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.

Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids pics
Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids pics

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.

Care Bears
Care Bears

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.


3. Superbook

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.

Corkey, Angie, SIR, Justin, and Professor Bumble
Corkey, Angie, SIR, Justin, and Professor Bumble

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.


5. Pac-Man

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.

Astro Boy
Astro Boy

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.


7. He-Man

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.


8. She-Ra

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.

Son Goku
Son Goku

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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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Wow, I had forgotten all about He Man and She Ra they were amazing!

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Great choices :) In the 80s and early 90s, I loved watching The Animaniacs. Yes, I still liked watching cartoons then too :)

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Thanks Princessa and Uninvited Writer for your visit. And Uninvited Writer LOL, cartoons are for adults also. lol!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I grew up in the 80's hahahah so I know all these cartoons. :-) This list made me reminisce my childhood days. Thanks Charia.

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informixx 7 years ago

Hey thanks for this! It makes me remember my childhood days. My favorite one is Dragon Ball.

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Yes it does remind me of my childhood too! =)

Thanks teacher Michelle and informixx! =)

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Great hub and I love cartoons. Bugs bunny and many of the Disney characters were very satirical and the situations created were hilarious.

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Hi earnesthub! Yes it does.. Those were timeless. =)

Thanks for dropping by! =)

chloe  7 years ago

verry brite verry verry verry verry

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

By the power of greyskull....those were the words me and my siblings would use often in our games to motivate oursleves to be better at what we were doing. Hahaha this is one good hub to visit to remember the good old days. Thank you for putting this hub together. Good work:)

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Thank you for your visit dayzeebee! Cartoons really have some great effect on kids. I remember saying those lines too, well just for fun. It's pretty catchy. lol!

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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Wow all are really good pick except for Pac man... But where's the thundercats, transformers, dungeons and dragons... hehehe these are for the boys nyahahaha...

You just pulled out a great hub here, this is one of loveliest blog i've ever seen. I missed my childhood already...

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stranded07 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

Wow i love heman and shera too! I also liked heckle and jeckle, i think they had re-run shown on the 80's. Soo funny

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Hey general this is my top10, why don't you make your own top10..hahaha! just kidding!

Hi stranded, yes love heckle&jeckle too! =)

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watchastroboy 7 years ago from Planet Jupiter

Woot to Astro Boy!

kims3003 6 years ago

well done hub - nicely put together and well written A+! - Nice writing style too

afzal090 6 years ago


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Ivonne 6 years ago

Wow I sure did love me some rainbow brite back in the day

John 4 years ago

I loved Bugs Bunny, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Smurfs, Popeye, Rocky and Bulwinkle, Fat Albert, G I. Joe, Transformers, Thundercats, Voltron, Space Hawks, Ghostbusters, Care Bears, Gym, D&D, Kidd Video, Kids Incorporated, Pewee's PlayhouseWWF Wrestling cartoon, Scooby Doo, Muppet Babies, Gummi Bears, MASK, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, H3y Vern Its Ernest, Beakmans World, Pac Man. Plus all the side shows like Rude Dog....etc. aw man, after Bugs Bunny went off, it was time to hit the woods and go 3 wheeler ridin, or pile up in the car with Pa Pa- Granny- and 8 Cousins and go to town! The Good old Days.

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