OT: favorite childhood cartoons???

Submitted by GOBLUE4EVR on November 12th, 2009 at 2:08 PM

after watching GI Joe the movie for the 2nd time this morning since the site was down. i thought to myself where did gi joe the cartoon rank in my top 5 childhood cartoons. this is what i came up with:

1: voltron
2: transformers
3: gi joe
4: thundercats
5: inspector gadget

what is your top 5???



November 12th, 2009 at 2:32 PM ^

Anyone who doesn't have Transformers at #1 is a communist. It was the Sopranos mixed with Seinfeld mixed with Citizen Kane, but you know... a cartoon.


November 12th, 2009 at 2:35 PM ^

Rescue Rangers
Smurfs (that's right, I said Smurfs)
There was one other one that must have been real early on in my cartoon watching days, which explains why I can't recall the title. It involved people zipping around in outer space doing hero stuff. The one episode that really sticks out in my mind involved one of the lead characters getting entangled in some sort of viney alien thing. The only way to extract him was to remove his arms and legs (! for a 5 or who knows how old). Apparently this lead character was a half-droid or something that could be taken apart. I remember just his torso with his head on it sitting in the front seat of his rescuer's spacecraft. Heady stuff for a young pup. Anyone got anything on what the hell that show was called? We watched the damn thing all the time.


November 12th, 2009 at 2:41 PM ^

only one show served as a constant reminder that life is like a hurricane, full of racecars, lasers and airplanes. To me, it will always reign supreme.

Tim Waymen

November 12th, 2009 at 4:40 PM ^

Awesome shows, especially X-Men. You can find just about all the episodes cut up into 3 parts on youtube (recently watched 3.5 seasons that way--I was bored, but X-Men is fucking awesome) and the Marvel website should have a bunch by now; they add a new one each week.

Recently seeing X-Men, it really was a great show.


November 12th, 2009 at 3:34 PM ^

Batman: The Animated Series holds up as one of the great action cartoons of all time. Buying the first three seasons on DVD was definitely one of my better ideas. Kevin Conroy as the voice of batman was phenomenal, and Luke Skywalker as the voice of the joker inspired.


November 12th, 2009 at 3:48 PM ^

Animaniacs is such the best. I can't believe there was like one mention of it and then a couple replies in agreeance.

(Except for the Buttons and Mindy sketches. Those were horrible.)

So, Animaniacs, and by the way, Pinky and the Brain being a spinoff, that counts.

Others, in no real order:

Darkwing Duck
Tiny Toon Adventures

Then there was the X-Men cartoon. I really liked it. I wanted to get into it. But you could never just jump right in. Batman episodes stood pretty well alone, but X-Men, you always had to have a pretty good library of prior knowledge of either the comics or previous episodes in your head to get what was going on. It drove me crazy.

Wide Open

November 12th, 2009 at 3:49 PM ^

1) Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show
2) Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
3) Woody Woodpecker
4) Muppet Babies (WOO MUPPETS! Woo?)
5) Garfield
6) Care Bears/Get Along Gang/Shirt Tales (apparently on purpose)

That's in rough order of "I will bitch if you pre-empt these for Live Aid, gas/oil spills or nuclear accidents."


November 12th, 2009 at 4:03 PM ^

In no particular order

Scooby Doo
GI Joe
Grape Ape

I know it said five but there were so many.

Tim Waymen

November 12th, 2009 at 4:55 PM ^

80s - early 90s:
2) M.A.S.K. - JHS knows what I'm talking about. +eleventy billion points if you do too
3) Ghostbusters
GI Joe? Transformers? Didn't really follow them. I'm trying to remember more, but the above 3 were my definite favorites. I remember watching Bionix Six, but I don't necessarily remember liking it. Inspector Gadget was decent.

1) X-Men
2) Batman animated series
3) Ren & Stimpy
4) Rocko's Modern Life
5) Doug - Killer Tofuuuuuuu!!!!!
6) Rugrats - it actually had some pretty funny moments
7) Looney Tunes, Animaniacs

Let me know if this brings back any memories.

Tim Waymen

November 12th, 2009 at 5:10 PM ^

I didn't watch the whole thing. I figured 10 80s cartoon openings can't be a bad thing. I guess I figured wrong. GI Jooooooeeeee!!!!

I don't remember learning the F word before I was about 5 (just didn't watch enough Scorcese as a kid), but I'm pretty sure I knew how to say that M.A.S.K. was fucking awesome. Apparently GI Joe has been making action figures recently as part of a reissue, tribute or anniversary, and they made a GI Joe Matt Trakker.


November 12th, 2009 at 6:26 PM ^

1) Jem
2) My Little Pony
3) Care Bears
4) Muppet Babies
5) Gummy Bears

but in all seriousness.... being a major geek well-versed in cartoon euphoria I can't really list a top five but here are some of my favorite shows that, I believe, have evaded prior discussion:

Dungeons and Dragons, The Tick, Pirates of Darkwater, Space Ghost Coast to Coast + Cartoon Planet, Super Mario Brothers' Super Show (RIP, Lou Albano) + Super Mario Brothers 3 (only marginally better), Legend of Zelda, any of the Sonic the Hedgehog series (Sonic Underground being the best), Bucky O'Hare, EEK! The Cat + The Terrible Thunderlizards

also: Beavis and Butthead, Aeon Flux, Maxx, The Head


November 12th, 2009 at 7:29 PM ^

1. Kimba the White Lion
2. Speed Racer
3. Underdog
4. Johnny Quest
5. HR Puffin-stuff (Saturday morning but not a cartoon)
6. Superfriends
7. School House Rocks
8. Scooby Doo
9. Wacky Racers
10. Groovy Ghoulies

These are all from 1972 to 1978. I spent WAY too much time in front of the tube when I was a kid. Maybe if I would have dedicated myself to something worthwhile and substanative(sp?) I'd be a better person today -- NAHHH!!!


November 12th, 2009 at 7:37 PM ^

1. Transformers
2. *cough* Smurfs *cough*
3. Scooby Doo (Die Scrappy Die) That's not German for "the Scrappy the".
4. Looney Tunes
5. Fat Albert

Honorable mention: That cartoon with the genie who would say "Yapple Dapple!"