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Aug. 10th, 2005

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luvcraft asked me to write about:

i was such a cartoon fanatic as a child. in fact, so much so that i can't quite separate the cartoons i like when i was *actually* a kid from those i liked as an adult. not sure if any of you read the short story i posted awhile back called "Sting," but part of that was autobiographical. i spent most of my childhood at my ancient neighbor's house doing homework and watching afternoon cartoons. i also used to get up specifically early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. i can recall being awake at 8am at the latest and switching stations to follow the cartoons i really liked and weed out the ones i didn't. i can remember that once Soul Train came on, it was useless; all the cartoons were over and i had to find something else to do. i don't know that i'm up for giving reviews of my childhood cartoon tastes, but i can give a bit of a list ("kids" cartoons only): Thundercats, Voltron, The Real Ghostbusters, any Warner Brothers cartoon--specifically the Merry Melodies and Bugs Bunny, Garfield and Friends, Space Ghost, Superfriends, Dungeons and Dragons, Pac Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Robotech, The Smurfs, The Snorks, Danger Mouse, Transformers. cartoons i remember watching when i considered myself an "adult": Darkwing Duck, Duck Tales, Earthworm Jim, The Tick, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, Eek! The Cat.

my personal childhood picks? Warner Brothers cartoons, Animaniacs, The Tick, The Real Ghostbusters , Earthworm Jim.

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From:luvcraft
Date:August 9th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
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I had much the same list when I was a kid. The earliest cartoon I can remember watching was Space Ghost. I really wish Cartoon Network would play some of that; I'd prefer watching the original to "Coast to Coast", although I'm sure the original would seem absolutely horrible now.

My favorite saturday morning cartoons as a kid were D&D, Real Ghostbusters, Kidd Video, Thundarr, Voltron, Pac Man, Garfield and Friends, Merry Melodies... TMNT didn't happen until I was a teenager, although I did watch it, especially when I stayed the night at friends houses. I remember flipping past Robotech, but I never actually watched any of it until I borrowed it from spongytom about six years ago (in case anyone cares, that set only had the Macross Saga part of the series, so I still haven't seen the other two parts). I never had cable, so I missed the whole childhood Dangermouse experience that pretty much everybody else had.

Favorite afternoon cartoons were, of course, Transformers, GI Joe, He-Man, and Thundercats. I was very sad when we moved from our house near Louisiana (the street, not the state, for those playing along at home) up to the heights, because we ended up in the "shadow" of channel 2's antenna and thus could no longer get Thundercats.
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From:gothaminserenia
Date:August 9th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)

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I just picked up He-Man on DVD last week, a "10 greatest episodes" release. I used to watch that religiously when I got home from school. As an adult, it's still good! Although the morals at the end are now pretty funny ("when you're playing with your friends, be sure to share"). Apparently they'll be coming out with the complete 5-season set on DVD over the next few months.

Yes, Thundercats was another favorite. No word on any DVD release yet for that one. Though I have seen quite a few people sporting Thundercats t-shirts lately ...
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:August 10th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
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ah, forgot entirel about D&D didn't i? should have put that on the list too.
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From:luvcraft
Date:August 10th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
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no, it's there.
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From:_wirehead_
Date:August 9th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Thundercats. She-Ra (and, to a lesser degree, He-Man). The Real Ghostbusters. Mighty Mouse! those horrible Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros cartoons. when i was older, TMNT, X-Men, Animaniacs. i have vague memories of many of the other things you mentioned. (except for D&D -- wtf?! there was a D&D cartoon?? o_O;;)

and lots of Warner Bros, of course.

i confess that, even though they are awful, the Legend of Zelda cartoons still amuse the hell out of me.
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From:luvcraft
Date:August 9th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I have some D&D on VHS. Too bad you're a-leavin' or I'd show you some. :)X

"Teleport, Uni! Teleport!!"
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From:gothaminserenia
Date:August 9th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Believe it or not, when I was a child I used to get up to watch the static on the TV waiting for the Superfriends to come on at 7 am. I've never (willingly) awoken that early since. Other cartoons I took in were the Warner Bros cartoons (the ones with Bugs Bunny were always the best), the Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Mighty Mouse, Tom & Jerry, and a bunch of others I'm sure I'm forgetting.

Oddly enough, I missed out a bunch of cartoons that were popular, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Transformers, & GI Joe. I didn't even know there was a Pac-Man cartoon. It seems there was a lot that the TV stations in my little city just didn't carry.
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From:ickle_tayto
Date:August 10th, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
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oooh cartoons.. I also lived for cartoons and as we had cable when I was a kid we had access to the english ones too.. my top 10 would be (in no particular order):

Ulysses (sp?)
She-Ra (not so much He-man.. but the new He-man ones weren't bad)
Thundercats
Dungeons & Dragons
Jem
City of Gold (children of the sun)
Inspector Gadget (did anyone else think that the police guy was the Claw??)
Jace and the Wheeled Warriors
Wacky Races
transformers (and to a lesser extent gobots)

When I was older I became a very big fan of cartoon network with the likes of : angry beavers, cow and chicken, johnny bravo etc being favourites..

fwiw Space ghost is on cartoon network these days.. at least in europe..

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From:luvcraft
Date:August 10th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
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Oh crap! I forgot all about a bunch of those! I LOVED Inspector Gadget and Wheeled Warriors and Wacky Races, and liked Jem even though I knew it was for girls. :)X

I only saw a few episodes of Ulysses, but liked it too.

Oh oh! And the "Spiderman and His Amazing Friends / Incredible Hulk" hour!

And Brave Star.

And Galaxy Rangers, which I somehow forgot, but own the entirety of on VHS. :)X

Also, I know it doesn't quite count as a cartoon, but when I was in pre-first I would watch Ultraman every morning before school.
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From:ickle_tayto
Date:August 10th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
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i always wanted to be the fire girl from spiderman and his amazing friends
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From:blaquewraith
Date:August 10th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
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Can't forget some of the classic British cartoons too like Jamie & the Magic Torch, Bananman, Dangermouse, Dr Snuggles, Familyness, Trap Door...

I some are probably from before I was born but they sure got repeated a lot.

Lots of greats listed here
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From:ickle_tayto
Date:August 10th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
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yes forgot about dangermouse.. trap door was great.. and just remembered duckula.. and bananaman

too many cartoons

for british telly I was more intothe programmes, like Supergran and why don't you and rentaghost etc.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:August 10th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
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we didn't get many British cartoons, unfortunately. DangerMouse, but that's really about all i can remember.
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