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10 Adorable 1980s Cartoon Classics

By Edited Aug 26, 2016 2 17

This list is compiled of great little cartoons from the 1980s. Enjoyed by many, I am sure. No wonder many of them have made huge comebacks. It's fun to be able to share childhood memories with your children and even let them have their own with these great little cartoons. This list is meant to be enjoyed and to refresh the memories of those who experienced these as a child in the 80s, or simply educate those who didn't. Clips of these can be found on the internet at sites such as youtube.

Pound Puppies

Pound Puppies

The adorable little puppies series ran from September 1986 til February 1989 on the ABC network. It included great characters such as Cool, Whooper, Bright Eyes, Nose Marie and Howler, along with their human friend, Holly. Holly was the former owner of the puppy pound. There rivals were Katrina Stonehart, her daughter Brattina and their cat, Catgut. Many remember Brattina saying "icky poo" and "mommy dearest".

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake didn't have a regular T.V. series. There were specials that would air in the 1980's, on an annual basis. While these dolls have made a comeback, less commonly heard of is Strawberryland's villian, Purple Pieman. His famous saying is "Ratta Tat Ta Ta Tat Tah". Formal name: Peculiar Purple Pieman. Another arched enemy included Sour Grapes. All of the characters had some sort of matching pet. Strawberry had a pink kitty cat custard, Huckleberry Pie had cute little doggie named Pupcake and even the villan Purple Pieman had a bird Captain Cackle. The Strawberry Shortcake of the 1980s had a different look than the one of today. She had more of a Holly Hobby look, more old fashion.

Care Bears

Care Bears

The Care Bears, like Strawberry Shortcake stemmed from greeting cards made by the American Greeting company. It cartoon series ran from 1985 to 1988, along with 3 movies during the 1980s. Care Bears were so big that there was even a spin off with the Care Bear Cousins in the 80s. The first rival introduced was Professor Coldheart. Then later the villan was No Heart and his pet Beastly, a monster little dog like animal that never gets anything right. Then later his high pitch, screaming niece, Shreeky is introduced. Who could ever forget her?

Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite animated series aired on T.V. from 1984 until 1986. She was a product of the Hallmark company. Perhaps to compete with American Greetings? There was a different character for each color of the rainbow making her friends and many enemies. Some of the arched enemies included Lurky and The Dark Princess just to name a few.

The Get Along Gang

The Get Along Gang

Yet another creation from American Greetings. This animated series only ran for one season. Something I personally never understood. It was actually one of my favorites ever, as far as cartoons go. A friendly gang of adorable animals with a red caboose clubhouse... what's not to love? The main characters include Montgomery the moose, Zipper the cat, Portia the porcupine, Woolma a lamb, Dotty the dog and Bingo a beaver. The villains included a croc called Catchum and a silly lizard named Leland... these were the "bullies" of the town.

The Littles

The Littles

Another personal favorite, which broadcast from 1983 til 1985, was adapted from a book published about 20 years before. A family of little mouse like humans live within the walls of a boys home. Henry Bigg is the boy (notice the last name) and the Littles include: Tom, Lucy, Dinky, Grandpa and in a few series Ashley. Henry has a pet turtle named Slick that helps the Little's out in emergencies. An evil scientist, Dr. Hunter and his sidekick, Peterson are always trying to catch the Littles to earn fame and power.

Shirt Tales

Shirt Tales

Wouldn't you know it? The Shirt Tales where adapted from a greeting card line from Hallmark. This cartoon aired in 1984-85 on CBS. Basically little animals wearing shirts with their names on them. They fought crime in a Super Sonic Transport device that could change into whatever the job required.

Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears

Gummi Bears

This cartoon made it from 1985 all the way to 1991. This series is about some talking bears that are sort of the last of their kind. It gives the Robin Hood era feel, medieval times. The Gummi Bears have been ran off by human kind are on the face of extinction. Of course they make some human friends along their journey, trusting on a few. However, of course there is a Duke Igthorn who wants nothing more than to expose the Gummi Bears. Some of the earlier seasons have been released on DVD.

Snorks

Snorks

The animated series ran from 1984 until 1989. The Snorks live underwater in the deep sea in Sknorkland. They are all different colors with snorkels on their heads. Like any little talking critters, humans don't really believe they exist, so the Snorks have very limited contact with them. They have a few different villains. The reruns of this cartoon series can be found today on Boomerang.

Smurfs

Smurfs

The famous little blue people who live in the mushroom houses. They sing the intro going "la-la la la-la-la..." Most of the smurfs are named by their personal little attributes. Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Baby Smurf, Clumsy Smurf... Only one girl around has to be hard on those little fellows, Smurfette. Who would have guessed that the Smurfs have actually been around since the late 1950s? They get their fame from a comic strip that ran in Belgian. Of course the series made fame words like smurferrific and smurfing. The villain is Gargamel and his cat, Azrael. Gargamel, an ugly sorcerer, was always out to get the smurfs if it was the last thing he done. He wanted to eat them at times, but he mostly wanted them for gold making. However, sometimes he would get so angry with the Smurfs, he'd just want to do them in. It air from 1981-1989 on NBC. A very long running animated series. This cartoon's reruns are still shown today. In 2008 the first two seasons were released on DVD. What a great opportunity to relive your childhood by watching Smurf DVDs with your children.

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Comments

Jan 31, 2010 7:58am
ljbinkop
These were all cute cartoons. I was a big Smurf fan even though I had pretty much outgrown cartoons in the 80's! I had all the houses and figures too. If only I had saved them, they would be worth quite a bit now that people are getting nostalgic about them!
Jan 31, 2010 3:01pm
Ernie
I loved the Get A Long Gang. I even had the stuffed moosed toy with the roller skates.
Feb 2, 2010 7:54am
CWilliams
I had completely forgotten about Pound Puppies!!! My kids have Gummi Bears, Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake dvds. Thanks for reminding me of a classic!
Feb 6, 2010 4:19am
Travis_Aitch
I forgot pound puppies was even a show. I remember having the little dolls when I was real little, I named them all Cory for some odd reason. Anyways, I remember really liking Fraggle Rock when I was a kid. But I'm not sure if that was in the 80s or early 90s. Nice article by the way, good to see the admins are changing up the front pagers more often.
Feb 6, 2010 1:21pm
mommymommymommy
I was a teenager in the 1980's, but remember selling a lot of the tie-in merchandise at the Spencer Gifts store I worked at!
Mar 21, 2010 5:42pm
sound_foundation
It reminds me of all the celebrity cartoons of the 80s, Gary Coleman, New Kids on the Block, Mister T...man, what fun!
Jul 11, 2010 7:16am
trailblazing
Brings back heaps of memories! Thanks!
Jul 11, 2010 11:23pm
Sookie
I used to see care bears in my sleep! My kids were born in 82 and 84, so had to watch it with them! Great article!
Jul 17, 2010 9:55pm
dadbintheadmin
Rainbow Brite and Shirt Tales? I wouldn't have thought of them again in a million years! Thanks for bringing some of us back.

And mommy...I spent a lot of time in Spencer Gifts. I LOVED that store! I used to buy all my Lisa Frank stickers there. :)
Jul 22, 2010 2:37am
Hochfart
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Jul 22, 2010 2:38am
Hochfart
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Jul 22, 2010 1:55pm
weianow
Interesting. I was didn't watch any of these, but the article brought back memories of those I did watch.
Aug 17, 2010 1:45am
dimnick
Nostalgi)
Aug 17, 2010 3:35pm
HealthFitnessTips
I loved Gummi Bears! Great article.
Sep 3, 2010 3:36pm
ZackProser
Wow, what blast from the past. Nice one!
Sep 25, 2010 10:35am
bilbopooh
I somehow never heard of Snorks, but I loved the rest of these. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
Nov 9, 2010 7:13pm
rrobillard
LOL I hadn't thought of the Snorks in years! My wife is a huge fan of them. Personally, I miss Speed Buggy and Jabberjaw.

Great memories here. Thanks!
Nov 24, 2010 1:34pm
jennifer1978
i grew up watching all these cartoons and some are still going on teletoon which is great its like beening a little girl again
Dec 11, 2011 7:31pm
aguy
I didn't know the Smurfs were from the 50s. Those little guys are a lot older than I thought!
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