I seem to be more and more taking a trip down memory lane and reminiscing my mispent youth ;-) (and by the way you are never too old to watch cartoons or read comic books)! The following list is in no particular order, but they are the Japanese origin cartoons I loved to watch in the 1970′s and early 1980′s (I think the first 2 were from the 1960′s but they were always on TV when I was growing up).
I hope these bring back some fond memories…enjoy! Click on the name of the cartoon to view a video.
Ha! Vegetarian big cats!
2. Marine Boy
He had those electric boomerangs…
May have been a bit dangerous underwater when I come to think of it!
3. Astro Boy
A robot flying boy with a machine gun butt fighting evil!
4. Star Blazers
Evil aliens – the Gamilon’s attack Earth.
Space battles and the space battleship Argo (aka Yamato) and it’s mighty wave motion gun!
5. Ulysses 31
This had the best soundtrack!!!
Starts at 0.45 second mark of the video, sit back and rock out to it’s gloriousness!
Good stories too.
The team – superheroes with “cerebonic” enhancements.
They protect the Earth from Planet Spectra and their evil commander Zoltar!
Awesome robotic suits, evil aliens, massive space battles – what more could you want?
Individual big cat vehicles form into one giant super robot whom evil fears!
A good mix of South American history, archeology and sci fi in the quest to find the seven cities of gold.
Remember the Golden Condor?
NON JAPANESE CARTOONS
The following from that period are not Japanese but were awesome!
Japanese inspired, but American made.
The ongoing battles of the Autobots and Decepticons.
Megatron’s endless battle for supremacy over the Autobots and Starscream’s endless scheming to rule the Decepticon’s. It was a rough and tumble ride!
“By the power of Grey Skull”….but Skeletor still rules!!!!
3. Danger Mouse
An eyepatch wearing secret agent mouse up against such evil as Baron Silas Greenback the Toad!
“He’s the greatest, he’s fantastic…” - Classic!
4. Banana Man
The Goodies did the voices. Enough said!
“Ducky-poo” a vegetarian vampire duck, Igor, Nanny, Von Goosewing, …brilliant!
Originally a villian on Danger Mouse, the seperate Duckula didn’t start until the late 1980′s but was worth including here.
“Next time Gadget…next time!”
There were a bunch of others I watched but these were the ones that tend to stick in my mind from that period.
Earlier created favourite cartoons included:
Hanna-Barbera: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Tom & Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, Scooby Doo, Top Cat, Wacky Races, Magilla Gorilla, Atom Ant/Secret Squirrell, Dastardly & Muttley, Super Friends, Speed Buggy, Hong Kong Phooey, Josie & The Pussycats, Captain Caveman, Touche Turtle and The Smurfs (lalalalalalaa).
Looney Tunes/Warner Brothers: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Elmer Fudd, Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzalez, The Road Runner, Wile E Coyote, Yosemite Sam, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig and Marvin The Martian. These were legendary cartoons…Mel Blanc was the cartoon voice god! My grandfather “Buggsy” was a huge fan of these cartoons, hence I loved them too!