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10 Forgotten (Awesome) Cartoons Series
It would be an understatement if I’d say that cartoons have a very rich history. This is one particular reason that despite being well plotted and well gimmicked, many cartoon series went down the catacombs of this treasured history of entertainment without getting the due recognition they could have earned over the years. I am going to talk about ten such cartoons series that were forgotten soon after they went off air.
Centurions was an action packed, science fiction animated cartoon series that was created with a thirty minute episodic panache. The show was produced on the 21st century storyline revolving around the centurions namely Ace McCloud, Jack Rockwell and Max Ray. It spanned over 2 seasons. As a kid I found this show as one of the most entertaining ones on TV at that time. My brother and I watched it together every time it was on TV. All three centurions had their special suits that converted them into great weapon systems which was quite amazing to watch in itself as these suits assisted them in fighting the villainous character named Doc Terror and his assistant named Hacker. Later in the series two other commandos were added to the team viz. Rex Charger and John Thunder. This one illustrated one of the best crime-fighting sequences that were simply amazing and quite convincing to watch as well.
02. Top Cat
Top Cat was an animated cartoon series that was created by, the all-time famous, Hanna-Barbera Studios. It was about a charismatic cat that is the leader of a gang. The posse aims at earning money as quickly as possible usually through illegal means but are always on watch by the vigilante, Officer Dibble. This inspired the show through a number of sequences that were quite attention-grabbing. This one spanned short to just thirty episodes in the series.
The Walt Disney studios has a legion of great cartoon characters, some so prodigious that they had their own spin-offs such as this one. This show premiered with a total of hundred episodes spanning over four seasons. This is one of my all-time favorites. The show trails the adventures of a very rich duck named Scrooge McDuck and his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie (nephews of Donald Duck). The premise of the show articulates around the triplets who are left on Uncle Scrooge’s watch when Donald Duck joins the Navy.
04. The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest was not as popular as other mainstream shows at the time it premiered on TV. Even my friends didn’t like watching the whole show, except for the part where the character wears his shades and enters the 3D cyberspace domain in virtual realm. This was a delight for me to watch as it demonstrated heroism fight evil to its very best. This show is a must watch for all the technology lovers. It had a very catchy opening soundtrack. A very good show nonetheless regardless of its short-lived TV premier.
05. Wacky Races
Wacky races was an amusement in itself. I remember watching twenty plus characters in that animated series racing to the finish to be crowned as the wackiest racer of them all. It had given rise to a number of characters that became popular at some point of their release, characters such as Penelope Pitstop, Captain Caveman, The Ant Hill Mob, Blubber bear, Muttley and many more. The show was so popular at a certain period of time that it also had its very own video games developed. The narrator was also a delight to hear with his hilariously sarcastic commentary of the whole race.
06. The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
This was also a spin-off of another animated show called the Wacky Races. This show introduced the most popular characters of the Wacky Races viz. Penelope Pitstop and the members of the Ant Hill Mob in this half-hourly feature. It only had seventeen episodes culminating in just one season. This is also in the list of forgotten animated shows that had the capacity of ushering into the next generation of cartoons but couldn’t manage to go beyond a few episodic displays and was replaced by other popular and leading animated shows.
07. Fantastic Max
This was one of the best kid’s shows of its time that wasn’t stamped out until after two years of its original run. Spanning over twenty five episodic installments, the series balances around a mohawked baby, who is given the powers of speaking and intelligence by his alien toy named FX. The show emanates from the toddler’s room where all the space endeavors are premeditated while directed into the outer space. Max used to exclaim his most illustrious dialogue “Dirty Diapers” whenever things went wrong.
08. Pinky and the Brain
Any teenage kid who was into science and experiment at that time knew about this scientifically entertaining show which was about two mice who were genetically boosted in the lab, namely Pinky (a noble mellowed, witless mouse) and The Brain (an egocentric and bluntly clever mouse). Residing in cage at the famous Acme labs, The Brain plans on seeking world domination as Pinky becomes the reason of the failure and disappointment of his plans ultimately. This show has its own entertaining episodes that were quite a curio centric show.
09. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
As the name suggests, this show was created by Hanna Barbera as a parody of the all-time famous show ‘Charlie’s Angels’. Captain Caveman was a mysterious comedy series about an absurd caveman who aimed at doing super heroic stuff for three teenage mystery solvers. He had the ability to hide so many objects in his hairy build. He could even fly with the club he had after uttering his famous catchphrase “CAPTAINN CAVEEEE-MAAAANN”. This was also a spinoff show of the very famous wacky races animated series.
10. Josie and the Pussy Cats
Pop music with an adventurous mystery solving gig couldn’t be any cheerful of a delicacy to watch as music cum mystery lover. It was short lived in episodic terms and was based entirely on a girl band. Popular for the portrayal of an ultimate girl orchestra, this show had its similarities with the Scooby Doo show in terms of mystery and adventure. The Pussycats also made cameos in each other’s shows as well while both were aired on their respective timeslots. Pussycats were famous for formulating plans in order to beat the villains’ and that was its entirely elated bunch of entertainment filled with fun and amusement.
These are the ten shows that people forgot about because of the glory of the other famous shows that were aired alongside these shows in their respective eras. Entertainment is ever evolving and continuously enchanting in all parts of the globe wherever a TV set is found. Many shows came and conquered just like The Pink Panther, Tom & Jerry, Dexter’s Lab, The Looney tunes, and such, which are still popular and running successfully with new seasons all around the world. This is one big reason that these cartoon shows were forgotten so easily with the passage of time. Quite frankly, as I see it, these still have a great chance to make an impact on mass audiences if recreated and projected with the right grip. The list goes on but for now these were the only ones I've talked about here that explains how important the impact of these cartoon series was if they had lasted a little longer. The landscape of cartoonist entertainment would have been so different that kids today wouldn't have bothered watching the third-rate cartoons that are showed in today. Everyone must instruct others to avoid these cheap cartoons and resort to the decent ones that lived in old glory. Thanks for reading!
10 Forgotten (Awesome) Cartoons Series
Which of these do you still remember?
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