I also watch the Netflix show "She-Ra: The Princesses of Power" and I got pretty much the reaction I kind of expected and it was most "meh". But it did remind me of something. While it hasn't been a trend just yet, but it does feel like more old shows from the 80s and 90s are more or less getting a reboot.
But I started to think that since the 80s and 90s were pretty much the golden age of Saturday morning cartoons with a lot of shows that pretty much came and went with only maybe like ten episodes to maybe like two seasons if they were lucky.
So I was curious about what other animated shows that actually deserves to have a new take these days. Now keep in mind, I will limit to western shows since anime is its own thing and I will focus those that I have seen one way or another when I had access to cable TV when I was a kid but I will point out maybe one or two shows because why the hell not.
This is also not a top list, just a list of my personal suggestions. Okay here we go.
Now this first one is more or less why the hell not since I really loved the movie and I freaking loved the animated show that I can pretty much call it a "gothic comedy for kids". It was surreal, had a bit of edge and it was freaky as all hell.
I like to think that after Gravity Falls where kids could enjoy some actual nightmare fuel, I would love to see a new take on the ghostly con man and his human companion where they not only explore the wacky world of The Neitherworld but also how like maybe some monsters and other fiends tries to escape into the human world and causes some spooky mayhem in the nearby small town and it is up to a rather reluctant Beetlejuice and Lydia to try getting them back.
That way, we could have a bit more focus on the human relation on Lydia's side. Like maybe since she is a goth, maybe she doesn't really feel like having human friends since her ghoulish friends is much more fun but Beetlejuice tries to encourage her to have actual friends to grow up with or something.
I dont know, but there is a market for scary kids show, I know it.
Now here was a show that really kicked ass to me personally. While it is a product of the 80s, I still think that it would be a even more awesome show if it were made today.
Basically the premise is that a group of special military forces called the Centurions would fight against the invading forces of a evil cyborg and his robot army, using supersuits that could be applied with various weaponry and missiles.
Again a lot of potential hidden gems in this one, and I would LOVE to see a new take on marines vs robots.
When I hear the sentence "humans vs aliens riding on dinosaurs armed with laser cannons), I cum a little. Yeah, I will shout "I CAME" from the pure awesomeness that is Dino-Riders, it is the coolest idea ever! But sadly due to a lot reasons, bad timing, low sales and so on, the show only lasted for about 14 episodes while there has been talk about making a movie but nothing really seems to come out of it.
Which is why it is a lot better if they made a whole new animated series about it instead. Hell, I even have a imaginary trailer with this song playing in the background just to demonstrate the purest hardcore action and insanity with having dinosaurs as tanks and missile launchers against lizard aliens while updating the show with a lot more depth and character development that would be equal to Avatar The Last Airbender or Voltron Legendary Defender. Netflix, call me, I got some ideas in mind!
DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH
Truth be told, I have only seen a couple of episodes of this via VHS tapes I used to rent when I was a kid and honestly... I don't really remember much of the show itself but the intro, holy SHIT.
This is kind of a pre "The Avengers" to me really since I did love The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician comics when I was younger so seeing them in full animation was pure delight for me. The idea of them teaming up with Flash Gordon to defend the Earth against the invading forces of Emperor Ming the Merciless is still to me pretty damn awesome. Hell, I would only add a couple of other characters by King Feature Syndicate like Johnny Hazard or Buz Sawyer just to add in a bit more diversity or hell why not add in some public domain characters to give them some spotlight.
Either way this show deserves a reboot or continuation.
CHIP AND DALE, TALESPIN and THE GUMMI BEARS
With the new Duck Tales show in its second season, I do wonder if they would consider to do the same with these classics. Yeah I could count in other shows that Disney has done but these were the shit to me when I was a kid.
Yeah, I do think that these shows do deserve to be remade or atleast having a continuing show. Like what if the humans does start to acknowledge the existence of the gummi bears, or the Rescue Rangers dealing with more dangerous missions or Baloo discovering that the air pirates are collecting a army to take out his home town, the possibilities are endless here, you can show more of the action here.
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS
It is funny how a table top role-playing game would have its own animated show. Then again, there are comics, video games and even movies based on it though the movies are just guilty pleasure and I am not looking forward to the new movie since it is said to be written by the same guys who wrote the Clash of the Titans remake, it was baaaaad.
At any rate, a new animated show wouldn't be wrong except the whole idea of the heroes being sucked into the fantasy realm via a D&D themed roller coaster was a bit dumb even for little young me. Now I get the concept of the friends wanting to go home which is understandable but still, I would like to see a team of adventures originated in the same realm experiencing their own adventures and such.
Or hell if I had to add in the whole "being trapped in a alien realm from the real world" I would go for the "Narnia" approach, like how a group of young characters would accidentally activate some kind of portal to the other world and realize that it is the world where all the fantasy creatures they only read about now lives in or something like that.
Either way, I would go for a whole new animated adventure with dragons and swords.
GALTAR AND THE GOLDEN LANCE
This is a rather obscure sci fi sword-and-sorcery fantasy show that I actually liked to watch and while it did have a arching story arc about a group of adventures trying to fend off a evil king to conquer the kingdoms. It lasted for about 21 episodes and it was cancelled before they even could air the finale of the show which is pretty sad.
Still, I think that a rather obscure and less remembered show like this would have potential for a full reboot while maintaining that epic fantasy angle-
I did cheat a little since I do like the original 1960s version of the show but the intro of the 90s version is just awesome and it really pulls you in that you are about to experience a world of magic, dangers and conspiracy theories delight that I actually called the show "X-Files for kids" even though there were other shows that was more like that.
But yeah, a whole new animated show about a young teenager and his family investigating the paranormal and other weird things would be pretty damn awesome since now we could be able to add in more scarier stuff and even more violent development like maybe terrorists who wants to awaken a ancient evil djinn to wreak destruction upon the world or even a story arc involving lovecraftian horrors. Again a lot of potential here.
I did cheat a little here too, since I have been only talking about animated shows and this is from a old 50s live action series but I just think that the theme song is just so catchy and wonderful to listen that I just couldn't resist plus it is the very first Zorro show I ever saw ever since I was a infant. My older half siblings had recorded some of the episodes from TV to VHS tapes so I could watch them at a daily basis.
Now there has been a lot of shows out there, I only recently discovered that there even was a futuristic version of Zorro. God, Phantom 2040, Batman Beyond, Spiderman Unlimited and now Zorro? Seems like no show was spared to have a sci fi setting.
Anyway, Zorro does deserve a whole new take, inspired by the awesome Antonio Banderas movie version and the awesome Dynamite Entertainment comics with more dark themes and such while maintaining a faithful tone to the original vigilante that Batman basically was ripping off before it became canon in the comics.
THE PIRATES OF DARK WATER
Now I will have to admit that I only watched one episode out of this and I wasn't really interested which is rather dumb of me because in reality the show is pretty damn awesome in hindsight. But again, like so many shows made in the 80s and 90s, it got cancelled after about 21 episodes so why no one is considering to either remake this show or do a continuation is a bit of mystery to me. Maybe the rights is scattered all over the place since Hanna-Barbera Production has been defunct 17 years ago.
Still, a pirate themed sea traveling fantasy series set on a alien world is something I would love to see these days.
WING COMMANDER ACADEMY
This has got to be the most obscure animated shows I have ever seen. The only one who seems to know about it are the most hardcore fans of the original game franchise and even then its like a very small number.
Now I am only a casual fan of the games, like I have never played the game but I like the designs of the space ships and I love watching the live action cut scenes featuring awesome actors like Mark Hamill, Tom Wilson and Malcom McDowell but to have them featured in the animated prequel show to the games is pretty damn ambitious to me.
Maybe it is just me who just loves space traveling and combat movies and series but to be a full new animated version of Wing Commander would be a pure delight if they gave it to actual good writers.
And that is all I can think off, I know that I skipped or missed alot of shows but if you like to mention any I would love to hear them. Have a good week