Once again, it’s time to get to know me and for me to get to know you in today’s Top 10 Thursday. This is just a day to sit back, relax, and have a bit of fun breaking the ice and realizing that we don’t have to take every moment of the day so seriously. So today, let’s discuss: Cartoons. Here are my top 10 favorite cartoons.
10. Alvin and the Chipmunks (The Original, sort of)
To me, the cartoon is much better than the movies, and definitely better than newer version that came out over the past few years. The 80s version, of which I grew up on, was the best. Though it’s debut was in the late 50s with Alvin, and the 60s with The Alvin Show, Alvin and the Chipmunks started in 83. Though I don’t know the titles, my favorite episodes involved Mr. T, the first episode with the Chippettes, and the one where an older lady wins a date with Alvin.
To be honest, I don’t remember this show a whole lot, but I remember that I really liked it. It was based on this human/hawk kind of space heroes. Most of them had silver bionic bodies, but the youngest “The Kidd” was actually made of copper. As I read about the show and refresh my memory, I’m guessing that I liked this show because it had much of the same voice-overs cast as my favorite cartoon of all time, and somewhat the same type of plot.
The poor man’s Transformers. I never liked Transformers, but Go-bots was a cartoon I’d never miss. Leader-1 was a humanoid Jet and Scooter was (as you can guess) a humanoid scooter. Along with the rest of their team they fought against the Renegades led by Cy-Kill.
7. Duck Tales
Who doesn’t like Scrooge McDuck, Hewey, Dewey, and Louie? Add to the mix a huge money vault, a sorceress, and a cowering duck named Fenton who could change into a bumbling, courageous robot called GizmoDuck and you’ve got yourself a great cartoon. This was probably the first cartoon we introduced to our kids from my generation.
6. The Smurfs
I think my favorite part of The Smurfs was that anything could be described by their name. “It’s the smurfiest!” “I’m not feeling very smurfy.” And don’t forget their eating of smurfberries. Other than that, I enjoyed the episodes with the guest characters like Big Nose. Over the last few months, I came to find out that many songs played during the cartoon were “classical” songs (using that in the generic sense) by Beethoven, Bach, etc.
5. Tom and Jerry
I must admit, I hated Tom and Jerry as a kid. I never wanted to watch it, but it was one of my dad’s favorite cartoon. There were no words, no jokes, no “evil-doers.” But a few years ago, I watched it again and was cracking up. I love this cartoon.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The Original)
I’m not sure why makers like to mess with a good show when they have it, but I feel like they did it with TMNT. As a kid in the 90s, I grew up watching this cartoon. I made swords and bo staffs, nearly knocked myself out with nun-chucks, and thought sais were the coolest (though I never could find the type that Raphael had). Fighting Shredder and then The Brain, what could get better than that?
3. Looney Tunes
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, that’s what! I could probably watch Looney Tunes all day. Of course, Bugs would be my favorite but Marvin the Martian made me just about die laughing. This cartoon was just plain genius.
2. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
I hear there might actually be a good live-action movie being developed. He-man was a cartoon I watched over and over again. I loved Orko; he tried so hard but couldn’t seem to get one magic spell right. This was the only cartoon where I had multiple actions figures. It always ended in a life-lesson from one of the characters. Why don’t cartoons do that anymore?
1. Thundercats (The Original)
Need I say more? This was by all means the best cartoon ever! Humanoid cats from the planet of Thundera crash-landing on Third Earth, saving it and its inhabitants from Mumm-ra the mummy, Slithe, Monkian, and Jackalman. And with the sword of Omens giving sight beyond sight! Classic! It just got even better when they introduced the Thundarians into the picture in the later seasons with their enemies the Lunar-tacs. My favorite episodes were those when Lion-O, Lord of the Thundercats had to earn his title and beat each Thundercats at their own game: Cheetarah at speed, Panthro at strength, Tygra at cunning, and Wiley-kit and Wiley-kat at whatever it is they were good at (tricks?).
Maybe in a couple of weeks, I will do a list of least favorite cartoons; here’s a heads up on a couple: Transformers and G.I. Joes. What were your favorites? I mean, besides Thundercats; that’s obvious. Let me know by commenting.