Classic Cartoons

Whether you’re an executive accountant, work in a factory or even a policeman, we all have one thing in common. The majority of us have had the same conversion at least once within the last 5 years. Now you’re thinking that I’m possibly just making things up. The conversation starts off something to this effect: “Do you remember the cartoon?” We look at classic cartoons.

We all grew up watching our favourite cartoons on TV, planning our every move around the time they would be broadcast. The amount of time spent watching these cartoons seem to border on the insane, drawing pictures of characters such as He-Man, the sword from Thundercats, or the awesome cars from M.A.S.K. Now that I’ve got your attention, I will ask you the question: Do you remember any of these next cartoons?

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I’ve compiled a list of cartoons and kid shows I watched when I was growing up in the 80s and 90s. If there are any cartoons or kid shows you think I’ve missed, please feel free to add a comment below and I’ll update the list:


101 Dalmatians, 2 Stupid Dogs, Action Force, Aladdin, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Animaniacs, Arthur, Astro Farm, Babar the Elephant, Banana Man, Batman, Battle of the Planets, Beetlejuice, Biker Mice from Mars, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bionic Six, Bonkers, Brakenjan, Bravestarr, Bump in the Night, Calvin and Hobbes, Captain Planet, Care Bears, Casper and Friends, Centurions, Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Conan the Barbarian, Creepy Crawlers, Danger Mouse, Darkwing Duck, Davie Crocket, Dennis the Menace, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Dino Riders, Dinosaucers, Doug, Double Dragon, Dr. Snuggles, Droopy, Ducktales, Earthworm Jim, Ewoks, Exosquad, Fang Face, Fantastic Four, Felix the Cat, Flash Gordon, Fraggle Rock, Freakazoid, G.I. Joe, Galaxy Rangers, Garfield and Friends, Gargoyles, Get Along Gang, Ghostbusters, Gobots, Gooftroop, Goosebumps, Grady Greenspace, Gumby, Gummi Bears, Heathcliff, Heidi, He-Man, Hercules, House of Mouse, Huckleberry Hound, Hulk, Huxley Pig, Inspector Gadget, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Jimbo and the Jet Set, Johnson and Friends, Kideo, Looney Tunes, M.A.S.K., Magilla Gorilla, Mario and Luigi, Marsupilami, Maya the Bee, Mega Man, Men in Black, Mightor, Mighty Man and Yuck, Mighty Max, Mighty Mouse, Mina Moo, Moemin, Monchichis, Monster Force, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, Mr. Bogus, Mucha Lucha, Mummies Alive, My Little Pony, My Pet Monster, Nello en Patrasche, Once Upon a Time…Man, Paddington Bear, Panda Tao Tao, Paw Paw, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, Pinky and the Brain, Pirates of Dark Water, Pokel, Pole Position, Popeye, Popples, Pumpkin Patch, Punky Brewster, Quick Draw McGraw, Raggy Dolls, Rainbow Brite, Recess, Ricochet Rabbit, Ring Raiders, Robocop, Rocket Power, Ruff and Reddy, Saber Riders, Samurai Pizza Cats, Scooby-Doo, Secret Squirrel, Sharky and George, She-Ra Princess of Power, Shoe People, Silverhawks, Skybolt, Sonic the Hedgehog, Spiderman, Spiral Zone, Starchaser, Street Sharks, Super Campeones, Super Ted, Superman, Swamp Thing, Swat Kats, Talespin, Tasmanian Devil, Teddy Ruxpin, The Addams Family, The Adventures of Tin Tin, The Angry Beavers, The Animals of Farthing Wood, The Care Bears, The Family-Ness, The Flintstones, The Little Mermaid, The Jetsons, The Lone Ranger, The Magic Schoolbus, The Mask, The MuskerHounds (Brak en Jan), The Mysterious Cities of Gold, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Pink Panther, The Poddington Peas, The Power Team, The Raccoons, The Rugrats, The Silver Surfer, The Smurfs, The Tick, The Tigersharks, The Wombles, The World of David the Gnome (Dawie die Kabouter), The Wuzzles, Thundercats, Timon and Pumbaa, Tiny Toon Adventures, Tom and Jerry, Top Cat, Transformers, Turbo Teen, Vicky the Viking, Voltron, Whacky Races, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Where’s Wally, Widget the World Watcher, Wild C.A.T.S. Woody Woodpecker, Yogi Bear, and, finally, X-men.

There are a number of others that I cannot recall, two of which really bug me. The first is a cartoon about a kid playing a video game of some sort then is transported into the game world. There are 3 characters; one is a Blue Big Foot 4×4 Truck, a tomato with green hair, and the hero with a sword. The second cartoon involves singing green mice, which have pointy alien ears. These mice sing opera most of the time.

Although I have a separate list of my favourite cartoons to watch when I was a kid, I chose a top 5 list based on which of these cartoons had the best introduction or theme song.

These are my top 5:

5. M.A.S.K.

4. Fraggle Rock

3. Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers

2. Gummy Bears

1. The Mysterious Cities of Gold

There are a few others that could have made the list but didn’t quite compare to the intros above. These included BraveStarr, TaleSpin, Marsupilami, Doug, Ducktales and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which complete my top 11 cartoon intros. I’m sure different introductions would have a lot more meaning to each individual, so again, if you wish to send us your favourite intros, please feel free to do so.

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  1. Does anyone remember the Rescuers the movie? That, The Jungle Book & the animated Robin Hood typified my childhood.

    Didn’t have a favorite cartoon growing up, I watched everything. Typical 90’s kid. Hell I still remember the initial crew.

    Hell who remembers Scot Scott?

    • Yeah. “Fievel Goes West” is also another classic movie.
      If you’re referring to the first KTV crew from the late 80s, then I still remember a few.
      Most of those KTV kids were in South African movies as well, unlike the later kids.

  2. Zach Grages

    If you listen to the announcers voice for Voltron its actually the voice actor who did Optimus Prime in the Transformers cartoons and in the movies.

  3. Werner van der Vyver

    “The first is a cartoon about a kid playing a video game of some sort then is transported into the game world.”

    Could be either Kidd Video or Captain N: The Game Master

  4. sofia

    love classic cartoons!!! WUWO Magazine has an article on few cartoons that took me on a trip back to memory lane. Read on

  5. Cat147

    I’m currently looking for a cartoon that was showing late 80’s or 90’s. group of faeries/pixies/ little people living in tree/s and had flowers and leaves as hats.

  6. Ethan

    Hi, I’m looking for an animation I watched as a child maybe 20-25 years ago about the human body and it showed white blood cells as being alive and viruses attacking the body, with a guy with a long white beard. It played on whats now sabc 2?? Also i’m looking for an animation I just can’t seem to find anywhere on flowers that gave the characters in the animation powers, I think it had a alien-ish feel to it, also from around that time, I think both might of had a european influence. Thanks.

  7. Abhilash

    Great compilation brother. I’m looking for the name of the cartoon I watched as a kid in 90s. It was a fishing competition to catch mysterious fishes. They had all these high tech fishing sticks. Been searching for an year now. I suppose I watched it along with digimon or bey blade or I may be wrong too. Please does anybody know this?

  8. Hills-to-Sky

    I seem to recall another kids show I’m really keen to remember.
    It had an Aztec or Mayan setting and their were four kids with spirit animals and they fought against an evil guy (pretty sure he was summoning demons or something).
    The four kids went something like they were dressed according to their spirit animal colour.
    There was a yellow lion kid who had a claw attack- Leo
    A guy in red who turned into a bull and became a rolling boulder- Taurus?
    A girl in green who became a stretchy iguana
    And a chick in purple/blue? Who became an eagle or falcon or something….
    I can’t seem to find it anywhere!
    And no, it’s not Mucha Lucha

  9. Jake

    I remember watching a short cartoon back in early ninties which had green mouses(one of them played a violin). Its wasnt a great cartoon or popular but its opening theme song stuck in mind all these years. Also during that period, im trying to recall the name of a futuristic type cartoon. It had a more dramatic than comic feel to it. All i can recall is an image of humanoid(alien?) wearing a cape and standing inside a large spaceship during the opening theme. it probably lasted only one season but that cartoon blew my mind as a kid in the nineties

  10. denzil

    Does anyone know where i can get or view sandoekan die seerower , pokkel die eekhoring , niklaas die kind van vlare.

  11. Naeem Moola

    There’s a anime I’m looking for the past 12 or 15 years.
    it was on sabc 2 on a saturday afternoon when they used to show robocop and pokemon.
    The anime was about a young boy that stumbles upon a giant white robot that’s been dormant for years.When the robot senses the boy,it awakens and chooses him as it’s pilot.To access the robot he uses some sort of scroll.During the series the giant white robot fights two guardian like robots…one is blue dog and the other is a bird or something.
    I’ve asked fellow anime viewers and they can’t figure it out.

  12. Rudolf

    There is a cartoon where some guy lived in a yellow place full of clouds or sheep and always had to go and save kids dreams that was bad. I cannot remember much more.

  13. Arlene

    Rupert The Bear.
    The Little Flying Bears.
    The Berenstein Bears.
    Glow worms – which I think was split with another program to make the half hour slot.
    Raggedy Anne and Andy.
    Ruud Dog. And the Dweebs.
    Pound Puppies…?

  14. Rei

    Hey. I also remember the one about the guy who saves the dreams. I was quite young but the sheep and clouds really stuck… I would love to know what show this was.

  15. Brian

    hi guys can any of you list me any cartoons that used to play on SABC 2 which were about soccer, one of them the main character’s name was Phelezino.

  16. Junaid

    Bringing up a dead thread!! Can somebody cure my Mandela effect? I’m almost positive that the SABC I think tv2 had a children’s slot in the 90s called Mini TV?? Am I right? Or in another realm?? Pleeease prove me right!!! There was an alien puppet thing called Horatio Nd there was December holidays activities at like sun city and the like. I have such vivid memories but can’t find a single ounce of it anywhere…..

    • Firstly, this thread is never dead. :)
      Secondly, I have good news for you, Mini TV was I thing, I remember the jingle.
      And, lastly, Horatio the “alien” was a character from The Nutshack cartoon…just Google it.
      The other stuff I’m a bit vague on, but there were some on-site locations for holiday programmes I do recall.

  17. Minesh

    Hi guys…does anyone remember a kids program called ‘Harry’s house?’ I think it’s South African made as there’s hardly any trace of it anywhere. Would love to know if anyone has it.

    • If you’re talking about the show with the dress-up dog, Harry, then yes. I still have that song pop into my head randomly at times.
      You can find some info here and here. Doubt anyone has it though. Don’t even think SABC kept such tapes. I once appeared on TV myself, no trace of it anywhere…maybe for the better. :)

  18. Mark

    I’ve been looking for a show that used to play on SABC 1 on Saturday mornings around the 2000’s. It was about space, there were factions and almost had a Star Wars/Mass Effect/Titan AE feel to it. There were a bunch of colonies of different species. The main character was human, the main bad character was some alien, in one of the episodes it tried to put out the sun with a giant ice comet.

  19. Cassie

    Hi everyone! Maybe someone can help me, I’ve been looking for a cartoon shown in the 99s but could be from the 80s. I think it was an English cartoon (British) about an old man wearing brown plaid and he had a grey scottish terroir.

    Another one I’m looking for was on tv in the early 2000s set in a forest, with puppet animals. I don’t have much to go by.

    – I’ve also got some shows you might know The Fruitties (, Dognation ( Groundling Marsh (

  20. Mitch

    Hi guys! Awesome thread! I’ve been searching for years now for any reference to a 90’s show I watched on SABC2 Tube in the afternoons (during the week sometime):

    It was a live action sci-fi/fantasy about a young teenage boy who’s parents are murdered (?) and he’s taken in by some old crazy scientist (to a space station, I think) who tells him his family’s destiny was to protect some statue (?). Then a Darth Vader-esque villain attacks the station, kills the scientist (?) who, before dying, sends the fragments of the statue through portals to different planets. The rest of the series involved the youngster going to the different planets to reclaim the fragments and prevent the villain from acquiring them.

    Does this ring any bells to anybody?! I’ve searched all over the web and the best I’ve been able to find is one or two other people who remember the premise.

  21. Uv

    Hey everyone, perhaps someone can help.I’ve been looking for a cartoon with Falcon or Eagle or Hawk like characters(Not Silverhawks) who are very shiny and their costume is robotic (or perhaps they are android-like) cant remember 100% if they transform to some sort of birds but i do remember they are a team and their costumes have different colors. The cartoon played around 1994 and 2000 i’d say cant remember exact year though. Thanks in advance

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