A Tribute To The 80s

80's cartoons

As a child that grew up in the 80s Saturdays were my favorite day not only because there was no dreadful school to have to go to but also because there was Saturday morning cartoons.

On a typical Saturday I would wake up, grab a bowl of sugary cereal (Fruit Loops was my favorite) stay in my pajamas and watch cartoons. Our TV wasn’t a big flat screen by any means, in fact it was pretty small, but as a child everything looks big. If I close my eyes I can still see those amazing cartoons filled with eye-popping colors and funny, animated characters. Yes…Saturday mornings were my favorite day of the week.


Who can forget Rainbow Brite and her colored friends. This cartoon was my all time favorite. For some reason Rainbow Brite made me happy and I still love Rainbow Brite to this day and have passed off my passion to my daughter who has fallen in love with her too. I have actually started a small collection and every now and again I search through Ebay and find something for my daughter to play with. The cartoons, I am happy to announce, are now available on DVD for everyone to enjoy.


Who could ever forget Smurfs. One of the most smurftastic cartoons to come on TV. They are actually making a Smurf movie that is set to hit the theaters soon. My son came running up to me the other day announcing that there was a Smurf movie he really wanted to go see in the theaters. I giggled a little bit and explained to him that I used to watch the Smurfs as a kid. He looked at me funny as if he didn’t quite understand how that could possibly be since it was soooo new (LOL)
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Who could ever forget sweet lovable Strawberry Shortcake. This cartoon was absolutely adorable. I remember I had a Strawberry Shortcake doll growing up and she smelled delicious!! My daughter has a tiny Strawberry Shortcake doll and just the smell brings me back to my childhood. I also remember I had a Strawberry Shortcake book called Pets On Parade and I loved that book.

Gummi Bears

Gummi Bears bouncing here and there and everywhere. This cartoon (based on my favorite candy) was so awesome! The characters were cute and lovable and so colorful. Every Saturday morning I watched this cartoon without fail. I can still remember the opening song (I think) and I can still remember these cute little cartoon characters bouncing around everywhere.

These were just a few of my favorites and there were many others as I’m sure anyone who grew up in the 80s can remember. There was the Raccoons, The Get Along Gang, Jem and the Misfits, She Ra and many more.

As a mother of 4 with children that watch a lot of cartoons I have to say that the quality in cartoons has gone down the tubes and they really don’t make them like they used to. I find most cartoons extremely annoying and some bordering on creepy (The Wiggles and those weird people who dance around in blue tights)

I really wish they would bring back my favorite cartoons from the 80s. They’re classics, loved by many kids and I believe they would still do well. Put them back on TV and stop making garbage cartoons that are not creative in the least. Bring back quality TV that even adults would enjoy watching with their kids not annoying cartoons that make my head hurt.


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