I have to start off by saying that, just because you’re an adult, does not mean you have to stop being a kid at heart.
The next time someone heckles you for being the only adult at an animated Disney movie—without a child in tow—remind them their significant other is probably playing video games at home.
Or making a costume to wear at Comic-Con.
Or watching an episode of The Simpsons. Which is THE longest running T.V. show in American history. Go figure.
My point is…you’re never too young to watch cartoons. And I watched a SHIT-TON of cartoons.
Let’s get real. I watch a SHIT-TON of TV (that post is coming) and SHIT-TON of movies (that post is coming, too).
Even though most of the cartoons I watch are nowadays are in movie theaters (although I do like watching Bob’s Burgers with Babendude. I love the songs at the end! LOL), these were my favorites from back in the day.
1) HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1983-1985) – In the distant and mystical land of Eternia, Prince Adam leads the life of royalty. Unbeknownst to all but a few close friends/allies, Prince Adam is actually a hero, the mighty He-Man. Together with his friends: Teela; her father, Man-at-Arms; mysterious wizard, Orko and his mighty friend Battle Cat, He-Man battles the evil Skeletor and his minions for control of the world, and, more importantly, for the control and power of Greyskull, the mysterious castle from which He-Man derives his powers. ~ Courtesy of IMDB
I’m gonna be real with ya’ll: He-Man did it for me. Granted, I could’ve done without the Peppermint Patty hairdo—not to mention his pink-wearing counterpart Prince Adam—but all those muscles…like KA-POW!! Even his voice, as He-Man, was sexy to me. Things just got weird, but there it is.
Then the cartoon got rebooted in the early 2000’s, and He-Man hired an image consultant and got a face lift.
What the WHAT? I don’t know about you, but he looks an awful lot like a young Brad Pitt. AmIright or amIright? Young Brad Pitt. Unh! Total hawtie. I was unaware of the cartoon and figurine reboot, but I happened to find the rebooted theme song version on YouTube. With He-Man/Brad Pitt.
I say Goddamn, Goddamn! What. The. Fuck? Where was I and why wasn’t I watching this hotter-than-roadkill, muscle-bound dude again? Gah! And this is what it has come down to: drooling over cartoon characters. It happens, people. I have book boyfriends and cartoon boyfriends. There’s more. Read on.
2) SHE-RA: PRINCESS OF POWER (1985-1987) – The show follows the adventures of Princess Adora, Prince Adam/He-Man’s twin sister, who was kidnapped at birth by the evil Hordak and taken to Etheria. She served as a mind-controlled Horde Force Captain until He-Man rescued her. After reuniting with her parents in Eternia, she went back to lead a group of freedom fighters known as the Great Rebellion in the fight to free Etheria from the tyrannical rule of Hordak and the Evil Horde. With her Sword of Protection Adora can become She-Ra. ~ Courtesy of IMDB
Looking at the time frame, I noticed that this aired after He-Man was canceled. I’m now wishing they had run this in tandem with He-Man because they’re could’ve been some crossover. After all, they are brother and sister. And twins, at that. I loved that Adora was a princess and She-Ra, a badass leader of a group of rebels. It was the ultimate female empowerment cartoon. I feel a Katy Perry song coming on… #IAmWomanHearMeRoar
3) ROBOTECH (1985) – The Earth uses advanced alien technology from a crash-landed starship to develop giant robotic machines to fight off three extraterrestrial invasions. ~ Courtesy of IMDB
I can’t believe this cartoon was only on for a year. I was stunned when I looked it up on IMDB and saw that. But I watched every single episode..of the original. Because yes, there was a reboot. Of course. And like the female lead Lynn Minmay, I was in love with Rick Hunter. That name had swagger and so did
his hair he. He was a badass pilot, but looked like a rockstar. Unh! You can add him to the list of my cartoon boyfriends.
4) VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE (1984-1985)- This series focuses on five lion robots and their pilots as they fight the evil forces of King Zarkon and Prince Lotor. ~ Courtesy of IMDB
Lance, Keith, Pidge, Hunk, and Sven. I had a thing for both Sven and Keith. LOL. I loved Sven’s accent. LOVED. IT. Then he got hurt and the next thing I know, he was replaced by Princess Allura. Utter devastation ensued on my part.
For a while, I was like, “Is he coming back? Where the fuck did he go?” I don’t think I ever really got over his absence, but I was cool with Princess Allura, because, y’know, badass female pilot. And I loved the theme song. See below. You’re gonna see something familiar. Animal-shaped robots in different colors? Check. Human pilots that wear the same-colored clothing as their machine? Check. Animal-shaped robots that merge to create an all-powerful being? Check. And that’s how Power Rangers was born, people! Boom! <drops mic>
5) THUNDERCATS (1985-1989) – A team of humanoid cats fight evil in their adopted home world. ~ Courtesy of IMDB
If you didn’t love this cartoon, then we can’t be friends. I’m sorry, but that’s how I roll. If you didn’t like this cartoon, it’s probably because you’re not a cat lover. I’m all about the cats. Badass humanoid cats. Badass humanoid cats with flame-shaped manes and deep, sexy voices (yes, I went there). Badass humanoid cats with badass names like Lion-O, Panthro and Cheetara. Badass humanoid cats that have a badass battle cry like “THUNDERCATS-HOOOOOOO!” Seriously. I could yell that all damn day. I know you could, too. Don’t lie!
All of these aired during the ‘80s. For me, that would’ve been towards the end of middle school and all of high school. In fact, Thundercats was my high school years.What’s funny is that last year sometime, my sister and I were at the mall with her daughter. We had just seen a movie together and we were sitting in the food court talking. I don’t know how it came up, but the next thing I know, my sister and I are reminiscing about the above cartoons.
And my niece had no idea what we were talking about. LOL
These cartoons were before her time as she was born in 1989.
She enjoyed the conversation, though, because of all the stuff we remembered. Plus, when the three of us get together, laughter abounds.
They don’t make cartoons like these anymore. The latest and greatest technology has come along to make them better. But you gotta love the cheesiness of it all back then, y’know?
Do you have any favorite cartoons that you watched? Do tell in the comments below.