G.I. Joe

Remember waking up early as a kid on Saturday mornings, racing to the television to make certain you didn't miss your favorite 80s cartoons? What would happen on the drama that was G.I. Joe today? Would He-Man put the smackdown on Skeletor's butt? Maybe this time Starscream would finally weasel his way in as leader of the Decepticons! Come to think of it, Starscream sure sounded a lot like Cobra Commander. Hmm...and is Strawberry Shortcake strangely hot? Don't judge me. Some of these cartoons were so iconic that modern day movies were made out of them. Here are the top 5 cartoons from the 80s.



Duck Tales

Old Scrooge McDuck is the richest duck on earth, with a giant vault filled with money. He is an avid adventurer, and with the help of his three nephews and his pilot Launchpad go out in search of rare treasures, defend the vault from robbers. The most amazing feat? Despite Flintheart and the Beagle Boys, their adventures always managed to wrap up within a half hour. Oh, and is it me, or does the opening theme sound like Hall & Oates?


Ever sit and wish your cat would turn into a Thundercat? Maybe if she was struck by lightning or something? It could happen. Shut up. What was on key ingredient for a successful 80s cartoon? An Ewok-knockoff. The Berbils were cyborg teddy bears that were peaceful by nature yet assembled with robotic war parts. What? Lion-O was great as the leader and had a great, near-Optimus Prime level voice. If you even thought about talkin' smack to Panthro, he would slap you upside your head with his cat feet nunchucks.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe


I am Adam, prince of Eternia, and defender of the secrets of Castle Grayskull. This is Cringer, my fearless friend. Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me, the day I held aloft my magic sword and said, 'By the Power of Grayskull! I have The Power!' Cringer became the mighty Battle Cat. And I became He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe! Only three others share this secret; our friends the Sorceress, Man-At-Arms and Orko. Together we defend Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor!

Enough said. 


G.I. Joe

We all wanted Snake Eyes to kick Storm Shadow's tail. What would happen if Quick Kick joined in the fray? Who would win in an arm wrestling match between Gung Ho and Roadblock? You just knew Zartan was going to stick it to Cobra Commander at some point. Assuming Destro didn't get to him first. And the Baroness-Hellllllooooo!


Optimus Prime arguably has the coolest voice in any cartoon in the history of EVER. It was awesome that the the same voice actor (Peter Cullen) would perform his voice in the Transformers movie as well. On the Decepticon side, Soundwave was like a smooth, pimped out robotic version of Billy Dee Williams (at least in my head) without the 40 oz of Colt 45.