Best TV Show of the 80s

What other 1980s TV show spun off so many big-screen movies? Or is about to spin off two new outer space games for PC, Xbox 360, PSP and DS? Or has a world-wide fan club that still goes to conventions dressed up in fantastically detailed home-made costumes? Of course, it’s no surprise that Star Trek: The Next Generation was and is such a success. The show, based on the most awesome first generation TV show of all time, the original Star Trek, successfully continued the unbroken excellence of Gene Roddenberry’s sociological storytelling.

Star Trek: The Next Generation began airing in 1987, and got off to a slightly rocky start based on two main things; the whole set of new characters, and the new design of the Enterprise star ship. It was a bit difficult for Trekkers (Star Trek fans) to accept a new design because in the original series, Captain Kirk loved the ship itself in an obsessive sort of way, and so most of the viewing fans adopted the same mindset. As with most updated series in the TV and movie industry, a new cast of characters is usually not well received at first by ardent fans of the original series …

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Cartoons of the Baby Boomer Era

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang

Charlie Brown is a cartoon character that has influenced millions of of viewers that watched the cartoon TV show that continues to be aired year after year.

People who where born in what is called the baby boomer era like myself, grew up watching the now classics, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Be My Valentine Charlie Brown.

Tom and Jerry

The Tom and Jerry cartoon also entertained millions of viewers during the baby boomer era. The cartoon is based on two main characters who are called Tom and Jerry.

Tom is a cat and Jerry is a mouse and in every episode Tom is trying to figure out some way to capture and eat Jerry. Other characters like ducks, birds, and dogs was a part of the show to add extra humor.

Davey and Goliath

Davey and Goliath was a claymation cartoon about a boy and his dog and the everyday adventures and changes young children face as they grown up.

The Davey and Goliath series was based on moral lessons for young kids to view and hopefully learn good moral values.

The Davey and Goliath …

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Forgotten DIC Cartoons: The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil

Every so often, classic animated characters are brought back for a new generation of children. Such was the case with Beany and Cecil, who started off as puppets on Time for Beany before becoming the stars of their own animated series in the 1960s. Following the latter’s long run on Saturday mornings and in syndication, in 1988, the characters were brought back for a new Saturday morning cartoon entitled The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil, courtesy of DIC (now a part of Cookie Jar) and future Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi. The series, which aired on ABC, would not last very long, unlike other shows such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and the various Scooby Doo shows which have introduced long running characters to new generations.

As was the case with the classic series, the show followed the adventures of Beany, the propeller cap-wearing boy; his pal Cecil, the lovable sea serpent; and Beany’s Uncle Huffenpuff, a famous explorer. They would visit numerous locations and meet a variety of characters, most notably the villainous Dishonest John, known for his wicked laugh and schemes that tended to backfire. While the cartoons tended to remain faithful to the classic shows, the …

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The Legend of Zelda Cartoon Review

I grew up watching The Legend of Zelda cartoon. Today I am going to review this TV show. You can buy the TV episodes on DVD. I really think this is one of the best cartoons to come out in the 80s. The music and the atmosphere is very good in this show. I also think they did a great job of portraying Link and Zelda in the show.

But of course my favorite character would have to be the evil Gannon. His voice is so evil and sinister, and he is so funny! Some of the best scenes are about the evil Gannon. The animation is very magical and powerful for the time it was made in. If you like The Legend of Zelda, then I think you will really enjoy this TV show series! After watching a lot of these episodes I wish they would make a Legend of Zelda movie! I hope you enjoyed you review and have a great day!…

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Benefits of Watching Older Cartoons

The wonderful cartoons that we all enjoyed as kids growing up are now back as classic cartoons. Now I knwo that for me my kids love being able to watch these cartoons and I know that I like being able to share the memories that I have of these cartoons and watch my children build memories of there own. However, since the cartoons are older and ones that I have already seen then I know that I will be able to predict what type of cartoon my children will be seeing and what type of lessosn they will be learning. Here are the great benefits that I have found of having my kids watch the old classic cartoons that I loved.

The first great benefit is that with the older cartoons even though you can tell that the technnology was not as fluid as it is in today’s cartoons they are still top quality. However, if you take into consideration the technology that was available at the time it is the best quality of cartoons that you can have. So being able to watch a top quality cartoon is always a wonderful thing to do.

The second benefit that I …

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5 Great Classic TV Shows for the Family

Many parents can agree that today’s television just can’t compare with those classic TV shows from yesteryear. What are some of the bet shows from previous generations that kids today should watch? Here are a few of my favorites that I loved as a kid and my own kids have grown to enjoy.

Get Smart – Who doesn’t love the bumbling spy Maxwell Smart? I loved watching the syndicated reruns of this classic television show when I was a child and when I introduced it to my own offspring they fell in love with it as well. Get Smart is simply zany fun and classic comedy. After watching an episode though, I always know to expect that my children will plan out their own spy missions as they try to rid the world of K.A.O.S.

The Addams Family – Yep, they’re creepy and kooky and my kids love the spooky fun of The Addams Family as much as I did growing up. This show hearkens back to well before my time. My own parents watched it when it was originally aired, which means The Addams Family is a three-generation hit in my family. What have my children learned from watching …

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Top 10 Characters in Cartoon Movies

I know that at one time or another we have all been forced to watch a cartoon. If you were lucky you got to watch a good one, and thereby solidifying your idea that cartoons are good for children. If you watched a bad one, perhaps featuring a purple dinosaur, you are irrevocably scarred for life, and have a loosening of the bowels at the thought of another such torturous 90 minutes.

I have to be honest, I love cartoon movies. I have five nephews, a niece, and a great-nephew, and they require the watching of these movies. Again honesty intrudes and I have to let you know that I personally own most of Disney’s collected works, I think Pixar is the next best thing since sliced bread, and Dreamworks was just what the doctor ordered to shake up the complacent world of animated movies. That all having been said, as an adult, my taste in what we watch, I have noticed, varies greatly from what the little ones ask to see. Their ideas of great movies are not spun by the great quotes, the unique and funny characters, or the by play with the rest of the “cast”. They …

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