THE N.M SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON PLAYLIST PT.1
Miss those 1980s -1990s Saturday morning cartoon compilations shows? Yeah us too. It was truly the only way to stay up to date on your favorite series, and you were at the mercy of what the programers decided. Before home video rental, good luck finding obscure animation! But we kind of miss those variety type shows that started early, finished at noon, were hosted by a pair of hyperactive stars(?) that didn't appear completely over styled like they stepped out of a Top Shop commercial. We just dug the weekly installments of 80s cartoons, the insanely cheesy ads for Mattel toys and maybe a music video or two, all set to your favorite sugary cereal. Usually ending around noon, it was probably bad to be ingesting so much entertainment but it was something to look forward to, and you always usually ended up taking your action figures outside to play.
So anyway, as we wipe clean our rose tinted nostalgia glasses, we're delivering the Neon Marquee Saturday Morning Cartoon playlist, a handful of episodes with a quick background and some advertising favorites for good measure. We know, adults at the time probably thought this was all terrible compared to what it was like when they grew up, but hey, we at least had GI Joe and He Man! We invite you to go through in order, with a big bowl of your favorite cereal and enjoy!
SWAMP THING (1991) EPISODE 1 'THE UN-MAN UNLEASHED: Alan Moore (The Watchman, V For Vendetta) did a highly respected run on the DC / Vertigo Comic in the 1980s, taking the obscure character into the realm of classic American horror literature, a series of issues now regarded as some of the greatest comic writing of all time. The short lived animated series is NOT in that realm. Utter 90s cheese and introduced with a spin on The Trogg's classic 'Wild Thing', Swampy is all baritone voice as he is introduced to the villainous 'Un-Man' threat, with the help of two idiotic kids and a few locals packing action figure friendly weaponry.
ROBOCOP: THE ANIMATED SERIES (1988) EPISODE 1 'CRIME WAVE': Hot on the heels of the ultra violent smash hit movie that almost got an X rating, it was obvious that it needed a kids cartoon. Somehow they got a bit of the movie flavored snark in there with an ED 209 robot enforcing strict traffic rules and road safety the only way it knows how: via lethal force. Ah yes, good wholesome family programming. Enjoy!
ANOTHER COMMERCIAL BREAK. STAY TUNED...
MORTAL KOMBAT DEFENDERS OF THE REALM (1996) EPISODE 1 'KOMBAT BEGINS AGAIN': "Mortal Kombaaaaat!". A cartoon that screams 90s, MK the series is brimming with so much techno it might as well be a rave party. Diverging quite far from the themes of the game (other than the punch, kick, destroy variety), the good-ish guys and girls from the game series hang out in a sort of Hall of Justice getting 'Kombat alerts' pertaining to intruding villains and throwing around general sass at each other. Rayden seems to do nothing but sprout stinging attitude at his fellow kombatants. Way to be a mystical Thunder God! Did we mention that it's so charmingly 90s? FIGHT!
THE KARATE KID (1989) EPISODE 7 'OVER THE RAINBOW': Originally intended for a 65 episode run, CBS added the cartoon spin off of the popular film to its Saturday morning roster in 1989, but as a 13 episode series. The typical personal battle / tournament theme used in the films was cast off for an adventure setting, in which a miniature shrine with healing powers had been taken from its resting place on Okinawa, and it was up to Miyagi and Daniel, the protagonists from the film, to recover it. Lack of use of the synth power pop hit 'You're The Best' was sorely missed.