This post is a bit off topic, but we were reminiscing about our childhood and the Saturday morning routine of watching cartoons while Mom and Dad were still in bed. These are some of our favorite Disney cartoons we were watching in the late 1980s and early 1990s:
1. Gummi Bears
Loosely inspired by the gummi bear candies (according to Wikipedia), Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears first aired in the United States in 1985 through to the early 1990s and most recently aired on television in 2001.
Some awesome things you may remember from the show are Gummiberry Juice, a magic potion of sorts that gave the drinker special bouncing abilities, Gummi Glen (the hollow tree where the Gummis live), a rockin’ theme song (“Gummi Beeaaars, bouncing here and there and everywhere) and bad guy Duke Igthorn from Castle Drekmore who was always trying to steal Gummiberry Juice or the recipe for his own evil uses.
2. Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
Chip and Dale are chipmunks whose detective agency, Rescue Rangers, deals with crimes that are not of interest to the police.
With the help of their friends Zipper, Gadget and Monterey Jack (an Australian mouse, affectionately known as ‘Monty’), they frequently find themselves facing off with bad guys, Fat Cat (the Mafia-style tabby cat who wears a purple business suit) and the mad scientist Norton Nimnul, both voiced by accomplished voice actor and singer, Jim Cummings.
Talespin is set in the fictional city of Cape Suzette and focuses on the adventures of Baloo the bear, a bush pilot whose air cargo freight service gets bought out by Rebecca Cunningham when he defaults on his payments with the bank, and former air-pirate, Kit Cloudkicker.
After purchasing Baloo’s business, Rebecca renames the freight service ‘Higher for Hire’ and the series follows Baloo and Kit’s flying their 20-year old plane, the Sea Duck around town and their run-ins with a gang of air pirates, whose leader, Don Karnage is voiced by, wait for it…Jim Cummings.
4. Darkwing Duck
Originally a spin off from the extremely successful, Duck Tales, this early 90s show centered on Drake Mallard, quiet father to Gosalyn and neighbor to the Muddlefoot family, whose alter ego, Darkwing Duck, fights crime in the fictional city of St. Canard, assisted by his sidekick and pilot, Launchpad McQuack.
Things we love from the show: Darkwing’s Gas Gun and the line “Suck Gas, evil-doer”, DW’s habit of announcing himself in ever-more ridiculous ways (e.g. “I am the terror that flaps in the night!”, “I am the grade curve that gives you an ‘F’!”, “I am the fast food that comes back to haunt you!”), the theme song in general and specifically the low vocal part “Let’s Get Dangerous”, and lastly that Darkwing Duck was voiced by none other than, you guessed it, Jim Cummings.
5. Duck Tales
Following the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his three great-nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, Duck Tales was the first Disney cartoon produced for syndication and paved the way for the other classics featured above. Though already holding the title of ‘Richest Duck in the World’, Scrooge is constantly trying to grow his riches while at the same time, protecting his wealth from numerous villains. The main bad guys are the Beagle Boys and Magica De Spell, who are constantly coming up with ways to steal from Uncle Scrooge and his nephews.
We love the surfing through Scrooge’s gold, the Hall & Oates-esque theme song (sounds kind of like their 1981 single “You Make My Dreams”, don’t you think) and that this show spawned Darkwing Duck (our favorite of the lot).
Which Saturday morning Disney cartoon from the 80s and 90s is your favorite?
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