Cartoon Classics

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There’s nothing quite like remembering the good old days, when Ant and Dec were still on Byker Grove and Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister (…ok I take that back). WUWO have been dusting off the cobwebs from some 1980’s cartoon classics …

He-Man

He-Man is the Prince of Eternia, it is up to him to defend the Castle Greyskull against the evil forces of Skeletor and his ghastly minions – take that Tinky Winky! When he’s not the world saving red-haired Master of the Universe, he is Adam – a fairly normal bloke who happens to own a power sword (pretty lucky if you ask me) which when raised at the same time as shouting “BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL” he turns into He-Man as well as transforming his nervous pet tiger, Cringer, into the fearless Battlecat – this ability he claims was randomly discovered one day – a very likely tale!

  • He-Man was created out of the frustration of Ray Wagner, CEO of Mattel after he turned down a deal to produce the toyline for the movie Star Wars.
  • Company ‘Conan Properties’ unsuccessfully tried to sue Mattel claiming their character He-Man was based upon their character Conan the Barbarian.
  • A film was made in 1987 based on He-Man called ‘The Masters of the Universe’ which starred Dolph Lundgren as He-Man.
  • He-Man is a rare example of someone being cool and ginger.

 Dungeons & Dragons

After going on a roller-coaster called Dungeons & Dragons, six kids get teleported to another dimension called the Realm, and befriend a rather delightful dwarfish gentleman named the Dungeon Master, who gives each of them an incredibly useful magical item (like a pole vaulting pole…obviously) which shall aid them in their adventures.

  • In 1985, the National Coalition on Television Violence demanded a warning be shown during each broadcast stating that the show had been linked to real life violent deaths.
  • While a final episode was written to conclude the story it was only ever written and never made.
  • In January 2009, IGN ranked Dungeons & Dragons at #64 on its “Best 100 Animated Series” list.
  • The Dungeon Master resembles Paul Daniels…fact.

Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers

These two much-loved Disney chipmunks, Chip and Dale setup a detective agency called Rescue Rangers. With the sterling help of their chums Gadget, Monterey Jack, and Zipper, these two would-be Starsky and Hutches solve crimes deemed “too small” for the police. Often finding themselves up against Fat Cat and the mad scientist Norton Nimnul, the pair battle adversity and, impressively, get taken seriously with their voices.

  • When creator, Tad Stones, first came up with the idea of the Rescue Rangers the main character was an Indiana Jones type mouse named Kit Colby.
  • Dale’s shirt he wears is based on the character Thomas Magnum from Magnum P.I.
  • Tress MacNeille, who is the voice of Seymour Skinner’s mum in the Simpsons, voices Chip.
  • Chip and Dale are male. (I checked this out  – it’s apparently true)

Jamie and the Magic Torch

Every night, after young Jamie had been put to bed, his pet dog Wordsworth appears holding a torch in his mouth. Jamie would take the torch and shine it on the floor, opening up a portal to Cuckoo Land (which Wordsworth always got stuck in). Now, once in Cuckoo Land (which was arrived at by going down a helter skelter slide) the fun would begin. But I think the whole experience serves a stark warning that Jamie should knock the magic mushrooms on the head!

  • The series was written and narrated by Brian Trueman, who later wrote shows such as Dangermouse and Count Duckula.
  • The Eugene McGuinness video for Monsters Under the Bed was based on the cartoon, and copied the opening titles.
  • The Producer for the program also produced the 1980s TV classic Minder.
  • Wordsworth the dog sounds like Robbie Coltrane.

 Does anyone remember any more old cartoons?