Well, I’m pretty pumped and excited for the re-release of The Transformers and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero on DVD (this was all discussed HERE, by the way), so now I’m thinking about what 80s cartoons haven’t seen the light of day on DVD and should. It’s actually a harder list to come up with than you would think. Virtually every major cartoon from the 80s has hit DVD, but I still found a few gems…
Not to be outdone by CBS…
I love these SMC jam ads– Saturday morning’s biggest and best congregating in order to push their new seasons. This is a powerhouse line-up too:
Snorks – An obvious Smurfs rip-off… except they were underwater! What an ingenius twist! Despite being such a fan fave from the 80s, the characters were always annoying to me, especially their little octopus pet.
Adventures of the Gummi Bears – I loved this show! Who can forget that incredible theme song? I didn’t know it was on DVD already, I’ll be ordering it soon now. They missed a great bit of marketing though: they should’ve gotten with Capri Sun, Kool-Aid, or Hi-C to give us official Gummiberry juice. I once owned a Cubbi plush.
Smurfs – The real deal that shames Snorks. Sure, the later seasons were pretty lame (Grandpa Smurf? Baby Smurf?), but you can’t deny the awesome power of the Smurfs. Every kid needs a a few licensed characters on their bedspread growing up, and the Smurfs were one of my earliest that I can remember. I also had a Smurfs sleeping bag.
Punky Brewster – I think this show found a second life on the Saturday circuit. Let’s be honest, it just wasn’t a concept that would work in prime time. It pretty much was like a live-action cartoon. Unfortunately, NBC would make the very same type of mistake in the 90s by sending Saved By The Bell to Mondays (and later Saturday nights), effectively ruining the franchise for fans of the original run. I have to admit, I had a crush on Punky, but I’m pretty sure ever guy does (and still does, she’s hot now as well). The episodes that have always stuck with me through the years are the one where Punky gets beat up by some girl and then one of her friends gets stuck in an old fridge while playing hide & seek. I also liked the cartoon, It’s Punky Brewster.
Alvin & The Chipmunks – Another classic SMC that’s in desperate need of a proper DVD set. I know they’ve done the Christmas specials and various movies for DVD, but we haven’t seen a full season yet. Maybe in time for the live-action sequel that I’m sure is coming? I’ve always loved egotistical, scheming, but ultimately good-hearted characters (see Zack Morris from Saved By The Bell, Eric the Cavalier from Dungeons & Dragons, Ted from Hey Dude) and Alvin played the role perfectly. Who could stay mad a cute talking chipmunk?
Kidd Video – Though I remembered the name, this is a cartoon that doesn’t immediately spring to mind. I had to consult YouTube and now I definitely remember watching the show, especially the intro, but still there’s nothing specific about it that jumps out at me. Kind of seems like a pre-cursor to Captain N, but instead of video games the basis is music. Catch ya on the Flipside!
Mr. T – Cereal? Live-action show? Action figure? Rocky III? Sure, let’s give him a cartoon as well! It was a take-off on the mystery gang genre that Scooby-Doo originally brought to us. Nice disco opening. It was always awesome to see the live-action Mr. T grace us with his presence in the show. Spike was great, I forgot all about that little T-wannabe.
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends – Classic show. I actually prefer this over any other Spidey cartoon. It’s honest-to-goodness comic book fun and features TONS of Marvel Universe cameos. To this day, I will watch it whenever it pops up on Toon Disney/Jetix/Disney XD/Whatever. Too bad it only had three seasons with a grand total of twenty-four episodes. And where the frick is the DVD set ?!
See how I tied this altogether?