my top 15.

I don't even know what the hell "ShirtTales" is NAN.


That's because you are dumb.

I'd add Garfield and Friends and Dungeons and Dragons as ones I remember watching as well.

Having checked it out on Wiki, it makes perfect sense that you would like a series with characters based on the milquetoast banality that is a greeting card. Probably while eating wonder bread sandwiches with mayo only and a warm glass of whole milk.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby WDWBurghGooner on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:49 pm

newarenanow wrote:
eddysnake wrote:you are right about the memories. I go back and rewatch a lot these with my kids and so far I have to say "gummi bears" has held up the best of them all. It's pretty much a long storyline and it actually keeps you interested (I may or may not have watched a couple ahead when nobody was around). On a separate note, TMNT drops from my #1 because of this. It will probably always be my favorite show as a kid, and a lot of them still do hold up fairly well, but the new TMNT on Nickelodeon is so much better. 2nd season started over the weekend and it was great. It's so nice looking forward to a saturday morning cartoon again and reliving that through my kids.


I think all of the Disney ones (Gummi Bears, Rescue Rangers, Ducktales, Tailspin) have stood the test of time and held up. They did a heck of a job.


Off the top of my head Ducktales had episodes that spoofed: Shakespeare in general, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Odyssey, and Ponce De Leon.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby newarenanow on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:49 pm

slappybrown wrote:
newarenanow wrote:
slappybrown wrote:
newarenanow wrote:Muppet Babies was solid, but not in my top 15.

I don't even know what the hell "ShirtTales" is NAN.


That's because you are dumb.

I'd add Garfield and Friends and Dungeons and Dragons as ones I remember watching as well.

Having checked it out on Wiki, it makes perfect sense that you would like a series with characters based on the milquetoast banality that is a greeting card. Probably while eating wonder bread sandwiches with mayo only and a warm glass of whole milk.


:lol:
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby Shyster on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:57 pm

I have a hard time ranking those shows. I will add a few that haven’t been mentioned yet:

Robotech
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
Mighty Orbots
The World of David the Gnome

Robotech is the reason I still love anime to this day, and I recall Teddy Ruxpin being unique for a kid’s cartoon in that it had an overarching story that carried through the entire run; it was not episodic. David the Gnome was also unique in that main character actually dies at the end (of old age).

Edit: Heh. I see David the Gnome made a list on Cracked.com of "The 7 Most Soul-Crushing Series Finales in TV History":

http://www.cracked.com/article_18490_th ... ry_p2.html
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby pittsoccer33 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:01 pm

Filmation (the guys behind He Man and a ton of other things) made a Ghost Busters tv show in the mid 70s.

While the movie was in production they didn't know if they were actually going to be allowed to use that name - I think it was a commentary track or subtitled production notes that said when they shot the scene where they all show up to Dana's apartment and the crowd is cheering that the production crew was very worried about having to redo the expensive scene if they didn't get the rights to the name.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby Beveridge on Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:02 pm

Adventures of the little Koala
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby SolidSnake on Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:16 pm

Health cliff and riff raff should be in there
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby viva la ben on Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:36 pm

1 Voltron
2 Dungeons and Dragons
3 Robotech
4 GI Joe
5 Thundercats
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby viva la ben on Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:43 pm

Space Ghost
The Herculoids
Thundarr the Barbarian
Also fine shows from the early eighties.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby JS© on Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:17 pm

no love for Danger Mouse? Mr T?
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby LeopardLetang on Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:31 pm

SolidSnake wrote:Health cliff and riff raff should be in there


I hate every character on heathcliff for some reason
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby CERV96 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:09 pm

Was speed racer 70's?
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby PensHckyFan79 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:20 am

GSdrums87 wrote:Come find me when we do the 90's.


I hear ya. Born in 87 so a lot of the shows listed I have seen, but I watched more 90's TV. On a side note this got me thinking of one show I liked. The King Arthur animated series where a football team gets sucked into the world of Camelot and has to free the real King Arthur. I really liked that show as a kid wonder what happened to it.
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby since1970 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:40 am

some of these mentioned are originally 60's cartoons...speed racer, jonny quest, space ghost, so are we talking cartoons whose original run started in the 80's, cause I want to check some of these out, since I never saw them or heard of a lot of these. I grew up watching ultra violent racist cartoons from the 30's, 40's, 50's. Thanks Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes, Popeye, Tom and Jerry, etc......
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Re: 1980s Animated Series, Ranked

Postby canaan on Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:48 am

Jem #1
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