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1983 NBC Saturday Morning Cartoon Lineup

So way back in 1983, I would have been just 5 years old.  Even though I was that young, I can still vividly remember this lineup, and watching the heck out of it on Saturdays.  I seriously doubt I ever changed the channel, because I know I watched ALL of these shows, with the exception of The Flintstone Funnies.  Maybe I was eating cereal at time of morning, who knows.

This lineup is a who’s who of some of my absolute favorite cartoons from any era.  The Shirt Tales were a perennial favorite with Bogey and Rick being my guys.  The Smurfs never disappointed, and even today I still watch those classic episodes with my daughters.  Same goes for Alvin and the Chipmunks as well, as we own all of the DVD compilations that were released several years ago.  Mr. T is easily in my top 5, and once his show was over, I would break out my Mr. T action figures and relive the action.  Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and The Incredible Hulk were big in my house too due to my brother being a huge comic book fan.  And rounding out the lineup was Thundarr the Barbarian, which was my favorite cartoon of that genre right up until He-Man came along and took over the world….err, Universe.

What You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite 80’s Cartoons

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

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.

 

Bravestarr

BraveStarr

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

Wuzzles

The Wuzzles

Fact:  The Wuzzles only ran for 13 episodes, making it the shortest running animated Disney series of all time.

 

Shirt Tales

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

 

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The Smurfs Cartoon

Smurfs

Proving that we indeed are a one-world community, NBC president Fred Silverman bought the rights to the Flemish created characters known as the Smurfs and turned them into one of the most successful and smurfiest cartoons ever to hit the air. Created by cartoonist Peyo Culliford in 1957, the Smurfs (called Schtroumpfs in their homeland) had already become popular as American toys when Silverman got the idea of turning the little blue guys into a bunch of big green.

The Smurfs were a group of over 100 dark blue, three-apple tall humanoids who lived in the mushroom homes of Smurf Village. They were led by 543-year-old Papa Smurf (who didn’t look a day over 530). Their lives would have been perfect were it not for the villainous Gargamel, a wizard who spent his days trying to capture the wee creatures. Gargamel’s cat Azrael added to the menace, always looking for a smurfalicious snack.

The single-emotioned Smurfs—including Brainy, Jokey, Vanity, Grouchy and Clumsy—were later joined by Grandpa Smurf and five Smurflings, who went back in time to become youngsters. Gargamel, too, got a friend in the form of the unscrupulous Scruple. Continue reading “The Smurfs Cartoon”