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Get your fix of 1980's cartoon intros

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 23rd 2006 12:30PM

Silver Hawks, one of many 1980's cartoonsSo, you're now in that limbo period between the parade and Thanksgiving dinner where there isn't really much to do (well, except watch football. Blech!). So, you need something to occupy your time before you dig into that turkey with all of the trimmings. Boy, do I have that something for you!

Our friend iZ Reloaded (not his real name, I'm pretty sure) has compiled an extensive list of 1980's cartoon introductions that you can find on YouTube. There are seventy-five listed and they run the gamut, from Saturday morning fare like Pac-Man, Smurfs, and Dungeons and Dragons to syndicated classics like G.I. Joe, Transformers, He-Man and My Little Pony. Also included are intros to cartoons that I barely remember or never even saw, such as Potato Head Kids, Starcom and The Raccoons.

After watching a good portion of these clips (for, you know, research) I realized a few things. One, they really made some great cartoons back then. I mean, heck, G.I. Joe and Transformers were daily after-school stapes for me and my friends. Second, sometimes the cartoon intros looked better than the cartoon itself. It's like they used all of the animation money they had to produce a slick introduction, and then let monkeys handle the actual show. Anyway, you can find the list and whittle away some holiday time by clicking on this link.

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