TV nostalgia: cartoons
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Here I shall list cartoons that I watched a long time ago, and don't remember well. In some cases I barely even remember the title. So, obviously, these are basically shows from when I was a kid (in the 1980s, though some shows might extend into the 90s). Some of the shows may have even been made much earlier, like the 60s, but the point is not when they were made, but when I watched them.
Gold stars indicate the shows that were most important to me, once upon a time (and which I'd therefore most like to see again someday).


The Alvin Show, CBS
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This originally aired from 1961-62, which is before my time. But at some point or other, I saw some of it in reruns. (Or possibly reruns of individual segments from the show, rather than of the show itself.) I don't remember exactly when or where, but I'm guessing it was on a Canadian channel, sometime in the 80s. I'm afraid I don't remember anything specific about it, except one episode in which a Mrs. Frumpington was trying to ban "modern music" such as the stuff that the Chipmunks themselves sang. And I don't know what else to say, except that I'm a bit more familiar with the next show listed here...


Alvin and the Chipmunks, NBC
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Welp, of course the Chipmunks are famous for a couple of songs, which debuted in 1958. And then in 1961, they had a cartoon series called "The Alvin Show." And in the 80s, they had this new cartoon series. It seems to have lasted more years than I was aware of it, somehow. I don't actually remember when I became aware of it, but I'm sure I couldn't have seen like eight years of it. Come on! Still, I do remember it some. (And it must have aired on my CBS station instead of NBC, because I definitely didn't get NBC at the time.) I dunno, I'm sure it wasn't great, but it was alright. I mainly remember there being three female chipmunk characters as well as the regular characters, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore (and their "father"/manager, Dave Seville). I'm sure I thought the Chipettes were cute. Especially Brittany. Anyway, for the last couple of seasons, the show was renamed "The Chipmunks."

Oh, and starting in 2007, there have been (as of 2011) three live-action/CGI movies, none of which I intend to see.


The Berenstain Bears, CBS
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This was based on a series of books, which I may or may not have read some of. I forget. And I don't remember much of anything about the series, except that it was about a family of bears. And the theme song was to the tune of "The Stars and Stripes Forever." And... there was another Berenstain series on PBS in 2003, but I don't think I ever really saw that.


The Biskitts, CBS
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Don't remember much about it, except that it was about these tiny doglike critters. I seem to recall it being a spin-off from The Smurfs, but I could be wrong.


Blackstar, CBS
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I'm afraid I barely even remember this existed, and I couldn't even think of the name before I did some searching for it on the Net, or whatever. Anyway... I think this is the show I'm thinking of. My one real memory is that I think everyone had to go to school on Saturday once when I was little, I don't remember why. And I was upset about missing this, or something.


The Bugs Bunny Show (aka Looney Tunes)


The California Raisin Show, CBS
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Thoughout the latter half of the 1980s, there were a series of raisin commercials featuring claymated raisins which were supposed to be this Motown-style singing group, "The California Raisins," usually (or maybe always) singing "I Heard It Throught the Grapevine." In 1987, the Raisins appeared in "A Claymation Christmas Celebration," a Christmas special I vaguely recall seeing, which I'd like to see again sometime (it's available on DVD, so I may eventually get it). In 1988, they had their own special, "Meet the Raisins!", which I'm not sure if I ever saw. In 1989, they had a Saturday morning cartoon show, which was cel animated rather than claymated. I vaguely recall watching that, though honestly the only thing I could tell you is that it's probably the first place I ever heard the word "copacetic." I suppose I'd kind of like to see the show again sometime (and it is also available on DVD), but I don't remember whether I liked the show much or not. It's entirely possible I thought it was lame. The Raisins also had a second special in 1990, "Raisins: Sold Out!", which again, I'm not sure if I ever saw. Probably not. The whole raisin phenomenon was kind of redonkulous. I do remember the title character in Murphy Brown once quipping, "Those raisins didn't invent that song." (Murphy was a big Motown fan.) And The Simpsons once did a parody with "The California Prunes". But my favorite spoof ever was probably this cartoon I scanned from a magazine I read once....


The Care Bears, syndicated
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Don't remember it well. I know I used to watch it, though. And used to have some little plastic figures. And a couple stuffed animals, which must be in my closet still. My favorite character was probably Bright Heart Raccoon, which is one of the plush toys in my closet. He was purple, you know. I like purple. Um, the only thing I really remember about this show was that eventually the Care Bears met some other kinds of animals called the Care Bear Cousins, one of whom was Brave Heart Lion. And I remember Brave Heart once singing a song after the main cartoon... yes, after the cartoon I think they'd sometimes have some little unrelated... segments of some kind... and one time, Brave Heart was teaching kids how to make peanut butter balls. I have this one fragment of a verse in my head where he sang "...the PB balls," and that's all I can really remember, but it pops into my head now and then. So I just thought I'd share. Oh, also I'm sure there have been some Care Bears movies, which I may have seen.


CBS Storybreak


The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, CBS
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What can I say? This was based on the Peanuts comic strip. I don't remember it that well, but... it was alright, I guess. Maybe. (See also special presentations).


The Drak Pack, CBS
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Only really remember the title. Glad I'm not crazy to think it existed. I'd like to see it again someday, and since it's available on DVD, I'll probably get it someday.


Dungeons & Dragons


Ewoks


Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, CBS
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Based on stories by Bill Cosby about kids he knew growing up, or something. Bill hosted the show. Don't remember it too much, but I wouldn't mind seeing it again. Oh, yeah, the kids like sometimes watched this cartoon called the Brown Hornet, or whatever.


The Flintstones / The Flintstone Comedy Show


Galaxy High School

I have this on DVD, so... yay.


Garfield & Friends


The Get-Along Gang, CBS
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This bunch of animal kids had a caboose as a clubhouse, and uh... I don't really remember much else, but this was one of the shows I watched every Saturday, so... here's an entry for it. Wish I could think what to say.


G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, syndicated
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I think maybe I watched some of this. I don't remember for sure. Either way, it's something I'd probably like to see someday. (I do remember the theme song, and I definitely saw the animated movie, which I'd like to see again someday.) It reruns on Discovery Family (formerly the Hub), but I haven't caught it there.


Gilligan's Planet, CBS
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Seriously. This was funny. The very notion of such a show is funny. That it actually got made is even funnier. Gosh, what a funny, funny show! I hardly remember it at all. Oh yeah, I should mention, in case you hadn't guessed, it was inspired by the live-action series Gilligan's Island, except instead of being stranded on an island, the castaways were... uh, lost in space....


He-Man and the Masters of the Universe


Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling, CBS
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There were wrestlers. Some were good guys and some were bad guys. I vaguely remember Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Junk Yard Dog, and... that's about it. I don't really remember anything specific about the show, just that I watched it. I didn't even remember the title....


Inspector Gadget


The Jetsons


Kidd Video, NBC/CBS
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Another fun old 80's cartoon that I don't remember that well. In looking at some of the links, apparently it was originally on NBC, but reran on CBS. I didn't remember that, but of course, I wouldn't have been able to see it except on CBS. Anyway, there was this band that got transported into a cartoon world called the Flipside, by this evil guy called Master Blaster. And they all turned into cartoons, themselves. And so did like their van or whatever, I think. And um. There was this fairy named Glitter (who I'm sure I thought was hot), who joined them. And um, stuff happened. I don't really remember it, I just remember it was cool and I miss it. I think Glitter got really strong when she sneezed. And I have some image of a Salvador Dalí painting in my head for some reason. Anyway, I'd definitely like to see this show again sometime (and move the review to the animation page). Unfortunately, that seems pretty unlikely to happen.


The Kwicky Koala Show, CBS
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Yet another show I don't remember much more about other than the title. There was a really fast koala, though, who may have even teleported. And... that's all I can tell you. I'm sure I liked it when I was little, though.


The Marvel Super Heroes, syndicated
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Okay, apparently the actual title of this show was "The Marvel Superheroes," but I remember it as "The Merry Marvel Marching Society." At least, that was the title of the closing theme for the show. I suppose that could be why I remember it as the show's title. (Oh, and apparently it's also the name of an old fan club for Marvel comics, but I know nothing about that.) Anyway, it seems the show was made in 1966, but I watched it... must have been in the very early 80s, I suppose. I don't remember it too well, and I dunno how good it was, but I'd certainly love to see it again. It holds great nostalgic value for me, and I like the theme song for this as well as some of the other shows.... The series actually was comprised of various smaller cartoon shows, each about a different Marvel superhero. You had Iron Man, Namor, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor (each with their own theme song). Um... I dunno what else to say, except that I'm giving it a goldstar more for my retroactive interest than for the level of interest I had at the time I watched it.


Meatballs & Spaghetti, CBS
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The only thing I remember about this is the title. Oh, and it was about a fat guy (Meatballs) with a thin wife (Spaghetti). And they traveled around together. And stuff.


Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, CBS
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I remember this somewhat for Mighty Mouse, but more for another superhero, Bat-Bat, and a villain called The Cow. I always liked the idea of Bat-Bat... you know, like Bat-Man, except... he was actually a bat. So... y'know... a bat using being a bat as a secret superhero kind of... whatever... I dunno, I just always liked the idea, okay? I dunno what else to say about the show. I'd probably like to see it again sometime. Incidentally, I've probably also seen some older Mighty Mouse cartoons, but I don't remember them so well.


Muppet Babies


The New Adventures of Pinocchio, syndicated
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Well, I guess this was made in 1960, though I must've watched it in the early 80s or something. But heck, it could even have been the mid or late 80s, or the early 90s, I dunno. Anyway, I don't remember this well at all. But um, it's apparently Rankin/Bass's first animation ever. Wow. And um, I just remember Pinocchio always being led astray by the fox and the cat. I think. And I think I must've seen this along with Tales of the Wizard of Oz. Oh, and each episode was about 5 minutes long.


Pac-Man, ABC
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I dunno how much of this I saw, but I definitely saw some of it. Anyway, of course it's based on the classic video games. Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man were married, and they had a Pac-Baby, and there were the ghosts, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde. And... I dunno what to say. But I kinda liked the show.


Pandamonium, CBS
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Yet another old 80's cartoon I don't remember well, but really miss. I'd love to see it again sometime, though I very much doubt that'll ever be possible. Um, there was this pyramid thing that this evil wizard was trying to steal from like some huge pedestal up in space or whatever. And it fell and pieces scattered all over the Earth. And there were some people who travelled around trying to find and collect the pieces before this evil wizard could get them. And there were these three talking pandas who could jump together to form this thing called "Papa Panda" which would like radiate this like wave of energy or whatever, that like pushed away badness or something. I dunno. Sounds kind of anime-ish or something, don't it? Anyway, funny and fun show. Like I say, I miss it.


Pole Position, CBS
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I don't remember it well. But it was cool. I swear, it was. I remember the talking cars, Wheels and Roadie. Sort of. And they were driven by a brother and sister, who were like racecar drivers or whatever, though I don't remember them that well. I also remember liking the name of their uncle, Zachary. I dunno if this is the first place I ever heard that name, or what. But anyway, he'd like send them on secret missions to fight crime or whatever.


Popeye and Son, CBS
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There have been numerous Popeye cartoons over the years, and I must have seen some older ones before this. But anyway, you know the premise... this sailor man named Popeye eats spinach whenever necessary, to gain superhuman strength. He was dating a woman named Olive Oyl, and had a rival named Bluto. In this show, Popeye and Olive were married and had a son. Bluto was also married and had a son, and I guess Popeye and Bluto's kids were also rivals. I don't remember the show well at all, but you know the drill... I watched it, so I kinda gotta mention it.


The Raccoons


Saturday Supercade, CBS
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This had a few shows based on video games like "Donkey Kong" and "Q-Bert." And other stuff, but those are mainly what I remember. Vaguely.


Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?


Shirt Tales, NBC / CBS
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Barely remember it, but I was quite fond of it, back in the day. These little animals um... turned into super-heroes, or something. One of those deals where they don't really look different, as I recall, but nobody who knows them recognizes them, anyway.


Smurfs, NBC
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Yes, I used to watch this when I was a kid. You couldn't avoid it. The show was huge. Anyway, the Smurfs were these little blue creatures who were three apples high, and there were like 100 of them who all lived in a little village together, in like the middle ages or something. And there was an evil wizard named Gargamel who had a cat named Azrael, and they always wanted to catch Smurfs for some reason. (I actually liked Gargamel and Azrael.) And there were maybe a few humans who were friends of the Smurfs, like Johan and Peewit (pronounced Pee-Wee). I dunno what else to say, it was a weird little show, but like I said, it was pretty popular for awhile. Oh, and I guess it was based on European comic books or something. I'm giving it a goldstar more for the show's unavoidableness than for how much I actually liked it; I mean it was okay, but.... Oh, and in 2011 there was a live-action/CGI Smurfs movie, which I have no plans to ever see... but who knows?


Snorks, NBC
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I hardly remember this at all, and I'm not sure how much I ever even saw of it; but it's kinda like "The Smurfs" underwater. I'd probably like to see it again sometime just to refresh my memory.


Spider-Man, ABC


Super Sunday


Tales of the Wizard of Oz, syndicated
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I think I must've seen this alongside The New Adventures of Pinocchio, and I don't remember it any better than I do that, really. Like that show, each episode was about 5 minutes long. This was like the second series from Rankin/Bass, but it used more traditional animation... although the animation style was really rather weird and childlike. And um, I dunno, the stories and everything were quite weird, and the characters had slightly different names than normal, and didn't act much like you'd expect. I dunno what else to say. It was just weird.


The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour, CBS
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In the first season, this was just "The Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour," and consisted of segments of a Tarzan cartoon and segments of a Lone Ranger cartoon. In the second season, they added segments of a Zorro cartoon. I don't remember anything specific about any of this, but I know I watched it, when I was quite little. Ergo, the title in and of itself is nostalgic, to me.


Teen Wolf, CBS
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Based on the live-action movie. Um... so, it was about Scott Howard, a teenaged werewolf, and his family. I sorta remember his little sister, Lupe, and their grandmother (neither of whom were in the movie). I don't remember any specific stories or anything.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Thundercats, syndicated
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I don't really remember how well I liked the show, but it wasn't bad, I guess. It's something one should at least check out. Snarf was cool (or annoying, take your pick). Anyway there's a bunch of people who are humanoid wildcats (of different types), and they come from some planet that was destroyed or something, and settled on some other planet and have to fight some evil creatures ruled by this ancient magical mummy named Mumm-Ra. And stuff. I dunno, maybe someday I'll actually get the DVDs and say more (and move the review to its own page). Really, I'm sure it deserves a gold star.

Also, there was a remake of the series on Cartoon Network in 2011, but that was soon after I lost Cartoon Network, so I haven't had a chance to see it yet. But I'd really like to.


Tom & Jerry, CBS
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I suppose I must've watched this in like the early 80s, but it consisted of theatrical shorts created over a period of at least a couple decades, starting in 1940. I don't remember anything specific about it. It's just... Tom, the cat, chasing Jerry, the mouse, who constantly outsmarted him, and often seemed like rather a jerk. I mean, I can understand a mouse not wanting to be caught and eaten by a cat. Fine. But in these cartoons, Jerry tended to overdo it. He didn't just elude the cat, he made his life miserable, and very painful. And of course, Tom and Jerry inspired lots of future stuff, like "Itchy and Scratchy" from The Simpsons. And in a way, probably Kevin vs. Harry and Marv from the "Home Alone" movies. And countless other stuff. But hey, it was alot like... lots of other cartoons of the era, including Looney Tunes (Sylvester & Tweety, most notably). I dunno, whatever... all those old cartoons from the mid-20th century, I think, were much more violent than the cartoons parents complain about their kids watching these days... even if it was slapstick and today's violence is often more realistic... today's cartoons are also often more intelligent. Not always, of course.... But shows like Tom & Jerry get pretty repetetive and pointless and boring, after awhile....


Transformers


Voltron


Wildfire, CBS
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Don't remember it well, but it was okay. This girl named Sara rode this magical horse named Wildfire into another world, as I recall, and fought some evil or something. First place I ever heard the line "(She) who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day." (The villain said it once.)


The Wuzzles, CBS / ABC
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A bunch of weird critters who were all half one animal and half some other animal. I don't really remember much about it, but it was okay. Oh yeah, there was a narrator, too.


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