Lost Gems of Childhood: Overlooked Cartoons From the 1980s

By Jack Ripley | March 26, 2024

The Super Marios Bros. Super Show

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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"The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!" is a
beloved animated television series that aired in the late 1980s. Combining animation and live-action segments, the show stars the iconic video game characters Mario and Luigi, portrayed by professional wrestlers Captain Lou Albano (host of the live segments) and Danny Wells. Each episode follows the plumber duo as they embark on adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom, rescuing Princess Toadstool from the clutches of the villainous
King Koopa. The show features slapstick humor, catchy songs, and memorable catch
phrases like "It's-a me, Mario!" and "Do the Mario!" With its nostalgic appeal and enduring popularity, "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!" remains a cherished classic among fans of the Mario franchise.

Star Wars: Droids

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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.