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Hey, Remember the '80s?

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I love cartoons. I also love desperately clinging to my youth through nostalgia for the things I enjoyed as a child, so it should come as absolutely no surprise that news of new "Voltron" and "ThunderCats" cartoons would be of interest to me. According to Variety, "The reintroduction of 'Voltron: Defender of the Universe' will begin with an animated series on Nicktoons and a new toy line from Mattel rather than leap straight onto the bigscreen." The article also notes that "Warner Bros.' animation aims to produce an anime-influenced version of 'ThunderCats' for Cartoon Network to revive the '80s property, which has had a feature treatment stuck in development." I'm going to ignore the fact that the new "Voltron" cartoon is being timed to coincide with the property's 25th anniversary, because it is in direct conflict with the aforementioned "clinging to my youth."

I think this is great news. I've tried to re-watch the original cartoons, and they did not hold up. I could not figure out what the hell was going on in "Voltron," and "ThunderCats" painfully dull. I swear half an episode was dedicated to Mumm-Ra flying over the same stretch of barren land over and over and over again. I wanted to die. The concepts are timeless though. Voltron is a giant space robot with a sword! ThunderCats is a lion man...with a sword! (Swords were, understandably, all the rage in the 1980s, because children loved to imagine that there was at least the potential for dismemberment.)

Personally, I'd like to see even more 1980s cartoons get revivals. Not to sound like a broken record, but the fact that there has not been any new She-Ra stuff over the years is criminal. I really want to see new cartoons for the less well remembered stuff. Maybe it's time to give "SilverHawks" another go around, and with constant rumors of film projects for Flash Gordon and The Phantom, it just makes sense to bring back "Defenders of the Earth."

What cartoons would you like to see revived?

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Comments (6)

Jose:

I'm afraid this is gonna be another victim of a licensing department doing "research" & believing that remaking these cartoons are "all the rage" or "the trend" right now. This not made by people who grew up loving these cartoons but people needing "product".

Has any remade cartoon ever really been great? Bruce Timm-Verse cartoons don't count cause they weren't remakes of anything. They're gonna piss all over our childhoods. >:(

Of course they are, but kids will probably love the remakes, and I do sort of love the idea that my nephews like the same things I liked as a kid, even if it's not exactly the same.

Brenda (Shisho):

They already pissed on my childhood when they started giving My Little Ponies clear horseshoes and poles to dance on. Remaking Thundercats might actually be fun. Give Lion-O a brain this time, won't you?

Jose:

Forgot to mention that I'd love to see Silverhawks, M.A.S.K., Muppet Babies & anything from Disney afternoon (gummie bears, duck tales etc.)

michael:

all this 80's revival stuff is getting a bit crazy, don'cha think (best Fargo impression)? O.o

I don't really have a problem with it as long as there's more to it than just nostalgia. There's no reason other franchises can't have the longevity of Star Trek or James Bond.