In the 80s we weren’t afraid to say that some things were made for girls and some were made for boys. Whether it was toys or cartoons they were definitely marketed to one sex or the other. Thats not to say that the boys didn’t play with girls toys and vice versa, it was just the girls found it a lot easier to admit! So boys how many of these 80s cartoons that were aimed at girls will you admit to watching?
1. Jem (and the Holograms)
The ultra cool Jem was the alter ego of Jerrica Benton the owner of starlight music. It’s the super computer Synergy that helps Jerrica by projecting the Jem hologram over her, this allowed Jem to project her own holograms with the use of her earrings. This often helped her get the better of her rival bands The Misfits and The Stingers!
The series revolves around Jem, the mysterious lead singer of the rock group “Jem and the Holograms”. Her real name is Jerrica Benton, and under this name she is the owner and manager of Starlight Music. Jerrica adopts this persona with the help of a holographic computer, known as Synergy, which was built by Jerrica’s father to be “the ultimate audio-visual entertainment synthesizer” and is bequeathed to her after his death. Jerrica is able to command Synergy to project “the Jem hologram” over herself by means of the remote micro-projectors in her earrings, thus disguising her features and clothing, enabling her to assume the Jem persona. While disguised as Jem, Jerrica is able to move freely without restrictions and on several occasions other people have been in direct physical contact with her without disrupting the holographic projection. Jem, through the use of her earrings, is also able to project holograms around her and uses this ability throughout the series to avoid danger and provide special effects for the performances of her group.
2. My Little Pony
As with a lot of cartoons in the 80s, this one was built around a toy line, but this was not just any old toy line, it was one of the most popular: My Little Pony. The toys sold in their millions, and all the girls who owned them watched the cartoon! My Little Pony is an American animated television series produced by Sunbow Productions and Marvel Productions based on the My Little Pony toys released by Hasbro. The series featured as the first segment of a program called My Little Pony ‘n Friends. The second segment would be an unrelated cartoon based on another Hasbro franchise – including The Glo Friends, MoonDreamers and the Potato Head Kids. The series debuted on September 15, 1986, a few months after the release of My Little Pony: The Movie (which had introduced the Paradise Estate and many of the series’ main characters), and ended on September 23, 1987. Two previous television specials were also edited into segments of My Little Pony ‘n Friends: Rescue from Midnight Castle and Escape from Catrina. The complete series of My Little Pony segments has been released on DVD in Regions 1 and 4. As of January 25, 2012, none of the other segments has been released on DVD. Other sections have been released on DVD such as “My Little Pony: The Glo Friends” as of 2013.
3. She-Ra Princess of Power
What do you do when you’ve got one of the most successful boys toy lines of the 80s? You create an alternative along the same lines but for girls! She-Ra was introduced in 1985 as He-man’s sister! Storylines and characters were recycled, but it didn’t matter because the girls loved her! The toys began to sell and Filmation and Mattel cemented their position as merchandising gods! produced in 1985 by Filmation. A spin-off of Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series, She-Ra was aimed primarily at a young female audience to complement He-Man’s popularity with young males. Unlike the He-Man cartoon, which was based on the Masters of the Universe toy line by Mattel, the creation of She-Ra was a collaboration between Filmation and Mattel. The initial group of characters and premise were created by Filmation, while the characters introduced later were designed by Mattel. Mattel provided financial backing for the series, as well as an accompanying toy line. The series premiered in 1985 and was cancelled in 1986, after 2 seasons and 93 episodes.
4. Rainbow Brite
In this case the cartoon came before the toys! Rainbow Brite was the creation of Hallmark cards who eventually teamed up with toy giants Mattel. It followed the adventures of Rainbow Brite, Twink, Starlite and the Color Kids, who all went around spreading color wherever they went! A young girl named Wisp is brought to a gray, desolate land with the mission to bring color to this fictional world by locating the Sphere of Light. Along the way, she befriends a furry creature (called a sprite) named Twink, a magnificent horse named Starlite and finds a mysterious baby who turns out to be the key to her mission. With the help of her new friends, Wisp locates the legendary Color Belt and rescues the seven Color Kids, who had been trapped by the King of Shadows. Using the Color Belt, Wisp and the Sphere of Light defeat the King of Shadows, liberate the sprites and bring color and beauty to the land, henceforth called Rainbow Land. Wisp is renamed Rainbow Brite in honor of her new role as leader of the Color Kids, who are together in charge of all the colors in the universe.