Sunday, 9 October 2011

What's Your Favourite?

On Friday I had an amazingly retro evening, watching some classic cartoons (which are improved immeasurably by a glass of wine, I found :-p) and I thought that it would be a good idea to share 10 of my absolute favourites. I'm desperate for you to share yours too! Leave me some love in the comments.

10) Dungeons and Dragons

So... the cartoon that kicked off all the fun was Dungeons and Dragons. I loved it when I was younger. It doesn't quite stand up to how I felt about it from childhood (as in, cried when I missed it! I was very young) but it was still incredibly entertaining. I can never decide whether Uni was inspired or the natural forerunner of such comedy sidekicks as Jar Jar Binks. And Eric was horribly whiny and annoying!

9) The Dreamstone

This was actually one that my brother was obsessed by. I considered myself too sophisticated for cartoons, but soon discovered it wasn't so as I became sucked into the story. It is basically a fantasy story in cartoon form, with good and evil, awesome characters who develop through the course of the series and some sterling animation. (This is a long clip but totally worth it!)

8) The Frog Song

Prepare for an earworm. This is a one-off rather than a proper cartoon series or anything, but I ADORE it!

7) The Trapdoor

I guess technically not a cartoon, but still animation of a kind. My whole family would watch an episode of this immediately after dinner. It is gently amusing, with some great little characters and insanely imaginative monsters. My four year old nephew is just beginning to get into this and I'm so pleased.

6) The Family Ness

Another that I watched some of on Friday evening. This is impossibly Scottish, but very charming and still something I'd happily watch casually *grins* And this song is just a joy! Altogether... "You can knock it, you can rock it...."

5) She-Ra

So, my brother loved He-Man, but I was always about She-Ra! She was just awesome. Kickass, clever, beautiful - what more do you want from your heroines as a child?! Oh, and I loved the horse Swift Wind. I am all about the horses... "For the honour of Greyskull!"

4) My Little Pony

Told you it was about the horses - adored this programme - and the movie is absolute quality (*tries to keep a straight face*) I had hundreds of the toys, collected the sticker albums, subscribed to the monthly magazine, was part of the fanclub. I lived and breathed My Little Pony for many years *nostalgic*

3) Thundercats

Couldn't do a list of fave cartoons without including Thundercats, really, could I? It was a massive part of my childhood, and one cartoon that EVERYONE seems to mention as something they used to watch. Who was your favourite character? I loved the twins.

2) Tom and Jerry

A bit more old school this, but classic Tom and Jerry is one of my feelgood watches. It is so clever, so musically brilliant. Both characters are amazingly drawn and my sides have ached while watching it - yep, proper full on belly laughs.

Enjoy seven wonderful minutes of The Cat Concerto, one of the all-time best works of animation...

1) Transformers

And, finally, my very favourite cartoon. We're not talking the series or owt like that. We are talking the animated movie. I love every single second. Everything about it. But one man said it all way better than I ever could - check out this post by James Long: 10 reasons why Transformers the Movie is PURE AWESOME!

Those are my ten beloved cartoons. Which did I miss, in your view? Which do you miss watching? Which of these do you agree with?


  1. Pretty obvious what decade you were a kid in! I was old enough when these were out to have a less-than stellar opinion of them. My faves were Josie and the Pussycats, Superfriends and Fat Albert.

  2. Ten best cartoons. From when I was a kid or the ones I watch now?

    I can't bring myself to rank this mixed list. Well, other than Avatar: the last Airbender which is one of my favourite stories of any type in any medium. The others are-

    Samurai Jack.
    Transformers Animated.
    Oban Star Racers.
    The Powerpuff Girls.
    Fosters home for imaginary friends.
    Batman: Brave and the bold.
    Adventure Time with Finn and Jake.
    My Little Pony: Friendship is magic.
    Ben 10.

  3. No Damger Mouse! I mean, come on...

    - Neil.

  4. Nothing beats Dungeons and Dragons.... except maybe Captain N: The Game Master, or Galaxy High. Ahh, good times. I do miss my cartoons.
    Although Phineas and Ferb that's on now is pretty friggin' awesome.

  5. I watched Dungeons and Dragons, She-ra and My Little Pony as well, in addition we watched M.A.S.K., He-Man, Care Bears, The Smurfs, Transformers and Candy Candy... Oh and Nils Holgersson, I loved that!

  6. Trap Door and The Family Ness are two of my favourites! They don't make them like they used to!

  7. Oh, my that theme tune to The Family Ness... I'd forgotten how brilliant it was!

    Definitely should be some Danger Mouse in there, and Jamie his Magic Torch. :)

  8. 1. Robotech
    2. Transformers (the original)
    3. The Clone Wars
    4. Star Blazers
    5. Spider-Man
    6. Voltron
    7. G.I. Joe
    8. G-Force
    9. Freakazoid
    10. The Tick

    I could easily add Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, Pink Panther, Scooby Doo, G-Force, Animaniacs, Batman, Justice Friends, Droids, D&D and probably a lot of others I'm forgetting.