The 1980’s played host to vast array of some of the best cartoons ever made. It didn’t matter how old or young you were – there was something for everyone. Famous titles included: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe; She-Ra: the Princess of Power; Transformers; BraveStarr; ThunderCats; Defenders of the Earth; Care Bears; Fraggle Rock and My Little Pony.
However, the 1980’s also produced other greatly loved cartoons, which filled weekend morning television and were after school favourites. Here is Constant Scribblers Other Top 10 List of The Best Cartoons of the 80’s.
1. Alvin & the Chipmunks (originally aired in 1983)
Alvin and his fellow squeaky friends are actually in their 50s having been originally created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1958.
2. Chip & Dale’s Rescue Rangers (originally aired in 1989)
Chip and Dale are loosely based on Indian Jones and Magnum PI respectively.
3. Count Duckula (originally aired in 1988)
David Jason (better know as Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses) was the voice of Count Duckula. The series was a spin-off from Danger Mouse, where Jason was also the voice of Danger Mouse.
4. Danger Mouse (originally aired in 1981)
Danger Mouse’s initialled chest caused havoc for international networks because many languages could not literally translate ‘Danger’ and ‘Mouse’ into corresponding initials; so they had to get creative.
5. Galaxy High (originally aired in 1986)
Pat Carrol (Ms. Biddy McBrain) was also the voice of Ursula the Sea Witch in Disney’s 1989 animation The Little Mermaid.
6. The Ewoks (originally aired in 1985)
The Ewoks’s native language Ewokesee was created by Star Wars sound engineer Ben Burtt who developed it from the language of the Kalmyk people, from the Republic of Kalmykia.
7. Mysterious Cities of Gold (originally aired in 1982)
The series was originally a Japanese anime series called Taiyō no Ko Esuteban.
8. Rainbow Brite (originally aired in 1984)
Rainbow Brite was actually a character franchise introduced by Hallmark Cards in the 1980s.
9. Superted (originally aired in 1982)
Superted is a Welsh animation and won a BAFTA for best animation in 1987.
10. Thundarr the Barbarian (originally aired in 1980)
One of the principal character designers was comic book artist Alex Toth. He was famous for his work with Hanna-Barbera on Birdman and Space Ghost (parodied on [adult swim] in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and Space Ghost: Coast to Coast).