Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday Morning Cartoons From The 80s

Inspector Gadget

Inspector Gadget started as an animated series in 1983 and ran through 1986.  Starring the voice of Don Adams who was most famous for portraying a secret agent on the comedy series "Get Smart" years earlier.  Many of Inspector Gadget's personality quirks resemble those of Don Adams' original Get Smart character "Maxwell Smart". Inspector Gadget is a clueless, incompetent, and somewhat dim-witted guy who also happens to be a cyborg. His body is fitted with all types of robotic equipment and gadgets, hence the name Inspector Gadget. Although he's a total goofball, he's a very protective and generally all-around nice guy who usually accidentally saves the day. The main characters of the original show were of course Inspector Gadget, Dr....

The Real Ghostbusters

This animated cartoon series followed the hit movie. Peter Venkman, Winston Zeddemore, Egon Spengler, and Ray Stantz are still hunting ghosts, but now with the friendly assistance of Slimer, who is no longer out to slime the good guys. It ran from 1986-1991. https://youtu.be/bPiZptATdGc?list=PLmXaDT4OEyKHP0uO8DmGYvwd7ED5rpCBc    

Rainbow Brite

Launched in 1984, Rainbow Brite was actually a creation of Hallmark Cards. The animated series was about a young girl named Wisp who is brought to a gray, desolate land with the mission to bring color to this fictional world by locating the Sphere of Light. Along the way, she befriends a furry creature (called a sprite) named Twink and a magnificent horse named Starlite and finds a mysterious baby who turns out to be the key to her mission. With the help of her new friends, Wisp locates the legendary Color Belt and rescues the seven Color Kids, who had been trapped by the King of Shadows. Using the Color Belt, Wisp and the Sphere of Light defeat the...

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was a 95-episode animated series, produced by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions to follow the success of the toyline by Hasbro. The cartoon ran in syndication from 1983 to 1986. Included a short public service announcement cartoon at the end of every episode, in which a few of the G.I. Joes would instruct children on good behavior or how to be safe. They ended with the catch-phrase: ... And knowing is half the battle! Because the show was a regulated children's show, the characters could not use real firearms and nobody could ever die on screen.  They used laser guns instead of standard military weapons. The G.I. Joe team fought the fictional Cobra as...

Schoolhouse Rock

While this educational series actually started in the 1970s, new episodes were created and re-runs of the older ones were shown until 1985.  These entertaining educational short films were shown in between commercials on Saturday mornings during the normal broadcast time dedicated strictly to children's television and animated cartoons. Most 80s kids have fond memories of the episodes and can actually sing along with the commercials to this day, proving that the unique technique enabled kids to learn and memorize these ideas when set to music.   Grammar Rock A Noun Is A Person, Place, Or Thing https://youtu.be/h0m89e9oZko       Verb: That's What's Happening Conjunction Junction https://youtu.be/RPoBE-E8VOc       Interjections! https://youtu.be/YkAX7Vk3JEw Unpack Your Adjectives       Lolly,...

The Thundercats

The series plot begins with the dying planet Thundera meeting its end, forcing the ThunderCats to flee their homeworld. The fleet is attacked by the Thundereans's enemies, the Mutants of Plun-Darr, who destroy most of the starships in the "ThunderFleet," but spare the flagship hoping to capture the legendary mystic Sword of Omens they believe is on board. The sword holds the Eye of Thundera, the source of the ThunderCats' power, which is embedded in the hilt. https://youtu.be/HcGNqrAtsgg   Though the Mutants damage the flagship, the power of the Eye drives them back. The damage to the ship means the journey to their original destination is not possible, instead of having to journey to "Third Earth," which will take much...

Blackstar

In this animated adventure from 1981, Astronaut John Blackstar goes through a black hole with his spaceship and winds up in an ancient universe. The premiere episode aired on September 12, 1981, and the entire series original run lasted until December of that year. After its cancellation, Blackstar was re-run during the 1983–84 season, on the heels of He-Man's popularity. Despite favorable ratings from that 1983–84 reairing, plans for a second season had already been previously scrapped. It aired originally on CBS and was created by Filmation. Characters: John Blackstar (voiced by George DiCenzo) – The main protagonist of the series. John Blackstar is an astronaut who ends up stranded on the planet Sagar where he takes part in the...

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels was an animated cartoon show that aired from September 10, 1977, to June 21, 1980.  The series follows the mystery-solving adventures of the Teen Angels—Brenda, Dee Dee and Taffy—and their friend Captain Caveman (or Cavey for short), a prehistoric caveman and superhero whom the girls discovered and thawed from a block of ice.  The show combined elements of Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and even Charlie's Angels. Captain Caveman's voice was provided by none other than cartoon voice over legend, Mel Blanc. Captain Caveman's powers include super-strength, a variety of useful objects hidden inside his hair, and a club that allows him to fly and from which pop out different tools he uses to fight crime....

Hong Kong Phooey

Originally airing in 1974-1976, Hong Kong Phooey became a hit Saturday Morning Cartoon when it ran in reruns again in 1981.  Each episode begins with Rosemary, the somewhat ditzy telephone operator, getting a call about a crime which she explains to Sergeant Flint. Penry, the janitor, overhears the conversation and proceeds to transform himself into the crime-fighting canine (whom Rosemary has a crush on) by slipping into the hidden room behind the vending machine, then jumping into the bottom drawer of his filing cabinet, getting stuck, and, with help from Spot, coming out of the top drawer. https://youtu.be/-n91lSO0wJQ After sliding behind an ironing board to the floor below, he bounces off an old sofa, through an open window, into a...

The Smurfs

The Smurfs TV show originally started in the United States in 1981 as a Saturday morning cartoon.  The original run of the show was from September 1981 until December 2nd, 1989.  The Smurfs was originally a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest. There were created first in 1958, but didn't reach the U.S. in cartoon form until 1981.  https://youtu.be/fJxLNvhce2w You can watch more episodes at the Official Smurfs Youtube Channel Papa Smurf is the leader of the community. Other Smurfs are generally named after their personality disposition, much like Disney's Seven Dwarfs; for example, Brainy, Greedy, Vanity, Lazy, Clumsy, Hefty, Jokey, Dreamy, Grouchy, or their...

Thundarr The Barbarian

Thundarr The Barbarian was an animated show that ran for two seasons from 1980-1982 and then again in reruns in 1983. The show was set in the post-apocalyptic future, which featured regions throughout the United States.  The new world is filled with various kingdoms, many ran by wizards and warlords. The characters consisted of the hero, Thundarr, a sorceress named Princess Ariel, and Ookla the Mok, a strong beast-like creature. Thundarr carried a powerful weapon called Sunsword.  Altogether there were 21 30 minute episodes of Thundarr made. https://youtu.be/ib8wlTm3Z3E You can buy it on DVD at Amazon right here.

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