Off Topic: Favourite Cartoons

Chalk this up as another sign of aging, but I was watching some cartoons with my nephew the other day, and it occurred to me that cartoons nowadays are a little bit 'meh'. The feature cheap CG, don't really make any sense, and it got me remembering some of the classics from my youth. So I thought I'd extend the question to you guys and girls: what cartoons did you guys watch as kids?

I watched the usual staple of cartoons that most kids of the 80s watched: He-Man, Thundercats. But growing up in the UK allowed me the pleasure of watching classics like Dangermouse and Count Duckula.

I wonder just how well or terribly some of these cartoons have aged. That must be part of the reason why every generation seems to think the cartoons they watched as kids were the best.

What did you folks watch as kids growing up?


    Transformers G1
    Now have them all on DVD and still BLOODY AWESOME!

      Going back to this I couldn't get past more than a dozen or so episodes, realising that natural selection should have killed off the Autobots long ago.

      Every episode, a small group of Autobots would stumble across a large group of Decepticons going about their evil plans. Almost always vastly outnumbered, the Autobots would inevitably charge at the Decepticons, shouting "we're going to get you, Decepticons" and ruining the only thing they had going for them: the element of surprise.

      I felt bad for Optimus, constantly having to come to the rescue of Lemmings.

        It all evens out when Megatron was saddled with the equivalent of an army of Three Stooges and a second in command who never does much more than cower and run away from things.

    He-Man! Astroboy and Voltron, Victor and Hugo, Count Duckula, DangerMouse were a few of my absolute favs OH! and Battle of the Planets!

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      Epic list mate, cannot fault a single one listed.

      The final episode of Battle of the Planets still haunts me. WTF !!!!" It destroyed my tiny child mind. Seriously WTF.

    I'm 32 and I can tell you now, most of ht ecartoons we watched as kids sucked.

    But we were dumb kids who didn't know any better.

    Today's cartoons are much better. Thundercats, TMNT, shit all over the originals. The ONLY exception to the rule is Looney Toons. New Looney Toons suck, and they suck haaarrrrrrd compared to the classic originals.

      Totally agree, except that I think there's been a relatively recent glut of really great cartoons after a very long period of mostly suck-tacular ones. Honestly, for the most part cartoons were much worse than the toy commercials of the 80s and 90s ever were and that's saying something. And unfortunately the best current cartoons are dropping like flies because they don't sell enough toys or aren't marketed appropriately. Nu-Thundercats and Young Justice are undeservedly dead, Green Lantern too. At least there's still Transformers Prime and Nu-TMNT.

    Superfriends, TMNT, and Transformers were my big three.

    ABC had a great line-up in the mornings, does anybody remember the Wizard of Oz cartoon?

      Nah man... Cheese TV was where it was at.

      Anyone remember Technoman?
      God I loved that show.

        Technoman - is it weird i just got goosebumps when i read that... one of my all time favourites.

        James, Wizard of Oz was on ABC years before Cheez TV even existed.

      hell yeah i remember it.
      are you talking about the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz cartoon cause i watched that on ABC it seemed to run forever.

    Nostalgia goggles are great. Old cartoons had their own little foibles like recycled backgrounds, terrible walk animation cycles and conspicuous light patches.

    I remember religiously watching Captain Planet, Count Duckula, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Daria and a whole host of others. Haven't really grown out of cartoons either, and why should I? Avatar and Young Justice are particularly awesome.

      Daria! Awesome cartoon. Also, obsessively watched the Simpsons at 6 for many years.

    Off the top of my head? He-Man, Thundercats, Dogtanian, Mysterious Cities of Gold, Ulysses 31, Pole Position, Transformers, Visionaries, Captain Planet, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, M.A.S.K, Dangermouse, Duckula, Alias the Jester, Superted, Fantastic Max, The Real Ghostbusters, The Raccoons, Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers, Duck Tales, Bucky O'Hare, Captain N, The Legend of Zelda, Dungeons & Dragons and Inspector Gadget.

    Also this:

    @markserrels Do you remember being off school sick and watching Dotaman or Padraig Post on BBC2 Scotland during the day?

      Upvote for M.A.S.K, D&D and Inspector Gadget! Alias the Jester was great too :)

    Samurai pizza cats. TMNT. Inspector gadget. Biker mice from mars. Skeleton warriors. Eek the cat. The tick (SPOON!). X-Men. Spiderman. C.O.P.S. The d&d cartoon.

      I came here to post Samurai Pizza Cats

      I still have the theme song running in my head.

        The theme song is amazing. All the old cartoons had cool intros and theme songs, only current cartoon intro I like at the moment I'd adventure time


        Marathoned that twice in a day at Manifest one year. Nothing else to watch in any of the other screening rooms and it was awesome.

      Just so you all know, Samurai Pizza Cats is finally getting a DVD release this year.


    welbot!!! YOU EEEEEEEDIOT! how could I forget Ren and Stimpy!

    looking at these names goes to show one thing. I've spent a whole lot of my life watching cartoons, cos I recognize each and every one of them.. but I wouldn't change it for anything!

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      Ren: This soup is delicious!
      Stimpy: That's my collection of hair balls and stomach acid.
      Ren: Are you trying to kill me!

    Cartoons today are a bit meh? Go watch Gravity Falls. That's a great new cartoon.

    Transformers G1 & TMNT would be my favourites from my youth. It's embarrassing watching Transformers now. Watching it a few years back I was amazed just how crazy rascist it was. Going back to many others from that time have yielded similar results.

    Too many, but some that I haven't seen mentioned.
    Gargoyles, Pirates of Dark Water and Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys are 3 that are still very good now, especially Gargoyles.

    I've found a lot still hold up now, but one of my faves as a kid, Centurions, is absolutely terrible.

    Also, there are plenty of good cartoons now, including a few standouts (off the top of my head, most of the Marvel shows and I've heard the new Thundercats is good), but overall I think it's about the same as the 80s and early 90s stuff that I mainly watched.

    Top three would be TMNT, He-man and Thundercats! I would love the blu-ray versions of all!

    He-man's power up during episodes were epic. I still watch them and still get excited! is that odd? lol

    Widget the World Watcher

      I loved that show! Educational message with a good set of characters and plot!... and also the ONLY show that evades me from finding after all these years.

        Yep, I have searched everywhere too. There's hardly even any Youtube clips of it.

    All the stuff mentioned above.

    And Serrels, if you need any series from that era to help educate your nephew (or your own kid) on what Cartoons should be like, hit me up. I have a few Terabytes of HDD space you might be interested in ;)

    Also, people might want to check this guy out:

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    Jeez, I can't even remember half the stuff I watched when I was a kid. I loved the Disney cartoons on Saturday Disney, I'd happily watch them again right now: Duck Tales, Tale Spin, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop. I even liked Gummi Bears which was usually an after-school thing. I want to namedrop a few oldies from Agro's Cartoon Connection but I honestly don't remember a damn one. I don't think the old Hanna Barbera and Loony Tunes count since those date back to when my mother was a kid. :P

    When anime became popular everyone switched to Pokemon and Dragonball Z, but I was 15-16 at that point, and was more into Evangelion, Gundam Wing, etc. and in the fullness of time developed a full blown anime obsession. I'm out of that now but I still love FLCL and Cowboy Bebop.

    I remember when we got the rudimentary beginnings of Adult Swim/Toonami on cable TV, and that was awesome. The anime lineup was mostly stuff I'd seen, but if not for Adult Swim I would never have discovered Sealab 2021 which led to Frisky Dingo, which led to Archer, which is pretty much the greatest thing ever. Also noteworthy were Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

      Of course it counts if the cartoons were made before your time. For the most part it's all we had exposure to. Man.. watching the smurfs in the morning on Boris' Breakfast Club.. those were the days!

      The Disney ones were always my thing, too. All time favourites were Darkwing Duck, Talespin and Aladdin. Marsupilami was cool too.

      Outside of them, I always loved The Tick, Gargoyles, TMNT and Inspector Gadget.

    80s cartoons were great for the time and some are still classic but the 90s had truly great cartoons. Batman The Animated Series? Amazing, still amazing, some of the best Batman around (some of the most ridiculous but hey that is Batman for ya) and I'm guessing not many will be willing to admit it but Nickelodeon cartoons were always quality up to a point.

      Definitely the original Batman animated series.

    I haven't really kept up with what I watched as a kid, most of the ones mentioned were pretty great! Even the poorer cartoons of those years would still have a stigma of Nostalgia attached to them, but I won;t attempt to out cult anyone here.

    As I have a child of my own now I often catch her favorites these days.
    She watches (therefore as do I)

    Regular Show
    Adventure Time
    Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends

    I would actually recommend Regular Show to fellow 30 year olds. It seems fairly rooted to a past involving VHS, 8-bit video games and popular music from that decade, which is kind of cool for a new show and all.

    I am glad no-one has mentioned MLP : FIM but it's only a matter of time!

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      I was tempted to mention MLP ... but decided against it as the topic wasn't what are you watching now. I've been hesitant to try Regular Show because it seems a bit meh, but I'll give it a look when I finish work.

    Most of these as well, there are only a couple of these that I haven't watched, or watched regularly.
    Hoping he does some more of these, as he said these are mainly the action/adventure shows.

    Let's see ... I distincly remember watching ABC in the afternoons as a lad and watching SuperTed, BananaMan, Danger Mouse, The Trap Door and Widget the world watcher.

    Random stuff I'd watch include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Biker Mice from Mars, Samurai Pizza Cats, 60's Spiderman, Darkwing Duck, The 50's - 60's looney tunes (which really got me hooked on animation as art and made me fall in love with Chuck Jones and Mel Blanc) Mighty Max, Action Man, Batman the Animated Series (my dad practically forced me to watch this until I liked it, I know blame him for my views on Batman)

    G-force! Robotech, Ulysses32, transformers. And of course, all the looney tunes and MGM Tom & Jerry.

      Cities of Gold. Man I loved that show. Count Duckula, Danger Mouse, Roger Ramjet. The wuzzles, gummy bears . Muppet Babies was good in the early 80s. Fantastic Four (did they have live action mouths?). Incredible Hulk. He-man was awesome. I need to get my hands on some of these again.

      Hell Yes Robotech

    Man, this got me to thinking about "ghostbusters". Not one based off the movie or a tie-in either, as it featured a hat wearing ape 'Tracey' and a talking car which was a ghost itself that could interchange into a flying 'jet' or a boat. Anyone else know wtf I'm talking about?

      The Real Ghostbusters? Very cool one. Vampires biting werewolves to make were-vampires? I remember watching that, then playing pitfall on a 2600 with Mel and Kim playing in the background. 80s as.

        Ghostbusters was based on a b&w live acion tv series, called The Ghost Busters and the cartoon was released to cash in on the success of the unrelated movie. Real Ghostbusters was the one based on the movie.

    Pretty much everything of value has been mentioned already... TMNT, He-Man, Thundercats, X-Men, Spiderman, Eek, Samurai Pizza Cats, Ducktales, Voltron were all high on the viewing list.

    One series that I want to comment on, Dungeons & Dragons. I don't know about anyone else, but I have always been incredibly pissed at how this ended, no closure whatsoever! Sure most of the episodes had the kids making a moral choice of helping someone else instead of heading home themselves, but still hurts to this day!

    One that I haven't seen mentioned that is worthy was played on Cheez TV... Teknoman.

    Finally, one of the early 'adult' cartoons, Duckman! So Good!

    Deep Breath..

    Lost Cities of Gold
    Defenders of the Earth
    Silver Hawks
    Dino Riders
    Toxic Avenger
    Brave Starr

    Probably forgot some but that's all off the top of my head that i can remember watching (and liking, there's a few that I didn't really like).

    Samurai Jack. Genndy is a GOD!

    Also, many of the others listed above. I think it is a bit unfair to dismiss them for how they compare to current cartoons. Enjoy them for what they did in their time.

      Yes! Samurai Jack. I would like to say don't bother watching anything else, but I think to really appreciate Samurai Jack, it's probably better to watch everything. It's pretty much a homage to everything that makes cartoons awesome.

    Because I haven't noticed them metioned yet, and because all the others have got my tripping down nostalgia lane, James Bond Junior and Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling.

    While the latter has aged HORRIBLY, having watched the old Astroboy again in recent years, it's incredible just how daring that was, and still is.

    Daria is another classic series which aged well, although the original music is sadly lost to posterity.

      James bond junior chases girls, around the world!

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