I'm feeling kind of nostalgic today as relive 60s nostalgia in the 1980s. It's like I'm a kid coming out of my shell and I'm reliving all of these great memories that I have of cartoons that came on before my time reviving themselves in the 80s so let me take you through some of the 60s cartoons that I genuinely loved growing up in the 80s.
The Pink Panther (1964-1976)
Probably one of my most favourite cartoons that ever came out of the 60s and went into the 70s. I always enjoyed watching the Pink Panther on his many crazy adventures. Even though this was 12 years and 6 months before my time I think that it's safe to say that the Pink Panther was a time honoured favourite around our house.
Cartoons such as "Extinct Pink" which co-stars Loudmouth Louie as a cave man is just one of the creative out comes of the Depatie/Freleng Enterprises who created the Pink Panther and other worthwhile cartoons that made a come back in the 80s
Just imagine my horror when the Pink Panther made a come back in the 1990s with a horrid version of what Depatie/Freleng did in the 1960s and 1970s. I had hoped that whatever they were smoking couldn't possibly be as bad as this was.
For some reason I never got into Pink Panther 1990s because it wasn't as good as the original. "Think Pink?"? What hell kind of horrendous catch phrase is that?
Of course no run through 1960s nostalgia in the 1980s would be complete without looking at Spider-Man which ran from 1967-1970. Probably one of my most favourite Marvel super hero cartoons in the world it centers around Peter Parker whose webslinging powers are obtained after he was bitten by a radioactive spider. But then Peter's world is turned upside down when his Uncle Ben Parker was murdered by a street thug.
The opening sequence to the first Spider-Man animated series which ran from 1967-1970.
Even though there are some people who have this sexist notion that any comic book superheroes like Spider- Man and such are a "guy thing" I like to think of Spider-Man as a "people thing." It's something that everyone can like regardless of how old they are or what sex they are. It's all in the way you look at it. :) I remember watching Spider- Man on CHCH TV 11 in Toronto back in the day and I remember being the only girl that liked it.
I'm a Spiderman fan that doesn't like any Spider-Man series that went beyond the 1980s. For some reason I could never get into Spider-Man 1994, Spider-Man 1999, or Spider-Man 2003. So from 1967 until 1987 was my cut off point.
I couldn't wait every Saturday to hear Stan Lee say "Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends... Iceman and Firestar." and "Greetings True Believers." That was my one and only reason for getting up on Saturdays at that particular time.
Rocket Robin Hood (1966-1969)
Not the most superbly animated of all of the Krantz films but a bit of 1960s nostalgia just the same. Rocket Robin Hood is a vivid story about Robin Hood's great, great, great, grandson who is the leader of a band of merry men in the astonishing year 3000 or what the animators predicted the year 3000 to be like.
Robin's merry men are Little John, Friar Tuck, Alan Adiel, Will Scarlett, and Giles the chef. They are always joined by Maid Merrian who only has eyes for Rocket Robin Hood.
This show was produced by Krantz Films in Toronto, Ontario and ran from 1966 untill 1969.
George of the Jungle/Tom Slick/Super Chicken (1967-1970)
Wow! This was a pice of americana with three cartoons all rolled into one.
The three shows included:
George of the Jungle
And last but certainly not least Tom Slick.
This show was produced by Jay Ward Productions. The most noted of these Jay Ward cartoons was Tom Slick.
Tales of the Wizard of Oz (1961) and The New Adventures of Pinocchio (1960-1961)
This show was a part of CFTO Toronto's Cartoon Playhouse with the New Adventures of Pinocchio and was shown on weekdays before Canada AM then it was moved to Saturday mornings in the 80s before being cancelled sometime in the mid-80s.
Weatherman Dave Devall was the voice behind the opening and closing CPH bumpers.
"Goodmorning everyone. Stay tuned for all of the fun and adventure of Cartoon Playhouse."
"That's it for now boys and girls but we'll be back next time for all of the cartoon fun and adventure of Cartoon Playhouse."
The bumper consisted of the CFTO logo in the top left hand corner and Cartoon Playhouse in big bold letters.
The Tales of the Wizard of Oz aired as part of CFTO's Cartoon Playhouse in the 70s and 80s. It was cancelled sometime in the mid 80s. It was also aired indenpendently ont the Global Television Network.
Tales of the Wizard of Oz and The New Adventures of Pinocchio also aired independently on the Global Television Network on Saturday Afternoons.
The New Adventures of Pinocchio also aired on CFTO's Carton Playhouse and on the Global Television Network.
Roger Ramjet (1965)
If ever there was a reason to dive for cover this would be it. Roger Ramjet and his American Eagle Squadron made their debut in 1965 and they haven't stopped since.
Roger Ramjet is the lovable, yet stupid, star of this cartoon. He just has to pop a proton energy pill that gives him the strength of 20 atom bombs for 20 seconds. More than enough time to pop the bad guys.
The story was set around around Roger Ramjet a lovable, yet stupid, pilot and his American Eagle Squadron consisting of Yank, Doodle, Dan, and Dee (Yankee Doodle Dandy.) Roger's sometimes has adventures that the American Eagles have to baill him out of.
The American Eagle's motto is simple: One for all and all for one. The Eagles fly till the job is done.
Roger Ramjet is now on DVD from Sony Wonder.
Scooby Doo Where Are You? 1969-1972)
Scooby Doo is the funniest Hanna-Barbera cartoon in existence. The sleuthing Great Dane and his friends ran from 1969-1972 and it was so funny that even my grandmother loved it.
It centers around Scooby and his teenaged friends running around the back woods and solving crimes. Daphane, Freddie, Shaggy, and Velma all are eager to solve the mysteries of the crimes being committed before they move on to what they were really doing in the first place.
That's my look at 1960s nostalgic cartoons in the 1980s. I hope you enjoyed it reading about it as much as I have enjoyed talking about it.