My Top 10 Cartoons of the 80’s
My all time favorite cartoon would be Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, Coyote and Road Runner, Tweety, Sylvester, Pepe Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig etc.) and Disney Cartoons (Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Donald & Daisy Duck, Winnie the Pooh, Disney Princesses etc…etc...). I guess that would be everybody’s all time favorite too.
In the 80’s there were several great cartoons to choose from. I’ve wanted to put them all together here but that would make this too long. Some of my other favorites which are not in the list would be The Simpsons, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Garfield, Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, Denver the last Dinosaur, Inspector Gadget. Some of the other which I thought was 80’s cartoon were Voltes V but then I’ve learned during my research that it was shown here in the Philippines in 1978, Popeye whom I never thought was that old was actually in the comic strip in 1929 and was in the theatrical cartoon in 1933 huh, and The Flinstones and its counterpart The Jetsons which was in American TV sitcom in the 60’s.
Now here is my top10 list, by the way it is not in any order. Some of this is 20 or more than 20 years ago so let’s see if you remember this or even enjoyed these cartoons the way that I do.
1. Rainbow Brite
A little orphan girl named Wisp is taken by an unknown force to the Colorless World. She must find the Sphere of Light. She makes friends with a sprite named Twink and a majestic talking white horse known as Starlite. She rescues the seven Color Kids. The Color Kids represents one for each color of the rainbow. They should find the Color Belt, which will bring color to the land. Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids fight to protect the world's color from the evil Murky Dismal and his clumsy sidekick, Lurky. Rainbow Brite was a character introduced by Hallmark Cards in 1984.
2. Care Bears
The Care Bears are a group of bears led by Tenderheart. They live in a cloud city named Care-A-Lot where they monitor the world for evil feelings using Care-O-Meter. They meet to discuss important matters in the Hall of Caring. They go to earth in their Cloud mobiles and Rainbow Rollers to help those in need. The symbol on each of their tummies represents their duty and personality. Some villains they have faced are No Heart, Professor Cold Heart, Shrieky, and Beastly. Care Bears are created by American Greetings in 1981.
The first series began at the home of a young boy named Chris when he and his friend Joy were cleaning the attic. When by accident they discovered the magical Bible "Superbook". Superbook the talking Bible sends Chris, Joy, and his toy robot Gizmo back in time. Their first stop was to the Garden of Eden. The story tackled the early events of the Old Testament.
4. The Flying House
A Japanese series (Tondera House in Japan) aired on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) alongside with "Superbook". It covered various stories from the New Testament of the Bible (from John the Baptist's birth to the rise of the Apostle Paul). The two children Justin and Angie were the main characters. Justin and Angie together with Corky staggered across a house in the woods where they found Professor Humprey Bumble, his robot SIR, and the time machine. There was an accident with the time machine that had caused them along with the house to travel back in time. Their journey back home was long overdue because of Prof. Bumble's miscalculations in time travel. Eventually, they make it home the exact same way they traveled into the past.
Not the Pacman (Manny Pacquiao) that we know today. Pac-Man was first released as an arcade game in 1980. It became popular that made it to the limelight as an animated TV series in 1982. Pac-Man is a sphere headed/bodied guy who lives in Pac-land together with the other sphere shaped creatures. Pac-Man and his family’s (Mrs. Pac-Man & Pac-Baby) adventure revolve around in protecting the Power Pellets which is the Pac-Land’s source of food and power. Their only enemy was the group of multi-colored ghost namely Blinky, Pinky, Inky, Clyde, Sue and their leader Mezmaron.
6. Astro Boy
This started as a “manga” in the 50’s. First introduced during the 60’s and had its remake during the 80’s. It has an ultramodern setting wherein the robots co-exist with humans. He was designed by Dr. Boynton and likened him to the features of his departed son Toby. In the story Astro eventually acquire his own robotic family. They’ve tried to live a normal life but because of their being different it didn’t come so easy. He found out that he had a brother named Atlas. This robot hated humans so much and tried to get rid of them in this world. The hard thing was it wasn’t just Atlas. Astro battled bundle of villain robots.
He-Man's true identity is Adam, Prince of Eternia, son of King Randor and Queen Marlena. The Sorceress of Castle Grayskull gives Adam with the power to transform into He-Man. He is transformed by raising his Power Sword and proclaiming: "By the power of Grayskull...I have the power!" With the help of his friends: Duncan, his mentor; Teela, adoptive daughter of his mentor Duncan; Orko an elf-like out of this world character; and his tiger pet Cringe, who transformed to Battle Cat upon Adams transformation, He-Man battles Skeletor and his minions for control, power and honor of Greyskull.
The cartoon series She-Ra though not as cost effective as He-Man, still gained popularity especially to the young girls who want a counterpart for He-Man. She-Ra or Adora was the twin sister of Adam (He-Man). She never knew at first that she was a royalty of Eternia, and then she found out that he was abducted by the Hordes leader, Hordak. After that she became an alliance of Eternia, protecting it from the Hordes. She was given with the sword which parallels Adam's sword. The sword made her transform into She-Ra the Princess of Power.
9. Richie Rich
As the name implied Richie is extravagantly rich. To be precise he is the richest kid on Earth. He may have everything but he always shares many things to others, especially to his friends: Pee-Wee, Freckles, Gloria (his special friend), Dollar (his dog) and Irona (their robot maid). Richie loves adventures and explores using his ultra expensive gadgets. Richie Rich cartoon just like any other started out as a comic character. Created by Alfred Harvey in the 30’s and had made the TV premiere in 1980 under the production of Hanna-Barbera.
10. Dragon Ball
The Dragon Ball initiated in Japan as a Japanese comic or “Manga” in 1980’s. The adventures of Son Goku from his childhood through middle age as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven mystical objects known as the Dragon Balls. Dragon Balls when gathered together are known to grant anyone’s wishes. Along his journey, Son Goku meets several friends and fights against several villains who plan to get the Dragon Balls to grant their evil wishes of conquering the world. Dragon Ball was adapted and produced by Toei Animation.
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