One of the amazing parts of Netflix Instant is that they have cartoons from when I was a kid! Which I knew Tony would just LOVE! Cause I did! I loved this stuff, man!
… so without further ado, here’s a list of cartoons that I think I might have been high while watching as a child.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Okay, so Tony actually loves this show too. Mostly because he thinks it’s pretty awesome that He-Man even saves bad guys. But watching it now makes me think that I might have been a tad slow as a child. Why would you EVER transform into He-Man? You go from a rocket-powered Battle Ram to a .. cat. You give up laser guns for a .. sword. Also, I didn’t remember the little pedantic moralistic recaps at the end of every episode. Those are annoying. BUT – the entire show is voiced by four people, which .. you gotta admit, is a little impressive.
Um. Wow. This was a REALLY, REALLY bad cartoon. Even Tony wouldn’t sit through it. (Although, in the pilot episode, Penny is voiced by Rainbow Brite’s voice and Inspector Gadget has a big, pedophile-looking mustache. So it’s weird, is what I’m saying here.) But I was surprised that this was a Saban-Levy production, brought to us by the same entertainment gurus who later brought us Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. (.. more on that in a bit.) So I’m not sure this show was written in english originally. Although – hey. Don Adams, y’all. Mad respect there.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
I chose this picture VERY carefully. Because we have been re-watching the original series, with the Green-and-White Ranger. Tony ADORES Power Rangers, but we have to watch it VERY sparingly or else he goes to school and thinks himself to be a ninja. Man, this show. Did you know that Bulk has a DOCTORATE in ACTING? Seriously. Also, in the fighting scenes, you’ll notice that the yellow ranger doesn’t have a skirt. BECAUSE IN JAPAN, IT’S A DUDE. Also, we spend a lot of time on IMDB while we watch these shows.
Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer
Somewhere, my sister just squealed. We watched this so much as little girls that our VHS tape WORE OUT in places. Seriously. I can tell you that Buddy Blue sings an opening line in the song “Every Morning is a Brand New Day” that we rewound to listen to so many times that it would get snowy for it. Tony sat with me for the entire movie, really just kind of hypnotized. Because it’s .. it’s actually not a bad movie. Action filled, songs, colors .. um, but pretty trippy. Very trippy. Acid-y. I so love it.
Care Bears II: A New Generation
Before this awful CGI crap that is now out for Care Bears (THEY MADE UP NEW BEARS. THOSE ARE NOT REAL CARE BEARS), there was this movie, where we learn about the Care Bear cousins and the evil Darkheart. Um – Darkheart is some scary shit, y’all. This movie has baby cuddly things, gooey songs, and .. um, really heavy-handed morals. But it’s for kids! Sometimes you have to be slow and determined! And in the weirdest circle, the voice of Christy in this movie ends up being the permanent voice of Penny on Inspector Gadget. DUDE, I KNOW.
What have you revisited with your kids? And did you begin to doubt your childhood as well?