Best cartoons growing up

by orr-denise | created - 16 Sep 2012 | updated - 16 Sep 2012 | Public

They don't make cartoons like they used to. These are all my favorites and I wish they would make them on DVD instead of VHS so I could enjoy them with my kids.

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1. CBS Storybreak (1985– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Family

8.3
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30-minute animated series, each episode telling a different beloved childrens story.

Stars: Hamilton Camp, Frank Welker, Brian Cummings, Michael Bell

Votes: 90

Amazing series that really stuck with me.

2. The Littles (1983– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure

6.5
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Animated series about a 13-year-old boy named Henry Bigg who goes on vacation and finds mouse-like creatures in his suitcase called Littles. There's a whole family of Littles. William and ... See full summary »

Stars: Jimmy Keegan, Bettina Bush, Alvy Moore, Robert David Hall

Votes: 570

3. Ewoks (1985–1987)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.1
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The adventures of the Ewoks in Wicket W. Warrick's youth before the Battle of Endor.

Stars: Jim Henshaw, Lesleh Donaldson, Cree Summer, Alyson Court

Votes: 1,334

4. The Transformers (1984–1987)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

Stars: Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Corey Burton, Christopher Collins

Votes: 17,721

5. Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985–1991)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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A group of reclusive humanoid bears and a few trusted humans explore their lost heritage and prevent their enemies from exploiting it.

Stars: June Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music, Katie Leigh

Votes: 7,415

6. The Care Bears Family (1985–1988)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.1
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The Care Bears live in a faraway place up in the clouds called Care-a-Lot. They travel around the world on Missions in Caring, whilst evil villains such as Professor Coldheart and Lord No Heart, try to thwart their plans.

Stars: Dan Hennessey, Bob Dermer, Luba Goy, Melleny Melody

Votes: 2,266

7. My Little Pony 'n Friends (1986–1987)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

5.6
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The story of a human named Megan in a world of magical ponies and their adventures together in Pony Land.

Stars: Sherry Lynn, Bettina Bush, Susan Blu, Nancy Cartwright

Votes: 888

8. Snorks (1984–1988)
Episode: Junior's Octopuppy/The Shape of Snorks to Come (1985)

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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Allstar explains to his Uncle Gallio about the time when Occy was Junior's pet octopus. / A seaquake sends Junior fifty years into the future.

Director: Ray Patterson | Stars: Michael Bell, Nancy Cartwright, Cam Clarke, Brian Cummings

Votes: 16

9. Rainbow Brite (1984–1986)

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Family

7.0
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The adventures of the color protector and her friends (sidekick Twink, the color kids, her horse Starlite, and her human friend Brian).

Stars: Bettina Bush, Peter Cullen, Pat Fraley, Robbie Lee

Votes: 892

10. The Glo Friends (1986– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.7
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A group of friendly glowworms tries to get along with their bad-tempered neighbors, a group of moles called The Moligans.

Stars: Charlie Adler, Joey Camen, Roger C. Carmel, Nancy Cartwright

Votes: 73

11. Muppet Babies (1984–1991)
Episode: The Great Muppet Cartoon Show (1985)

TV-Y | Animation, Family

6.4
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The Babies make their own animated films.

Directors: Ray Lee, Terry Lennon, Bob Richardson | Stars: Greg Berg, Katie Leigh, Howie Mandel, Laurie O'Brien

Votes: 13

12. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.4
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Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Votes: 18,145

13. The Storyteller (1987– )

225 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.9
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An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog.

Stars: John Hurt, Brian Henson, Frederick Warder, David Greenaway

Votes: 3,244

14. Kissyfur (1985– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation

7.7
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The adventures of Gus and Kissyfur, a father and son bear duo who had joined the circus. Kissyfur and his father use the skills they have acquired from the human world to create a boat tour... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Gilbert, Terence McGovern, Stu Rosen, Neil Ross

Votes: 226

15. She-Ra: Princess of Power (1985–1987)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.7
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Princess Adora raises her magic sword and becomes She-Ra, the most powerful woman in the universe, to aid her friends in defeating the Evil Horde so their planet Etheria can be free.

Stars: Melendy Britt, George DiCenzo, John Erwin, Linda Gary

Votes: 3,798

16. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.5
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The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull.

Stars: John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, Lou Scheimer

Votes: 13,369

17. The Pound Puppies (1985 TV Movie)

Animation, Family

7.8
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A female dog from a wealthy family named Violet Vanderfeller is picked up and taken to the city pound, where she meets the gang and discovers their mission of uniting themselves up with ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Zaslove, Ray Patterson | Stars: Dan Gilvezan, Ron Palillo, Alan Oppenheimer, Gail Matthius

Votes: 63

18. Schoolhouse Rock! (1973–2009)

TV-Y | 3 min | Animation, Family, Musical

8.2
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A series of shorts illustrating various songs that teach multiplication tables, grammar, science, American history, computers, economics, and environmentalism.

Stars: Jack Sheldon, Essra Mohawk, Darrell Stern, Sue Manchester

Votes: 2,268

19. Popples (1986–1988)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.5
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The misadventures of Billy and Bonnie Wagner and their mischievous (though helpful) Popples.

Stars: Daniel Brémont, Jeanine Forney, Marie Martine, Laurent Peters

Votes: 183

20. Wuzzles (1985)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.2
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This cartoon series followed the adventure of the Wuzzles, colorful and playful creatures that were part one animal, part another.

Stars: Stan Freberg, Brian Cummings, Henry Gibson, Kathleen Helppie-Shipley

Votes: 359

21. Jem (1985–1988)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Jerrica Benton is secretly the leader of the glamorous and exciting music group, Jem and the Holograms.

Stars: Samantha Newark, Patricia Alice Albrecht, Cathianne Blore, Cindy McGee

Votes: 2,023

22. The Get Along Gang (1984–1986)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Family

7.3
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A group of anthropomorphic animal children learn the value of teamwork and friendship.

Stars: Sherry Lynn, Bettina Bush, Georgi Irene, Robbie Lee

Votes: 154

23. Star Wars: Droids (1985–1986)

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.3
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The adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO years before serving the Rebel Alliance.

Stars: Anthony Daniels, Graeme Campbell, Dan Hennessey, Lesleh Donaldson

Votes: 1,085

24. The Smurfs (1981–1990)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.

Stars: Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss, Frank Welker

Votes: 11,864

25. Trollkins (1981– )

TV-G | 30 min | Animation

8.1
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Add a Plot

Stars: Jered Barclay, Michael Bell, Mel Blanc, William Callaway

Votes: 26

26. Super Friends (1980–1983)

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.5
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The further adventures of the DC Universe's greatest superheroes.

Stars: Danny Dark, Olan Soule, Michael Bell, Casey Kasem

Votes: 840

27. Inspector Gadget (1983–1986)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.8
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A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.

Stars: Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker, Luc Durand

Votes: 14,657

28. Fraggle Rock (1983–1987)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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The adventures of the various inhabitants of an underground civilization.

Stars: Karen Prell, Gerard Parkes, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 5,262

29. The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (1984–1985)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.3
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An updated version of the classic Hannah-Barbera mystery cartoon. The story for this series is about the same as for the older series, with one major change: the Mystery Machine gang is now... See full summary »

Stars: Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North, Frank Welker

Votes: 1,909

30. The Flight of Dragons (1982 Video)

Passed | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.8
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A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones, Harry Morgan

Votes: 4,669