Lost Gems of Childhood: Overlooked Cartoons From the 1980s

By Jack Ripley | April 23, 2024

Beetlejuice

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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"Beetlejuice" is an animated television series that aired from 1989 to 1991.
Based on the 1988 live-action film directed by Tim Burton, the show follows the
misadventures of the ghostly and mischievous Beetlejuice, or "BJ" for short, and his mortal friend Lydia Deetz. Set in the afterlife and the "Neitherworld," Beetlejuice and Lydia encounter various supernatural beings, ghosts, and monsters while navigating the complexities of the afterlife. Each episode features wacky and surreal scenarios, as Beetlejuice often tries to use his powers for personal gain but ends up causing chaos instead. "Beetlejuice" is known for its offbeat humor, imaginative storytelling, and unique animation style, capturing the essence of the original film while appealing to a younger audience.

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.