12 Classic Cartoons That No One Mentions Anymore

There are some 80s cartoons that everyone loved and that always seem to get rebooted and bathed in nostalgia: shows like He-Man, Transformers and Thundercats remain true classics!

But what about the cartoons that don’t tend to get mentioned anymore? What about some of the classics that have simply been forgotten – often unfairly? Let’s take a look at some of those hidden gems from our 80s childhoods…


12. Star Wars: Ewoks

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Star Wars: Ewoks – or, simply, Ewoks – was based on the iconic teddy bear aliens from Return of the Jedi, and turned token character in the film, played by the wonderful Warwick Davis into a leading role. While the reputation of the Ewoks has soured over the years, no one could say that a kids’ cartoon wasn’t the characters fulfilling their intended purpose.

11. Family Ness

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This was really popular in the day, and we all loved seeing which of the Family Ness would be involved in the story each week. I can’t be the only one who went to Loch Ness as a kid and wished I had a thistle whistle!

10. Adventures of the Gummi Bears

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A Disney classic, but one that seems to have been largely forgotten, yet at the time every kid would go around humming that catchy theme tune!

9. Moomin

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These loveable characters were just good, old-fashioned family entertainment. In recent years, the Moomins have had something of a revival, and it was the gentle nature of this cartoon that made them a unique watch even back in the day.

8. Penny Crayon

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The cartoon starring Hi-Di-Hi’s distinctively-voiced Su Pollard. Penny could draw anything and it would come to life in an enjoyable cartoon.

7. Sharky and George

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The crime-busters of the sea, Sharky and George were detectives who were a fish and a shark and would get into all kinds of funny situations solving the mystery each week!

6. Centurions

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The Centurions were cool at the time, but never seemed to take off like He-Man and Thundercats did. Looking back, however, this cartoon was just as fun and just as action-packed as both of those classics.

5. Defenders of the Earth

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This was huge at the time, with a group of intergalactic heroes, including Flash Gordon saving the day every week; one character, Phantom, even went on to have a big-budget film made.

4. Battle of the Planets

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One of the classics that we used to love, this was very Japanese in its style, almost looking like Manga at times, and was a fantastic cartoon full of action all the way through!

3. Ulysses 31

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A sci-fi take on the Ulysses story, this was taken into a futuristic setting and always seemed to be competing with Battle of the Planets for being people’s favourite.

2. Wuzzles

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This was a lovely cartoon with some vibrant and colourful characters who were all made from two different animals melded together. Bumble-Lion, Rhino-Key and the gang gave us some great memories!

1. Ox Tales

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Ollie the Ox got me through one of my summer holidays as this was a genuinely laugh-out-loud classic that was funny every day, and always saw Ollie getting himself into trouble somehow and never failed to raise a smile!