Lost Gems of Childhood: Overlooked Cartoons From the 1980s

By Jack Ripley | April 30, 2024

Star Wars: Droids

The 1980s witnessed a golden age of animated television, birthing a treasure trove of cherished cartoons that enchanted children around the globe. While classics like "He-Man" and "Transformers" have stood the test of time, others have quietly faded into the background. Yet, these overlooked treasures hold a special corner in the hearts of those who grew up with them. From the whimsical exploits of "The Littles" to the futuristic adventures of "BraveStarr," each cartoon offered its own unique brand of entertainment and nostalgia. By revisiting these forgotten cartoons, we not only unlock cherished memories but also rediscover the enchanting magic that defined an entire generation's childhood.

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Spinning off a cartoon based on two popular characters, C-3PO & R2-D2, from “Star Wars” seemed like a sure thing, but "Droids" is barely known about today. "Star Wars: Droids" is an animated television series set in the Star Wars universe, which aired from 1985 to 1986. Unlike the traditional focus on Jedi knights and the Rebel Alliance, this show follows the adventures of the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO as they travel the galaxy. Along the way, they encounter various challenges, often finding themselves caught in the middle of conflicts between different factions. The series is known for its light-hearted tone, humor, and exploration of the galaxy beyond the usual heroes and villains. While it may not have achieved the same level of popularity as other Star Wars media, "Droids" remains a nostalgic favorite for fans of the franchise's expansive universe.

The Dukes

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Continuing in the trend of “Cartoons made from Adult Content”, "The Dukes" is an animated television series that aired from 1983 to 1985. Inspired by the live-action show "The Dukes of Hazzard," the cartoon follows the adventures of cousins Bo, Luke, and Daisy Duke, along with their uncle Jesse, as they race around the fictional
Hazzard County, outwitting the corrupt Boss Hogg and his bumbling deputies. The Duke
family fights for justice, often using their iconic and controversial car, the General Lee, to perform daring stunts and escape various predicaments. "The Dukes" combines action, comedy, and adventure, entertaining audiences with its exciting car chases, colorful characters, and Southern charm.