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My favourite 80s and 90s TV Cartoons
Coming home from school and rushing to finish my homework to watch my favourite television cartoons was the highlight of my week.
Over the past decades television cartoons just have not been the same as yesteryears. I know it sounds clichéd but it's the truth.
Below is a list of my favourite television cartoons in no particular order.
1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Four mutant turtles lead by their senei, a mutant rat known as Splinter fight the evils of Shredder, Bebop (mutant warthog), Rocksteady (mutant rhino) and their army of foot soldiers. An evil alien exiled from Dimension X known as Krang teams up with Shredder and together they would and take over earth.
The 4 mutant turtles are
Leonardo (blue) is the leader and oldest of the turtles. His weapon of choice are two katanas.
Raphael (red) has an agressive nature and is the the bad boy of the group and wields a pair of sai for his preferred weapons of choice.
Michelangelo (orange) is the youngest and also the easy cool guy and has a love for pizza. He wields a pair of nunchaku as weapons.
Donatello (purple) is the brainiac of the group. He has the knowledge for technology, inventions and engineering. He wields a bó staff as a weapon.
The turtles, together with Splinter, live in the sewers and with the help of a news reporter April O'Neil and vigilante Casey Jones they prevent the evil-doers from taking over earth.
Marshall BraveStarr is a galactic marshall on a planet called New Texas who along with his sidekick/mount Thirty Thirty a talking cybernetic breed of sentient equines (horse) prevent the likes of Tex Hex and his gang from stealing precious crystals known as Kerium ore.
BraveStarr can call upon the powers of 4 spirited animals
Eyes of the Hawk : Enhances his vision and can grant him an aerial view of the surrounding areas.
Ears of the Wolf : Super-hearing
Strength of the Bear : Super-strength
Speed of the Puma : Super-speed
A moral lesson is told at the end of each episode.
3) Biker Mice from Mars
Three mutant mice escaped from their home planet Mars that have been taken over by an alien race called the Plutarkians and found themselves crash landed on Earth where the Plutarkians have come to earth to steal the natural resources for themselves.
The three mice, Throttle, Modo and Vinnie defend Earth against the evil Lawrence Limburger, a plutarkian disguised as a human as he tries to steal the resources and send it back to their home planet Plutark.
4) Samurai Pizza Cats
This is set in a city called Edoropolis (Little Tokyo) which fuses Japanese culture and is led by Emperor Fred but because he is old and cannot run it himself, it is run by his daughter Princess Violet and the council, lead by Seymour The Big Cheese.
Seymour constantly plots to overthow Emperor Fred with the help of his advisers Jerry Atric and Bad Bird (Leader of an army of ninja cows).
One of the council members, Big Al Dante, knows of this plot and enlists Speedy Cerviche, Polly Esther, Guido Anchovy and Francine who are four ninja cats that work at Nyanki, a pizzeria, to stop Seymour and his henchmen of taking over Little Tokyo.
5) The Mysterious Cities of Gold
The opening credits:
It is the 16th century. From all over Europe, great ships sail west to conquer the New World, the Americas. The men eager to seek their fortune, to find new adventures in new lands. They long to cross uncharted seas and discover unknown countries, to find secret gold on a mountain trail high in the Andes. They dream of following the path of the setting sun that leads to El Dorado and the Mysterious Cities of Gold
This is a story about a spanish orphan Esteban, Zia an Inca girl, Toa a descendant of Mu along with Mendoza, who rescued Esteban when he was a baby, in search of the cities of gold. Along the way they encounter different civilizations and also have to deal with Gomez and Gaspard who are also in search of the cities of gold.
6) Captain Planet
Gia, the spirit of the earth is awakened. She realizes that the damage to earth is extensive so she sends 5 magical rings to 5 youths across the planet.
Kwame from Africa who has the power of earth and is also the leader of the group.
Wheeler from North America who has the power of fire.
Linka from Russia who has the power of wind.
Gi from Thiland who has the power of water.
Ma-Ti from the Amazon Rainforests who has the power of heart.
When the 5 planeteers combine their rings, they summon Captain Planet who has the power of all the rings. His only weakness is the susceptibleness of pollution and toxic waste
Together they must defend the planet against pollution, natural disasters and criminals, known as the Eco-Villains.
Thundercats is a group of cat-like aliens who are from the dying planet Thundera and are forced to flee to their homeworld. But while fleeing, their enemies, the Mutants of Plun-Darr attack their ships but spare the flagship in hopes to capture the mystic Sword of Omens. They are driven back by the Eye of Thundera. The ship is too damaged to take them to their destination, the Third Earth, and Jaga sacrifices himself to pilot the ship while the rest of the Thundercats are in time capsules.
On arrival on the Third Earth, the Thundercats setup their new home and headquaters known as the Cat's Lair. The Thundercats consist of Lion-O the Leader, Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKat, WilyKit and Snarf.
But not before long the mutants have tracked them down. The mutants are recruited by an evil sorcerer, Mumm-Ra, who is already trying to aquire the Eye of Thundera and destroy the Thundercats so that he can continue to take over Third Earth.
Some other cartoons I watched
- Bionic Six
- Dragon Ball Z
- Bucky O'Hare
- Denver the Last Dinosaur
Let me know what cartoons you enjoyed from your childhood!