10 Awesome 80s Cartoons You May Have Forgotten

7. Defenders of the Earth


Defenders of the Earth is an American animated television series produced in 1986, featuring characters from three comic strips distributed by King Features Syndicate—Flash Gordon, The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, and Mandrake’s assistant Lothar—opposing Ming the Merciless in the year 2015. Supporting characters include their children Rick Gordon (son of Flash), L.J. (son of Lothar), Kshin (adopted son of Mandrake), and Jedda Walker (daughter of the Phantom).

The show lasted for 65 episodes; there was also a short-lived comic book series published by Star Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics). The closing credits credit Rob Walsh and Tony Pastor for the main title music, and Stan Lee for the lyrics. The series was later shown in reruns on the Sci Fi Channel as part of Sci Fi’s animation block, Cartoon Quest.

8. Denver The Last Dinosaur


Denver, the Last Dinosaur is an American-French animated series produced by World Events Productions and Groupe IDDH [fr]. It was nationally syndicated throughout the United States in 1988 with reruns airing until 1990. In the show, a dinosaur hatches from a petrified egg in modern times, and is befriended by a group of teenagers. Episodes often focused on issues of conservation, ecology, and greed. The show ran for two seasons, as the dinosaur boom that had followed The Land Before Time waned until Jurassic Park in 1993, causing viewership to drop. The series received a recommendation from the National Education Association.

The show revolves around the adventures of Denver, the eponymous last dinosaur, who was released from his egg by a group of California teens: Jeremy, Mario, Shades, Wally, and Casey, along with tag-along older sister, Heather. The kids taught Denver the finer points of skateboarding and other pastimes while protecting him from rock concert promoter Morton Fizzback who wanted to use the dinosaur to make money.

9. Centurions


Centurions: Power Xtreme is a syndicated American science fiction animated television series produced by Ruby-Spears and was animated in Japan by Sunrise’s Studio 7 division. Comic book artists Jack Kirby and Gil Kane contributed to the design and concepts of the show while Norio Shioyama did the character designs. The series began in 1986 as a five-part mini-series and was followed with a 60-episode series. The series was story edited by Ted Pedersen and written by several authors, including prolific science fiction writers Michael Reaves, Marc Scott Zicree, Larry DiTillio and Gerry Conway.

The series theme and soundtrack were composed by Udi Harpaz. There was also a line of tie-in toys by Kenner and a comic book series by DC Comics. The show revolves around the conflict between Doc Terror’s cyborgs and the Centurions (a combination of hard-suit and a mecha)

10. M.A.S.K.


M.A.S.K. (an acronym for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) is a 1985-1986 animated television series produced by DIC Audiovisuel and ICC TV Productions, Ltd. The series was based on the M.A.S.K.action figures produced by Kenner Products. It was animated in Japan by studios; KK DiC Asia (later known as KK C&D Asia), Studio Juno, Studio World, and Ashi Productions.

M.A.S.K. is a special task force led by Matt Trakker, who operate transforming armored vehicles in their ongoing battle against the criminal organization V.E.N.O.M. (an acronym for Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem) with an emphasis on superpowered helmets (called “masks”) worn by the characters of both factions. V.E.N.O.M.’s primary goal was obtaining money through either robbery, extortion, counterfeiting, kidnapping, or attempting to steal historical artifacts, but M.A.S.K. always found a way to foil their plans.


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