If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember a time when cartoons weren’t on 24 hours a day on a multitude of dedicated channels. You’ll recall the moment you realised it was a Saturday morning – prime 80s cartoon time! Or coming back from school to watch the best cartoons. Remember having to choose between ITV and BBC for your viewing pleasure? Maybe you had the bonus of Channel 4 too?
We were slaves to the TV schedulers and couldn’t just whip on YouTube to watch our favourite cartoon. You had to be at home, sat on the sofa and needed to have won the argument over the TV remote to watch what you wanted.
Simpler times? Perhaps. But do you remember them well enough to pass our toughest ever cartoon quiz? Remember to test your friends’ knowledge by hitting that share button!!
Toughest 80s Cartoon Quiz…Ever!
Fun 80s Cartoons Facts
Some of the voices were pretty recognisable faces:
Earle Hyman who played Grandpa Huxtable on The Cosby Show, was the voice of Panthro on Thundercats
James Avery – best known as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was the voice of Shredder on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or ‘Hero Turtles’ as we knew it in the UK!)
Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas was the voice of Sally Brown on 3 Peanuts cartoon specials in the 1980s.
Remember the Transformers Movie? And the villain Unicron… yeah, that was Orson Welles. For real.
Arsenio Hall was the voice of Winston on The Real Ghostbusters.
Bonus fact: Want to know why it was called ‘The Real’ Ghostbusters? Well, it was because the animation studio Filmation (of He-Man fame) owned the rights to a 70s show of the same name.
Other 80s cartoon facts you might not know (and probably don’t want to):
- In the Smurfs Christmas Special, they kill someone – by singing them to death.
- Rainbow Brite was an orphan.
- The Smurfs brought out a breakfast cereal that turned your poop blue because of all the blue colouring.
- Growing up in Britain, we were subjected to censorship of the terms ‘ninja’ ‘bummer’ and ‘let’s kick some shell’ from Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles.
- The first episode of Thundercats saw them all wake up on an unknown planet…. NAKED! Oo-er.
- Jem (which was an American series, we don’t remember it here in the UK, maybe you do?) was a singer and one of her songs heavily implied she was, erm, doing the dirty with her boyfriend. How this got past the censors is anyone’s guess.
- The Care Bears once resurrected someone from the dead. Odd.