Never has a screen with animated cartoon characters brought so much joy to so many people.
Cartoons have been a favorite way to spend a Saturday morning for kids of all ages, and 80s cartoons were definitely something special.
They were so special, in fact, that not only are the original episodes of some 80s cartoons still aired, but some have been reinvented and hit the big screen as blockbusters.
Transformers were one of the most popular 80s cartoon for the boys. It was Optimus Prime and the Autobots—the good guys—against the super bad Megatron and his legion of Decepticons. The premise of giant robots that transformed into modes of transportation was too cool for kids, of any age, to resist.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was another awesome show. Prince Adam of Eternia would hold up his Power Sword, proclaiming By the power of Greyskull! This would instantly turn him into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe.
He also transforms his pet tiger, Cringer into the brave Battle Cat. His main enemies are Skeletor and his crew of henchmen.
M.A.S.K., Mobile Armored Strike Command, was a group of men led by Matt Trakker. They had a fleet of transforming transportation and battled the V.E.N.O.M, or the Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem. Possibly one of the coolest names for a group of bad guys.
There were also had some other great 80s cartoon shows like G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, and Thundercats.
Girls might remember talking ponies with cutie-marks that live in a magical town called Ponyland. My Little Pony was a great show with colorful ponies.
They had contrasting manes and tails, and a cutie mark on their rear ends, which, essentially, decided their name. There was Cotton Candy, Butterscotch, Minty and Blossom, among many others.
Similar to the adorable ponies, the Care Bears were seriously cute do-gooders who also had their own symbol on their round little bellies. When performing a Care Bear Stare, beams would come out of their bellies, foiling any wrongdoing and teaching people to care.
Jem and the Holograms was another popular show for. It was about girl bands and the Starlight Foundation for Girls, a foster home run by Jerrica Benton. Jem was the alter ego of Jerrica, thanks to Synergy, a holographic computer, and her giant star-shaped earrings.
The rival band, The Misfits, was the bad girl group led by Pizzazz, and was always trying to upstage and sabotage Jem and the Holograms.
Other great cartoon shows were Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, and He-Man’s twin sister, She-Ra, Princess of Power.
Some other 80s cartoon shows everybody loved were.
The Smurfs were resourceful and clever. Papa Smurf was their leader of sorts, and was well versed in magic, while Smurfette was the only female in town. Gargamel and his cat, Azrael, constantly harassed the Smurfs, bent on turning them into gold—if he could only find their village.
Inspector Gadget was a clumsy detective who always managed to get himself into trouble while trying to solve a case. Lucky for him, his niece, Penny, and her dog, Brain, always had Gadget’s back, though he had no clue, and they saved him quite frequently.
Chief Quimby is Gadget’s boss, and the main bad guy is Doctor Claw, though all anyone ever saw of him was his arm.
Danger Mouse was a super cool spy with a (purely aesthetic) eye patch—another super cartoon of the decade. Danger Mouse was full of spoof episodes and cases given to him by Colonel K, in which Penfold, Danger Mouse’s hamster sidekick, frequently had to be rescued.
Some other favorite 80s cartoons were The Ewoks, Battle of the Planets, Voltron, Duck Tales, and Dungeons and Dragons; even Pac Man and Q*Bert had their own show for a short time. One thing many of these cartoons had in common—marketing genius.