Here’s a quick test to see if you should bother reading this post any further. Look at the image below. If you can name all the shows from the pictures, then congratulations – you and I shared our childhoods together.
I’ve gone on a bit of a nostalgia trip the last few days, looking up all the shows I used to love as a kid, and it strikes me as strange why I have fonder memories of some rather than others.
I used to watch He-Man, Transformers, and eventually Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles religiously. The Saturday Morning Disney cartoons – Duck Tales, Chip’n’Dale, Darkwing Duck. Loved them, loved them all.
Yet the ones that resonate most are the 9 listed above, which in retrospect had less budgets, often low animation quality, and most episodes only ran for 5 to 10 minutes as opposed to a full half hour.
Could it be because they were NOT part of the Saturday morning cartoon lineup? For me these shows featured during the 3pm to 6pm timeslot when I came home from school.
Could it be because they were NOT created just to sell toys? Maybe that was their plan, but I never felt the craving for a ‘Spotty’ toy like I did for a ‘Dinobot’.
Could it be because they were NOT American cartoons? Most were created in the UK, with some imported from Japan.
Hell, even the theme songs bring a massive smile to my face. I can’t quite put my finger on it, and I’d be interested to know anyone else that feels the same way, and if they’re able to articule why better than I. Now excuse me, I have a strange craving to eat a banana …