Hello. This is my second blog entry. Since it's almost 2009 I plan on doing a blog about 1999 tommorrow.
This blog is inspired by a website I found the other day called: thatguywithglassess.com which is a popluar retro site for reviewing old movies and Nostalgia. It's mostly run by a young man named Doug Walker,who uses wit, and improv for his humorous videos.
I'm going to countdown my top 15 favorite 80s cartoon theme songs because I'm a 80s kid myself. For the younger bloggers born after 1988 this list may boggle you since most of these cartoons were made before you were born and you've probably never even heard of some of them since they've never been syndication. If you grew up in the 1980s like I did then you were lucky to have been kid. You see back then, we had great cartoons a reason to wake up early on saturday mornings, fix yourself a bowl of cereal, pull out your action figures and spend six hours watching TV but sadly the kids of today don't have that privledge. Instead, they have no saturday morning television but poorly drawn or godawful cartoon series that have no relavancy(I'm not going to name any because I don't want to offend anyone who may have kids of thier own now)
The one thing I can say about the 1980s,(a decade that everyone seems to either love or hate) is that it was the golden age of saturday morning TV. there was so much variety of animated shows you could watch at the time but one of the most interesting aspects about these cartoons was the fact that 80s toons had some of the catchiest,best most memorable themes of all time that everytime you hear it, brings back a distant memory.
So without futher ado, here's my list for the catchiest 80s cartoon themes of all time:
15. Foofur(1986). Foofur was a Hanna Barbera cartoon that briefly replaced Snorks during the fall of 1986 on NBC while it was airing in syndication at the time. I never watched the show(heard that it was inane and stupid) but remember the theme very well. It had an slightly annoying canine voice,precussion, and simple keyboard. I think what made Foofur such a great theme was the fact that it was too simple. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJZRIbGqdLQ[/url]
14. Pac-Man.(1982-1984) During the video game fad craze of the early 1980s, nearly every popluar arcade hit was turned into a form of product placement. Pac-man was part of a saturday morning lineup on CBS called "Supercade". Ironically during the crash of 1984, CBS suddered it's Supercade lineup. The most unique thing about the opening theme, was that it sounds exactly like the arcade game!!!!![url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3n22GQMgcU[/url]
13. Punky Brewster.(1985-86)Everyone remembers the TV sitcom starring "Soleil Moon Frye(a.k.a. Ms. Brewster herself) But around the time the sitcom stopped running, she got a saturday cartoon that was sort of a rip-off of the more successful "Rainbow Brite" that was produced by Ruby/Spears which was owned by the creator of the Chipmunks rather his son. The show ran for two seasons and failed to capture the success of Rainbow Brite. But the theme has that core mid-80s up tempo sound to it with a young girl quartet chorus that just makes you feel so damn good!![url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lGnaIMCmU8[/url]
12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(1985 mini series, 1987-1994 T.V. series) What can be said about TMNT? it was one of the most successful franchises in history and turned alot of toddlers into boys. All 80s kids remember TMNT and the macho theme, who's lyrics were so simple and easy to remember even the tagline "Heroes in a half-shell." [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_zi0pXqvM8&feature=related[/url]
11. The Wuzzles(1985) The Wuzzles was a short lived saturday morning cartoon often compared to the Snorks, it was Disney's second animated series ever made, it was cancelled after 13 episodes due to the death of voice actor Bill Scott(who died of a heart attack in November 1985) The theme is the only thing I remember about this cartoon which was the first to use heavy synthesizers, and a supposedly metrosexual man singing(come to think of it most of the theme songs of the 80s were sung that way)[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm1qbbki6z4[/url]
10. Heathcliff.(1984-1988) Heathcliff and The Cadillic Cats was one of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid, and the theme made it all the more awesome to tune in. The hook was incredibly catchy and the beat was bouncy. Not mention that the show was one of voice legend Mel Blanc's final roles. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0UKbNoAl7I[/url]
9. Chip N' Dale's Rescue Rangers(1988-1990)
Before it came to the Disney Afternoon, this cartoon spent it's first season on ABC on saturday morning. The lyrics were kind of metphorical "Sometimes, Some crimes, go slipping through the cracks." But the score in the show was amazing! [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e5q6ubDlZE[/url]
8. The Chipmunks(1983-1989) I grew into a kid with the Chipmunks, and watched the cartoon like there was no tomorrow. While the lyrics were kinda hard to remember, there was alot that I could get from the theme, while the theme sounded a bit jaded it still gave you a good rush because you knew that you were still for a ride. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOeU5UgLKdo&feature=related[/url]
7. Get Along Gang(1984-85) The Get Along Gang was a shortlived,obscure saturday morning cartoon that was sort of the 80s version of "Where's Hurdles". I remember the theme, it was very sugary,yet enjoyable and it took a while for the chorus to set in, but once it did it got you feeling happy. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mffBVAwsr8Q[/url]
6. Volton.(1981 japan, 1984-1987) The only anime that's on this list, mainly because Rankin Bass gave a good re-version for a opening,heroic, and prideful. Plus who can't forget Peter Cullen's narration?[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uS5b8aQ6z8[/url]
5. Muppet Babies(1984-1988) The most common theme heard from Muppet Babies is the shorter one but from 1984-1986 they had a longer one that included Fozzie,Animal, and even Nanny's voice(She's played by Barbera Billingsley the only eldest living cast member of Leave It To Beaver) Rumor has it that the theme was written by Howard Ashman who did "Little Shop of Horrors" since they both sound simluar. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMdrTaIyQao[/url]
4. DuckTales(1987-1991) The Ducktales theme is best remembered by it's lastability, rather then those who used to watch it or stated it watching it from it's begining like I did. The Nosalgia Critic says that he even remember the song so well. Both the lyrics and background hook I think are the reason why the song has aged fantasically.
3. Care Bears Season 2 theme(1985-86) I wasn't a fan of the Care Bears but I loved the opening theme, rather the second season theme "Care Bears Countdown" which was preformed by John Sebastian who's best known for preforming the theme song for "Welcome back Kotter". The amazing thing about this theme, is the child background singers, female chorus and chimes. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXqhKnv9y3c[/url]
2. Kidd Video.(1984-1985) Kidd Video was a rather lame live action/cartoon hybrid produced by Saban. The theme was preformed by the actor themselves! Who actually could sing!Most of the shows highlights were the music videos and not the cartoon itself. The show came on at 11:30 AM on saturdays which explains why it's so upbeat and strange. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq64MJKwElw[/url]
#1. Snorks. (1984-1988 Theme song from 1985) The Snorks is one of the most underratted cartoons of all time, though it had a five season run, it doesn't get as much reconition as Smurfs. In my opinion it's one of Hanna Barbera's finest works ever. It came on at 8:30 right after Smurfs, it had well written storylines and subplots and stellar voice preformances,Nancy Cartright(Bart Simpson) got her start on this show playing Daffeny. While this series isn't very well known, it's found a cult base on the internet.
The theme itself, is one of those where although you can memorize it's happy-go-lucky lyrics, you quickly forget the way it sounds, and get the desire to listen to it over and over again. It's the only theme I know, that doesn't get stuck in your head. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4ALjDSsMd4[/url]
The theme is wonderful,happy and euphoric. During 1997-1998 when it was running in syndication on Cartoon Network, I watched alot more then I had when it was on NBC and USA( it ran on USA in 1986-1989). Because it was the days before DVR, I had to tape alot of episodes(please bear with me mods,I lived in Federal Way,Washington and at the time, mostly all of the east coast time slots came on three hours before weekdays at 3:00 AM.
Well that's my list. I hope everybody likes it!
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