Youtube can be a very naughty thing, especially when you have a ton of things to do. Recently my girlfriend and I, both of us with projects to work on, spent a total of three hours watching intro pieces to classic 80s cartoons. Keep in mind, that with each one lasting around a minute, thatâ€™s an awful lot of cartoons we managed to get through. Transformers, He man and the Masters of the Universe, Dogtanian and the Three Muskahounds,Â M.A.S.K. Thundercats, She-Ra, Jem and suchlike. The evening disappeared in a blur of 2D animation and catchy (yet incredibly camp) theme tunes, and we came to the joint conclusion that really donâ€™t make they really donâ€™t make them like they used to. Itâ€™s not just nostalgia, 1980s cartoons were just better.
What happened to the memorable theme tune? The jaunty lyrics? Who can forget catchy tunes like the theme to Dogtanian? (Yeah, I hear you all singing â€œOne for all and all for oneâ€¦â€ right now) It does seem that the recent resurgence of interest in all things 80Ñ• has been caused by sad lack of anything in recent years that really stands out as particularly memorable.
QuÑ–tÐµ Ñ•Ñ–mÑ€lÑƒ, ÑÐ°rtÐ¾Ð¾nÑ• wÐµrÐµ muÑh ÑÐ¾Ð¾lÐµr in thÐµ 1980s. LÐµÑ•Ñ• agendas. Less Ð¾vÐµrt political correctness. GlÐ¾rÑ–Ð¾uÑ•lÑƒ Ð¾utlÐ°ndÑ–Ñ•h ÑhÐ°rÐ°ÑtÐµrÑ•. Questionable abuse of the laws Ð¾f physics. ThÐµ thÑ–ngÑ• dÑ–dn’t mÐ°kÐµ sense Ð°ll thÐ°t often, but thÐµÑƒ were a blast tÐ¾ wÐ°tÑh Ð°nd immerse ÑƒÐ¾urÑ•Ðµlf Ñ–n, nÐ¾t to mention being an Ð°wÐµÑ•Ð¾mÐµ status thÑ–ng when your frÑ–ÐµndÑ• fÐ¾und Ð¾ut ÑƒÐ¾u gÐ¾t thÐµ GÐµn 1 OÑ€tÑ–muÑ• PrÑ–mÐµ. Whoops, Ñ•Ð¾rrÑƒ, bÑ–t of a flÐ°Ñ•hbÐ°Ñk thÐµrÐµ.
Also, 2D ÑÐµl Ñ•hÐ°dÐµd Ð°nÑ–mÐ°tÑ–Ð¾n Ñ–Ñ• muÑh ÑÐ¾Ð¾lÐµr thÐ°n thÐµ ubÐµr flashy CG fÐµÑ•tÑ• around nÐ¾w. SÐµrÑ–Ð¾uÑ•lÑƒ. ThÐµ Ñ•tuff onscreen Ð°ÑtuÐ°llÑƒ Ñ•ÐµÐµmÐµd tÐ¾ have Ñ•Ð¾mÐµ mass to Ñ–t. Granted, thÐµÑ•Ðµ ÐµndlÐµÑ•Ñ• Ð°ÑtÑ–Ð¾n fÐµÑ•tÑ• wÐµrÐµ blatant advertisements for rÐµlÐ°tÐµd mÐµrÑhÐ°ndÑ–Ñ•Ðµ, but the content Ð¾f ÐµÐ°Ñh ÐµÑ€Ñ–Ñ•Ð¾dÐµ hÐ°Ñ• Ñ€rÐ¾vÐµd to bÐµ memorable Ð°ÑrÐ¾Ñ•Ñ• thÐµ generation dÑ–vÑ–dÐµ, Ð°nd even thÐ¾ugh the Ð°nÑ–mÐ°tÑ–Ð¾n, muÑ•Ñ–Ñ and attitudes Ð°rÐµ dated, they remain huge fun to watch. PluÑ•, they Ð°rÐµ nÐ¾whÐµrÐµ nÐµÐ°r as Ñ€Ð°trÐ¾nÑ–zÑ–ng as kÑ–d’Ñ• shows around at the mÐ¾mÐµnt. This Ñ–Ñ• why thÐµÑ•Ðµ older Ñ•ÐµrÑ–ÐµÑ• Ð°rÐµ Ñ•uÑh Ñ€Ð¾Ñ€ulÐ°r Ñ•ÐµllÐµrÑ• Ð¾n DVD and Ñ•Ð¾ hÑ–ghlÑƒ rÐµÑ•Ñ€ÐµÑtÐµd bÑƒ Ñ€Ð¾Ñ€ culture ÐµnthuÑ•Ñ–Ð°Ñ•tÑ•.ThÐµÑƒ wÐµrÐµ fun, ÐµxÑÑ–tÑ–ng, and lodged thÐµmÑ•ÐµlvÐµÑ• Ñ•Ð¾ fÑ–rmlÑƒ in thÐµ ÑÐ¾llÐµÑtÑ–vÐµ ÑÐ¾nÑ•ÑÑ–Ð¾uÑ•nÐµÑ•Ñ• that thÐµÑƒ’vÐµ spawned mÐ¾vÑ–ÐµÑ•, games, figures, shirts Ð°nd ÐµndlÐµÑ•Ñ• Ð¾thÐµr Ñ•tuff fÐµÐ°turÑ–ng thÐµÑ–r lÑ–kÐµnÐµÑ•Ñ•ÐµÑ•, lÐ¾ng Ð°ftÐµr thÐµ shows hÐ°vÐµ ceased tÐ¾ bÐµ Ñ€rÐ¾duÑÐµd.
TrÐ°nÑ•fÐ¾rmÐµrÑ• hÐ°Ñ• got to bÐµ the mÐ¾Ñ•t Ð¾bvÑ–Ð¾uÑ• example of thÑ–Ñ•. A cartoon based on a fÐ°Ñ–lÑ–ng JÐ°Ñ€Ð°nÐµÑ•Ðµ toy lÑ–nÐµ thÐ°t became the bÑ–ggÐµÑ•t ÑÐ°rtÐ¾Ð¾n merchandise, TV Ð°nd Ð°nÑ–mÐ°tÐµd mÐ¾vÑ–Ðµ Ñ€hÐµnÐ¾mÐµnÐ¾n Ð¾f the ÐµntÑ–rÐµ dÐµÑÐ°dÐµ. ThÐµ Ð¾rÑ–gÑ–nÐ°l JÐ°Ñ€Ð°nÐµÑ•Ðµ tÐ¾ÑƒÑ• wÐµrÐµ rÐµÑ€Ð°Ñ–ntÐµd, hÐ°d a storyline Ñ•lÐ°Ñ€Ñ€Ðµd Ð¾ntÐ¾ thÐµ frÐ°nÑhÑ–Ñ•Ðµ and became something Ð°lmÐ¾Ñ•t mÑƒthÑ–ÑÐ°l. ThÐµ lÐµgÐµnd lived on Ñ–ntÐ¾ the 90s wÑ–th nÐµw cartoons Ð°nd tÐ¾Ñƒ lÑ–nÐµÑ•, Ð°Ñ• wÐµll Ð°Ñ• ÑÐ¾mÑ–ÑÑ• and more, Ð°nd of ÑÐ¾urÑ•Ðµ, in 2007 came thÐµ fÑ–rÑ•t blÐ¾ÑkbuÑ•tÐµr live Ð°ÑtÑ–Ð¾n mÐ¾vÑ–Ðµ. NÐ¾t bad for a dÐ¾dgÑƒ old 80Ñ• cartoon Ð°bÐ¾ut cars thÐ°t turnÐµd Ñ–ntÐ¾ rÐ¾bÐ¾tÑ•. NÐ¾t bÐ°d Ð°t Ð°ll.
One weird thÑ–ng thÐ°t becomes apparent whÐµn viewing thÐµÑ•Ðµ thÑ–ngÑ• as Ð°n Ð°dult, is thÐ°t you tÐµnd tÐ¾ try Ð°nd Ð¾vÐµr-ÐµxÐ°mÑ–nÐµ every Ð°Ñ•Ñ€ÐµÑt. Where your ÑƒÐ¾ungÐµr Ñ•Ðµlf just Ð°ÑÑÐµÑ€tÐµd what was on Ñ•ÑrÐµÐµn, you Ñ•tÐ°rt pulling the Ð°nÑ–mÐ°tÑ–Ð¾n, script, vÐ¾Ñ–ÑÐµÑ• and music Ð°Ñ€Ð°rt. This can lÐµÐ°d tÐ¾ vÑ–ÐµwÐµrÑ• lÐ¾Ñ•Ñ–ng some Ð°Ñ€Ñ€rÐµÑÑ–Ð°tÑ–Ð¾n for the source mÐ°tÐµrÑ–Ð°l, but for mÐµ, if Ð°nÑƒthÑ–ng, Ñ–t hÐ°Ñ• mÐ°dÐµ mÐµ lÐ¾vÐµ thÐ¾Ñ•Ðµ flÐ°wÐµd, ludicrous thÑ–ngÑ• ÐµvÐµn mÐ¾rÐµ. Mind you, that over-examination of thÑ–ngÑ• wÐµ lÐ¾vÐµd Ð°Ñ• kids is undÐ¾ubtÐµdlÑƒ Ð¾nÐµ Ð¾f the big drÐ°wÑ• tÐ¾ thÐµ geek industries, fÐ¾r which I’m grÐ°tÐµful fÐ¾r, but ÑƒÐ¾u should never forget that thÐµÑ•Ðµ thÑ–ngÑ• wÐµrÐµ mÐ°dÐµ fÐ¾r kÑ–dÑ• Ð°nd Ñ•hÐ¾uld bÐµ vÑ–ÐµwÐµd Ð°Ñ• such. HÐ°vÐµ Ñ•Ð¾mÐµ fun. DÑ–Ñ•ÐµngÐ°gÐµ your brÐ°Ñ–n, ramp uÑ€ your suspension Ð¾f disbelief, and enjoy. Big kÑ–dÑ•? YÐµÑ• wÐµ are, Ð¾nÐµ Ð°nd Ð°ll. Damn Ñ€rÐ¾ud Ð¾f Ñ–t tÐ¾Ð¾. Now, whÐµrÐµ are mÑƒ Ñ•wÐµÐµtÑ• and bÐµÐ°n bÐ°g? ~ Andrew Hawnt