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Quality cartoons remain on the brains of '80s children

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By Jeff Dickerson
Daily Arts Writer
Saturday Morning Cartoons. We
loved, cherished and worshiped our
weekencd animated heroes. The stories
were exhilarating, the images were hand-
drawn and the characters were impgina-

tive. Sadly, the youth of today must sift
through a slim selection of formulaic
cartoons that pale in comparison to hey-
day that was the 1980's. Let's take a trip
back to the time when cartoons were
great and the morals were high.
10. "The Smurfs": An '80s classic,

"The Smurfs" was a cute little show for
both genders. I remember having a crush
on Smurfette. Her lustrous blue skin and
delicate wardrobe kept me tuning in
every week. For nearly a decade the
Smurfs defended themselves against the
inept and evil Gargamel.
9. "GI Joe" : "Nosw I know ... and

knowing's half the battle!" The famous
line uttered at the end of every episode to
coincide with the moral of the day. Duke
led the Joes as they battled the notorious
Cobras. Snake Eyes remains one of the
quintessential animated protagonists.
8. "M.A.S.K." : Often overlooked
gem. The Mobile Armored Strike
Kommand fought the vile forces of
VE.N.O.M. in typical Transformers
fashion. I loved the Jeep that turned into
the boat, damn that was swcet.
7. "Transformers" : Not only was
this a great cartoon, the toys from the
classic series are probablv the most
inventive to grace store shelves. Don't
miss out on seeing the 1986 movie, star-
ring none other than "Citizen Kane"
himself, Orson Welles.
6. "Voltron": One ofthe coolest con-
cepts in cartoon history Five robotic cats
join together to form the ultimate in ass-
kicking heroes. Was later turned into the
dreaded "Mighty Morphin' Power
Rangers"
5. "Inspector Gadget": This was the
reason you were glued to Nickelodeon.
This guy could do everything, assuming
his niece Penny was along to supervise.
The dim-witted hero had an arsenal of
bizarre tools to counter the slirocided Dr.
Claw. Pay no attention to the recent
movie.

4. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles":
You know who they are. They appeared
on lunchboxes, T-shirts, underoos and
movie screens. A ridiculous concept
from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird
turned into a multi-million dollar indus-
try. Bebop was better than Rocksteady.
3. "Thundercats" : Extraordinary
heroes, terrifying villains. and the note-
worthy soundtrack made this an instant
classic in 1985. Remember the episode
where Panthro had to battle an evil
clone? Great stuff. Catch the reruns on
the Cartoon Network.
2. "Muppet Babies" : Appealing to
both boys and girls alike. Jim Henisoi's
"The Muppet Babies" was a favorite
show among the young and old for sev-
eral years. In each episode the kids were
sucked into a popular movie such as
"Star Wars" or "Raiders of the Lost
Ark." Only drawback to the show was
never revealing the face of the nanns.
bastards.
1. "He-Man" : I have the power!
Prince Adam (better known as I le-Man)
was a role model for every yo tug boy
growing up during the Reagan adminis-
tration. Superb charactersc and the auda-
cious storylines made this the perfect
cartoon in the 1980's. The spin off "She-
Ra" proved equally as popular with the
ladies.

By Jenny Jeltes
Daily Arts Writer
Many students, especially this
time of thte year, are so busy stcrcys
r xritingpapers. soiking and jut
"keeping up" that it may be difficult
to make time for much else
Looking back into one s child-
hood, however, there was alsways time
to play. Lives were filled with car-
toots, dolls. action figures and
Darmes,
After hiking around campus and
asking students what their favorite
toy or pastime was from their child-
hood, Thre Michigan Daily received
the folloiwing responses:
"Sit and Spin."

'Jennifer Preblich, "I loved to play hopscotch."
LSA sophomore - Roorila Mar'eachalee,
LS fieshman

"Climbing trees in the big park
behind m house.k
Enginleer1no
junior
"I used to
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Legos a lot."
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Junior:
"Barbies.'
- Lfnisha Ah/lovai
LSA fi-eshmm

I used to ride around on a
hobby horse whenever the song
"Celebration' came on."
- Phil Meed,
Engineering jior"
"Magic Nursery
Heidi .lerri'ill,
LSA sop/omore
"My favorite toys were He-
Man and Transformers. We used to
line up all of the Transformers into
a, their armies so they could fight each
n other."

- Grrg Pppas. LSA junior'
"GI Joes."
- Ben Pitsch, LSA junior
Thevire the little
x mice and bears that
had their own minia-
ture furniture and
houses."
- Amanla reston,
"I liked Transformers."
- Rob Kantner, LSA sophomore
"Legos or building blocks."
- Alex Poniatowski, LSA junior

SVoltron on
Saturday morn-
ings and wanti-
rg to hae one -°
of those niechan-
ical cats."
- Chris D'Angelo, LSA junior
"I liked My Little Ponies. I had
about 100."
- Autmirnrn Tauikt
LSA so~phriome
"I liked Barbies and
Nintendo games. My
favorite was Zelda.
- Peri Velsoir,
LSA sophomore

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