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
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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!