made a meme template some time ago.
It is about 10 cartoons that I used to love so much when I was a child (and by "child" I mean until I hit puberty).
The order is mostly random (but I guess "Masters of the Universe" would be my number 1).
Here we go, from the top left, then clockwise:
This might easily be the cartoon that I got most obsessed with. The world fascinated me a lot, I loved the heroes, the villains, the character designs, the music, the opening, the weapons, the superpowers, the dialogues, the voice acting, the sillyness as well as the epicness in all of that, even the lessons taught at the end of every episode (I was rather curious than annoyed by this trend in cartoons).
Also once I wanted a toy sword so bad so I could play He-Man (even though it was not even a He-Man merchandise sword) and the action figures.
- She-Ra: Princess of Power
Surprisingly, the "girl version" of He-Man was not my favourite fantasy cartoon compared to He-Man. However, I still aprreciated She-Ra very much, mostly because of the heroine, the bad guys and the awesome opening and ending. And also the magical elements and sidekicks were nice for me. And He-Man would even have a few cameos as She-Ra's twin brother which I found quite cool. So no wonder this cartoon is also on my list
- Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs
Yes, the song is damn catchy and easily the most memorable thing in the cartoon.
Anyway, I enjoyed it so much back then, because of the colourful team and hilarious dialogues. Not to forget: the action and cool sci-fi/western mix (which will be presented more often on this list). It is one of the most significant animes I watched in my childhood years.
- The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
First of all: my personal favourite cartoon opening song of all time might easily be the opening song of this cartoon. It is so powerful and catchy, feels epic and makes me wanna sing along all the time
Bless the person who composed this!
Now to the cartoon: It is, like "BraveStarr", a space western, but with four heroes: three men, a woman and their robot horses. Together they fight bad guys with their own abilities and talents: Zachary with his powerful bionics, Shane with his ability to heal, absorb energies and shape-shifting, Niko with her psychic powers and Walter with his amazing computer and gun skills.
The whole cartoon felt so epic, even though it often drifts into comedy whenever the heroes would have funny lines or conversations but it is okay because they are very likeable to me.
This space western was from the makers of the He-Man and She-Ra cartoons but felt more American. It is about a cool sheriff fighting for justice and against bad guys with the help of his horse Thirty-Thirty and by using his given powers (ears of the puma, eyes of the hawk, strenghts of the bear, speed like the puma).
This cartoon was quite pretty, studio Filmation seemed to get a step up in animation after their previous cartoons. Also I was open for this mixture of sci-fi and western, after all "Galaxy Rangers" was quite the same concept. And what I probably loved the most were the heroes: BraveStarr with his super powers and his talking horse transforming into a gunslinging super-horse (kind of).
Yes, Kimba was one of my favourite animes back then and thank goodness I got to know this first before Disney's "The Lion King" would find a place in my life (and heart).
I don't remember the stories in this cartoon so well but what I know is that I already enjoyed it because of all the animal characters, their designs and because of the fact that there is a white lion in the focus which made it quite fascinating. I was so fond of this cartoon that I drew a sh*t ton of comics with sequel stories that I mostly made up and I even still have these comics (might as well scan at least some pages some day).
Inspector Gadget was a very funny cartoon for me and also one with a freaking cyborg as a crime-fighter!
Why I loved Inspector Gadget should be quite obvious: A multifunctional but incredibly naive inspector, his genius niece with all her detective skills, their dog Brain pretty much suffering the most under Gadget's stupidity and the awesome but still failing villains including Doctor Claw.
Yes, the characters already made the show for me, the stories went quite similar in their pattern but were entertaining nonetheless. And I also enjoyed the German dubbing of the show because I still appreciate it today (even though they think they had to rename some characters like Penny -> Sophie etc.).
- The Adventures of Aladár Mézga
Many of you probably don't know this one at all.
This is a cartoon from Hungery that also got quite popular in Germany. There it even got two dubbed versions, the Western German one and the Eastern German one (back then when Germany had not been united yet). And the latter had been better, funnier and thus more popular, even in the rest of Germany.
So I also got my eyes on this and was immediately hooked. It was a very big mix of adventures in space and in other worlds, funny characters, even funnier dialogues and a ton of one-liners, an unique style in design and animation and thus so much charm.
And the idea around a boy secretly traveling with his space rocket and talking dog was already cool, this was kind of the "Dexter's Laboratory" of my time.
- Around the World with Willy Fog
Yes, the furry anime version of "Around the World in 80 Days" makes the list.
I wasn't a fan of the original story, this cartoon brought my attention to it in the first place. And it was a nice cartoon with different animals in many roles, like Willy Fog who is a lion with style and decency. Then there are his companions and sidekicks including Indian cat Cleo who would be later Fog's wife (and who got an intense introduction as a widow to be burned because of the awful Sati practice). The episodic story was great for a cartoon of several episodes and great overall (with bad guys trying to stop Willy Fog from achieving his goal). Overall, it was fun and sometimes even moving.
Yes, this colourful happy targeted on girls also made the list. Why? Because my sister and I loved to watch it together, we had taped several episodes on VHS (which I digitalized many years later) and we collected a lot of toys and audio books. We enjoyed the movie very much and we just enjoyed the stories in the cartoon in general. Today I can still see why and I could even tell you favourite episodes of mine. Also I loved the fact that there were so many different characters with different designs, personalities, abilities and powers. There were also quite good villains and sceneries and to be honest, I also liked the songs (today whenever I hear certain songs, I like to sing along
). Sure, the animation was often very sloppy, I could see that even back then. But it didn't stop my affection for these ponies, neither did it stop my sister's affection.Honorable mentions:
The Dream Stone
Lucky Luke (1983 series)
Ren & Stimpy
Beavis & Butt-Head
Tom & Jerry
Looney Tunes cartoons
The Marvel Super Heroes (1966, only the "Iron Man" cartoons)
Bump in the Night
The Trap Door
Garfield and Friends
Heathcliff/The Catillac Cats
Super Mario Bros. Super Show
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Disney's The Little Mermaid
Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers
Tiny Toon Adventures
Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Tales of Little Women
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1994 anime)
The Pink Panther Show
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Mole (Czech cartoon)