Awesome Cartoons from the 80’s we all forget to remember, #cartoons, #Mr.T, #bravestar, #shirttales, #filmation

Forgotten Friday features, in no certain order, cartoons from our youth that were so awesome that I can’t believe I’ve forgotten about most of these.

SHIRT TALES: Aired on NBC Sept. 18, 1982 – Jan. 21, 1984, this cartoon was about a group of shirt wearing animals that lived in a tree in a park. Their shirts would display messages based on their moods, and the premise of the cartoon was they would sneak out of their tree when the park ranger wasn’t looking and solve the huge crime of the week.

Mr. T. : Aired on NBC Sept. 17, 1983–Sept. 6, 1986, This cartoon had Mr. T., popular due to  the A-Team and his appearances in Rocky and WWF wrestling, traveling the world with a bunch of gymanist kids and his mohawk sporting dog Dozer. They went around the globe solving mysteries and fighting crime. “I pity the fool that missed this cartoon!”

BRAVESTAR:  Aired through syndication Sept. 14, 1987–Feb. 24, 1988, Bravestar was the perfect blend of everything boys wanted, space adventure and western adventure all rolled into one. Bravestar was an intergalactic Marshall on a planet called New Texas. His trusted steed, a cyborg stallion named 30:30 who could use a shotgun if necessary was one of my favorite characters form the toon.  Bravestar fought space criminals and used special powers of spirit given to him through his native american culture, The Speed of the PUma, Strength of the Bear, Eye of the Hawk, and Ear of the Wolf, these all helped Marshall Bravestar save the day!

GHOSTBUSTERS: Aired through syndication Sept. 8 – Dec. 5, 1986. This wasn’t a very popular cartoon due to its direct rip off of the Ghostbuster’s movie fame. So much so that a cartoon called “The Real Ghostbusters” was created and left this one running for only one season. The cartoon was actually based on 1975 live action tv show but everyone assumed it to be a rip off. The cartoon follows a group of paranormal investigators Jake King and Eddie Spencer who have a fedora wearing gorilla partner named Tracy. Together they fought the evil overlord Prime Evil and his minions.

DANGER MOUSE: British Cartoon, Aired 28 September 1981 to 19 March 1992. This was an obscure cartoon, I remember watching on some cable channel. It followed the adventures of the world’s most dangerous spy and his sidekick. Danger Mouse of course was the hero and he, like in many cartoons, was clumsy and accident prone. His sidekick was the one who really solved the crimes.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Aired CBS 1983 -1985: This cartoon followed a group of kids who are magically transported to a fantastical world in the Dungeons and Dragons realm. They all become a type of character from the D&D game. They must fight their way through the world to find the Dragon Master in order to get back home. This was one of my favorite toons while it was on.

COPS: Aired through syndication 1988–1989.  C.O.P.S. (Central Organization of Police Specialists), in charge with protecting Empire City from mob leader Big Boss and his gang of cronies. This series was good for some cool character names like :

Baldwin P. “Bulletproof” Vess, Rex “Bowser” Pointer, P.J. “LongArm” O’Malley

DINO-RIDERS: Aired through syndication October 1, 1988 – December 31, 1988 This cartoon was short lived but did it’s intended job of launching the Dino-Riders toy line. This cartoon had the good Valorians defending themselves against the evil Rulons. Both sides would gain control over dinosaurs via a mental control helmet or collar and the battles would ensue. Geek jason loved this toon and the toys.

M.A.S.K.: Aired on USA Network from 1985 to 1986. This cartoon, based on a successful Hasbro toy line brought the adventures of Matt Trakker and his M.A.S.K. team of crime fighting agents to life in their never ending battle of good vs evil against the V.E.N.O.M. The toy line and cartoon had vehicles that transformed into other vehicles and each character wore a mask that gave the wearer special abilities.

The 80’s brought us a ton of awesome and amazing cartoons that will live on forever in our childhood memories. Here is a short list of a bunch more awesome cartoons from the past. Are there any you remember not listed here?

  • Street Sharks
  • Tiger Sharks
  • Gummi Bears
  • Rescue Rangers
  • Darkwing Duck
  • Rubik, the amazing cube
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Tale Spin
  • Gi Joe
  • Go Bots
  • Rocklords
  • Silver HAwks
  • Blackstar
  • The Transformers
  • The Snorks
  • The Smurfs

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