If you thought you knew everything about you favorite 80’s cartoons, think again! From the many great, and some not so great, cartoons that aired in the 80’s there is an abundance of things about them you never knew. Check out these little known facts about 25 of your favorite cartoons from the 80’s! Let us know which ones surprised you the most.
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Fact: G.I. Joe premiered in 1983 with a 5-episode story called “The MASS Device“. The fact that is was shown in 5 parts made it the first animated mini-series in television history.
Fact: BraveStarr has the distinction of being the last cartoon series produced by our beloved Filmation studios. Filmation was also responsible for bringing us The Archie Show, Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids, and it’s most famous creation, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Read about the rise and fall of Filmation Studios in the excellent book, Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation
Also, you can read more about Bravestarr over at The Robot’s Pajamas
Fact: The Wuzzles only ran for 13 episodes, making it the shortest running animated Disney series of all time.
The Shirt Tales
Fact: The Shirt Tales series was created from a line of Hallmark greeting cards. When the cards lost popularity, so did the cartoon series.
Get the Shirt Tales Complete Series on DVD here