ByBilly Marks, writer at Creators.co
Tech guru, Comic book / movie nerd and lover of all things sci-fi and fantasy.
Billy Marks

I'm a child of the 80's. I grew up in a time, that I think had the best cartoons EVER! We got some fall over from the 70's and we got to grow up through the 90's. This is simply a list of Cartoons and a few Animated Movies from those time periods that I believe would make for a great cinematic experience. This list is in no way ordered from best to worst.

Wizards:

  • Those of you that are familiar with the works of Ralph Bakshi already know this one. Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle between two wizards (brothers), one representing the forces of magic and one representing the forces of industrial technology. Its heavy on the anti-war themes. There is a lot of Nazi flags and videos of Hitler used. This film is epic in its own right. From the beginning narration you get sucked in. The voice work is a bit lacking for me but the imagery is kinda mind blowing. The over all Magic vs. Technology theme would make for a really cool live action story set in a post-apocalyptic world of our own creation. It could be updated, I think the Nazi aspect would feel a bit dated at this point. I could see Guillermo Del Toro having a field day with the visual and creatures that would be needed to really bring this one to life.

Thundercats:

  • I had every action figure they made, even a plastic sword that extended. Hi, my name is bill and im an 80's kid... This was ridiculously popular in the 80's. For those of you that might not be familiar with the ThunderCats, the show follows the adventures of a team of cat-like humanoid aliens from a planet called Third Earth. The series plot begins with the dying planet Thundera meeting its end, forcing the ThunderCats to flee their homeworld. The fleet is attacked by the Thundereans' enemies, the Mutants of Plun-Darr, who destroy most of the starships in the "ThunderFleet," but spare the flagship hoping to capture the legendary mystic Sword of Omens they believe is on board. The sword holds the Eye of Thundera, the source of the ThunderCats' power, which is embedded in the hilt. Though the Mutants damage the flagship, the power of the Eye drives them back. The flagship contains the young Lord of the ThunderCats, Lion-O, as well as the ThunderCats Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKit and WilyKat, and Snarf.
  • When the ThunderCats awake from their suspended animation on Third Earth, Lion-O discovers that his suspension capsule has slowed, rather than stopped, his aging, and he is now a child in the body of an adult. Before long, the Mutants have tracked them down to Third Earth. The intrusion of these two alien races upon the world does not go unnoticed, however - a demonic, mummified sorcerer calling himself Mumm-Ra recruits the Mutants to aid him in his campaign to acquire the Eye of Thundera and destroy the ThunderCats so that his evil may continue to hold sway over Third Earth.
  • I don't need to say much about how epic it would be to see this unfold in live-action. With the special effects and amazing makeup artists out there now there is no excuses as to why this isn't in production as we speak. There has been plenty of rumors that this was in the works, sadly nothing has come to fruition yet.

Voltron:

  • Remember when toys like Voltron and Transformer we metal? I do and it was awesome! This was such a great show. Voltron featured a team of five young pilots commanding five robot lions which could be combined to form Voltron. In this undefined future era, the Voltron Force was in charge of protecting the planet Arus (ruled by Princess Allura) from the evil King Zarkon (from planet Doom), his son Lotor, and the witch Haggar, who would create huge Robeasts to terrorize the people of Arus. This was cool before the friggin Power Rangers!
  • In the right hands I think this could be a really cool movie. for obvious reasons there would have to be a good amount of CGI. Honestly I think a movie centered on the pilots finding and activating these robots to try and save their planet from the evil King would be cool. You wouldn't have to have it be mainly about the robots.

Johnny Quest:

  • My dad was actually the one that got me into this one. This one is actually from the 60's originally. It was re-release and has been heavily syndicated throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's so its going on the list. Basically its about a boy who travels with his scientist father and ends up getting into some form of adventure. He has a bodyguard, a friend who can do magic tricks (sim sim sala bim...or something like that) and his ever faithful dog. It has a Scubby Doo meets Tin Tin kinda feel to it. Im really surprised that this hasn't been made into a film yet. My dad and all his 50-60 year old friends would flock to see this, Id be right behind them.

HE-MAN:

  • I shouldn't have to say anything...unless you were living under a rock then you know this one and know it well. The show takes place on the fictional planet of Eternia, a planet of magic, myth and fantasy. The show's lead character is Prince Adam, the young son of Eternia's rulers, King Randor and Queen Marlena. Whenever Prince Adam uses the Sword of Power, and when he holds it aloft and says the magic words ....no its not "Please" its "By the Power of Grayskull, I HAVE THE POWER" he is endowed with fabulous secret powers and transformed into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. Together with his close allies, Battle Cat (who undergoes a similar transformation from being Adam's cowardly pet tiger Cringer), The Sorceress, Teela, Man-At-Arms and Orko, He-Man uses his powers to defend Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor. Skeletor's main goal is to conquer the mysterious fortress of Castle Grayskull, from which He-Man draws his powers. If he succeeds, Skeletor would rule Eternia and possibly the whole universe.
  • So first off we need to stop and mind-wipe the insanely bad HE-MAN movie from the 80's staring Dolph Lundgren.....ok, moving on. If toned down a little, you know less leotard and more good acting...just a thought, this could be an epic fantasy film with rich and interesting characters.


Ulysses 31:

  • The plot line of the series describes the struggles of Ulysses and his crew against the divine entities that rule the universe, the ancient gods from Greek mythology. The Gods of Olympus are angered when Ulysses, commander of the giant spaceship, Odyssey, kills the giant Cyclops to save a group of enslaved children, including his son. Zeus sentences Ulysses to travel the universe with his crew frozen until he finds the Kingdom of Hades, at which point his crew will be revived and he will be able to return to Earth. Along the way they encounter numerous other famous figures from Greek mythology who have been given a futuristic twist.
  • I see this one as more of a series than a movie.

AKIRA:

  • Just nod and smile.... I'm amazed that this hasn't been adapted for the big screen yet. A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop....the wiki description just doesn't do it justice. If you haven't seen this then go, don't walk don't even run....find a way to teleport to the store and buy this and then teleport back to your house and watch it. This would be such a bad ass r rated sci-fi flick. I think Ridley Scott might be able to do it justice, not sure though.

Honorable mentions:

  • Super Ted, Care Bears, Rescue Rangers, M.A.S.K, RoboTech...who am I kidding. Id love to see just about any cartoon from the 80's made.

Comments on my list? What are some cartoons from your childhood that you would like to see " in the flesh"? Let me know below.

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