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80's cartoons - did they have/leave an impact on YOU??

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posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 01:04 PM
reply to post by blupblup

Just found this, and it made me laugh..... a lot.
Especially the "as occultic as he-man" comment!!!

The She-Ra conspiracy!!!

[edit on 30/12/08 by blupblup]

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 01:09 PM

Originally posted by MikeboydUS
reply to post by MCoG1980

It has some pretty wild stuff in it. Stuff that would fit in quite well on ATS.

Personally it piqued my interest in the military, politics, history, the occult, science, and technology.

So thats what made me who I am today.
I totally think cartoons had an impact on alot of the people here. We watched it, understood it, and thought about it a little bit to deeply than most kids would had. I mean god what was that show... Freakazoid or something, where the main character falls into cyberland or something. Now that had me buzzed for a lifetime, I still remember the themesong and that was ages ago. I mean isn't that what we basically are doing today? See things we think are lies, and discuss it to the point where we must find more evidence to point to the truth, or down right believe it.

Obviously, something stuck with us.

Happy New Years

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 01:15 PM

Originally posted by blupblup
reply to post by blupblup

Just found this, and it made me laugh..... a lot.
Especially the "as occultic as he-man" comment!!!

The She-Ra conspiracy!!!

[edit on 30/12/08 by blupblup]

granted as an adult i see it,,,, but as a kid,,i just watched and then went outside and threw rocks or dirt bombs,,, i never saw it as that or got it

did that really affect me,, or subplant ideas in my head---i doubt it,,,, but then again---who knows after years of that maybe it does take an effect

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 01:19 PM
What about 80's comix?

I used to love "Bloom County", "The Far Side", and "Calvin and Hobbs".

Each of these had their own quirky way of looking at things. I used to look forward to reading the comix page each day to see what bizzare angle these comix would take.

I remember when Opus visited his mom in the Falkland Islands and while he was there the island was liberated by the Marines. LOL!

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 01:37 PM
Olderst cartoons I remember , being born in 75, was The great Space Coaster, The Herculoids, remeber the triceretops(sp?) that shot the things out of it's front horn?, hehe, and those 2, white goo looking guys, Shmoo's or whatever, lol. Of course, Saturday cartoons were a treat, Dungeons and Dragons was The best Cartoon period. Of course Transformers, and the wanna be transformers, the "Go-bots, haha. GI joe Rocked as well, that I watched everyday. Before I left for the school bus n the morning.

But, I have to say, I was more of a play with the action figures type of kid, than watch the shows.

Except for maybe GI Joe, I loved watching that, but things like Star Wars figures, (not a cartoon of course, except maybe some cheesy spioffs, and the stuff they make now), but I loved the toys. I had The Darth Vader Case, with like 20 stormtroopers, haha, I was crazy. I think this shoulda been a hint to my parents that I might have an addictive personality. I mean who needs 20 Stormtroopers. I'd set em all up in battle scenes, perfectly, and god forbid if someone knocked one over, Grrrrrr!

I can't believe M.A.S.K. was mentioned so much. Man they did have some of the coolest toys.

But when the GI JOE action figures came out with the bendable elbows/shoulders/neck/knees. Man and all the vehicles, I had the big Cobra base. What was that called, damn it's on the tip of my tongue. Fortress of Doom? heh, who remembers Tomax and Xamot, they'd finish each others sentences (they were mind linked twins, ya know how it goes) got to be annoying, but they were cool figures.

I remember my first Gi Joe figure was Barbacue (I'm too young to remeber the bigger ones like the original GI Joe guy), hehe, but anyway he was like an ex firefighter, I just liked his outfit,and he came with a few weapons, the more weapons and eccessories, the better the figure.

Then there were the hard to find ones like the original Snake eyes,or Stormshadow (the evil ninja in all white). You couldn't find them anywhere on LI NY, but I remember going into a big outlet store in the sticks in Upstate NY, and they had racks, and racks, or all the rare figures, I was in heaven.

Transformers of course had amazing toys too. Megatron that turned into the gun. Oh the best was Soundwave he transformed into a walkman, and even the little cassetes transformed into these flying bird like things if I remember.

Good times.

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 02:22 PM
reply to post by shortywarn

Hmmmn like the snake like coil and Aura type thing, ha,ha - it will be funny to see just what we can see in those oldies.


King Randor and Queen Marlena of Eternia had been blessed with twins, a girl they named Adora, and a boy, named Adam. At the time of the twins' birth, the Evil Horde had tried to invade Eternia. The Horde were unable to beat The Royal Guard or the Power of Castle Grayskull. Their leader Hordak, along with his pupil Skeletor plotted to kidnap the twins because of "something" the twins were destined for (though Hordak did not know exactly what). Hordak was able to successfully kidnap Adora, but they were confronted by Man-At-Arms before the boy could be taken. Hordak escaped, leaving Skeletor behind. As payback, Skeletor revealed to Man-At-Arms that the Horde were based at Snake Mountain, and Man-At-Arms went with the Sorceress to retrieve Adora. When confronted, Hordak ran through a portal into another dimension, which closed up before they could follow.

A great sadness fell upon the Kingdom of Eternia at the loss of the Princess. The Sorceress used the magic of Grayskull to remove the memories of the Princess from the minds of all Eternians. Only Randor, Marlena, Man-At-Arms and the Sorceress retained their memories.[1]

Adora was raised under the care of a Horde servant called Shakra, who was able to provide Adora with some goodness during her early life. They developed a strong relationship during Adora's life with the Horde. The strength of their relationship is evidenced in the second season of She-Ra's series by Shakra's decision to also leave the Horde and join the Great Rebellion.[2]

When Adora was old enough to begin to serve the Horde, Hordak had Shadow Weaver put Adora under a spell so that she would follow the Horde and not question their ruling methods.[3] Hordak saw great potential in Adora and made her the Force Captain of The Horde.

The best She-Ra/He-man episode for me was the xmas special, you actually saw the good side of skeletor, not Hordak though (had that on betamaxfor years, even had my parents convert it to VHS - then it got chewed by the VCR

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 02:34 PM
reply to post by shortywarn

I agree, as a kid I didn't see anything more than the bad vs the good. Mmmmmh, maybe that's why I now use herbs and spices in my cooking.... the witchcraft must have finally come out in me. LOL!

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 03:52 PM
Funny no one mentioned


Seriously creepy zombie like government banding together to fight the evil scienterrorist.

Only saw one episode but it stuck with me.

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 06:14 PM
reply to post by Game_Over

Didn't watch it - as you say very creepy though especially the world government banding together to fight the evil scienterrorist bit.

Plot taken from your Wiki link, Ummmmmmmm???:

Programme aired 1987.....

On June 18, 2007, renegade military scientist Dr. James Bent - code named Overlord - uses a hijacked space shuttle to drop his deadly Zone-producing Generators across half of the Earth. Thus is born the SPIRAL ZONE.

Millions of people are trapped in the dark mists of the SPIRAL ZONE and become transformed into Zoners with lifeless yellow eyes and strange red patches of Zone Bacteria growing on their faces. Because they have no will to resist, Overlord makes them his slave army.

His followers are known as Black Widows and these were: Bandit, a one-time terrorist of Middle Eastern origin; Duchess Dire, well-known as a criminal and troublemaker, wanted in half a dozen countries for blackmail, grand theft and other crimes; and Razorback and Reaper, basically a couple of run-of-the-mill criminals who saw an opportunity for power. Thanks to another one of Overlord's inventions, the Widow Maker, the Black Widows are immune to the hypnotic effects of the Zone. However, due to prolonged exposure to the Zone, their eyes have turned yellow and their bodies are covered in Zone Bacteria. Inside the Zone, skies were always dark. The humans were marked by yellow eyes and lesions on their skin (animals were also effected) and there were also such markings on buildings. His other plans were: destroy the forces of good selected to fight them and conquer the world by bringing everyone under their control with the Zone-producing Generators. The Zones fed off human energy, which was why Bent did not kill anyone inside.

With major cities Zoned, the nations of the world put aside their own differences in order to fight off Dr. James Bent, now called the Overlord, and his Black Widows. However, only five soldiers using special suits to protect themselves from the Zone could do it. While easy to destroy, Zone generators were impossible to capture as they were booby-trapped. There was also the fact that Overlord would drop more generators onto remaining military and civilian centers and thus the Zone Riders had to stop those plans, forcing a long and bitter standoff."


[edit on 30-12-2008 by MCoG1980]

posted on Dec, 30 2008 @ 07:09 PM
Not my rantings, but - Smurfs and Communism? - sounds crazy but read on.

First of all, Think of communism as just a way of life, a social order, an economic standpoint. Take all the visions of sickles and hammers out of your head for awhile.

First of all, the Smurfs shared everything. The food in the Smurf village was stored away in those mushrooms the minute it was harvested and then equally distributed to all the Smurfs throughout the year. No one "farmer smurf" sold his crop to one smurf or another. It was understood that the crop was for the entire Smurf population, not for the sale or profit of one smurf alone.

Then there were the jobs each smurf held. There was Handy Smurf, and Painter Smurf, and Brainy Smurf, ect.. Each smurf had his own job and was not allowed to try other fields. There actually was an episode where each smurf tried to do another one's job, and failed. The moral of the story was apparently "Stick to what you do Best" or in another view, what the society has chosen for you. Handy Smurf was always building. Painter Smurf was always painting. Everyone accepted what they were and didn't ask questions.

Then there comes the somewhat obvious stretches. Papa Smurf wore a red cap. All the Smurfs were the same color and sang the same song everywhere they went - stressing unity. Didn't you catch yourself singing that song as a kid? Everyong did.

The most outstanding argument that the smurfs were communists comes from their arch-villain Gargamel. If you remember, the only thing that Gargamel wanted the smurfs for was for his own profit. In the first four or five seasons, Gargamel's master plan was to catch the Smurfs, boil them, and turn them into gold. For some reason, in the later years when the show was dying, they started saying that he wanted to eat the poor blue creatures, but for the most part he wanted to turn them into gold. He didn't care about the Smurfs themselves or their culture or well being. All he cared about was getting gold. He was only interested in how to get rich and nothing, nothing would get in his way.

Gargamel was the capitalist.

The evil antagonist on the Smurfs was the ultimate capitalist, terrorizing the peaceful good little communist Smurf community. It all starts to fit together doesn't it? It makes you wonder why anybody didn't speak up about this before, especialy during the 80's cold war.

1) Note that all the Smurfs look exactly the same (with the exception of Papa Smurf--see below). They are all blue-skinned and have white hats and white tails. This reflects the classless society Marxist theory proposes, in which all men and women are comrades.

2) Note which Smurfs are focused on: Hefty, the soldier and Handy, the worker. Note which Smurfs are portrayed negatively: Greedy, who simply eats all the time; Vanity, who contributes nothing to the society and is lost in his own Narcissism; and particularly Brainy (a thinly-veiled caricature of Trotsky), who thinks too much for himself and undermines the Smurf state. He is repeatedly thrown out of the colony (Trotsky, of course, was assassinated in Mexico).

3) Papa Smurf is the only Smurf who wears any clothing other than the standard-issue white uniform. Instead his outfit is RED. (Need we say more?) Furthermore, Papa Smurf's unique facial hair is clearly meant to conjure up images of Lenin and Stalin.

4) Note the prime enemy of the Smurfs: Gargamel, and his cat Asreael. There can be no doubt that this villain/sidekick duo are to represent the Jews, who were persecuted under Soviet rule.

5) You may attempt to challenge this theory with the claim that the mid-1980s introduction of the younger generation of Smurfs was an attempt at Americanization. Conversely, I submit that this addition occurred just as Perestroika and Glastnost took hold in the Soviet Union, and that openness was reflected in the addition of new characters.

Luckily, of course, the United States was able to win the Cold War.

posted on Jan, 2 2009 @ 08:14 PM
This was the final He-man episode, funnily enough, they had reptillians in that too which lived underground called reptons (i cannot recall them myself).

This web site also has the clips by 'Orko' telling you not to switch off - Toy adverts follow of course. It also states like one of the earlier members posts that the Toy Companys had big involvement in these cartoon. Mattel approached the company who had produced the animation for their 'Masters of the Universe Figures' and in hope of increasing sales then asked them to create a series too - He-Man.

[edit on 2-1-2009 by MCoG1980]

posted on Jan, 5 2009 @ 01:12 AM
reply to post by Nola213

The Herculoids, remeber the triceretops(sp?) that shot the things out of it's front horn?, hehe, and those 2, white goo looking guys, Shmoo's

Yep...I have had this EXACT conversation with folks around here about that damn triceratops...and that sissy, knock-off he-man with the came on Boomerang a couple of weeks ago... and it's twin Thundar: the Barbarian.

I couldn't believe that after years of trying to recall the dynamics of this cartoon, it came on TV. It still sucks. Anyways, I think that is what you are looking for...Check it out

posted on Jan, 8 2009 @ 11:54 PM

Originally posted by Ingrown

Duck Tales
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

I didn't grow up in the 80s,but I did see those^^^two.And I thought they were from the 90s haha!I think I was seeing the reruns instead.
As for the impact I can't say much since I can't remember much.I DID remember that both had morality and some REALLY memorable music,especially their intro music.

I did watch the first episode of Duck Tales recently on Youtube and Uncle Scrooge said something that caught my attention.
He said "work smarter not harder" I think.I wish I remembered that sooner.

posted on Jan, 9 2009 @ 02:25 PM
Didn't read through all of the pages here, but Robotech was my definite favorite...used to rush home from school to watch it.

He-Man, Thundercats, Transformers, Thundarr, they all rocked...Superfriends... good times....

posted on Jan, 12 2009 @ 06:54 PM
reply to post by tormentor

Wow - see even then there was a message. I really think they were telling us to to be aware and not as trusting. I think they were using the cartoons in a good way, teaching us life skills through cartoons. Its like the whole cartoon was made in order for us kids to take in and understand the moral at the end of each one.

posted on Jan, 12 2009 @ 06:57 PM

Originally posted by Gazrok
Didn't read through all of the pages here, but Robotech was my definite favorite...used to rush home from school to watch it.

He-Man, Thundercats, Transformers, Thundarr, they all rocked...Superfriends... good times....

Thanks for sharing your favourites. How did they affect yourlife, did you learn anything from them? Would you be the same person i.e how youpercieve life and how you live it, if you had not watched them?

posted on Jan, 14 2009 @ 01:17 PM

Thanks for sharing your favourites. How did they affect yourlife, did you learn anything from them? Would you be the same person i.e how youpercieve life and how you live it, if you had not watched them?

Robotech was a biggie... It really made me consider the idea that finding ET may not be a blessing, but instead, the ultimate undoing of man... In addition, the Rick, MinMea (sp?), Lisa triangle really showed me that one doesn't always know what they themselves look for in a mate...

Thundercats (through the two kids) made me appreciate how wits can outweigh brawn

But most of it was really just great escapism, and top notch entertainment. You can't ignore the morality lessons of many episodes though...some hidden, some were more overt....

posted on Jan, 14 2009 @ 01:30 PM
reply to post by Gazrok

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Originally posted by schrodingers dog
reply to post by MCoG1980

My step-father created/produced both "Thundercats" and "Silverhawks."

If you have any questions, within reason, I am happy to try and answer them or pass them along.

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