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HerbertWest
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:29 pm    Post subject: What's everyones top animated shows of the 80's? Reply with quote

Mine are:

The Real Ghostbusters.
Transformers.
GI Joe.
He-Man.
Thundercats.
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin.
COPS.
She-Ra. (That's right, i watched it not only for He-Man and friends as guest stars, or that badass Hordak guy whom i had the toys to especially his troops, but i had such a major crush on Adora and some of the other girls on the show)
Ducktales.
Rescue Rangers.
Inspector Gadget.
Dungeons and Dragons.
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
The Incredible Hulk.
Ruby-Spear's Superman.
Voltron.
Robotech.
Gummi Bears.
Danger Mouse.
Duckula.
The Smurfs.
The Raccoons.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.




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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a tough one. For overall quality in terms of stories, acting and animation I think I'd have to go with Gummi Bears and Ducktales.

For voice acting I'm partial to all of the Sunbow shows like G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Jem. Michael Bell, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker are just the bee's knees.

Animation-wise I really dig Filmation stuff, especially She-Ra and Bravestarr, because it has a consistent quality and even though the studio employed some limited animation and repeated sequence techniques it really works for me. Also, even though it was style-wise unintentional, I love the quick sketchy nature of the Bravestarr cartoon as it lends a lot of energy to the characters and works in that futuristic dust bowl world it's set in.

Story-wise I was a pretty big fan of the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon (Michael Reaves did some wonderful scripts for that series), and I have to admit that I got sucked into the soap opera-ness of the American re-dub edit of the Robotech series.

Conceptually I really like the Spiral Zone and Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors because they really are unlike any other cartoon series and get into some trippy territory. I also have a soft place in my heart for the vehicle/mask gimmick in M.A.S.K.

Character-wise, I'd have to say the Rankin/Bass selections, in particular Thundercats and Silverhawks because their villains are just insane and fun. I never got a chance to see Tigersharks so I'm not sure how the villains play out in that one.



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TigerSharks is a great cartoon! It's fairly similar to the ThunderCats and SilverHawks cartoons- same kind of great villian/underling interaction like with Mon-Star and Yesman or Mumm-ra and Sslithe, etc.



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, man, there are so many that have the kind of strong characters and strange, cheerfully subversive plots that draw me to the 'toons of this particular era. In fact, if J. Michael Straczynski, Christy Marx, Michael Reaves, Buzz Dixon, Flint Dille, Mark Evanier, or Larry DiTillio worked on it, there's a 99.9% chance I love it. I also agree the presence of Frank Welker, Michael Bell, Peter Cullen, and the late Chris Latta makes an instant winner. So, there's...

He-Man and She-Ra. They've got a rare dichotomy; both are excellent on their own, and can be watched seperately without losing anything, but they become even better together. The differences between Eternia and Etheria contrast perfectly, as do their respective guardians.

The Sunbowverse (Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem, and Inhumanoids): These shows managed to make coherent stories set in a universe with truly expansive casts and intricate histories, making everything seem like part of a huge, ongoing tale. Their willingness to take chances with truly bizarre premises also struck gold far more often than it struck out.

The Real Ghostbusters: It's its own thing without deviating too much from the film, and it had a great range; it could be scary, funny, action-oriented, and even sweet. Of all the heroes of the eighties, the Ghostbusters were the ones I could most identify with.

Dungeons and Dragons: The thing I liked most about D&D when I was younger was that it didn't pull punches; when the kids were in danger, they were really in danger. Venger was genuinely intimidating and was after them for a reason. Great fantasy adventure.

Thundercats: Has a strange (in a good way) atmosphere and fun cast.

Dino-Riders: Short-lived, but fun dinosaur adventure.

These last two straddle the eighties and nineties, but I'll include them on this list:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: This could give Sunbow a run for its money on the zany plots, and had relatable heroes, like Ghostbusters. It's also very funny.

Super Mario Brothers: Funny shorts that improved in both story and animation quality and became increasingly more faithful to the games as the series progressed (and since it was pretty cool to begin with...).



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He-Man/She-Ra
Rainbow Brite
The Real Ghostbusters
TMNT
Count Duckula
Jem
ThunderCats
Care Bears
Popples

I have watched Bravestarr, but I have to say, it was just He-Man all...in the west. Not really amused. Silverhawks I also thought had already been done so *shrug* ThunderCats did remind me a little of He-Man...only with cats...and different funny phrases that it does get a yay.

And...i haven't see G.I.Joe or Transformers yet so i can't put them on the list yet.



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He-man
She-Ra
Thundercats
Bionic Six
Transformers
GI Joe
Silverhawks

...wow so many good ones. you could go on forever



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my list...
-robotech - my all time favorite. first generation of course.
-visionaries? - knights with holograms of dragons and beasts in their shields that would
come out and help fight.
-transformers
-m.a.s.k.
-bravestar

im thinking these were all in the 80's. maybe some 90's. but all my favorites.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are all from the '80s, wu- and all great cartoons! Very Happy Cool



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In order of the Year they were released, my Top 20:

Thundarr the Barbarian
Smurfs
Pac-Man
G.I. Joe
He-Man
The Littles
Inspector Gadget
Transformers
Snorks
Gobots
Thundercats
MASK
The Real Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
Rambo
Silverhawks
Visionaries
Bionic Six
Sky Commanders
C.O.P.S.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't believe I haven't replied to this with my own list yet. But basically, I'm a fan of most all '80s cartoons to some degree. I could make a list but it would be incredibly long- but I'll try to list a few major highlights.

Disney cartoons-
Adventures of the Gummi Bears, DuckTales, Chip 'N' Dale Rescue Rangers

Rankin-Bass classic trio-
ThunderCats, SilverHawks, TigerSharks Cool
(And all of The Comic Strip as well- TigerSharks, Karate Kat, Street Frogs, The Mini Monsters)

Others-
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
Spider-Man (1981 cartoon)
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends
The Incredible Hulk (1982 cartoon)
Superman (1988 cartoon)
G.I. Joe
Transformers
Smurfs
Snorks
Inspector Gadget
Peter Pan (late '80s Japanese anime)
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
The Raccoons
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Lazer Tag Academy
Turbo Teen
Kidd Video
COPS
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Bravestarr
Jem
Mr. T
The Littl' Bits
Pac-Man
Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
ALF
ALF Tales
Droids
Ewoks
The Greatest Adventures: Stories from The Bible
The Flintstones Comedy Show
Yogi's Treasure Hunt
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks Go to the Movies
Captain N: The Game Master
Defenders of the Earth
Garfield and Friends
Heathcliff
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
The Flintstone Kids
Muppet Babies
Fraggle Rock (both live action puppets and cartoon)
Superfriends in its various '80s incarnations
GLO Friends (okay, I mainly liked the "GLO Friends Save Christmas" that I used to see most every year at Christmas. Smile )
It's Punky Brewster
My Pet Monster
The New Scooby Doo Mysteries
The New Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo Show
*(okay, pretty much I like Scooby Doo in all his incarnations) Cool
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show
Police Academy
The Popeye Show
Popeye and Son
Pink Panther and Sons
Pound Puppies
Shazam!
Shirt Tales
Teen Wolf
The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show
Any '80s version of Looney Tunes and classic Disney cartoons

And probably others I'm forgetting.
But basically, I like a lot of cartoons. Very Happy



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well I love cartoons specially cartoons involving robots like:

Voltes V
Daimos
Transformer,
Gundam

I love also adventure and action cartoons :

Popey
Sailor Moon
Kuro Chan
Superman
Batman
Spiderman



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Transformers
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Robotech
ThuderCats
SilverHawks
BraveStarr
M.A.S.K.
Voltron
Mobile Suit Gundam
The Super Friends
TMNT
Glaxy rangers
Bionic Six
Dinosaucers
Battle of the Planets
Tranzor Z
COPS
Gummi Bears


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